Dunster Castle, the historical home of the Luttrell family dominates the steep hill overlooking the small picturesque village of Dunster in Somerset. It looks out over Exmoor and the Bristol Channel and is home to both England's oldest lemon tree and the National collection of strawberry trees. There has been a castle on the site for over 1000 years.
Initially the castle was granted by William the Conqueror to William de Mohun whose family lived in the castle until it was sold in 1376 by Lady Joan de Mohun to Lady Elizabeth Luttrell. The descendants of Lady Elizabeth Luttrell owned the castle until 1976.
One of the weirdest occurrences took place in the modern Blue Kitchen which used to be the butler's pantry and silver cleaning rooms. A young lad employed on a work experience programme was mopping the floor on his own but ran from the area after apparently seeing a bare foot appear out of thin air! He said that it looked as though it was covered in a strange white powder.
It is generally agreed however that the most haunted room in the castle is the 'Leather Gallery'. It gained its name due to the leather hangings depicting the story of Antony and Cleopatra. Many have attested to hearing men's voices at night along with doors banging and footsteps and generally speaking no one likes to work there. Apparently, a medium once visited the castle and was of the opinion that one particular ghost which had been seen by a cleaner was that of a royalist soldier called Richard who had met his death in the castle grounds from a puncture wound above his right eye.
These are just a few of the spooky occurrences in this fine mediaeval castle.