EXMOOR is known for its rugged, breath-taking scenery and its appeal to the outdoorsy type, but it’s not often thought of as a place where you’d find luxury…until now (2016).
Husband and wife team John and Jane Bradley have created a high-class haven on the Moor at their boutique hotel Dunkery Beacon Country House at Wootton Courtenay.
Jane says: “You don’t have to be über active when you come here. There’s plenty of strolling or star and view gazing to be done, but if you do want to do some decent walks or bring your mountain bikes with you, then you can and you can stay in luxurious surroundings at the same time too.
“We go that extra mile to make everyone welcome and to treat them with care and respect, and to cater for those little things that make all the difference.
“Guests that are unable to use their own mobile at the hotel, due to poor network coverage, who need to make an important outside call can do so free of charge, medicines or items that require being kept cool can be kept in a special fridge, free of charge and there’s a free drying room for walkers and cyclists, and mountain bike washing facilities.
“An à la carte evening menu is available four evenings a week and we have a fine wine list supplied by the London-based prestigious wine and spirit merchants Berry Bros. & Rudd, who are by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.”
John and Jane have notched up around 40 years of experience in the catering and hospitality industries between them and are hands-on proprietors, meeting and greeting all guests, personally overseeing all housekeeping, cooking and serving in the restaurant, and attending to all guests’ requirements from special dietary needs to advice on nearby walks.
“All rooms have pocket-sprung beds, big fluffy towels and top-notch toiletries. Guests are provided with fresh locally ground coffee, tea from nearby Minehead, fresh spring water and milk, and homemade shortbread so they can unwind after a long journey or have a midnight feast!
“Our rooms have white Egyptian cotton sheets and guests are offered the option of either synthetic or feather and down bedding. Our Egyptian or Turkish cotton bathroom towels are either 550 or 600gsm in weight and are very fluffy too.”
All rooms have a flat screen TV/DVD player, Pure DAB radio/alarm clocks with either a CD player or an ipod docking station.
Keiji or Emerelle toiletries are supplied by Aslotel. All guests are provided with cleansing or make-up removal wipes and sewing kits too.
“We provide the very best quality in terms of service, ambience and produce and products.
“We treat all our visitors with integrity and offer expertise and knowledge with regards the seasonal dishes we serve, our exclusive wine list and the attractions of the beautiful area, whether moorland or seascape.
“So you don’t have to rough it to enjoy a bit of rambling or mountain biking, you can do it in style and with the very best in home comforts. We offer an unsurpassed level of customer service too, which is apparent from the comments guests leave online and the awards we have won.”
The décor and ambience of the hotel is of the very highest of standards too.
Each room has a mix of traditional, enhancing the sloped ceilings in some places and the character of the building, and modern décor – they are fresh, clean, uncluttered yet cosy and welcoming.
“Our Coleridge Restaurant uses as much local, seasonal produce as possible including Exmoor honey, eggs, pork and even offers Exmoor roasted coffee and blended tea.
“Also on the menu is sea bass, bream, trout, cod and scallops from the nearby Devon coast – Exmoor straddles both Somerset and Devon.
“But even with all this luxury in terms of the service, ambience and product, we are still very reasonably priced with rooms from £80 – £145 with breakfast. The fixed price menu is priced £26.95 for three courses when booked with accommodation.”
To find out more, please call Dunkery Beacon Country House on 01643 841 241 or visit www.dunkerybeaconaccommodation.co.uk.