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Luxury Penthouse Apartment Overlooking The Estuary With A Large, Sunny Balcony

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet


About the property

Appledore Penthouse, North Devon, England - Waterside Apartment Offers Privacy & Stunning Views In The Heart Of The Village

A luxury penthouse apartment on the top floor of the converted, grade-II listed Victorian cinema sleeps four people in two bedrooms and two bathrooms. With a large sunny, private balcony high above the waterfront with wonderful uninterrupted views of the estuary, village and out to sea, this unique apartment captures all the charm and character of Appledore while offering modern facilities and a feeling of space and proximity to the water.

Offering stunning views of the estuary and village from the top floor of this converted Victorian cinema, the penthouse apartment gives visitors an unparalleled perspective of this popular North Devon fishing village.

In decades past the building seated 300 cinema goers, but now the Gaiety Penthouse offers luxury accommodation for four people, with modern amenities and an uninterrupted 180° + vista from the breaking waves of Westward Ho! to the sandy beach at Instow and the village of Appledore.

The open plan living room with kitchen and dining area provides an abundance of natural light as well as access to a large, sunny balcony overlooking the water. Two en-suite bedrooms (one double, one double/twin) benefit from plenty to space, as well as views over the village and the estuary. Situated a few hundred yards along the narrow, partially cobbled Irsha Street which is part of the South West Coastal Path and full of quaint, colourful fishermen’s cottages, the Penthouse is a short walk from Appledore’s quayside.

Now with WiFi!

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Chris Ritchie
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
11 March, 2018

About Chris Ritchie

This is my first holiday property and I am torn between spending more time in the Penthouse and letting it out!

With family living in the area for 20 years, I have spent many happy hours in North Devon and I'm pleased to be able to share it with visitors.

My sister runs a holiday park locally and she and her family help me to manage the penthouse to offer you a special holiday.

Chris Ritchie purchased this apartment in 2014

Why Chris Ritchie chose Appledore

I had been looking for a property in North Devon for several years and as soon as I walked into the Penthouse knew it was the right place. The light airy apartment, the sunny balcony above the water and the stunning views indicated this was somewhere to spend many happy hours.

In the heart of characterful Irsha Street in the ever popular Appledore, the Penthouse is a short walk from pubs, restaurants and the shops on the Quay and a short drive from great beaches, surf and golf courses.

If you like the outdoors this area has lots to offer.

What makes this apartment unique

While the Penthouse is just a short walk from some great pubs and restaurants and has easy access to the beaches, walks and cycle trails of North Devon, you will also want to spend as much time as possible talking in the views and watching the world go by from the sunny balcony!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Highest rating in all respects.

Excellent accommodation - comparable to 4 or 5 star hotel.

Very comfortable furnishings.

Balcony and view good for relaxation.

Appledore Penthouse is equipped to a high standard throughout.

A great place to be.

We look forward to coming back.
Apr 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Appledore in Torridge District

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Both bedrooms have en-suite facilities. The double room has a bath with an overhead shower while the twin room has a bath and a separate shower. Showers in both rooms operate at mains pressure.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Two large bedrooms, one king size double and one twin. The double also has a small sofa as well as bedside tables, a large chest of drawers and an wardrobe. The twin has a wardrobe bedside tables and two dressing small tables.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • surfing
Outside: French windows in the lounge lead to a large, private and sunny balcony with stunning views. Right on the waterfront the top floor balcony offers uninterrupted views from the villages of Appledore and Instow in the south east, across the Taw and Torridge estuary to Saunton Sands and Crow Point and all the way to Westwood Ho! and the sea in the west. A small table and comfortable chairs mean that this is a wonderful place to spend a day from breakfast until evening drinks! Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bed linen are included and are changed on a weekly basis, as is the apartment if required during longer lets. Other: There is a large entrance hall on the lower level that offers storage space. In addition to the en-suite bedrooms, a separate toilet at the top of the stairs provides added convenience.


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Luxury Penthouse Apartment Overlooking The Estuary With A Large, Sunny Balcony
average rating of 4.814815 based on 29 reviews

Fabulous views, beautiful apartment, warm cosy, clean and fresh.

