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The Crab Shell

Appledore near Bideford, Devon (Ref. 960148)


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

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  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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66 Customer Review(s)

  • Victoria

    “Fantastic property, home from home.”

    We will be booking again for next year. 10/10

    We will be booking again for next year. 10/10

    - Victoria, April 2024


  • Open plan kitchen, dining and sitting area
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x double with WC
  • Bathroom.
  • Gas central heating, log burner (first basket of logs free)
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer
  • Smart TV with Freeview, Blu-ray DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • On road parking opposite on a first come, first served basis – public car park nearby
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Patio area with seating
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome, at £25 per pet per week
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops, pubs and restaurants 5 minute walk.

The property

Admire the fabulous views across the estuary from this lovely cottage.

Appledore is a quaint and quirky fishing village full of winding streets lined with tiny shops, wonderful cafes and quayside inns Steeped in history of smugglers and fishing tales, it is an idyllic spot to spend your holiday or to use as a base to tour the area.

Take a hike or a cycle along the South West Coast Path or the Tarka Trail, both offering miles of beautiful walks and stunning views and you will come across the glorious sands of Westward Ho, a two mile stretch of beach with white water waves perfect for surfing lovers.

Hop on the ferry at Appledore across to the village of Instow or take a boat trip to the wildlife haven of Lundy Island where you may even spot some seals.

There are more beautiful beaches in North Devon such as the award winning Woolacombe Beach, Croyde and Saunton so plenty of opportunities for playing in the sands.

Golf enthusiasts will enjoy the golf course at Northam Burrows and some riding stables offer the chance of a beach or countryside ride.

Picnic on Exmoor National Park amongst rolling fields and wild flowers but do bear in mind that sheep and ponies roam wild here, then stumble across a county inn in a hidden valley and stop for some refreshments.

The historic market towns of Bideford and Barnstaple are within easy driving distance or true shoppers may enjoy a day out to the city of Exeter.

With so much to see and do in this glorious area of Devon, a week just won't be long enough! The Crab Shell is a beautifully presented terraced cottage with views across the estuary.

An open plan kitchen, dining and sitting area are on the ground floor with three bedrooms on the first and second floors.

There is also an enclosed patio area.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Bideford 4 miles;

Where the Taw and Torridge rivers meet, sits the delightful quayside village of Appledore, next to the River Torridge. Appledore boasts a small but great range of shops, pubs, guesthouses and art galleries. A thriving fishing and trading village since the 14th century, Appledore has been a famous boat-building centre for many years and the shipyard is still active today. Picturesque Appledore provides a peaceful base from which to explore North Devon, and is close to surf beaches.The Quay is very central to life in the village and it is here you will find many activities including fishing trips, crabbing contests on the quay, and sometimes Morris Dancers. This quaint fishing village has a maze of narrow streets leading to the quay.
Just four miles from Appledore,straddling the Torridge estuary, is the quaint bustling town of Bideford boasts a medieval bridge, town quay, quaint pannier market and vibrant shopping area - all well worth a visit. For the more active, several major surfing beaches, golf courses, theme parks and other attractions are nearby and the South West coast path passes close by on its way into Cornwall. The beautiful cliff-top fishing village of Clovelly is half an hour by road, and the delights of Exmoor and Dartmoor can be reached in under an hour. Surf the waves, stroll through pretty villages, wander along the Tarka Trail, visit a famous garden or have some fun at one of the local theme or farm parks – it’s all on the doorstep.