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to Appledore

Catboat Cottage resides in Appledore - located on the West Coast in North Devon. 

By Road:  There are several routes to get to Appledore.  The easiest and quickest route is to take the M5 until Junction 27, then follow the A361 link road until you reach Barnstaple.  From there, follow the A39 to Bideford until you pick up the A386 for Appledore.  All of the roads are well signposted and it’s approximately 45 miles from the motorway to Appledore.  If you’re travelling from Cornwall, the A39 is a direct but very scenic route.  From Plymouth and South Devon, you could take the A386 or A388 and from Exeter or Crediton the A377 is preferable.


By Rail:  North Devon is well served by rail.  Hourly direct routes run to Barnstaple from Exeter St David’s Station and the UK rail network.  On arrival in Barnstaple, you can either take a taxi outside the station or head for the bus station.  Cross the old bridge and head towards for the town centre, following the signs to Barnstaple Bus Station where there are buses to Bideford and Appledore. For further information and timetables:


By Bus:  Getting around the local area is relatively straight forward with a variety of different bus routes available.  For more information: or

By Plane: If you’re planning your trip by air, the most convenient airports are Exeter (approximately an hour away by car or taxi) or Bristol (approx. two hours away by car or taxi).  Several local transport companies can arrange taxis and airport shuttle services.


Image Credit: Appledore Bunting Festival Si B - Flickr Link

Enjoy your stay

at Catboat Cottage

Appledore has a wonderful choice of independent restaurants, pubs, shops and artisans workshops all within easy walking distance.


Numerous galleries and local artisans offer a wonderfully eclectic mix of arts and crafts.  Treat your tastebuds to some home-made chocolates from The Appledore Chocolate shop or browse Appledore Antiques for furniture and ornaments from a bygone age.

The family run delicatessen has a great selection of local and homemade produce including a café. Try the Coffee Cabin's selection of delicious home-made cakes or relax in the garden at Market Street Kitchen.

Waterside restaurants The Royal George and The Beaver Inn, have picturesque views over the estuary and are only a minute's walk from your door.  In addition, The Yard, The Quay and The Seagate all serve great food.


Whether you want to eat fish and chips on the quay from Sylvester's, a delicious Hockings ice cream for desert, or a tasty pizza from the Flame Factory, there is something on offer for everyone.

The best things come in small packages and Appledore is a perfect example. Depending on your passions, Appledore has so much to offer and no two experiences will be the same.  However you choose to immerse yourself, you are sure to create some special memories to treasure.