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About us

The Dunster estate works to protect and nurture the natural landscapes, habitat and the wildlife that are in our care – ensuring they can be enjoyed by everyone, for generations to come.

Situated at the north eastern edge of Exmoor National Park, the Dunster estate surrounds the historic village of Dunster. Its 9,900 acres of fields, forests, follies and hill forts provide a diverse landscape to explore.

Our heritage

The history of the estate goes as far back as 1066. Largely shaped by the Luttrell family of Dunster Castle, the Castle is now managed by the National Trust while Dunster estate is owned and managed by The Crown Estate under the guiding principles of Commercialism, Integrity and Stewardship.


You can buy food from the farms on the Dunster estate direct from the farm themselves as well as from a whole range of local businesses and national supermarkets.


As well as boasting stunning views and a diverse range of wildlife, the Dunster estate is very much a working estate. Many local people rely on the forests and fields to earn a living.

Forest management

The forests, woodlands and heaths that cover the Dunster estate are of national significance and managed for a variety of purposes including commercial timber production, conservation and biodiversity.

Visitor information

Read up before you visit and then relax and make the most of your time here.

Learning & volunteering

Donate your time, build new skills or learn more about yourself.


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