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Beautifully restored fishermen’s cottage in Appledore, North Devon



Updated: 23-Nov-2016
Full of character and equipped with all modern conveniences. 3 or 4 bedroom option available

Nestling in wonderful Irsha Street, this 200-year old fishermen's cottage is recently restored, retaining many period features including exposed beams and historical fireplaces. It is comfortably furnished and fully equipped with all modern equipment. This cottage offers home-from-home retreats for couples and families.

Irsha Street runs along the shore of the estuary, so you can fall asleep to the sound of the sea lapping the slipway. Despite this peaceful location, the cottage is only minutes away from local amenities, including several charming pubs, restaurants and shops. Appledore's delightful alleys and lanes reveal a rich heritage and lively cultural scene and its beach is famed for its crab fishing and watersports. It is also ideally located for exploring North Devon.

The cottage can be booked as a three or four bedroom option. Prices displayed are for the three bedroom option, please enquire about the cost of the additional bedroom.

To the rear of the property are enclosed gardens, which can be used for al fresco dining (the kitchens cater fully for home entertaining) and relaxing in the sun.

The cottage is equipped for younger guests with travel cot and bedding, high-chair, changing mat, step-up stool for bathroom, small cutlery and a selection of games and family DVD's.


More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

My name is Holly and I work as a teacher, carer and mum of two.

I live in the Warwickshire but try to get down to Devon as often as possible to unwind in our lovely cottage which I re-styled. The peace and tranquility of the cottage, together with all the home comforts that are on hand, never fail to recharge the batteries, whatever the weather!

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"Beautiful Cottage with lovely views over the estuary and some lovely walking. Maritime Museum very good. Friendly locals!" The Fletcher Family, Leamington Spa.

"What a fortnight! Slipway Cottage served us beautifully. Our first impression surpassed our expectations even though we had seen several photographs. As the days ticked by our appreciation of the meticulous renovation grew. An abundance of natural and reclaimed materials skill-fully assembled. As seasoned self-caterers, this is one of the best we have stayed in. Thanks Holly". The Payne Family, Middlesex

"Lovely Cottage. We really enjoyed our stay here. We had a lovely time, relaxing and enjoying the area - we went to Clovelly and Bude and hired bikes on the Tarka Trail. The kids really loved the cottage and area. Definitely want to return!!! Thanks for a lovely stay." Aylett Family, Leicester.
May 2013
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Catboat Cottage - a hidden Appledore gem

  • 5 of 5

Catboat Cottage is a gem of a house hidden away in Irsha Street, Appledore. It is well appointed and was very clean on our arrival. Tardis-like, it is larger than it would appear from the outside with four bedrooms and two good-sized living rooms- perfect for a family that doesn't want to be on top of one another. Our fortnight stay corresponded with glorious weather which allowed us to have breakfast on the terrace each morning, overlooking the rooftops of Irsha Street, towards the estuary. We gave up dieting and just tucked in each morning!

The location of the cottage is central to Appledore being equi-distant from the quayside and The Beaver pub. Cream teas and good food were never far away. Similarly, Appledore itself is only ten minutes from "The Big Sheep" which is a lovely theme-park for families with younger children. Alternatively, it is only about half an hour from tremendous walks around Hartland Quay on the coastal pathway. Spectacular views abound!

Overall, our stay was brilliant and we'd warmly recommend this property to others.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

I first visited Appledore 21 years ago with my parents and immediately fell in love with the place. I vowed that one day I would return with my own children. We first bought Catboat Cottage, which had just been fully renovated, and made it into the holiday home of our dreams - a cosy and beautiful retreat a little off the beaten track. We wanted a seaside retreat that was a home from home. Too often in the past had we experienced self catering accommodation that wasn't comfy or cosy. When my children were small, taking a break away was a little like moving house so we wanted to equip our cottage as fully as possible for our younger guests so that Mums and Dads don't feel like they need a holiday once they've packed and unpacked!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : The Beaver Inn at 100 Metres Nearest Restaurant : The Beaver Inn at 100 Metres Nearest Beach : Appledore Beach - opposite at 5 Metres


The attractions of the estuary are a stone's throw away from the cottage. The quay hosts competitive crab fishing and a number of water sports, and at the historic lifeboat end of the the village there is a great choice of rock pools with some fascinating marine life waiting to be discovered (as well as some delightful waterside pubs!).

At high tide, the local ferry will take you over to Instow, which is home to an extensive sandy beach.


The nearest airport is Bristol or Exeter. The nearest train stations are Taunton Parkway or Barnstaple. Appledore has sufficient amenities so that if you don't want to leave the village you don't have to, and everything is within easy walking distance. There are some wonderful attractions within 15 minutes of the cottages which you would need a car to visit.