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay again in the Penthouse , with beautiful views across the estuary, a lovely cosy apartment which is clean and spacious. It couldn't have been nicer😊?

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stylish, unique with wonderful views!

  • 5 of 5

Our second visit to the Appledore Penthouse and we will book again! This is a superb property; well equipped, attractive, comfortable and of course the wonderful views over the estuary. Lots of things to do and see close by and further afield. Appledore is a lovely, unspoilt place but with plenty of activity around the harbour pubs and cafes. Chris, the owner was easy to contact and responded to any queries within 24 hours.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Super apartment, lovely location.

  • 4 of 5

Clean, well maintained apartment in a great location. Will definitely consideration a return visit in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely apartment with fantastic views

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Appledore, lovely part of the country from which to explore North Devon. The apartment was fantastic, very well equipped and everything done to a high standard. The views from the balcony across the estuary and to Instow and Crow Point were beautiful and a couple of the sunsets were amazing! Would definitely like to return next year!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Terrific destination by the water

  • 5 of 5

We selected this property as a place to put our feet up for a few days towards the end of 2 months of travel. The location and apartment were ideal. This 2nd (top) floor attic apartment presents as the photos depict. It is light filled, spacious, private and perfectly positioned to watch the amazing tide. It is nicely decorated and not overfilled with personal items. The kitchen is well equipped making it easy to prepare meals at home but there are also some good pubs and coffee shops within a few minutes walk. All communication with Chris was via email and the process of checking in went smoothly. Our visit was in late June and we had no trouble finding a park for our car at £3 per day in the nearby Churchfield car park.


  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Superb very comfortable apartment. Ideal for 2 couples .

Very quiet .

Everything you need.

Perfect location

Hopefully we will return.

Thank you Chris

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
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Special interest holidays:

Ideally located for the Appledore Book Festival!


Westward Ho!, Saunton, Croyde, Puttsborough & Woolacombe are just a few of the famous local beaches, loved by both families and more adventurous visitors including surfers and kitesurfers.

Westwood Ho! is a long walk or a short drive, while Instow beach can be accessed via the Instow Ferry operating from the Appledore quay.

Saunton, Croyde, Puttsborough and Woolacombe are well worth the 30-45 minute drive to the other side of the estuary.


With easy access from junction 27 of the M5 along the A361 and a short distance on the A39, Appledore is a straightforward car journey.

The nearest train station is in Barnstaple while National Express offer bus services to Bideford, about 3 miles from Appledore.

International airports are found at Exeter, Bristol and Newquay


In the heart of Irsha Street you will find pubs within a few minutes walk in either direction while local shops and cafes take a couple of minutes longer!

Further Details:

Appledore is a characterful and popular village on the Taw/Torridge Estuary, just inland from Westward Ho! and looking across at Crow Point and the World Heritage site of Braunton Burrows.

With easy access on foot, on a bicycle, by car or even ferry to the many attractions and fine sandy beaches of the local North Devon area, there is always something to do. The shops and amenities of Bideford and Barnstaple are also just a short drive away.

Appledore offers cafés, pubs and restaurants, a well-stocked deli and distinctive side streets, as well as being home to the famous Hockings ice-cream and some of the best fish and chips anywhere, so you should never go hungry!

Well worth a visit are John’s of Instow, The Seagate, and The Coffee Cabin all situated on the Appledore Quay, despite misleading name of the former!

John’s is a deli with lots of local produce, a cafe and a small supermarket while The Seagate is a characterful and popular pub with excellent food that has recently be refurbished. A recent addition to the village that is already gathering an enthusiastic following and great reviews, The Coffee Cabin serves great coffee and and homemade treats.

Out of the summer season, the Appledore Book Festival in October is a well worth a visit along with the likes of Michael Morpurgo, Richard Madeley, Jeremy Vine, Lord Owen and Helen Dunmore and Faye Weldon.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Appledore, Devon

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
23 Mar 2018 - 19 Apr 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
20 Apr 2018 - 24 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season
25 May 2018 - 3 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Season
4 Jun 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season
29 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Peak 2018
14 Jul 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Sept Mid Season
3 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Cleaning Fee £75

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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