7 (all year)
Grist Mill has been a feature on the Dunster landscape for centuries. Once an integral part of the village economy, the medieval mill has been lovingly transformed into a beautiful holiday cottage sleeping six people in three bedrooms with a sofabed in the loft room to increase accommodation to eight. The self-catering property sits above a small leat. You can follow the water to the National Trust Dunster Working Water Mill, Foresters Arms Pub, Gallox Bridge, and other village amenities. It's a fantastic place where families and friends can stay and enjoy some of the best views and historic sites in Exmoor National Park and Somerset.
Dunster is best known for its castle, and rightly so. Its walls hold over 1,000 years of history, while the views from the house and the splendid gardens are simply breathtaking. However, the medieval village has plenty more to interest history lovers, including the Dovecote, Tithe Barn, and St George's Church with beautiful stained glass skillfully carved wooden screen dating from 1498. There is an excellent choice of cafes and restaurants if you want a rest from cooking and a tourist information centre to help you plan your time. Any amenities you can't find in Dunster are in Minehead, barely three miles from the cottage. The famous resort town has a wide variety of places to eat, drink, and shop, two fantastic beaches, a promenade, and traditional seaside amusements.
You can do it all when you stay at Grist Mill. The 630-mile South West Coast Path starts in Minehead, following the coast all the way around to Poole Harbour. Exmoor's cliffs are some of the highest in England, making the nine-mile route to Porlock Weir challenging but extremely rewarding with views over the Bristol Channel and the opportunity to see Exmoor's native whitebeam trees and red deer. Staying in the national park means you have a veritable playground on your doorstep. Walking, horseriding and mountain biking are all popular, as are golf and fishing. Local attractions include the West Somerset Railway and Exmoor Zoo. You're around an hour from Glastonbury cathedral and tor, and there is a wealth of towns and villages with unique features to discover.
Grist Mill is part of Dunster's long history. Staying here lets you experience the pleasure of its comforts as well as the convenience of being close to fantastic sights and attractions.
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Chris joined Independent Cottages in December 2013
Grist Mill is a semi-detached period property with parts dating back centuries. Although the property can accommodate up to eight people, the owners advise that its size makes it best suited to six. Accommodation is over three levels.
Outside: The gardens at Grist Mill are gorgeous. There is a walled garden with mature plants and a patio with seating. A gate opens onto the village playing field with a footpath leading to a children's playground in one direction and the pub and water mill in the other. The cottage has garage parking for one car, with more available in Dunster's pay-and-display carpark a few hundred metres away. The garage has an EV charging point.
Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, bed linen and bath towels are included when you book Grist Mill. The owner regrets they cannot accommodate pets. Smoking is not allowed.
This property is managed by a local agency who may charge commission/booking fees. However, Independent Cottages does not apply any additional booking fees to prices quoted by the agency.
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