Classic Break at Selworthy
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Join us at Selworthy for our Classic Break, rich with the traditions of HF Holidays, making it best suited to our long standing guests who have been holidaying with us for years.
During the day, enjoy our usual choice of 3 guided walks. Stretch your legs and appreciate some of Britain's best landscapes.
In the evening relax with like-minded guests during your evening meal, then enjoy a classic mix of evening activities arranged by your leaders. We'll include a great mix of quizzes, games and dancing, rounded off with a traditional party night on the final evening.
As a historic National Trust property, Holnicote House is full of charm and character. Located on the extensive Holnicote Estate, at the foot of Exmoor, it is well suited to a relaxing holiday.
Holnicote House has 32 newly refurbished bedrooms. Some are located in the main house, with others in the thatched cottages, called Butlers and Guns, in the grounds.
Choose your room
• Check in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• 23 inch TV
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Double or two single beds
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Same facilities as our classic rooms plus...
• Check in from 1pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Larger beds
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Ultradown pillows
• Smalls drying rack
• Small welcome gift
• Luxury tea tray
• Enhanced toiletries
• Available from an extra £15 per person per night
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Two lounges
• Dining rooms
|• Free WiFi available in some public rooms
• Range of board games and books
• Heated outdoor swimming pool (open May to September
|• Croquet lawn|
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
- Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
- Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
- Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
- Information can be provided in large print
- Staff have received disability awareness training
- Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
- Fridge for medication can be supplied
Saturday: Selworthy & Selworthy Beacon
Option 1: Selworthy
Distance: 6 miles (9½km)
Total ascent: 1550 feet (460m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk to the charming villages of Allerford and Bossington, before continuing to the coast at Hurlstone Point. Our return route traverses the wooded slopes to Selworthy village, with time to explore.
Don’t miss: Wander through the once extensive Holnicote Estate to the 'model village' of Selworthy, with its collection of 'chocolate box' thatched cottages.
Option 2: Selworthy Beacon
Distance: 9 miles (14½km)
Total ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)
The walk in a nutshell: Our circuit from Holnicote House ascends through the woods to the top of Selworthy Beacon. Having followed the hill-top path we'll return through the fields to Selworthy village.
Don’t miss: Discover St Agnes Fountain, a small spring dating from 1820, hidden in the beautiful wooded slopes of Selworthy Beacon.
Option 3: Selworthy Circuit
Distance: 11 miles (17½km)
Total ascent: 1,900 feet (580m)
The walk in a nutshell: A longer circuit through the Holnicote Estate takes us to the coast at Hurlstone Point, then along the ridge over Selworthy Beacon. Eventually we descend from North Hill and return via Selworthy village.
Don’t miss: Enjoy the great views from the top of Selworthy Beacon - on a clear day you can see across the Bristol Channel to the Brecon Beacons.
Sunday: The Quantocks
Option 1: Quantocks & Nether Stowey
Distance: 7 miles (11½km)
Total ascent: 750 feet (240m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk along the crest of the Quantocks, taking in Will's Neck, the highest point. We then descend through the woods to the delightful village of Nether Stowey.
Don’t miss: There's time to visit Coleridge Cottage (National Trust). This was the home of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his wife Sara, where many of his works were written.
Option 2: Quantocks to the Sea
Distance: 8½ miles (14km)
Total ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)
The walk in a nutshell: Ascend from the village of Crowcombe onto the Quantock ridge. We'll continue over Will's Neck to Bicknoller Post, then descend to the sea at East Quantoxhead.
Don’t miss: The beach at East Quantoxhead is a Site of Special Scientific Interest with interesting geology and fossils.
Option 3: Along the Quantock Ridge
Distance: 12 miles (20km)
Total ascent: 1,650 feet (500m)
The walk in a nutshell: A fabulous traverse along the full length of the Quantock Hills with the Bristol Channel stretched out ahead. We the descend to East Quantoxhead and Klive Beach.
Don’t miss: Look out for Red Deer as you walk along the Quantock Hills; as Britain's largest wild mammals they are always an impressive sight.
Tuesday: Dunkery Beacon & Horner Water
Option 1: Dunkery Beacon
Distance: 7½ miles (12½km)
Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)
The walk in a nutshell: Our coach takes us to Exford Common, high on Exmoor. From here we'll head to the top of Dunkery Beacon, then descend through the wooded Horner Valley back to Holnicote House.
Don’t miss: Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor is the highlight of today's walks. From the summit you can enjoy panoramic views over the moors and wooded valleys of the national park.
Option 2: Over the Beacon
Distance: 9 miles (14½km)
Total ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)
The walk in a nutshell: Ascend from Wheddon Cross through the Raleigh Manor Estate onto Dunkery Beacon. Our descent takes us over the moors, then through Horner Wood Nature Reserve.
Don’t miss: This walk is another good opportunity to spot red deer. Take your binoculars for the best chance of seeing these beautiful creatures.
Option 3: Roof of Exmoor
Distance: 12 miles (19km)
Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk over the moors from Exford to the summit of Dunkery Beacon. Continuing across the moor we descend to Stoke Pero church, then head through Horner Woods back to Holnicote House.
Don’t miss: Choose a clear day and your efforts will be rewarded with a panoramic view that stretches to Dartmoor, and across the Bristol Channel to South Wales.
Wednesday: Lynton & the Valley of Rocks
Option 1: Valley of Rocks
Distance: 7 miles (11½ km)
Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)
The walk in a nutshell: A walk with two distinct sections. We'll first descend from Countisbury into the wooded valley at Watersmeet, then along the East Lyn River to Lynmouth. We'll then take the cliff railway to expore Lynton and the Valley of Rocks.
