Local Attractions

There is so much to see or do in the local areas of Porlock, Dunster, Exmoor and Somerset. Below are a few of our "must see" attractions...

For a full range of local attractions why not check out Visit Exmoor's website here

Exmoor Adventures

Exmoor Adventures

Calling all adrenalin junkies, Exmoor Adventures offers a huge range of award winning outdoor activities and courses, suitable for all ages and abilities, within Exmoor, the Quantock Hills and North Devon. Try your hand at kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, archery, coasteering, orienteering, paddle boarding, raft building, tree climbing or for those of you who want to take it a little easier, why not hire an electric bike from them to explore the wonderful local areas.

West Somerset Railway

West Somerset Railway

Our local heritage railway is a true country branch line of the old Great Western Railway. It's full of fascination whether you are looking for a nostalgic ride back in time through lovely countryside or to study the railway and industrial heritage which our line preserves. Perfect for all

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Culbone Church

Culbone Church

If you fancy a coastal walk with a view, try the Porlock Weir to Culborne Church route via the South West Coastal path. 

There are spectacular views across the Bristol Channel on a clear day, and the route passes the romantic remnants of Lord Byron's daughter's gothic mansion, with tunnels carved out of the hillside by nineteenth-century Swiss mountaineers.

Culbone Church, is located in the village of Culbone in Somerset and is said to be the smallest parish church in England. The church, dedicated to the Welsh saint Beuno, has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building and the churchyard cross is Grade II*. The church is recorded in the Domesday Book.

Valley of The Rocks

Valley of The Rocks

This fascinating valley is a U-shaped dry valley that is parallel to the sea. It lies about ½ mile to the west of Lynton. It is well known for its feral goats that roam freely and often quite hair-raisingly on the jagged cliff edges. It is thought that during the Ice Age the ice sheet prevented the East Lyn River from reaching the sea on its normal route and was diverted westwards. When the ice sheet retreated the river was able to resume its original path, leaving this valley riverless. Over the years the valley has silted up to become the U-shape we now see, not caused by a glacier. It is well-known for its unusual rock formations and caves.

Facilities: Mother Meldrum’s Cafe provides a range of refreshments, with public toilets and a picnic area at the Lynton end of the valley.

Porlock Bay Oysters

Porlock Bay Oysters

Porlock is experiencing a foodie renaissance thanks to a community-led project to revive a tradition that once thrived here in the 1800s, by farming oysters in the bay. Harvesting native oysters died out in the 1890s due to overfishing but Porlock Bay Oysters are now back on the menu thanks to a team of volunteers coordinated by Tim Edwards and his daughter Fiona who has introduced Pacific oysters for a more sustainable supply of restaurant quality oysters all year round.

In just a few years since the project's inception, Porlock Bay oysters are attracting the attention of top chefs (inlcuding our very own Head Chef Miguel), the Food Standards Agency and consumers alike.

Discovery Safaris

Discovery Safaris

Exmoor National Park is 267 square miles of unspoilt moorland, valleys, woodland and farmland. On a Discovery Safari you will visit places of interest, take in the stunning scenery and view the local wildlife all from the comfort of a fully air conditioned landrover. 

Each safari is about 2.5 hrs in duration and are available all year round.

Dunster Castle

Dunster Castle

An ancient castle and comfortable country home with dramatic vistas and subtropical gardens
Dramatically sited on a wooded hill, a castle has existed here since at least Norman times, with an impressive medieval gatehouse and ruined tower giving a reminder of its turbulent history.

The castle that you see today became a lavish country home during the 19th century for the Luttrell family, who lived here for 600 years.

The castle boasts spectacular views toward the Bristol channel, the Quantock hills and up to the moors of Exmoor. You can also get a great view of the castle from the secret garden at our sister hotel, The Luttrell Arms Hotel

Greencombe Gardens

Greencombe Gardens

Greencombe, is situated alongside the wooden slopes overlooking the Bristol Channel and was started in 1946 by Horace Stroud. It is only a 3.5 acre strip, but full of beautiful and rare plants.

The garden fell into the care and custody of Joan Loraine in September 1966.  All you can see in the organic garden today is due to her dedication and love for this delightful woodland garden.

