Welcome to Higher Orchard
Graham and Janet Lamacraft welcome you to their charming Victorian house in the unique medieval village of Dunster. Higher Orchard was built in 1864 on ground which was once orchard land belonging to the Benedictine Priory (founded around 1090) and is one of the very few Dunster properties with open views and off road parking.

Within the Exmoor National Park, the house stands in an elevated position, looking over the village and the church, towards the castle. Situated in a quiet location, on the edge of the village, two minutes walk from the house takes you to the village centre with its shops, pubs and restaurants.

Higher Orchard makes the ideal base from which to explore  Exmoor and its surrounding area.  Graham's family have lived in Dunster for almost a century and he has good knowledge to help you to make the most of your time in this beautiful area.

Hens in our Orchard
Outside our Dining Room

Keen walkers will find an excellent network of way marked paths from Dunster, the nearst being within 50 yards of the house.  Just ten minutes or gentle climb from the house will take you up Grabbist Hill  to open views of some of the most spectacular scenery in West Somerset.  Here can be seen the distant Quantock Hills, Exmoor and across the sea, the coast of Wales.  Guided walks by National Park staff are frequently available and a good bus service links Dunster to other Exmoor villages.  Horse riding, fishing and golf  are all available  nearby.

The West Somerset Steam Railway has a station at Dunster and runs from Minehead to Bishops Lydeard, where a bus connection can be made to Taunton. We are happy to pick up visitors and their luggage if they choose a car-free holiday .  As well as the train there is also a regular bus service from Taunton to Dunster.

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