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Exmoor's Chocolate Box Villages
Allerford is a beautiful and petit village, near Porlock in West Somerset. It is home to a 15th Century, Grade II listed, Packhorse Bridge. A packhorse bridge is designed to allow packhorses, loaded with panniers, across a river or stream.
The picturesque village of Allerford is full of attractive houses from various periods in time. Within the village is the West Somerset Rural Life Museum and Victorian Schoolroom, an attractive thatched building that served as the village’s school in the 19th century.
Enjoy some homemade treats and refreshments at the charming Allerford Post Office.
The village is very close to Bossington and Selworthy, and surrounded by the most beautiful woodland and countryside. The hill behind Allerford sweeps up towards the beacon through the Allerford & Selworthy Woods and Holnicote Plantation. The woods are interlaced with beautiful leafy walks and enjoy stunning views across Porlock bay and Eastern Exmoor.
Close to Allerford, this beautiful and peaceful hamlet sits on the edge of the National Trust’s Holnicote Estate on the Exmoor coast of West Somerset. Its distinctive thatched cottages make the perfect chocolate box picture, surrounded by woodland to one side and the coast on the other.
Enjoy refreshments in the delightful Kitnors Tea-room or in the charming leafy cottage garden surrounded by birdsong. The cottage dates back to the 15th Century and oozes old-world charm.
The area has plenty of short strolls and the beginnings of long hikes. Take a wander to Hurlstone Point and admire the incredible views over Porlock Bay and beyond. The old Coastguard station, built in 1902, makes a great look out point and interesting place to explore.
Selworthy & Selworthy Beacon
Another wonderful ageless village of thatched cottages and a distinct medieval church. The 15th Century Selworthy church is quite outstanding and very distinctive in white lime-wash – it makes quite the statement. The interior is well worth seeing too, and full of interesting details.
The jewel of Selworthy must be Periwinkle Cottage, a delightful tea-room with pretty gardens and wonderful views. This chocolate box thatched cottage, owned by the National Trust, serves delicious cream teas and other refreshments.
The walks through this area are nothing short of glorious, whether it’s through the leafy woodland trails or on top-of-the-world at Selworthy Beacon.
The South West Coast Path runs through this area, so it makes a great pitstop between Minehead and Porlock.