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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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.