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Willets Cottage

(Ref. 993273)

Appledore, Devon Show on map


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  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely quaint cottage."

    Good location. All facilities as described. Wi-Fi code in book didn’t work but checked router to find correct code. Spiral stairs steep but managed might not be easy for some. Pleased to find heating on when we arrived. Thank you

    Reviewed by Caroline3.8Mar 2024

  • "We arrived to find NO hot water or heating."

    It got sorted but went on for 3 days . The cottage absolutely stunk of DAMP. We left a day early as i got a cold and it just getting worse. I ended up with phumonia. Thanks (NOT) to the owners of The Willets, 5 Ivy Court, Apppledore.

    Thank you for your comments. Always keen to hear from our guests so that we can act upon feedback. Upon hearing late on Saturday night from you that we had an issue with one of the radiators downstairs (heating was working in all the other rooms including an electric log burner in the room with the reported issue with the radiator ) we immediately sourced an electric radiator that night until we could get an electrician to attend. I am sorry but it is very difficult to get an electrician to attend late on Saturday night. The electrician attended the following day on Sunday morning. Hot water was working the whole time of your stay. From a safety perspective we don't normally just leave the water on all the time when the property is not occupied. We have instructions for our guests on where the button is to switch it on and have never had feedback before suggesting that guests have struggled as it is very easy to do. I will take your feedback on board and review the instructions. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marina1.9Feb 2024

  • "As you know it’s a lovely location ."

    The cottage needs someone to have a look around and think what they would like . No welcome instructions , where to put rubbish, shower operation, etc ,or a feedback book for guests to write in . This is the first time we haven’t had this . Random freezer and table in front room but no where to hang coats. Shower is terrible impossible to get wet and took ages to work out which way dials were pointing . Simple dot would do! We hit a cold spell so the shower being so poor was really disappointing . The front room is impossible to heat with the tiny heater so our clothes also stayed wet . Kitchen cupboards too high to reach no storage space for food . I could go on sorry …sink splashes water everywhere and the cutlery is in a drawer with a grubby liner in it Outside is a mess and the door lock gets stuck . You have a gem here shame it’s not cared for. The bed was really lovely and we did have a great time in Appledore . .

    Reviewed by Gwyneth2.2Oct 2023

  • "The stairs would prove very difficult for anyone with a mobility issue which needs to be be highlighted prior to booking."

    Kitchen is not suitable and water runs everywhere on the kitchen sides when washing up, as this is the only place to store food has resulted in food stuff being spoiled extra shelving a must. Cooker also needs replacing. Neighbour who lives in terrace very rude looking in windows and telling me off for allowing my dogs in her court yard… the court yard being the only entrance to the property. All in all a good weeks holiday but wouldn’t return.

    Reviewed by Vicki3.1Sep 2023

  • "Good value for money and great location just off Irsha Street."

    Very clean and ready for use on arrival. It's a nice cosy cottage that with some thought could be even better. Kitchen needs some attention. There is no where to store your own tins and dry goods except on small work surface. Some cupboards are so high up they are impossible to reach unless you are over 6 foot or happy to climb on chairs. The electric cooker rings are going Rusty which is unpleasant. It makes more sense to put a shelf with the microwave on in the kitchen. In the lounge we would recommend getting rid of the table in the alcove - locate the freezer there. Then there is room to hang coats from the coat hooks, needed when it rains. To create a better first impression suggest you get the front area weeded outside the cottage.

    Reviewed by Elaine4.1Sep 2023

  • "Although quaint (in parts), some areas of the cottage need replacing eg the kitchen."

    Although the size cant be changed it needs updating. The source of the damp smell (downstairs only) needs sorting as it is very off putting. We have stayed in many old properties in Appledore and never had such an issue. The bed and the sofas were very comfortable. Although mentioned in the details the stairs make for a very tentative trip downstairs to the loo in the night!

    Reviewed by Deborah2.5Aug 2023

  • "The cottage was disappointing - immediately on arrival and throughout our entire 3 nights it smelt damp despite opening windows to try to get fresh air in and dry it out."