Bideford - 10 mins

The Big Sheep - 10 mins

Atlantic Village Outlet Village - 10 mins

The Tarka Trail - 15 mins

Instow - 15 mins

The Milky Way - 25 mins

Dartington Crystal - 25 mins

Barnstaple - 30 mins

Clovelly - 30 mins

Hartland Quay - 30 mins

RHS Rosemoor - 30 mins

Hartland Lighthouse - 40 mins

Exmoor - 40 mins

Further Details:

Appledore has a post office which offers cash withdrawals and a delicatessen which stocks plenty of local produce and freshly baked goods in the mornings. There is also a Londis that is well-stocked with the essentials.

As well as a lovely tea room, cafe and chocolate shop, there are some great gift shops and art galleries, many in private homes belonging to the artists themselves.

A number of locally owned restaurants are available, including a fish and chip shop so popular that you will almost certainly have to join the queue!

For such a small village, there is a surprising number of pubs! Each has its own character and many host live music.

Strolling through the narrow streets and alleys of Appledore reveals its shipbuilding and fishing heritage, more about which can be learned on walking tours offered by local historians. Although off the beaten tourist track, the village boasts a lively cultural scene, including an annual book festival, and many of the resident artists offer workshops. The historic lifeboat station regularly opens for tours as well.

If you wish to go further afield, as well as the many attractions, the pannier markets of the nearby towns of Bideford and Barnstaple are really interesting; originally based on the idea that you bought to market to sell whatever you could fit into your basket.

For large-scale shopping, the main supermarkets are all within thirty minutes' drive. Bideford is the nearest town for the high street banks and cash points.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
3 Bedroom Option - Half Term
18 Feb 2017 - 4 Mar 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Bedroom Option - Easter
8 Apr 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Bedroom Option - Half Term
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Bedroom Option - Spring 2016
3 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
3 Bedroom Option - Summer
8 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Bedroom Option - High Summer
22 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Bedroom Option - Late Summer
9 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
3 Bedroom Option - Autumn
7 Oct 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
3 Bedroom Option - Half Term
21 Oct 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A 50% deposit secures any booking with the balance payable 8 weeks prior to departure. Holidays booked within 8 weeks need to be paid in full. Bookings can be made via email and paid on-line or by cheque. Confirmation of your booking will be made only once the completed booking form and deposit have been received. Holiday dates will be reserved for 7 days whilst booking forms/deposits are returned.

Changeover Day:
During High Season, changeover days are on Saturdays and access to the cottage is available after 4pm. Departure checkout is 10am. I try to be as flexible as I can, so please ask if you need different times. Low season, changeovers are to suit guests.

Notes on prices:
All prices shown are weekly - please ask for short breaks prices.

The price shown for Catboat Cottage is for the 3 bedroom option - please ask for prices for the 4 bedroom option.

The price shown is what you pay - there are no hidden extra charges for equipment or heating bills etc.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Updated: 23-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

We stay at the cottage at every opportunity, throughout the year and whatever the weather. There is nothing quite like waking up to seagulls yarping overhead, seeing the swallows swooping through the narrow streets and hearing the sound of the waves lapping up the slipway. Spacious Catboat Cottage (nicknamed the Tardis) is perfect for the whole family, great for a family to spread out and relax or for extended family to join them; the downstairs bedroom is a great retreat for grandparents. The estuary and the beach are magical: no two days are the same. Depending on our mood, we can relax by the fire or in the garden, stroll around the village, or explore the many nearby attractions, knowing that all the comforts of home are with us.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


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


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


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • river
  • village


  • bay
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • pier fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Family Bathroom
  • En suite shower room - master bedroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Optional En suite shower room - ground floor bedroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Included with the optional 4th bedroom (at additional cost)


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot, King size with en suite
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, Four poster bed - king size
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Optional Bedroom 4 (additional cost) - 1 Double Bed, En Suite shower room (4th bedroom booked at additional cost)
  • Description of sleeping capacity: 3 or 4 bedroom options - 4th bedroom available at additional cost Notes on bedrooms: Upstairs are three bedrooms: a king-size en-suite with TV, a second king-size with four-poster with TV and a twin bedroom decorated in a fun nautical theme. There is also the option of a double downstairs bedroom with en-suite and TV at additional cost.


  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: SORRY, NO SMOKING OR PETS. The cottage has gas central heating and has a gas fire in the sitting areas. All gas and electricity is included in the price, so there are no costly card meters that need topping up. All bed-linen is included and beds are made up ready for guests' arrival.

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