 

 

The Golden Retriever Experience

The Golden Retriever Experience

The Golden Retriever Experience (The GRE) is a family-run attraction in Minehead, West Somerset that gives the unique opportunity for you and your family and friends to have a personal encounter with a pack of trained Golden Retrievers.

A Fantastic family day out with our four legged friends.

7 Days a Week 11am - 6pm between March and October.

Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre

Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre

For a great family day out with a difference, with Owl & Hawk Flying Experiences, Pony Experience for young Children, Individual Horse Rides for Experienced Riders, Gentle Horse & Rider Workshop and more...

What our guests say...

"Wonderfully Spoiling, Relaxing Break" - Penny V via Tripadvisor.co.uk

We have been coming to this hotel for many years and have seen it through many reincarnations. We are so happy that the current management has taken this much-loved treasure over and given it such a wonderful new lease of life. We stayed for 3 days with our dog. The staff were absolutely delightful and went out of their way to ensure that we were all safe in a way that was so unobtrusive that we almost...

"Lovely Staycation Find" - Rob A via Tripadvisor.co.uk

Just spent 3 nights here in these difficult times we now live in. Faultless is the word I would use to describe Porlock Weir Hotel from the time you book until the time you leave they can’t do enough to accommodate you. Under the leadership of Michell and Miquel the hotel is run impeccably from front of house to housekeeping nothing less than 10/10 and that’s before you get to dine where...

"Just Like Home" - Justhadtosay via Tripadvisor.co.uk

Fabulous hotel which is hard to fault. As someone there said, you feel like the first person to use the room. Beautiful rooms and bathrooms and we had a view of the sea and bay which was just what we needed.We had a long walk one day which was such a tonic after working at home for so long. In our arrival back it was like getting home with a log fire, friendly welcome and home made cream tea.The staff...

"Exceptional in Every Way!" - MJM48 via Tripadvisor.co.uk

From the moment we walked in we knew we had made the right choice - such a warm, friendly welcome. The hotel was beautifully decorated for Christmas and with the lovely open fires made us feel festive. Our room overlooking the harbour was absolutely lovely, spacious and spotlessly clean. The bed was very comfortable, shower excellent. We had dinner both nights of our stay, good quality ingredients...

"Dog Friendly Birthday Break" - Ardel R via Tripadvisor.co.uk

Lovely hotel with wonderful views over Porlock Weir, food was great and staff lovely, friendly and dog fans too. So a perfect break all round. We stayed in October and had a room with views out over the sea. We took our golden retriever with us and the place is very dog friendly with towels to clean their muddy feet if needed....

"Hotel Top Of It's Game" - Nocky-1975 - via Tripadvisor.co.uk

Just spent 3 nights here in these difficult times we now live in. Faultless is the word I would use to describe Porlock Weir Hotel from the time you book until the time you leave they can’t do enough to accommodate you. Under the leadership of Michell and Miquel the hotel is run impeccably from front of house to housekeeping nothing less than 10/10 and that’s before you get to dine where...

"A Peaceful Relaxing Place to Chill Out" - Joanna via Booking.com

Stunning, peaceful setting alongside a quaint little harbour and pebble beach. The secluded hamlet down country lanes offered a couple of shops and a good pub next door. The small hotel did not disappoint! Undergoing extensive refurbishment, the overall ambiance was stylish but relaxed with a modern twist on traditional. The completed bedrooms were relaxing and comfortable and our bed provided a ...

"A Fantastic Find" - Lorraine via Booking.com

Stylish make-over, good staff, excellent food - breakfast was superb. We stumbled across the hotel by accident, a fantastic accident! Lovely little harbour with amazing views. The hotel was freshly made over, the staff could not have been more pleasant and helpful. Wood fired pizzas freshly made on the patio. Would highly recommend. ...

"Wonderful Two Nights Stay" - HolidaychicLondon via Tripadvisor.co.uk

We had room 4 looking out to the harbour. The room was spacious and attractively decorated. The breakfast were very nice, a very long wait the first morning though but not the second one - so all good. We had dinner there one evening which was delicious and great service and everything about the hotel is Covid friendly. The staff and guests all wear masks when moving around the hotel, there’...
Our Awards and Suppliers

We are spoilt with an abundance of local suppliers and take great pride in hand selecting the best that the region has to offer. Here are just a few of our local suppliers and the awards we have won...

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