Ancient castle with fine interiors and sub-tropical gardens
Dramatically sited on a wooded hill, a castle has existed here since at least Norman times. The 15th-century gatehouse survives, and the present building was remodelled in 1868-72 by Antony Salvin for the Luttrell family, who lived here for 600 years. The fine oak staircase and plasterwork of the 17th-century house he adapted can still be seen. A sheltered terrace to the south is home to palms, subtropical plants, a variety of citrus trees, and the National Collection of Strawberry Trees (Arbutus). There is a pleasant walk beside the River Avill
Name and credits for images of Dunster Castle
Description of image - SOMERSET HEADLAND by an unknown artist. (Paintings Store, Dunster Castle). DC/P/159.
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Credit for photograph: John Hammond
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