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The Crab Shell

Appledore near Bideford, Devon (Ref. 960148)

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  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi


    • “The cottage was amazing! - very modern, everything had been thought of and very clean. The views over the estuary out of the lounge and two bedroom windows are fantastic. We would definitely go back again. However, the cottage is situated at the end of a very narrow lane which during good weather and school holiday time is very busy and difficult to negotiate. Once you have managed to arrive to the cottage, the chances of parking are small! In the week we stayed, we were only able to park once outside the cottage. There is a pay & display car park within a 5 minute walk but that was often full. There were no problems parking in the larger car park a little further away. Parking charges were very reasonable. We had a great holiday, staying in a beautiful cottage in a lovely part of the country!”

    Mrs Cory, Broadstairs, October 2018

    • “Superb location with fantastic views. Immaculate property. Would highly recommend.”

    Mrs Medley, Bridgnorth, September 2018

    • “Crab Shell Cottage is finished to a high spec and has everything you need for a great holiday. At the end of the day you can watch the sun go down from the luxury of the living room. The cottage is positioned very close to the estuary and it was wonderful to see the sea while eating breakfast. There are only two little caveats to advise of with this cottage - there is no allocated parking and access is via a narrow street which is quite often full of pedestrians. Parking can be difficult close to the cottage although there is a long stay car park about 5 minutes walk away. The third bedroom is lovey and has good toilet and sink facilities, the only issue is access which is via quite a steep and narrow staircase. It is fine as long as you are mobile and well worth it once you are settled in.”

    Miss Collard, BATH, June 2018

    • “An amazing home from home. Fantastic sea views.”

    Mrs Downer, Northampton, June 2018

    • “Beautiful house, very clean and stylish in a lovely spot overlooking the estuary. A very dog friendly place. Convenient for visiting places.”

    Mrs Adams, Leatherhead, May 2018

    • “This is a really good cottage, spacious, clean, well presented and equipped with excellent views. It is an easy walk into Appledore which is a charming village. Everywhere is dog friendly with the Beaver Arms, 5 mins away, and the Instow Arms, across the river by ferry, of particular note. We had a really good holiday here.One niggle with the cottage is there is no information book or instructions for the appliances - trial and error as they are an unusual manufacturer. Also parking in this part of Appledore is difficult particularly for loading/unloading.”

    Mr Willerton, CONGLETON, May 2018

    • “Crab Shell Cottage was perfect in every way. The Cottage has been sympathetically modernised to a very high standard and has lovely views over the water. We found it very homely and super comfortable. The cottage was equipped with everything we needed and more to make our holiday a very pleasant one. The real log fire was lovely for curling up in front of once the children had gone to bed in the evenings. There are lovely walks to take and a great bus service to explore north Devon (cost us £16 for 3 adult and 3 children for a day pass so could hop on and hop off as we pleased). Overall we had a 5* holiday. Will definitely be re-booking to go back again.”

    Mrs Shrimpton, West Bromwich, February 2018

    • “This is a very nice cottage , if it were mine I don't think I would let it out to just anyone, it is far too well appointed and I only hope that future clients will look after it.”

    Mr Robinson, Northampton, December 2017

    • “This is our 4th time staying in Appledore and this was by far the best place we have stayed so far. I couldn't fault a single thing with this property and had an amazing week.”

    Mr Hanstock, Mansfield, November 2017

    • “Whilst the cottage was very contemporary and comfortable there two areas which let the property down, in our opinion. Firstly there was no information regarding any of the white goods or electrical goods, no information regarding the area e.g restaurants, places of interest and finally there was no information as to where we place the rubbish and recycling. Secondly the heating systems left a lot to be desired. On the Sunday morning we rose to a warm cottage, on every subsequent day the heating was off and appeared to be set at 13 degrees, which was totally unacceptable.The temperature in the cottage was approx.18 degrees still not warm enough on a very cold morning. Whilst we increased the temperature on the thermostat to 23 degrees it took a while to warm up and to shower in a cold bathroom in something I hate. It would seem that the timer must have been set for different times at the weekend to the rest of the week. As a result of the fluctuation in temperature we spent £20.00 on logs to keep warm. Having said all that I did enjoy the holiday but I do think the owners should rectify the heating problem especially for people booking during the cold winter days.”

    Miss Palmer, Bournemouth, November 2017

    • “Really impressed with this property, well located and well equipped, like home from home only better!”

    Mrs Walker, Luton, September 2017

    • “The Crab Shell was beautifully presented. Everything that we needed to make our stay comfortable was available. Appledore is a pretty village and it was lovely to be able to walk around so easily. The only downside was the lack of free parking.”

    Mr Haden, Bromsgrove, July 2017

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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.


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.


  • 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.

Regional Information

APPLEDORE 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.