Village life

Holnicote's cosy villages

  • Packhorse Bridge in Allersford © Nigel Hester


    Visit the famous ford and 15th-century packhorse bridge. Spot the cottages with their unusual round chimneys.

    The West Somerset Museum of Rural Life is housed in the old thatched school.

  • Dovecote interior, Blackford © Nigel Hester

    Blackford and Luccombe

    In Blackford you can visit the oldest building on the estate, the circular Norman-style dovecote.

    Luccombe is an attractive 13th-century village with pretty thatched cottages.

  • Thatched Cottage in Holnicote © Nigel Hester


    This charming village has distinctive round chimneys and bulging bread ovens.

    There's a falconry centre in the nearby hamlet of Lynch.

  • A Stream in Horner Combe © Nigel Hester


    The hamlet of Horner is the perfect place to start a walk to Horner Water. There are toilets in the car park.

  • Selworthy village has pretty thatched cottages set around a village green © Nigel Hester


    This well-known village has picturesque cottages and stunning views.

    The Periwinkle tea-room and shop can be found here. The village is the starting point for several walks.

  • Cloutsham Farmhouse © Nigel Hester

    Cloutsham and Stoke Pero

    Cloutsham Farm is one of 14 under our care on the Holnicote Estate. It's run by a tenant farmer. The Swiss-chalet-style farmhouse was built in the late 19th century.

    The tiny church at Stoke Pero is 300m above sea level and is the highest church on Exmoor.


  • Tivington Farmhouse © Nigel Hester


    Tivington is a hamlet of scattered farms and cottages. Opposite our holiday cottage is the thatched chapel. The sitting room of the cottage was used as the chapel vestry.

  • Dunkery Beacon is the highest point on Exmoor and has breathtaking views © National Trust / Nigel Hester

    Holnicote Estate

    Holnicote House was the Acland family home when they visited the estate for their holidays. Their main house was at Killerton near Exeter. The present house dates from 1861, but is not open to the public. Our office and workshops are in the nearby estate yard.

  • Inside Piles Mill © Nigel Hester

    Piles Mill

    The mill is now used as a study centre. If you'd like to book the centre, please call 01634 863902 or email us.