Keeper's House

Dunster, Somerset
Keeper's House exterior, Dunster
The views from the elevated garden at Keeper's House, Dunster
 Dunster Castle, Somerset
Keeper's House exterior, Dunster The views from the elevated garden at Keeper's House, Dunster  Dunster Castle, Somerset

At-a-glance details

  • Sleeps 5
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Preferred changeover day Friday
  • Minimum stay 2 nights
  • Number of dogs welcome 0
  • Acorn rating 3 What's this?
  • Reference 003059

About Keeper's House

Set between the foothills of Exmoor National Park and the north west Somerset coast, this ancient but newly-renovated thatched and cob cottage, overlooking Dunster Castle, has bags of charm.

Sitting on Castle Hill Road, the main approach to Dunster Castle, and within the castle grounds, this historic gem of a cottage provides the perfect backdrop for groups of friends, history lovers or families with older children to stay whilst exploring the beaches, coves and towns dotted along the north west Somerset coast.

You’ll feel the past bursting out of this wonderful cottage even as you unlock the front door. From the quarry-tiled hallway to the original stonework and woodwork, you’ll see the recent restoration has left lots of history on show. Downstairs there’s the comfy living room, dining room, downstairs bathroom and a kitchen at the back of the cottage. Then follow the winding stairs up to the first floor where you’ll find the master bedroom, a twin and single bedroom, sleeping five in total. Outside, enjoy the paved courtyard garden on sunny days or for al fresco dinners as the sun sets while you gaze over the medieval rooftops of Dunster in one direction, and the castle in the other.

The pretty village of Dunster with its shops, restaurants and pubs (not forgetting the castle and working watermill) is on your doorstep when you stay here, great for grabbing a coffee and a slice of cake. A little further away you’ll find the coastal town of Minehead less than 10 minutes by car, with its mix of high street and independent shops. There’s also a family-friendly beach known as the Strand, ideal for either beach games and sandcastle building, or a gentle stroll along the shore. If you’re keen to leave the car behind, then simply take a walk into the beautiful Exmoor hills. And once you’re all walked out then how about a quick trip on the West Somerset Steam Railway? Dunster is one of ten stations on the route.

North Devon’s rolling hills and tranquil ancient woods are a great escape from bustling cities. With Keepers Cottage perched on the eastern edge of Exmoor, you can carry on your adventures westwards to discover coastal towns such as peaceful Bossington (on the Holnicote Estate), Lynton and Ilfracombe. Or head east to explore the wilderness of Quantock Hills AONB with it’s heathland and views over the Somerset levels.


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Features and facilities

  • Cot & high chair available
  • Microwave available
  • Fridge available
  • Freezer available
  • Dishwasher available
  • Washing machine available
  • Tumble dryer available
  • Telephone not available
  • Television available
  • DVD available
  • WiFi* not available
  • Open fire / wood burner available
  • Garden available
  • BBQ not available


Not accessible


  • Ground floor

    Sitting room with log burner, dining room, kitchen and bathroom with seperate shower.

  • First floor

    Three bedrooms (one double, one single and one twin which can be made into a double on request).

Notes for guests

Access: If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage, please call the team on 0344 800 2070.
Heating: Gas central heating included in the holiday rental. There is also a log burner in the sitting room. 

Parking: Parking is avaialble in the main visitor car park

Garden: There is an elevated, paved courtyard with seating and views down to the castle and over the rooftops of Dunster village.

Please note: Keeper's House is situated within the Dunster Castle grounds on Castle Hill Road. This is the main visitor route to the castle so may be busy at peak times.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm at this cottage.


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About the Acorn rating

To help find the best cottage for you, we have created our own quality rating system for our holiday cottages called the Acorn rating. Ranging from 1-5 Acorns, the rating gives you an indication of a property’s facilities, fixtures and fittings, with five being the highest quality level. The Acorn rating is not connected to any other industry rating system that may be used for holiday cottages and is only to be used as a guide that covers location, style of interior and the facilities you may be looking for. We do not set our cottage pricing based on the Acorn rating we have given a cottage as all our cottages are of an individual nature. Therefore, we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice. In addition, some of our cottages are curated to be sympathetic to their time period. This means that they might not have all of the aspects of modern living, but impress in so many other ways.

1 Acorn: simple living accommodation with basic furniture and fixtures fit for purpose and clean. Running water and a toilet are provided. There could be some limitations to heating and washing facilities – details of these will be stated clearly on the cottage's webpage. Bedding, linen and towels are supplied with a few exceptions, which are again clearly stated). Facilities for basic catering and living are provided. In general, a 1 Acorn cottage does not have WiFi.

2 Acorn: a mid-quality range of furniture and fittings. Bathroom facilities are basic or there may be a high number of guests to bathroom ratio depending on the size of the cottage. Very few 2 Acorn cottages have WiFi and the kitchen white goods and washing facilities are basic. Bedding, linen and towels are supplied in all 2-5 Acorn cottages.

3 Acorn: a good, standard offer. Generally it is correctly proportioned for the number of guests but could have a few compromises, for example a small kitchen, or a lower bathroom to guest ratio. The variety of white goods available will be better than a 2 Acorn cottage.

4 Acorn: these cottages have more premium furniture, fittings and lighting. Additionally the ratio of bathrooms to guests is likely to be higher, and the bathrooms would be more likely to have separate and spacious showers instead of showers over baths.

5 Acorn: a luxury accommodation offer with very few limiting factors. This is the highest offer available. It is well-equipped and has spacious facilities throughout the cottage or is set within an extraordinary location or building. The furniture is of a high standard, and has real comfort for modern living.

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