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Seaside Cottage In Appledore With Private Parking And South Facing Garden



Updated: 18-Nov-2016
4 bedroom, 2 bathroom Fisherman's Cottage in picturesque village

Gran Belles is truly a home from home. A grade 2 listed property, the house is a bit like a tardis. Open the front door on to the listed hall way and you'll find this seemingly little house magically grows with ease to become a family home for 8. Irsha Street is one of the most popular streets in Appledore; the sea splashes against the homes on one side, whilst homes on the other side treasure private south facing secluded gardens -like Gran Belles. With two decked terraces that are ideal for blue sky breakfasts and BBQs, apple and pear trees, the garden gate opens to your private car parking space - ideal for unloading suitcases and surf boards! Because holiday homes should offer everything your own home provides, you'll find everything you need here, even down to an ice cream making machine, although Appledore's own Hockings ice cream is such a treat you may not need it. It's a much loved gem in a fab location, Appledore charms everyone with its magic, you'll fall under its spell.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We've owned Gran Belles for 14 yrs. It's still a really important part of our lives and we enjoy sharing it with like-minded people. Our children enjoyed Appledore; now they return with friends and our grandchildren -it's seen as a haven for friends and family alike. There are pictures of the family all over the house, a gallery of people we've loved and lost as well as those who are still very much part of our lives. Lie in bed and listen to Scunthorpe our 'friendly' seagull whose cry wakes us in the morning, or wander across Northam Burroughs in the early morning - its such a peaceful place to be, all year round. Just arrive and let its magic do its work, relax and refresh yourselves. We have many good friends in the village and can help you make this a holiday to remember.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

'We have been back to Gran Belles many times over the years and always come away wanting more. Its a warm magical house and we always feel very welcome' Louise and the three girls.

'Gran Belles and Appledore holds a very special place in our hearts. We walked through the front door and the stress of work seemed to dissolve. We'll be back' Simon and Mary

'What a lovely place, great home, lovely people in the village, good pubs and the sun shone all week long' - Shelley and Webby.

"Another great holiday in Gran Belles, the magic works every time" Suzie, Chris and the kids.

"We love appledore and want to come back" The Kieren kids

"Magical place, can't wait to return" Shelley and Webby (came back again)

"The house is great. It’s like a tardis – small from the outside, bigger on the inside. Like the two sitting rooms, and the extra TV in the main bedroom". Lynda

"We love it so much we're coming back this year" Louise and Matt.
Aug 2010
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1 holidaymaker review


Cosy, characterful cottage in a great location.

  • 4 of 5

We rented Gran Belles for an out of season girls' weekend and could not have made a better choice. Although there are some wonderful beaches very close (Westward Ho, Braunton Sands) the weather was perishing, so we spent a lot of time indoors. This was not a problem since we were happy watching DVDs and cooking in the well-equipped kitchen, with a couple of gas fires to keep us cosy ( there's central heating, too).The kitchen, incidentally, is part of an airy open-plan dining room, which I loved. Everything was perfect; the cottage was clean and everything was in good condition. Many of the ornaments and photos lend it a very homely, personal quality and for this reason, among others, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to friends. We did venture out into Appledore and found it to be something of a gem; there are cafes and a good deli, fish and chip shops and several pubs. We self-catered so I can't really comment on their quality, but there's certainly a choice. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

Family history - grandma emigrated from Appledore when she was 17 to Pill in Nth Somerset and for years we went back to Devon for holidays as a family. We feel so privileged to have been so warmly accepted by the local community and have made many very good friends. What ever the season, Appledore has a beauty of its own; whether its watching the ships sail out on high tide past the Royal George, or walking through the village to get Sunday papers and fresh croissants, its a magical place to be. Appledore has been an important part of our children's and now grand children's holidays. We get back there as often as we can, it's a real haven. We can be as sociable or as hermit-like as we want. Winter or summer Gran Belles and Appledore has a charm all of its own. Please enjoy.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Exeter at 62 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Beaver at 100 Metres Nearest Ferry : Bideford at 3 Miles Nearest Golf : Royal North Devon Golf Club at 2 Miles Nearest Train : Barnstaple at 11 Miles Nearest Motorway : Atlantic Highway (A39) at 1 Miles Nearest Restaurant : The Beaver at 100 Metres Nearest Beach : Westward Ho! at 2 Miles Car: recommended


Appledore has its own beach idea for crabbing and walking along the water's edge when the tide is out. From Irsha Street you walk west to pick up the North Devon coastal path, at the end of the street, across the pebbly beach and past the old lifeboat station toward Northam Burroughs. Wild ponies and sheep roam along the edge of the burroughs which give way to the Royal North Devon Gold Club and then on to the miles and miles of soft golden sand that is Westward Ho! Oh yes there are beaches.


Appledore is remarkably easy to get to as its motorway and main roads all the way, until you hit the last couple of miles. We will email detailed travel documents across. Basically its M5 to Junction 27, A 361 to Barnstaple, then pick up the A39 to Bideford. Approx 1.50/2 hours from Bristol.

Closest airport is Exeter, approx 70 miles away. A car is recommended to get the most out of the area, although there are coaches to Westward Ho! and a very reasonable local taxi service.


Bideford, the closest town of any size is 4 miles away. Barnstaple is approx 8 miles away. As well as the beaches there are many great places for the kids: Big Sheep at Abbotsham, Milky Way on the A39 just south of Clovelly, Clovelly itself approx 12 miles; Shoppers will love the discount mall Atlantic Village which also combines an adventure playground - approx 5 miles. There are lots of leaflets in the house about what there is to see and do.

