Malmsmead is a hamlet on the border between Devon and Somerset. Nestled in the Doone Valley within Exmoor National Park, the community is perfectly located to explore the nearby twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth. Self-catering holidays in Malmsmead offer a true taste of Exmoor. The hamlet is surrounded by rolling hills and forests and the line between the two counties is along Badgworthy Water, which can be crossed by the 17th-century Malmsmead Bridge. Walkers can find the hamlet on both the Coleridge Way and the Samaritans Way South West, which run for 51 miles and 103 miles, respectively. Many places mentioned in the famous novel, Lorna Doone, can be found during holidays in Malmsmead, such as the Hoccombe Combe river and the Easy Lyn Valley area of Exmoor. 

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A two-storey pet-friendly cottage situated in the Doone Valley amidst the splendour of Exmoor National Park, Poocks Cottage near the village of Oare, Somerset, offers quiet accommodation featuring an open-plan kitchen with underfloor heating, sitting room and snug, and three first-floor bedrooms.

Situated in the heart of the Doone Valley in the hamlet of Malmsmead along the Devon-Somerset border, Rectory Stables is a romantic cottage converted from the stable block of The Old Rectory and recently renovated with all new appliances to make the perfect holiday getaway in the Exmoor countryside.

Surrounded by rolling Exmoor hills between the confluence of Badgworthy Water and Oare Water on the Devon-Somerset border, Oare Water Cottage in the rural hamlet of Malmsmead is a detached countryside cottage featuring conservatory, large living room, and delightful enclosed garden.

After a walk in the Exmoor countryside, stop by the Lorna Doone Inn, which serves lunches and cream teas, and has a licensed bar. Just two miles from Malmsmead, the village of Brendon has two traditional pubs. The Stag Hunters Inn is a quintessential rural pub, complete with taxidermy and a classic but tempting menu. A mile downriver, the Rockford Inn occupies a picturesque spot on the banks of the East Lyn. Brendon is also home to the Wicked Wolf Gin distillery. Despite being in a remote, rural location, holiday cottages in Malmsmead are just a short drive from the coast. 

The coastal twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth are a 15-minute drive away. A water-powered funicular railway – one of only three of its kind in the world – connects the two towns. Lynton, which is perched high on the Exmoor hills, has several independent shops, cafés, and restaurants. Below, in Lynmouth, there are a few traditional pubs. The Rising Sun is the closest to the sea, overlooking the town’s picturesque harbour and offers an array of fish and seafood dishes. The bustling market town of Barnstaple is a 45-minute drive from Malmsmead, while the coastal resort of Minehead can be reached in 30 minutes. Both towns have busy high streets with independent shops and restaurants.