Guest Blogger May 2017

Could you be our guest blogger?

Date published: 27 Apr 17

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Yarn Market HotelThis prize draw is now closed.

We are looking for a guest reviewer to visit the Yarn Market Hotel in Dunster, close to Exmoor. You’ll stay for two nights in this beautiful village with a partner, with dinner provided on one evening and you can take your dog too!  

The medieval village of Dunster in Exmoor National Park is a great place to stay with your canine companions, with some walks in and around the village, including around the National Trust property Dunster Castle and Gardens. The gardens are extensive and there is a lovely riverside walk with romantic old bridges crossing the water. You can also enjoy a long walk around the surrounding fields of the castle, there is a permissible path alongside the River Avill and dogs can enjoy a swim or a splash in the river.

Gallox Bridge, DunsterNearby are the waymarked forestry walks of the Crown Estate’s Dunster woodlands including the Bats Castle trail where you climb up high to an Iron Age Hill-fort with spectacular panoramas of Exmoor and the coast. Also in the Dunster woodlands is the Tall Trees Trail, where you can see the tallest tree in England.

Dunster beach is just a 30 minute walk or 5 minute drive from the village for a stroll along the shore where you can walk to Minehead in one direction, or Blue Anchor in the other.

The Yarn Market Hotel in Dunster is highly recommended as a base to stay to explore the area. The hoteliers are dog owners, so they really welcome pets, with dog friendly rooms, a drying room for clothes, towels and dog beds can be provided on request and the hotel has a 'woof guide' giving ideas for walks and places to eat where your dog can accompany you. The hotel also has 2 for 1 vouchers for many local attractions which are dog friendly.

DunsterHow to apply to review this hotel

If you would like to visit this hotel, with a partner or friend, and write 2 reviews for us (one on the hotel, the other about the area) of 6/700 words each, with 3 or 4 photos too, please add a Comment below or join the Forum thread to tell us why you would be the best reviewer for the assignment, and also if you’ll be accompanied by a canine friend! Do you have a special connection to the area? Or a fond memory of a visit in the past? Or perhaps Dunster and Exmoor are places you’ve always wanted to visit? 

The successful reviewer will be advised in early June. 

Meet our previous guest bloggers and read about their experiences.

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  • SilverMarie
    over 2 years ago
    I have to say it, the standard of entries for this "guest blogger" opportunity is excellent, and I do not envy the task of the judges!
  • pink
    over 2 years ago
    dunster and the yarn market hotel. what a wonderful couple of days that would make. i would plan to arrive in style on the west somerset steam railway ~ without my pooch on the in-bound journey because my first outing would be to exmoor, in search of grimpen mire and the great dog of literary fame. “wrong moor”, i hear several of you shouting. well maybe it is, but as the exact location remains a mystery, perhaps it’s time to transfer the search to new ground. and just look at that photo of gallox bridge in dunster ~ tell me you don’t see the shadow of sherlock holmes’s ghost walking over it?

    if i were to come across the hound of the baskervilles on my trek, i could be sure he’d be welcome back at the hotel. the hound and i could take any of the wonderful nearby walks, to use some of his boundless energy. and if, after all my meticulous planning and care, he turned out to be a little hard to handle, i could take him to the chocolate house over the road, and purchase a few forbidden treats to help him understand the benefits of quiet tail-wagging over noisy lead-pulling (or to reward myself … no excuse needed for speciality chocs).

    another guest blogger quest, in case the first comes to nought) would be to try to discover why this market is known as the yarn market rather than the wool market ~ bearing in mind that it’s in good sheep country and built to serve the wool cloth market. i bet i’m not the only one here who can remember when knitting patterns transposed “yarn round needle” for “wool round needle”, when the march of synthetic substitutes trooped into our lives ~ but this market predates that event by about 350 years.

    so please, let me do the honours as guest blogger for may 2017, and i shall write up the adventure of the yarn market hotel and dunster delights.