    There should be a warning for people with chest complaints. The shower is tiny and ineffective - could not get a decent quality water output, the controls were broken and potentially dangerous. The shower tray was blocked and took a long while to drain. Kitchen very tiny and poor but was as described. Photos were somewhat misleading, we struggled to work out where the photographer had been standing (!) and had clearly been photoshopped as the lounge in reality was very dark. Multiple spiders in the bedroom (possibly a nest) that hadn’t been hoovered. King sized bed very wobbly when you turned around over in bed. Had we stayed for a week we would have contacted you to complain and request to be moved. Also shower is NOT walk in! Location was good and close to amenities, but basically the cottage needs refreshing thoroughly. Would also suggest no need for a freezer in the lounge - it buzzed all night, why would anyone do this? Similarly, no need for an extra table under the stairs with a random microwave on it! Compared to other cottages we have stayed at, this was very poor and basic. It explains why this cottage was still available to book 3 weeks before we arrived…

    Thank you for your feedback. It is very important to me that guests enjoy their stay at Willets cottage and therefore I would have appreciated it if you could have raised this during your stay which would have allowed me to respond and rectify any issues quickly at the time. Thank you again for your feedback - Amanda Property Owner

    Reviewed by Melanie1.9Aug 2023

  • "Great location and lovely village."

    A tidy up outside the cottage (the courtyard) would make it a lot more attractive.

    Reviewed by Alan3.8Aug 2023

  • "Typical old fisherman's cottage with steep stairs and downstairs bathroom."

    Cottage was clean and homey and surprisingly roomy in lounge and bedrooms. Bit of a clean up outside would make it nicer to sit out with a cuppa.

    Reviewed by Elaine4.4Aug 2023

  • "Willets cottage was the perfect place for us to stay - we are planning to come back next year!"

    !! No complaints

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Aug 2023

  • "It was lovely and beautifully kept, and pretty well equipped for a little place."

    In a beautiful location and really welcoming for families. Especially helpful to have the high chair available! My one bit of feedback would be to reduce the number of papers in the welcome book or perhaps separate the appliance instruction books from the general instructions about the stay and what we need to do in the property, so that info is easier to find.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.4Jun 2023

  • "Location awesome, description of parking to off load a little misleading as you basically block the street which is a little stressful with car full of stuff and 2 dogs."

    Cottage full of everything you need - however door lock very difficult and needs looking at as we couldn’t get in on arrival for 10 mins, and given parking situation. Shower tray does not drain away for couple hours and needs looking at. Suggestion - second table not needed and the. Freezer could move i we stairs rather than in lounge. Bed - awesome :)

    Reviewed by Nicky4.7Apr 2023

  • "A very pretty period cottage and a delightful short walk to the quayside."

    The bedrooms were nicely furnished and I found my bed and duvet incredibly comfy. The living room was a little austere and could have done with one or two more seaside-y pictures and perhaps a more colourful rug. The downstairs loo was the only drawback, and this was reflected in the sensible price.

    Reviewed by Lucy Camilla4.7Oct 2022

  • "Lovely week at the cottage, very good base to explore from."

    The cottage was spotless on arrival and we were very comfortable on the sofas and the bed. The cottage is very quiet with very little passing traffic. The kitchen is compact! Think caravan kitchen and that’s about the size but had all we needed. Thoroughly enjoyed our week and would stay again.

    Reviewed by Greg4.7Sep 2022

  • "The cottage is in a great situation with everything within walking distance."

    The Beaver pub is less than 5 mins walk away and has a lovely view over the estuary. Sadly the weather was pretty awful when we were there so the cottage was very dark and gloomy. The walkway to the property was covered in weeds and the path was a walkway to other houses. Some of the furnishing looked tired and worn. The curtains in the sitting area and the main bedroom were coming off the curtain rails. The stairs leading to the bedrooms are very steep and anyone with mobility problems would find them hard going. The bathroom with a good working shower and loo is downstairs beyond the kitchen. Hooks on the doors for towels would be a good idea. The kitchen was well equipped and the fridge was working but the light in the fridge is broken. There was no phone signal in the cottage if you are with Tesco provider but the wifi works well so internet works well.

