Poachers Cottage is at the heart of the historic north Devon fishing village of Appledore, set in a little cobbled courtyard off the iconic Irsha Street, a stone's throw from the water where the wide estuary of the River Taw meets the open sea.
The cottage is in the perfect location for strolling along the Quay watching the sailing boats, sampling the local deli, cafes and restaurants, and visiting the art and craft galleries that are tucked away in the traditional network of tiny alleyways. Walkers could try the South West Coast Path, which runs less than 20 steps from the front door, across the sand dunes and landmark pebble ridge towards Westward Ho! and beyond.
Appledore is well served for friendly local pubs, many with great food and live music to enjoy. Step out of the pretty courtyard and try the Royal George, a recently reopened and already widely-renowned gastro pub for the most stunning views and a delicious menu. Appledore has many events running through the year – the acclaimed and star-studded Appledore Book Festival takes place every September, there's a carnival and regatta in the summer, regular gig-rowing spectacles and more.
The ground floor of this cosy cottage has a sitting-room with characterful fireplace and a kitchen/dining-room with a stone floor that is ideal for four-legged friends who might have taken a dip in the sea. Steep turning cottage stairs (with handrails) lead up to the two bedrooms which overlook the courtyard. There are two bathrooms upstairs too – one en suite to the master bedroom with a bath and shower, and the other with a large walk-in shower.
For those who want to explore further afield, a Torridge Council parking 'tourist pass' is only £20 per week, and can be used across the district. The nearest car park is tucked just behind Poachers Cottage, so only a few minutes' walk away.
Visiting Instow across the estuary is a must – there's a seasonal passenger ferry which adds to the experience. Instow has a fabulous long sandy beach which is dog-friendly all year round. You can also walk, or of course cycle, along the famous Tarka Trail which is on the Instow side of the estuary.
Westward Ho! is only a couple of miles away, either on foot across Northam Burrows or a few minutes' drive, and with a wide, two mile long sandy beach it's worth a visit. For more rugged scenery head along the coast towards the unique car-free coastal village of Clovelly and on to Hartland Point where dramatic cliffs and rocky coves are a treat for those who want to head off the beaten track.
In the other direction, some of the most fantastic surfing beaches are a draw too, whether you are a participant or a spectator. Try Saunton Sands, where the beach stretches for miles, or Croyde and Woolacombe. To add to the variety there is very easy access to Exmoor National Park inland from Combe Martin, where Exmoor literally meets the sea.
The market town of Bideford and the main town of north Devon, Barnstaple, are both within easy reach with historical attractions, weekly markets, shopping and more.
Sitting-room with TV, DVD player, iPod dock and wood-burner effect electric stove
Kitchen/Dining-room with electric hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge, washing machine/drier and dishwasher
Bedroom 1 with king-size double bed (5') and en suite Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 2 with twin beds (3')
Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
*A cot is not provided, bring your own travel cot.
- Dogs welcome (1 only)
- High chair and stair-gate
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Public car park 100 yards
- No smoking
- Pub 50 yds
- Full electric CH
There is a really comfortable living-room with a wood-burner effect electric stove to give extra warmth out-of-season.
A few hundred yards away you can stroll down the slipway at low tide for a sandy stretch of beach for your four-legged friend and children to enjoy.
The slate floor of the kitchen/dining-room adds to the traditional feel but is also great for dogs after a walk along the beach.
Poachers Cottage is a lovely little fisherman's cottage located in a car free cobbled courtyard setting just yards from the sea views.
Appledore is a traditional old fishing village with a wonderful network of little lanes and passageways to explore.
The kitchen fits perfectly along the wall of the open plan kitchen/dining-room. The stairs are steep but there are handrails all the way up.
This is the view across the estuary and out to sea - just a few steps away from the cottage.
There are shops, a wonderful deli with treats to bring back to the cottage and several cafes all within easy walking distance along the quay.
Another view of the sitting-room - this window looks out to the courtyard.
The dining-area also looks out over the courtyard.
Many of the cottages along the little lane are painted in cheerful colours - there is a wonderful holiday feel here.
This is the master en suite bedroom.
Another view of the master bedroom.
This is the en suite bathroom which offers a bath as well as a fitted shower.
The twin bedroom is the first bedroom at the top of the stairs.
The cottage has a very peaceful feel. A twin bedroom and a double bedroom give the best flexibility.
The separate shower-room which is on the first floor with the bedrooms.
Colourful seaside theme decorations ensure a welcoming holiday feel to the cottage
A lovely place to stay for adults and children alike.
Across the estuary, reached by a lovely seasonal passenger ferry, is Instow, where there are wide sandy beaches at low and high tide.
North Devon's beaches are as good as any in Cornwall for surfing! Endless stretches of golden sand and rolling waves. This is Saunton Sands.
John's Deli has shops and cafes in both Appledore and Instow. There are also some excellent pubs and little galleries to browse in.
This is a great destination for keen sailors - but it is just as fascinating to sit on the quay and watch.