  • PropertyInvestor
    over 2 years ago
    Just conferred with my best friend - the Prince, Cody - who says he'd love to take his humans on holiday to Dunster....he's never been before!
  • lynne-fordyce
    over 2 years ago
    Would love to, my partner and I would write this together, he's a retired journalist, me I just love the area
  • Andaluza
    over 2 years ago
    Oh my goodness. The Yarn Market Hotel! I managed The Yarn Market Cafe now part of the Hotel in the late 80s and met my husband there. I lived in Porlock for 2 years, then Minehead for two years and then Dunster in the cafe with 3 letting rooms for about 2 years. My now husband used to come and do the maintenance work. I often had problems in my flat!! It would be amazing to return, see old haunts, visit the pub where he proposed and look up old friends.
    We have now lived in Andalucia,Spain with our 3 large bilingual sons for 21 years and I write a blog about Spain. Hubby and I would just love to return to where I spent many happy years and where we met, we'd leave the dog and chickens at home! I would of course have to blog about it on my blog too.
  • wallers
    over 2 years ago
    Yes we would love it & the Labrador. It is such a stunning area & so much to see & do. Although we live in Devon we hardly ever visit it because it is such a cross country journey from us to Exmoor. We have been to Dunster briefly with the Grandkids but would love to have more time to look at it properly & stay in that area. We have the time & the energy & love taking photographs!
  • Restlessjo
    over 2 years ago
    This would be a gift from the Gods! I have been longing to visit Devon, which is far from my north eastern home. A very dear blogging friend lives there and she has had a terrible year so I would love to be able to surprise her by turning up 'on the doorstep'. We planned to meet in Bristol this March but the night before I flew down she had to cancel, because one of her beloved dogs had to be put to death. A heart breaker!
    I have never been to Devon and would delight in the National Trust property at Dunster and the prospect of adding to my Jo's Monday walk feature. Please do consider me. I'd be very happy to show you around my blog.
  • Rowsie
    over 2 years ago
    Yes Please!
  • Hunter
    over 2 years ago
    Passed through there once - lovely place and would welcome the opportunity to get to know it better.
  • Nerissa
    over 2 years ago
    Being a guest blogger and getting to visit Dunster would be an unbelievable opportunity to combine some of my favourite pastimes - travelling, visiting new places, staying in( hopefully!) nice hotels and, best of all, giving my opinion! An added bonus is being able to be accompanied by my best friend, Meg, a very discerning Cocker spaniel, oh and of course my husband! Many years ago, when my numerous children were all young enough to get excited at the prospect of a day out to the "Gnome Reserve" where it was "de rigueur" to don a gnome hat and dance around a toadstool, we spent a very happy family holiday in Lynton. Memories of cream teas, sandy beaches and exploring Exmoor make me dream of a return visit one day. Maybe to recreate that legendary dance around the toadstool!!
  • Nevertooold
    over 2 years ago
    I had never heard of Dunster prior to this article so this would be an ideal opportunity to get to know the area and the hotel. I usually holiday in Europe and take short breaks in the UK and find that despite not guaranteeing the weather we have everything you need and want closer to home. Having now Googled Dunster it looks a fantastic place to stay and will definitely be on my list of places to visit regardless.
  • dash
    over 2 years ago
    This would be a fabulous opportunity for my husband and I to enjoy a lovely break away from our home in the North West of England. We used to live in Dorset and visited Dunster on a couple of day trips several years ago. It would be great to revisit the area especially with our 4 year old cocker Spaniel who also loves exploring.
  • meconopsis
    over 2 years ago
    We both love national trust properties, walking and are also real foodies. Years ago I used to visit and review hotels and towns, to put together venues for conferences. So it would be lovely to do this again. It is important to be open minded, to view the area on how it would appeal to different ages / interests etc. Being able to chat and to listen is important to get a flavour of the area and what is means to local people, finding those interesting snippets which would entice people to visit. We are sadly between dogs at the moment, but my husband has offered to wear a big fluffy dog suit if required...
  • SilverMarie
    over 2 years ago
    I think this is a great idea and would happily visit Dunster again! Although we are not far away in Bristol, we normally head up North or east to London to visit family and have not explored the West Country enough. My only experience of Dunster is a day trip there with a group of colleagues working at Butlin's, Minehead, in the summer of 1982. I am sure much has changed, and who knows, I might even be able to dig out my old 1982 photos for comparison purposes!
  • schroedie
    over 2 years ago
    We lived in Exeter for 11 years but only headed up to Dunster once, and then it was a whirlwind visit. It would be great to have time to discover the area - we don't have a dog but I'm sure, as a journalist, I could interview a few local hounds to see what they think of the facilities . . . or I'll bring a dog-owning friend if my partner is still busy finishing off his MA. I know Dartmoor well, so this would be a chance to get to compare and contrast with Exmoor. I'm happy to supply copy and photos and to enjoy the natural history of the area, as well as the historic attractions.
  • Southwinds
    over 2 years ago
    Well its some years since we were in Dunster but as we now live in South Devon I feel its quite bad we have not returned. Back when we visited the town was changing, local family owned provisions shops were being replaced by gift shops and coffee shops. I do feel we saw it at its best back then before it changed to much. BUT I would love to revisit ... See how much its changed over the years.
  • Ozdevon
    over 2 years ago
    We go to Exmoor a few times a year but rarely stay over. This would be a great opportunity to explore further, gaze up at the big International Dark Sky Reserve area and perhaps take a steam train journey on the West Somerset Railway. The difficult decision would be what to leave for next time! Unfortunately we would not be taking a dog.
  • Joodee
    over 2 years ago
    With the abundance of low cost flights to Europe and beyond it is easy to ignore the gems within a few hours drive of home. Dunster, it appears, is one of these gems. I have skirted Exmoor on route to South Devon, I have heard of Dunster Castle but haven't visited this area since I was taken on a trip to Butlins in Minehead as a child long, long ago! My husband and I and our dog, Woody, would like the opportunity to review the area and the hotel. Woody is fully ready to test the canine facilities, walks and local pubs and we would be happy to accompany him while he sniffs out the best place for a ramble, a pint or a paddle in the sea. We often travel abroad and are guilty of not exploring the wonderfully diverse countryside in Britain so this assignment could be the start of our closer to home travels.