Exmoor Character Cottages – The Oval

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The Oval, Dunster, step back into the middle ages, sleeps 2 – 6

In the heart of the medieval village of Dunster is The Oval, our oldest cottage dating back to the 14th century, with original cruck beams, oak screening, stone floors and many more fascinating features. Channel 4’s ‘Time Team’ has dendro-dated the cruck beams in the main bedroom to the winter of 1366. The Oval is constructed of timbers some of which are more than 600 years old. Rated 4 Star Gold by Visit England.

This is a self-catering holiday home suitable for 21st century guests with a fully equipped modern kitchen, utility room and a playroom for the children. The sitting room has a wood burning stove, a 50″ smart TV with Netflix and DVD player, plus BT Infinity Wi-Fi, alongside traditional board games, puzzles and books for all the family to enjoy. The cottage sleeps 6 people in 3 gorgeous bedrooms, one with a romantic four poster bed and original cruck beams.

Outside, a pretty deck affords wonderful views of Exmoor where you’ll catch the enchanting sound of the church bells, and a terrace garden is the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast or a glass of wine. There are two reserved parking spaces.

Guests of all ages will enjoy Dunster Castle and the cobbled streets of the medieval village within Exmoor National Park, and Dunster Beach is close by.

The Oval is suitable for families, couples and adult-only groups. For guests with special needs there is more information and a 360 tour of our cottages, on our website. Dogs are welcome on request. Bed linen and towels are included in the rental.

About Exmoor Character Cottages

Exmoor Character Cottages are four luxurious holiday cottages where period charm meets luxury living. Located in Dunster and Minehead, they provide a real home-from-home for all the family in the heart of Exmoor. We have three adjacent properties on Vicarage Road, Minehead, Pilgrim Corner, The Old Sweet Shop and Stone Barn which can be rented independently, or jointly to offer accommodation for larger family groups. Our Dunster cottage is, The Oval.


Key Facilities

  • Children welcome
  • Clothes dryer
  • Cot available
  • Dishwasher
  • Dogs welcome
  • Drying facilities
  • Electric included
  • Microwave
  • Private parking
  • Real log fires
  • Satellite TV
  • Shop/pub nearby
  • Towels/linen included
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi
  • 4 Star Rating
  • Gold Award
  • Highly commended
  • Gardens



  • Exmoor National Park - Dark Skies Friendly Accredited Accommodation
  • Visit England - 4 Star Gold
  • Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards - Gold
  • South West Excellence Awards - Silver