    Reviewed by John2.5Sep 2022

  • "Lovely cottage and Appledore has everything if enjoying the Devon coast is what you are after."

    The cottage is minutes from the coastal path and miles of beach, especially at low tide. The local pubs provide very good service, beers and food. The accommodation is simple but perfectly adequate and quiet and peaceful so ideal to rest and relax. Everything you need.

    Reviewed by Iain4.1Aug 2022

  • "This is the second time we have stayed here so we knew what to expect."

    This is a lovely, comfortable cottage, ideal for a couple with up to 1 child or a couple of dogs. A previous privacy issue in the bathroom has been addressed which is good (the other side of the bathroom window opens onto a higher level patio of adjacent houses and lacked privacy. A blind has now been fitted). The bathroom would benefit from shelves for toiletries as there is only the window sill for this. Also, the approach to the front door was completely overgrown with weeds which is not inviting but not really a problem. Generally very well equipped although I guess the property has suffered from previous guests taking things like tea spoons and drinking flutes away - what can you do? The front door and window is off a side path (not actually on Irsha Street which is great if you have nervous dogs as they are not bothered by people constantly walking by and when you leave the property, you do not immediately bump into other people with their dogs, if that is ever an issue. Lovely comfortable bed which gets the sun first thing in the morning. Downstairs bathroom is slightly inconvenient but that is the nature of the cottage and it does mean that it is a good size. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Lee4.7Aug 2022

  • "Have stayed here twice before and Appledore many times in the past 30 years."

    We love coming back for the friendly people and beautiful areas.

    Reviewed by Annette5.0Aug 2022

  • "Our first experience of the cottage was to walk up to the front door to find 3 bin bags on the door step."

    The outside area at the front of the cottage is the walk way to other properties and not ideal to use the bench which was next to the bins where we put the bags! The pictures on the website are somewhat dated with the property in need of some tlc refurb and redecoration. The fridge also does not work properly. The shower unit is also need of updating. We read that a previous visitor mentioned hooks for coats but there are no ways to dry bath or beach towels other than hanging over doors. The steepness of the stairs is understated with the top step going across the door of the second bedroom giving us concerns for our 10 year old grandson!

    Reviewed by Stephen2.5Aug 2022

  • "Excellent stay , minor issue with faulty Fridge ,."

    Reviewed by Mike4.7Jul 2022

  • "We had a fantastic few days and the cottage was absolutely perfect."

    Really clean and with everything you could need. Perhaps a few more hooks would be useful for coats and towels etc. I didn’t find the shower completely intuitive so perhaps a simple instruction in the bathroom might be reassuring - when I did work it out it worked fine, lots of hot water! A really perfect place to stay on my own with my two young boys - loads to do in local area and we all feel we’ve had a really fun holiday.

    Reviewed by Rachael4.4Apr 2022

  • "Quaint cottage got everything you need sparsely decorated which is great if you have 2 boisterous lads like us great tv reception and Internet no upstairs toilet which entails a middle of the night adventures to the bathroom."

    Overall great place to stay and a great location

    Reviewed by Neil4.7Aug 2021

  • "The cottage was in a perfect spot for Appledore town centre."

    The cottage needs scissors, tongs, more frying pans, egg cups. There was no signal to the TV so we could not use it.

    Reviewed by Lynn3.4Jul 2021

  • "A lovely little cottage, had everything we needed and made for a very comfortable and relaxing time."

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Jun 2021

  • "The Cottage was very cold when we arrived, not enough instructions on the fire and the WiFi password, the smaller bed was very uncomfortable and could do with a new mattress, overall the Cottage was probably what we expected."

    Reviewed by Ian3.1May 2021

  • "Our stay in Wilets cottage was a great success, the location in Appledore was perfect for a short getaway to walk and run on the SW Coast Path."

    Appledore itself has everything you needed for a break and the cottage matched the description really well and had a nice cosy feel for the 2 of us over the 3 nights we were there. We really enjoyed our stay and would recommend the cottage to others.

