Lovely modern accommodation in this beautiful and historic part of Exmoor
Fantastic little pearl away from it all
Spacious, comfy, cozy and clean. Everything one needs to have a break away from cars, exhaust, people gatherings and everything that adds stress in your life. A little off the main road A39 (in this area), but we found Malmsmead on our GPS. Were greeted by the manager like long lost family members. Excellent service, great customer focus from everyone in the staff. Leaving tomorrow after five days, we could have stayed a week more.
Dunster Castle and West Somerset Railway (steam train) merely 30 minutes by car, Lynton/Lynmouth 15 minutes the other way.
Will be remembered a long time, and we'll propably be back too.
Exmoor is situated in South West Britain, specifically across West Somerset and North Devon. Once a royal forest, the National Park covers 267 square miles of amazing landscapes, including moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland which has been shaped by nature and people over thousands of years. Often referred to as England's best kept secret, Exmoor is a wonderful holiday destination for anyone looking for a holiday in the great outdoors! There's so much to see and do, from short walks to long expeditions across the moors or horse riding, taking in a safari or sight-seeing at your own pace around the 'picture postcard' villages and hamlets.
Malmsmead sits on the Somerset-Devon border deep in the valley below County Gate. The 17th century packhorse bridge spans Badgworthy Water and is the focal point of the hamlet. R.D. Blackmore's 'Lorna Doone' novel, published in 1869, is a romance based on a group of historical characters, he used the landscape of this area as a basis for the novel. Malmsmead falls within the parish of Oare, known as 'Are' in the Domesday Book of 1086, the parish includes the hamlet of Oareford and Culbone which has its own tiny church - said to be the smallest church in England.
This area is excellent for walking; you can chose to stay within the shelter of the wooded valleys and explore the remains of medieval villages or enjoy delicious pub food and cream teas. Or you may wish to venture onto the open moors to experience the wilds of Exmoor at its best. The nearby towns of Lynmouth and Lynton worth a visit to see their famous water-powered funicular railway that joins the two towns on the rugged North Devon coast.
Malmsmead is a hamlet however you are be able to purchase essentials (and treats) from the next door, they also offer a takeaway service and will deliver meals to order!
Malmsmead is approximately 7 miles from both Lynton and Porlock. The village of Porlock has three pubs, two grocery shops, a traditional local butcher, Post Office, chemist, cash machine, petrol station, hardware shop, visitor centre and a range of independent restaurants, shops and tea rooms. Lynton is a small town in the opposite direction and boasts similar amenities, both well worth a visit.
Minehead is approximately 12 miles from Riverside Cottage. Here you will find the larger supermarkets and petrol stations (Tesco and Morrison's are both situated on the outskirts of the town and have longer opening hours), most major high street banks with cash machines, plus a range of other shops throughout the town.