Selworthy village climbs up a steep, narrow hill with truly breathtaking views from the church at the top - historically known as "Heaven's Gate". The views are of Exmoor are simply stunning and indeed a funeral was just about to take place when we returned to the car and we were quite jealous, thinking "what a place to go!" Tucked away in a tranquil garden just to the side of the church is the perfect thatched cottage, owned by the National Trust. Discreet as can be, indicated only by a small sign by the gate, a tea shop is housed. Inside the perfect thatched cottage is the perfect selection of cakes displayed on the perfect antique cabinet. You will feel like a kid in a sweet shop, the cat who got the cream or Hansel or Gretel. However difficult it may be to deny yourself the cakes which make your eyes nearly pop out your head, you will not be disappointed if you opt instead for the cream tea. Choose from the two-scone or the one- scone (all I had room for) and choose from raspberry (my personal favourite), strawberry or apricot jam and your scone will be fresh and warm with ample cream. The perfect well-used but loved floral china tea service will add to the decadence of it all. The setting is just unbeatable. The hidden nature of the cottage makes you feel even more naughty, and makes you think about keeping the secret to yourelf.
Just off the A39, west of Minehead
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