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.