Appledore's ever-changing estuary means no two days are the same; a source of constant intrigue. This, coupled with the slower pace of life induces a wonderful relaxing ambience in which to immerse yourself. We never tire of meandering through the numerous historic lanes, admiring the quaint cottages and visiting the unique independent shops and galleries. The local area is renowned for its creativity. Local residents exhibit a vast range of arts and crafts, from jewellery, photography, furniture and ceramics. Some in galleries and markets, and others from their own living room.
You may prefer to self-cater in our fully equipped kitchen using tasty locally sourced produce and home-made food from the delicatessen in the village. Nearby farm shops and food producers also have a superb selection. If you’d rather eat out, there’s a huge assortment of eateries within easy walking distance. Whether you fancy fish and chips on the Quay with an ice cream for desert, or you’d rather dine in one of the waterside restaurants overlooking the estuary, the choice is yours. Pop into the one of the local cafés to try out their array of delicious refreshments.
Due to its historically celebrated artistic qualities, Appledore is home to the annual Appledore Book Festival, inviting famous writers, politicians, and broadcasters to give talks and presentations. The Appledore Regatta is another vibrant event where gig boat crews race along the Quay to cheering spectators. For those wishing to experience the sea first-hand, there is a choice of fishing and boat trips including the seasonal ferry over to Instow at high tide.
Younger visitors wonder at crab fishing on the Quay, investigating the rock pools by the lifeboat station or beach-combing along the estuary shore. Whether you are young, or simply young at heart, there is always something that appeals in this lively coastal village.
Four Bedroom Seaside Cottage
King size bedroom with en suite
King size four poster bedroom
Ground floor double bedroom with en suite
Comfortable Lounge with fire
Spacious dining room with seating for 8
Enclosed south facing garden with outside dining area
Less than a minute’s walk to the beach
Selection of children's books, family games and DVDs
Travel cot, high chair, changing mat and small cutlery included
Central heating for cooler months
Short breaks and weekly bookings available
NO PETS & NO SMOKING
Nestled on the estuary where the River Taw and Torridge converge, this charming fishing village is steeped in maritime history.
First documented in 1135 as “Apildare”, legend has it that in 878 AD, Hubba the Dane landed at Appledore before he was defeated in battle. Centuries of fishing and boat building are the traditional foundations of this idyllic community. Queen Elizabeth I honoured Appledore for the courage of its sailors and ships against the Spanish Armada of 1588 granting it a free port, a status which remains in place today.
Appledore, like many of the coastal spots in North Devon has been a fascinating destination since Victorian times, and regained notoriety having been described as ‘a little white fishing village’ by Charles Kingsley in one of his novels.
Winding, narrow streets to explore, adorned with pretty, colourful houses and lovely views across to Instow, make this historic village so unique. Brightly painted cottages and Appledore’s rich maritime history go hand in hand. Not only did they help the village stand out visually on the shoreline for approaching sailors, but it also involved recycling. Fishing boats were painted in vibrant colours, and any excess paint was used on the cottages.
THINGS TO DO
in North Devon
Westward Ho! blue flag beach with its own surf school and the Gold links golf course are only three miles away. Instow Beach is a short car or ferry ride across the water, or you can hire a beach hut at the infamous Saunton Sands.
If you enjoy cycling, the nearby Tarka Trail cycle route is a perfect day out, Bideford cycle hire has a choice of bicycles, tandems, child seats and trailers.
The Milky Way, Gnome Reserve, Big Sheep, Dinosaur Park and Watermouth Castle all make for a fantastic family day out. Those in search of history will enjoy Hartland Abbey, Arlington Court and Tapeley Park.
Garden lovers won’t be able to resist the nurtured maturity of RHS Rosemoor, Marwood Hill Gardens, Docton Mill, Castle Hill Gardens, all just a short drive away.
Whether you’re exploring local beaches, visiting one of the many historic or family attractions or taking in the breath-taking rolling North Devon countryside with wildflower filled hedgerows, there is something of interest for all ages and tastes.
Whatever the weather, relax in the garden or by the fire, stroll around the village, or explore the many nearby attractions, knowing that all the comforts of home await you.