In and around Appledore, eating out and local shops:

Local shops: Appledore may be a small village, but it is full of life and energy. Nothing is much more than a short walk away; there is a great delicatessen/ with an award winning cafe, well stocked general store & post office and another great 'Coffee Cabin', which has already made it in to the Guardian best cheap eats.

And this is just on the Quay. In Meeting Street you'll find a traditional newsagents, a ships chandlers and another café, just in case the two on the front are busy!

Eating locally: Appledore boasts many pubs and cafes and even a restaurant or two. Pubs like The Beaver which is only 4 minutes walk from the front door, is a good pub serving good pub grub. The Seagate Hotel, on The Quay, has a great bar and restaurant and both welcome families and dogs. Appledore does the best fish and chips and nothing beats eating fresh hot fish and chips sitting on the Quay. There is Sylvesters take away - the Royal Plaice offers both 'eat in' and take away with a great range of fish including Bass and Plaice - its also opposite The Royal Pub and they let you bring your drinks across to eat in. . Benson's on the Quay is well known. Westward Ho! has a range of good places to eat. Try Morans for great Thai and curries, Pizza Italiana for wood fired pizzas, Tea on the Green for the best cakes. Barnstaple offers most types of cuisine. Pubs: Appledore once boasted 17 pubs. Local pubs include The Beaver, The Seagate Hotel, The Champ, the Coach and Horses and The Royal - all lively venues offering live music, pub food and local ales. A pub crawl in Appledore is a cosy affair as the pubs are all quite close together. There are many good places to eat in North Devon, and nothing is very far away.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Christmas & New Year
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer break
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer holidays
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn break
14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £50

Booking Notes:
WE try to keep the availability calender up to date, but please email or call and we'll let you know when Gran Belles is free. We will confirm all bookings by email accompanied by a PDF booking form if required.

Deposit: A 20% non refundable deposit is paid on booking to reserve the selected week/weekend/s. The balance must be paid four weeks before the first day of the holiday - or upon booking if within this time.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is the preferred changeover day, but we are happy to try and accommodate other arrangements, subject to availability of cleaners and other guests. Arrival 3pm on the day of arrival. Leaving by 10.30am on the final day.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for 3pm Saturday to 10.30 Saturday occupancy.

Weekend breaks are charged at 70% of the full weekly rate and are for 3 nights from either a Thursday or Friday depending on bookings.

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From the Owner

Gran Belles has always given us a sense of warmth and belonging. The house has a lovely history which is framed and shown on the wall in the hallway. My great grandmother lived in Irsha St (see her picture on the wall) and recently we were able to unite her with a picture of her husband. There are pics of my Mum taken when she was 'courting' and visited Appledore. It's an easy journey and when you arrive you'll take a deep breath and relax feeling truly at home. From original artworks to books, there are lots of personal things around. I always leave toiletries in the bath room and around bedrooms, so if you forget anything please help yourself to what ever you find. Same applies to the kitchen, lots of herbs and spices, pots, pans and gadgets so just enjoy.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • There is a good sized family bathroom with an over bath shower, sink and toilet on the first floor. This was newly fitted in 2015. A separate toilet is found on the half landing between first and second floor. The top floor bathroom has a free standing electric shower and sink on top floor bathroom.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms, 3 double, 1 twin) There is a travel cot on site. Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 (front) has a king sized bed newly decorated . Bedrooms 2 (1st floor) with double bed newly decorated. Bedroom 3 (2nd floor) with double bed, overlook the garden. Bedroom 4 (2nd floor) with 2 single beds, overlook the garden.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Gran Belles is a home from home, so unlike many holiday cottages which we sometimes found impersonal, Gran Belles is very much a family home, pictures of real people, including my great grandma who lived in Irsha Street many many years ago. Book cases are full of books, all of which you are welcome to read, there is an assortment of wet weather gear, crab fishing equipment and tools and accessories that come in handy. We want you to have a truly magical holiday in a personal home, so we leave all manner of things that make Gran Belles home for us for you to enjoy. We are always happy to talk to you prior to your visit and help suggest restaurants, pubs and places to visit. Outside: The lower terrace is decked and overlooked by the kitchen, through big windows. There is a small table and chairs and a chimenea for chilly nights - the stars in Appledore are quite spectacular and we have been known to light a fire and sit out star gazing even at new year! There is a gas BBQ transportable to either deck with care. This upper area is bordered by shrubs and a prolific apple and pear tree. There is also a larger table and chairs with umbrella. Traditional stone walls border each side of the garden and it is a bit of a haven for birds and bees, especially the local seagulls who use the local chimneys to survey their sun soaked territory. The outside is one of our favourite places to be, it is exceptionally peacefull. In the summer we often nod off to the humming of bees in the flowers. And being south facing it gets lots of sun. Utility Room: There is no utility room but a small tumble dryer is housed in the shed at the top of the garden. Washing machine is in the kitchen. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels included - this is your holiday! Beds all made up on arrival. Bath towels supplied. Fully cleaned before arrival. Additional cleaning can be arranged at an extra cost, as can babysitting from a reliable source. Bring beach towels pls. Other: The second reception opens to the kitchen. A warm friendly space with comfy chairs to sit by the fire. The dining table extends to seat 8. Chairs for up to 8. Best of all the cook is never alone. .

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