Sunday, November 4, 2012

Dunster Village & Castle

Dunster Castle and Village is set near Minehead in Somerset. There has been a castle at Dunster since at least Norman times. It was home of the Luttrell family for 600 years, the castle that is present to this day was remodelled in the 19th Century to become a lavish country home. 
Dunster is a place we all love to visit. 
Firstly we headed to the local coffee shop were we had a fantastic hot chocolate with marshmallow and cream. The main street has cobbles, you can see the age of the medieval village just by looking at the buildings and the way the streets are laid out they are certainly not made for cars. 
Heading up to the castle along the gentle walk way the views over Exmoor and the Bristol Channel are breathtaking. 
The gardens surrounding the castle are beautiful there are walks here for all abilities. 
Today in one of the building there was an exhibition and a show all about creepy crawlies. There were huge spiders, scorpions, snakes, cockroaches, and a huge stick insect. The show was really close and it was a show of the deadly 60. You could really get up close and personal touching them. 
Next stop was inside the castle. This was stunning we wandered through the stunning inside with the most beautiful d├ęcor and furniture. 
Down in the Crypt you can find out all about the spooks of the castle and the hidden history. You can sit and listen to the wonderful ghost stories from people whom have had close encounters with the resident spooks whom live within its walls. Just wish we had had more time to listen to more of the stories about the creepy castle. 
Walking to the old mill along the serpentine path through the river gardens is magical. Reaching the Lovers Bridge is like stepping back in time or stepping into the land of fantasy. Its a very beautiful place. 
We all really enjoyed our time here. Dunster is well worth a visit there is lots to see and do. One of these days I will get to spend a whole weekend here to explore the wider surrounding of outstanding beauty. There are many local walks including the Bats Castle and the Crown Estate Tall Trees Trail.  I love this place is just steeped in history with lot of places to explore. 

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