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Selworthy

Selworthy
Minehead
Somerset
Post Code : TA24 8TJ
Telephone : 01823 451587
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The charming village of Selworthy lies in the heart of the Holnicote estate in a magnificent setting on the northern fringes of Exmoor.

The estate of 12,443 acres is the National Trust's main property on Exmoor.

At first glance the cream-washed stone, thatched cottages seem typical of many ancient settlements in this area.

However, Selworthy was rebuilt in 1828 by Sir Thomas Acland of Killerton.

Sir Thomas was a philanthropist and designed the 'model' village himself to provide housing for the aged and infirm of the Holnicote estate.

He used traditional designs and materials to create a deliberately old-fashioned village.

Located on the wooded slopes of Selworthy Combe, the village is laid out loosely round a long green and climbs the hill to the 15th century church of All Saints.

The cottage gardens are sheltered by the trees Sir Thomas planted in the steep valley and on the hill above. The church looks out over the thatched roofs and neat gardens of Selworthy to Dunkery Beacon.

At 1,705 feet this heather-and braken-covered area is the highest point on Exmoor.

Sir Thomas Acland was probably influenced by his friend John Harford who commissioned John Nash to build Blaise Hamlet at Hembury between 1810 -11 for his aged retainers.

Both villages are examples of the 'Picturesque' style of architecture but whereas the cottages of Blaise Hamlet are deliberately asymmetrical and varied, the buildings at Selworthy are pleasingly homogeneous with deep thatched roofs, eyebrow dormers and tall chimneys.

One of the cottages is now a National Trust information centre.

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National Trust,preserved village on large estate.
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Estate: all year Mon-Sun; Estate office: all year 09:00-17:00 Mon-Fri
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