Right, a few more pictures from the return leg of my 'grand tour' of the south west:
As I left Lee Abbey Devon, I had time to visit the little village of Selworthy, in the care of the National Trust and situated near Minehead, in Somerset. It's chocolate-box pretty, especially on a hot, sunny day. The village forms part of the Holnicote estate and much of it was built in 1828 by Sir Thomas Acland as a 'model village' to provide housing for the aged and infirm of the estate. The limewashed cottages are mostly thatched, and it is quaint how the thatch is shaped around the windows and doors like a neat haircut. Some of the cottages are grouped around a green and one of them (below) is now a tea-shop. They have wonderful views across the valley to Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor.
The whitewashed 15th century church of All Saints is quite pretty too, and has an unusual wooden balcony above the porch. Stairs originally led to a chamber - a parvise - over the porch, which was remodelled in 1804 to become a private pew for the lord of the manor and his family.