Both Periwinkle Cottage and Clematis Cottage are owned by the National Trust. David Pollard and Paul Gibbs are tenants and own both the Tea Room business and the Gift Shop & Gallery business.
Paul was born in Devon and spent his childhood in Dorset. Having family in Somerset meant frequent visits to the West Somerset coast. Paul’s great great grandparents worked on the Holnicote Estate as a woodsman and domestic staff, they lived in Selworthy in a grace and favour cottage and together with their youngest daughter Daisy are buried in the Churchyard. Together with their 9 children John & Ellen Blackmore made Selworthy their home. Paul recalls conversations with his great grandmother about life in this beautiful village.