The Oval is an historically fascinating, quirky cottage, believed to date from the 1400s – one of the oldest buildings in the pretty, mediaeval village of Dunster.
Packed with character, but beautifully upgraded, The oval features ancient timbers, wonky floors, leaded windows and beams.
There's a comfortable sitting room with a wood burning stove in the fireplace, and a snug with comfy easy chairs - a quiet reading room.
The smart oak-fitted kitchen has a breakfast/dining area and French windows to the courtyard.
Behind a low timber doorway is a useful utility room, good for wet coats/boots and dogs.
Outside is a small courtyard with table and chairs, and up steep steps is a decked patio with fruit trees and lovely views over the village to wooded hills.
Dunster is one of the West Country's prettiest villages.
In exceptional countryside, its castle stands on a wooded hillside romantically looking over its lovely main street of ancient buildings, interesting shops and good pubs, restaurants and tea rooms.
The small resort town of Minehead is about a mile away, here is a lovely long sandy beach, back by a promenade and traditional beach amusements.
Good for coast and country, this is a lovely house in a beautiful village.
Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en suite bathroom, 1 x double with four-poster bed and door to shower-room, 1 x twin. Sitting room with wood burning stove. Snug with easy chairs. Breakfast/dining area with French windows to courtyard. Oak-fitted kitchen and utility room. Ground floor WC and basin.
About the location
Minehead 3 miles.
Dunster is a popular tourist village near the North Somerset coast and is a largely unspoiled spot: the centre of the town retains many old buildings which hug the winding cobbled streets. The whole village is dominated by the castle on its hill but the focal point of the High Street is the picturesque Yarn Market, a covered area built in 1609 particularly to accommodate the wool traders and other cloth merchants. Inside Dunster castle there are fine plasterwork ceilings and the extensive terraced and landscaped gardens contain many rare shrubs and trees, and offer marvelous views out to sea, and towards the Quantocks. For those who enjoy exploring the countryside, Dunster is within the Exmoor National Park and there are plenty of footpaths leading onto the surrounding hills of Grabbist and walks into Dunster’s Deer Park at the foot of the castle. Dunster is well served with traditional inns, individual shops and interesting places to explore including the working 18th century watermill. West Somerset’s premier resort of Minehead is less than three miles away and has golden sandy beaches, seaside attractions for the visitor, and plenty of cafes, shops and bistros.
Note: Sorry, no short breaks. Permit provided for reserved parking space in Nat. Trust car park; second space in private car park, 450 yards