Village life around the Holnicote Estate

Holnicote estate was owned by the Acland family and became their holiday destination. The 12,000-acre estate hides many villages and hamlets tucked away in the Exmoor landscape. Each unique village has something special to offer.

Upland heathland, Holnicote Estate, Somerset

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Blacksmith hammering hot iron in the old thatched working forge


Visit the 15th-century packhorse bridge and spot the cottages with their unusual round chimneys. The West Somerset Museum of Rural Life is housed in the old thatched school. Allerford Forge is next door to the museum and is one of the few remaining working forges in the country.

Thatched and cream washed cottages in Luccombe Village, Somerset

Blackford and Luccombe

The oldest building on the estate, the circular Norman-style dovecote, can be found in Blackford. Luccombe is an attractive village with pretty thatched cottages.

The Holnicote Estate, Somerset.


This is a charming hamlet by the seaside. The cottages are distinctive with their tall chimneys. Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre is also nearby.

Guests relaxing in the garden of a holiday cottage on the Holnicote Estate, Somerset.


Tivington is a tranquil hamlet of scattered farms and cottages. Two of the estates holiday cottages can be found here and there is also a chapel of ease for some peaceful reflection.

View of Rectory Cottage at Selworthy Village in the Holnicote Estate, Somerset


Selworthy is a picturesque landscape of thatched cottages, medieval church and woodland walks. You can admire the view while enjoying a cream tea at Periwinkle Tea-room.

View of fallen tree on woodland floor with lichen flora,near Stoke Pero, Horner Wood, Holnicote Estate, Somerset

Cloutsham and Stoke Pero

Cloutsham Farm is one of 14 on the Holnicote Estate. 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.