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Grade II Listed Georgian Cottage in Picturesque Fishing Village

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Appledore, North Devon, England, UK - One minute walk from the Quayside

Amber Cottage is a spacious 2 bedroom Georgian cottage tucked away down one of Appledore's many famous narrow lanes. An unspoilt, picturesque fishing village, Appledore has a long shipbuilding history and over the years many artists and craftspeople have settled here. Lovingly decorated with beautiful textiles and antique shop curiosities this cottage has special charm. The 18ft master bedroom boasts a luxurious French upholstered super king bed. The well equipped kitchen leads out onto a 35ft walled garden where meals can be enjoyed al fresco. The large lounge with its high beamed ceilings, wood burner, cosy sofas, 32’ TV, great selection of DVD’s, free wireless internet, books and games make this the perfect place to relax after a busy day on the beach.

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Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2018

About The Owner

Suzanne is a Fashion/Textile designer who also has a passion for interiors and collecting antique fabrics and salvage curiosities. Her husband Andrew is a Graphic designer. They both work from their studio in Devon.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2009

Why The Owner chose Appledore

When we first drove down into Appledore we just loved the views across the River Torridge to Instow. Walking around Appledore you are taken back in time to a world of sea faring history. The charm of this old fishing port has been retained with its grand Regency buildings along Marine Parade and the old shop fronts along Market Street. Over the years many artists and Crafts people have settled here making it all the more interesting. Appledore Summer Festival in July/August and The Book Festival in late September are great events in the calendar. The coast along here is wonderful too. We love going to Saunton Sands beach and the Hartland Pennisular is stunning. Our guests have visited beaches in Cornwall, not far away. Exmoor is another favourite for horse riding and the Tarka Trail for cycling.

What makes this cottage unique

When we first stepped into Amber Cottage we could see how amazing it could be. Its character had been retained with large sash windows, beamed ceilings and wood burner for those cosy winter evenings. With its grand proportions you will love spending time here, we do! The master bedroom is decorated with beautiful silk curtains and a Louis 16th super king bed. We have added our love of interesting interiors to give it that feel of something a bit different. Wonderful textiles, quirky furniture and vintage finds. Breakfast in the garden on a summers day is just perfect and when you walk along Marine Parade and see the view across to Instow we know you’ll want to stay! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Guestbook comments from the owner

A beautiful little house in a beautiful part of the country. Had a fabulous time with wonderful weather. Two lovely meals at Bensons and would certainly recommend it. Thank you for a very relaxing week. Sally, Ben, Bump and Scragg the dog, April 2011

We've had a fantastic time this week and feel so relaxed and refreshed after staying in beautiful Appledore and gorgeous Amber Cottage.The house has been perfect for us and the children, who made full use of the toys, books and games!

We loved the fabrics and wallpaper and the house was very clean and welcoming. Thanks from the Hollyer family, August 2011

We have really enjoyed our stay in Appledore. Amber Cottage exceeded our expectations and was a real treat. Nick & Gabi & Charlotte the Dachshund, June 2012
Feb 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Appledore in Torridge District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • Bathroom with roll top bath, antique sink and WC.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The double bedroom has a Louis XVI style super king bed and flat screen TV. The twin bedroom has 2 single beds decorated in a fun quirky style.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Central heating throughout, wood burner in lounge(one basket of logs provided during winter months). Steps to terrace garden, gated safe area for children. Well behaved pets by prior arrangement at a charge of £25. No smoking. Free parking along Marine Parade (just outside the cottage). Further free parking along The Quay. The cottage will be fully prepared for your arrival, with beds made up and fresh towels. If you have any questions at all please email or phone. Amber Cottage is also available for longer winter lets, price to be negotiated. Outside: Walled, terraced 35ft rear garden that is a real sun trap in the summer. Seating for 4. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The cottage is cleaned and changed weekly. Quality bedlinen and towels are provided. There is a travel cot, highchair and stair gate at the cottage. Other: A selection of quality books, toys, board games and DVDs are provided. There is even a dog on wheels.


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Grade II Listed Georgian Cottage in Picturesque Fishing Village
average rating of 3.7777777 based on 10 reviews

Highly recommended

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here - Appledore is a quiet, friendly fishing village with lots to offer, as well as being close to towns such as Westward Ho! and Ilfracombe which are well worth exploring. A visit to The Big Sheep is a must for guests with young children.

The cottage itself is extremely well situated - tucked away in one of Appledore's quiet lanes, and a stone's throw from all of the village's amenities.

The cottage is quaint, quirky and clean, and has been stocked with everything you need for a comfortable stay.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words Matthew, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Amber Cottage and sounds like you had a great time exploring the area. We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Suzanne
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We have stayed here 5 times now and this time it was quite dirty.