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Apr 2021

  • "We had a fantastic week at Willets Cottage, Appledore."

    The location was great, within easy walking distance to the amenities. Whilst the cottage is compact, there was plenty of space for two adults and a teenager. I would suggest that it would be good to put a small wardrobe in each of the bedrooms. Easily done with some change to furniture layout and the spare bedroom could do with a more supportive bed. Ok for a younger child, but uncomfortable for a 14-year-old. We found the cottage very clean and well stocked. Suggest a DVD player though. Good for those winter evenings. We would happily use it again and would recommend it to friends.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Oct 2020

  • "We had a wonderful time and the cottage was perfect for our needs, would certainly consider a return visit"

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Sep 2020

  • "A slight problem when we arrived, the key broke in the lock but we contacted the owner and he arrived within 10 minutes to let us in."

    The only reason I didn't give "Excellent" on the Cleanliness rating was that some of the knives, forks and spoons in the kitchen drawer were dirty but this was the only fault I could find. We arrived just as the more severe restrictions on the Coronavirus were imposed. All the pubs were closed after the Friday night and this changed the whole mood of the weekend. So we decided to vacate on the Sunday rather than the Monday. This is no refection on the cottage or indeed Appledore itself which looked lovely if it had been open. I have no problem recommending Willets Cottage or Appledore for a long weekend break or longer.

    Reviewed by Stuart4.7Mar 2020

  • "Really lovely cottage, cosy, comfortable and clean, met all our needs."

    Perfect location, reluctant to leave! Have visited Appledore a few times and always been pleased with accommodations, though this one is on the return to list! Looking forward to future visits staying at this little gem!

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Sep 2019

  • "Nice cottage great location only feedback is the bathroom could do with some ..."

    Nice cottage great location only feedback is the bathroom could do with some better heating and maybe a refresh this would make the cottage lovely

    Glad you enjoyed your stay. We have acted on your feedback including now installing a new radiator in the bathroom. thanks again. Amanda Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil4.4Mar 2019

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  • Over two floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double 1 x single with pull-out stacker bed
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with electric fire.
  • Electric central heating with a flame-effect electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, toaster and kettle
  • TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in the rent
  • Can load and unload outside the property with parking nearby at Churchfields public car park, charges apply for this parking
  • Public courtyard with bench
  • Two dogs allowed
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Pub and shop 10 minute walk
  • Note: The stairs to first floor are quite steep
  • Note: The stacker bed is available for flexibility
  • Note: Check in is after 4pm.

The property

Willets Cottage is a charming terraced cottage located in the village of Appledore, Devon.

With two bedrooms sleeping up to 3 people, this is an ideal destination for a romantic retreat or a small family getaway.

Upon entering the former fisherman’s cottage, you will step into the open-plan space which is filled with a traditional charm.

Within the seating area, there are two cosy sofas with a warming flame-effect electric fire, making it the perfect place to snuggle up during a winter’s evening.

This relaxing space also possesses a TV for rainy days and evening entertainment.

Through to the dining area, which has seating for up to four people.

The galley kitchen features a modern and contemporary design with an electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, toaster and kettle.

Hidden behind here is the well-designed shower room which comprises a walk-in shower, WC and basin all finished in white to create a clean and fresh feel.

Following the stairs up from the dining area, you will discover the luxurious bedrooms.

One bedroom features a single bed with a stacker bed available for flexibility, while the master bedroom has a king-size double bed and storage space.

The cottage does not have a private garden; however, it is situated off a small courtyard with a bench.

The nearest shop to the cottage can be located via the breath-taking coastal path, taking you just 10 minutes to walk to and the closest pub is a mere 5-minute walk away.

To fill your days whilst visiting Bideford, you can visit the Northam Burrows Country Park, which is only a 5-minute drive from the cottage or for a day’s adventure you can explore Saunton Sands, a sandy beach which is a 50-minute drive away from the cottage.

Willets Cottage is a charming cottage with luxury finishes, situated in an idyllic location.

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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.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas