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The Light House

Appledore, Devon (Ref. 1021582)



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  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
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Reviews & Ratings

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22 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautifully done out property made even better by the two rear gardens and the outstanding views."

    Many hours spent ferry watching.

    Reviewed by StephenSep 2021

  • "A beautiful cottage with stunning views."

    A short walk takes you into the centre of Appledore where Johns will supply you with fresh coffee and treats. Visit friendly pubs such as The Beaver Inn, with fantastic food. Take the ferry to explore Instow. The beach is a long walk but you almost have it to yourself.

    Reviewed by LynseyAug 2021

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our recent stay at The Lighthouse."

    Setting and views over the estuary are fabulous and available directly from all the downstairs seating areas, outside patios and two of the three bedrooms. The lower seating area is particularly warm on a sunny day, very relaxing space to a have sit and read or just take in the views. The kitchen is well set up for home catering and easy to find your way around. However, we’d definitely recommend trying out some of the eateries in and around Appledore, Instow and nearby Biddeford. Bathroom is a good size and lovely shower with no hot water issues for 5 of us. Downstairs cloakroom provides a useful additional loo. We were a bit worried about parking given some comments, but found even during our high season stay we could park easily on the street, just not necessarily directly outside the property. Appledore is a great base to explore the north Devon coast but don’t miss out on the local attractions - catching the ferry over to Instow or having a walk or bike ride in the Tarka Trail.

    Reviewed by EmmaAug 2021

  • "Fantastic property, extremely well maintained with great facilities."

    Great views of the estuary and a nice short walk into Appledore.

    Reviewed by PeterJul 2021

  • "A really lovely, clean and well equipped cottage with an amazing view!"

    We would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by KateJul 2021

  • "Everything in the cottage was perfect."

    It’s very tastefully decorated and well equipped. It looks exactly like the photos on the site, which is often not the case

    Reviewed by MaggieJun 2021

  • "Absolutely beautiful!"

    Communication with owners were very very good! House is wonderful Definitely want to return!

    Reviewed by JemmaJun 2021

  • "We have enjoyed a fabulous and relaxing week in The Light House."

    The house is beautifully decorated, in great condition, well laid out and has everything you could need. The views from the terrace and kitchen diner were stunning. Just a 10 minute walk into the centre of Appledore, where it’s easy to find great food and coffee at the Coffee Cabin, Flame Factory and John’s Deli. Highly recommend a stay at The Light House.

    Reviewed by MichelleJun 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in a lovely position"

    Reviewed by DaveJun 2021

  • "The Light House is in a wonderful position fantastic views across the estuary."

    The decoration is lovely and it’s well laid out Super kitchen and everything you need

    Reviewed by IsabelMay 2021

  • "Beautiful views comfortable home and the thoughtful cream tea left to welcome us."

    Reviewed by LornaMay 2021

  • "Clean and comfortable, home from home."

    Very well equipped. Excellent gardens with amazing panoramic views of the estuary and the Instow beach opposite. Unfortunately I clobbered my shin on the bed corner while attempting a late night journey to the loo. Be warned. Choice words were uttered. ;0)

    Reviewed by GillianMay 2021

  • "Great property, amazing view."

    Cleanig can be better. Fridge should be on, especially when they left milk in it and cream.

    Reviewed by DimitarApr 2021

  • "The Lighthouse is quite simply, a stunning property."

    Located in a quiet road on the outskirts of Appledore, about a 6 or 7 minute downhill stroll from the quayside. If you follow the owners guide into town you can go through a couple of pedestrian side streets and bypass the main road. There is no allocated parking and whilst there are plenty of cars in this residential area, we never had any problems parking either right outside or opposite the property. The house is mid terrace and it has been renovated and furnished to a very good standard. The 2 tier rear garden and terraces with perfect views across the estuary are the highlight. Overall 5 stars; thoroughly enjoyed our week.

    Reviewed by RichardApr 2021

  • "The house is lovely and the view stunning."

    Very convenient for walking into the shops and pubs. We had a fantastic time in the spring sunshine.

    Reviewed by JanetApr 2021

  • "Just a great place - beautiful views, high standard of furnishings, superb comfy beds (I have a back problem so very happy with the mattresses!"


    Reviewed by JulieOct 2020

  • "Beautiful views and a very well equipped cottage."

    Highly recommended

    Reviewed by KeithOct 2020

  • "Due to the pendemick a little bit of fun was taken out of the holiday but the ..."

    Due to the pendemick a little bit of fun was taken out of the holiday but the cottage met all the rules layed out by the goverment and gave us feel good factor

    Reviewed by JamesSep 2020

  • "The property was amazing."

    We loved our time there. We would recommend it to anyone.

    Reviewed by IainAug 2020

  • "We spent a week at the lighthouse and I have to say the cottage is definitely one of the best we have ever stayed in."

    Its decorated and furnished to a very high standard, was absolutely spotless and is in such a lovely position with beautiful views across the estuary. We had one little query when arrived and I just cant fault the owner at all. The minor issue was resolved straight away. The lighthouse is a very short walk into the centre of appledore where we enjoyed late evening crabbing once the tide had come in. We enjoyed food at the flame factory and the Instow arms and morning pastries from John's. We just wish we had of booked into the Seagate prior to our stay as the menu looked great but they were fully booked. During our stay we visited Westward Ho, woolacombe, Bude, Croyde and Saunton Sands, all of which were lovely and very easy to reach. We also went to the Cedars on the way to Braunton which is a lovely little pub. The lighthouse is definitely a lovely base to explore north devon with that extra bit of luxury and comfort.

    Reviewed by AngelaAug 2020

  • "We had a fabulous holiday at The Light House."

    The position was perfect- tucked away with stunning views but less than a 10 min walk to some lovely pubs, restaurants and the quay. All 3 bedrooms very comfortable and the kitchen very well equipped. We loved Appledore and there were plenty of places to visit along the coast. We were lucky to have several relaxing beach days with fab weather. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by JessicaJul 2020

  • "The Light House is such a lovely place to stay and I would highly recommend if you’re looking for a quiet and relaxing location."

    My family and I had a wonderful stay and left with holiday blues.

    Reviewed by KelseyJul 2020

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The property

The Light House is situated just a short stroll from the quay in the thriving village of Appledore, on the coast of north Devon.

Inside, the owners have created a beautiful and very comfortable contemporary interior which makes the most of the wonderful light that floods the house, with a real home-from-home vibe.

The home, facilities and location lend itself to wonderful holidays all year round.

Be welcomed into a large open-plan living space with a fold-back glass wall and magnificent views overlooking the estuary and Instow Beach.

Outside you will find an enclosed patio garden with comfortable furniture, and of course a barbecue.

From the patio go down a few steps to the stunning lower terrace.

The spacious built-in seating area provides another beautiful vantage point to read, enjoy a cool drink or simply sit quietly and soak in the ever-changing views.

Inside you will find floor-to-ceiling shelves filled with books for all ages, and there are games, CDs, smart TV and a guitar so there is no shortage of things to keep you entertained if you just want to relax at home.

The stunning views and the changing tides are yours, whatever the weather!

Sit at the breakfast bar, the kitchen table or out on the patio savouring your fresh croissants from the deli as you plan your day.

The kitchen houses lovely cookware and all the appliances needed for creating some delicious meals, whilst the dishwasher ensures that you spend your time relaxing, not washing up!

The downstairs WC with cloakroom, washing machine and shoe storage area, helps keep the open-plan space uncluttered and beautiful even with a full house.

On the first floor, you will find three bedrooms, set up as a king-size sleigh bed, a twin room and a single bed (day bed style), suitable for families and friends.

The master bedroom has a French carved wooden bed and a dressing table so you can prepare for your day in style - and the best view from bed that you may ever see.

Enjoy your morning cuppa snuggled in your goose-down duvet with the doors to the Juliet balcony flung open and just watch the boats go bobbing by.

In the twin room sink into the luxury mattresses on the oak sleigh beds and soak in the stylish and gently Art Deco feel of the room.

If you are the lucky person who gets bedroom three you can spend your time creating wonders at the beautiful desk over-looking the estuary, and even set your bed up sofa-style during the day and enjoy your own mini ‘sitting room’.

The family shower-room benefits from a rain-shower, large stainless-steel towel rail and a sun-pipe in the ceiling.

If you are bringing little ones, a travel-cot, stair-gate and baby listener can provided - because packing for a young family is hard enough without having these on your list!

After a day of sun and miles of sand at Westard Ho! beach, or the fun of crab fishing over the edge of the bustling quay, return ‘home’ to enjoy the fabulous views across the estuary while the barbecue sizzles and take all your meals alfresco on the comfortable patio.

Relax after a day of walking, cycling or simply enjoying the excellent pubs, restaurants, delis, art galleries and quirky shops in the village.

While you're in Appledore, don’t forget to take the little fishing boat ‘ferry’ across to Instow beach, and sample the famous Hockings ice-cream with clotted cream.

Or head five minutes away to the seaside village of Westward Ho! with its endless sandy beach, pop-up oyster bar and seaside fun - perfect for days of sunbathing, swimming, sandcastle-competitions or taking the opportunity to take up some surfing!

Fabulous for breathtaking winter walks too.

Make the most of your stay in Appledore by walking or cycling part of the Tarka Trail which passes through the village - and if you're looking for something more country based, then look no further than Northam Burrows Country Park just a few minutes away, set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and also perfect for long walks.

Staying in Appledore you are also within reach of the Royal North Devon Golf Club which has been named in the 'Top 100 Courses in the World’, and tennis courts and indoor swimming pool are within five minutes by car.

Further afield are the bustling towns of Bideford with its famous Pannier Market, and Ilfracombe with its historical and artistic attractions, quirky harbour and stunning coves.

The Light House is an excellent modernised cottage showcasing the best of Devon all year round.


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size with Juliet balcony, 1 x twin, 1 x single bed (day bed design)
  • Shower room with shower, basin, WC and sun-pipe
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Utility/cloakroom with washing machine and WC.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, dishwasher, washing machine, Smart TV, DVD player and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent.Bed linen and towels included in rental
  • Towels for indoor use only , please bring your own towels for the beach
  • Luxury mattresses
  • Travel cot, stair gate and baby listener provided on request, please state in your booking request if you would like the travel cot to be set up for your arrival and please bring your own sheets/bedding for the travel cot
  • Roadside parking
  • Front enclosed gravelled area
  • Enclosed patio area with furniture, BBQ and rear access
  • Lower terrace with seating
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.3 miles
  • Please state in your booking request if you would like the travel cot to be set up for your arrival.

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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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Christmas
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