Don’t miss: Soak up the views as you ride the Victorian cliff railway from Lynmouth to Lynton. This uses water power to lift you 500ft to the town above.
Option 2: Around Lynton
Distance: 8 miles (13½km)
Total ascent: 1,800 feet (560m)
The walk in a nutshell: Take the zig-zag path down from Countisbury Hill to Watersmeet. We'll continue along the hillside to the Victorian town of Lynton, climbing to a panoramic viewpoint above the Valley of Rocks.
Don’t miss: The Valley of Rocks is a local beauty spot with its own herd of wild goats who roam the precipitous hillsides.
Option 3: Lynmouth Coastline
Distance: 11 miles (17½km)
Total ascent: 3,200 feet (980m)
The walk in a nutshell: Follow the glorious coastal path down Countisbury Hill to Lynmouth, then on to the Valley of Rocks and Lee Bay. We return along an elevated path to Lynton and Watersmeet.
Don’t miss: Soak up the classic view of Lynton and Lynmouth as you walk down Countisbury Hill. This walk has steep ascents and descents, but passes through spectacular scenery.
Thursday: Porlock Hill to Holnicote House
Option 1: Above Porlock.
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Total ascent: 500 feet (160m)
The walk in a nutshell: Take the coach to the top of Porlock Hill for this predominately downhill walk over the rolling hills to the west of Holnicote House. We finish through Horner Woods, then across the fields to tthe house.
Don’t miss: Look out for red deer - the descent into Halse Combe is often a good place to spot them.
Option 2: Hills & Wooded Valleys
Distance: 9½ miles (15km)
Total ascent: 1,700 feet (520m)
The walk in a nutshell: Follow a meandering route from Porlock Hill to Holnicote House. We'll take in the beautiful wooded valleys of Shillett Combe and Horner Water, as well the heather-clad moorland above.
Don’t miss: Walk across a carpet of purple heather on the moors then descend into the lush green valleys and wooded vallleys.
Option 3: Wild Exmoor
Distance: 12½ miles (20½km)
Total ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)
The walk in a nutshell: Ascend from the Culbone Inn onto the wild open moorland of Exmoor. We reach our highest point at Lucott Cross, then past Hawke Combe and Halse Combe to Holnicote House.
Don’t miss: Discover the legend of the haunted junction at Lucottt Cross - very fitting for such a wild location.
During your stay at Holnicote House you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest, either in your free time, or on your journey to and from Selworthy:
Less than a mile from Holnicote House is Selworthy village. At first glance the thatched cottages seem typical of many ancient settlements in this area. However, Selworthy is not as old as it looks, having been rebuilt in 1828 by Sir Thomas Acland. Sir Thomas was a philanthropist and designed the 'model' village himself to provide housing for the aged and infirm of the estate. He used traditional designs and materials to create a deliberately old-fashioned village.
West Somerset Railway
Travel on Britain’s longest steam railway from Minehead to Bishops Lydyard. Now lovingly restored by volunteers, the line recreates a classic Great Western Railway branch line with steam trains operating daily from April to October. Minehead station is 10 minutes' drive from Selworthy, or can be reached on the number 300 bus. www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk
An historic castle transformed into a comfortable stately home for the Luttrell family. Some highlights include the 'modern' 1950s kitchen and the snooker room. Dunster Castle sits in extensive gardens, complete with its working watermill. The adjacent town of Dunster is full of character and also well worth a visit. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunster-castle
Lynton & Lynmouth
The quaint Victorian town of Lynton sits high on a hill, overlooking the coast and Lynmouth harbour. The two settlements are connected by the historic cliff railway. The short walk from Lynton to the Valley of Rocks is highly recommended.
The poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) and his wife Sara lived in the village of Nether Stowey, about 45 minutes' drive from Selworthy, from 1796 to 1799. In 1909 it was acquired by the National Trust, and later restored and opened to the public. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coleridge-cottage
Hestercombe Gardens, around an hour's drive away near Taunton, were constructed in three periods - a landscape garden from the 1750s, a Victorian terrace and shrubbery from the 1870s, and Edwardian gardens of 1904-1908 designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. www.hestercombe.com
Arlington Court, about an hour's drive away near Barnstaple is a fine Regency house set in an extensive estate. The grounds include a formal Victorian garden whilst the stables house the National Trust’s carriage collection of over fifty horse-drawn vehicles. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/arlington-court
Travel to Selworthy
Our address is: Holnicote House, Selworthy, Minehead, Somerset TA24 8TJ
The nearest railway station is at Taunton. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
The 29 mile journey from Taunton railway station takes approximately 50 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £57 per taxi. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Holnicote House Manager.
The number 28 bus operates between Taunton station and Minehead. At Minehead change for the number 10 bus that will take you to the Selworthy turn (which is at the end of Holnicote House drive). A 2 minute walk along the drive will bring you to the house. Alternatively pre-book a taxi from Minehead; the 4½ mile journey will cost you approx £10 from our recommended taxi provider. For bus times see www.traveline.info
From Bridgewater take the A39 though the southern outskirts of Minehead towards Porlock. Holnicote House is on the left about 4½ miles out of Minehead, and about ¾ mile after the signpost to Luccombe (do not follow the signs to Selworthy). After the Selworthy Village sign look out for our sign 500 yards further on, on the left. Free car parking is available in the grounds.
Travelling from Overseas
For most guests, travelling to London Heathrow airport is the most convenient option.
From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. From here there are direct trains to Taunton. Its a relatively straightforward journey - allow 2½ hours. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
From Taunton you can travel on to Selworthy by bus or taxi (see above).
Dates & Prices
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