  • 3 of 5

There’s less and less kitchen equipment every time we go. Just basics like a cafetière and knives that cut would be appreciated.

  • Review Submitted: 31-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

weather wet a bit of sun now and then------but did not stop our enjoyment of our holiday,the cottage was super (old in looks with lots of super comforts) we liked the decor as well and style of your rooms----------appledore was really nice with it old streets and odd little shops and pubs.

Really good holiday many thanks

The Porters

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, The Porter Family, We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Amber cottage and all the special charms of Appledore. We look forward to welcoming you again and thank you for being such wonderful guests. Best wishes, Suzanne
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lovely cottage

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely time at this property in Appledore. Everything we needed and good atmosphere. Super master bedroom and a small second double, great attention to decor and quirky details. A happy family holiday for the four of us and dog.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jane, so pleased you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again soon at Amber Cottage. All the best to you and you family, Suzannne.
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Quaint Appledore Experience

  • 3 of 5

Cosy cottage and good location, clearly setup for families, nice large bedroom, good size kitchen with good light, dark living room struggling for light (not helped by overcast weather) needed all the lights on in the living room and a little cluttered. Outside was slippery when wet, a little on the expensive side for what it was, worth trying out, just not for us.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Faded Grandeur

  • 2 of 5

The description makes this sound like a very high quality property, unfortunately this is not the case. The 'Egyptian cotton sheets' turn out to be straightforward polyester/ cotton from Dunelm covering a duvet which has seen better days. The garden might have been 'beautifully planted' once upon a time but is now overgrown. In fact we come to the conclusion that the photos were taken a number of years ago and don't really represent the vcurrent state of the property with its peeling paint, damp patches and musty smell (suggest avoiding if you have any kind of breathing difficulty). The downstairs does not get any sunshine except for a very short period, which does not help. It could do with a proper clean e.g. under the sofas, and overall refurbishment (toilet seat whose buffers leave sticky marks on the pan is not really acceptable at this price level).

I agree that the location in Appledore is excellent, and that it's a great place to visit. If you need a place that will take a dog then it might be that you would accept these limitations but in our opinion it was not worth the money which should have got a genuinely high quality property.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, we are really saddened to hear that you feel like this about our property. Amber Cottage has been very popular with our guests who have returned on many occasions. We are now aware of some of the problems you have mentioned but feel that others are not a fair view of our property. Amber Cottage is an old building and may have a few areas that need attention (which we will be addressing at the end of the season). Things like bedding do get updated and we do use some Egyptian cotton sheets but yes some of the duvets are from Dunelm and are of a good quality. Our housekeeper always makes sure the property is clean and I am sorry that you felt it wasn't.
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Nearest Airport
67 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
The Seagate, Appledore
Nearest Train
11 Miles
Nearest Motorway
44 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
The Seagate, Appledore
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Westward Ho
Car: recommended


The cottage is located just a few minutes stroll from the quayside where you will find the estuary of the rivers Taw and Torridge - great for beach combing, crabbing and staring into rock pools! Westward Ho! which is 10 minutes away by car - has an excellent beach with lifeguards and good surfing. Putsborough, Saunton and Croyde are good beaches thirty or forty minutes away in the car, all with surfing. Instow also has a good sandy bucket-and-spade beach.


Exeter is the nearest airport. Train: From Exeter St David’s Station take the Tarka Line to Barnstaple, then bus to Bideford and Appledore. Coach: National Express run services to Bideford from where you can get a local bus to Appledore.


Just 10 mins drive to Bideford (with large supermarket and pannier market), 15 minutes to Barnstaple (large shops). Lots of tourist attractions nearby, including The Big Sheep 5 mins drive. Milky Way 10 mins drive. Clovelly 15 mins drive. Hartland Quay 25 mins drive.

Further Details:

John's delicatessen of Appledore is a few minutes stroll away. It has a full service Post Office inside and a good selection of groceries and fresh vegetables and fruit. Galleries in Appledore sell great products by local artists and are well worth a look around. Atlantic Village retail outlet is 10 minutes drive away with new large comprehensively stocked ASDA.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £40
Pet Fee £25
Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
A 30% deposit is required at the time of booking, balance payment due one month before arrival. We recommend that travel insurance is taken out as refunds will only be given if the cottage is re-let. Bookings made less than 1 month before require payment in full. Check on-line for availability then phone or email to reserve booking. A security deposit of £100 is payable this will be refunded 7 day after your stay if no damage has been incurred. We allow for the odd breakage of glasses plates etc.

Changeover Day:
Saturday. Accommodation will be ready from 3.00pm on the start day. Vacating the property no later than 10.00am on the last day.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.
We welcome long weekends and mid week breaks, ring or email for prices.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.