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Appledore is a quaint fishing village in North Devon situated along the water’s edge of the Torridge estuary where it meets the River Taw and both flow out to sea. Appledore is a small and quiet village but boasts plenty of shops, tea rooms, galleries, and pubs along its narrow winding streets to keep you entertained throughout your holiday.
The hub of life in Appledore is the pretty quay, where you will always find activities going on, from fishing trips and boats taking tourists on pleasure cruises, to children crabbing over the harbour wall and at high tide you may even see local kids leaping into the water to cool off on a hot day!
Behind the quayside, Appledore is a maze of tiny streets lined by historic Elizabethan properties, brightly coloured terraces, and cosy fisherman’s cottages. Our holiday cottages in Appledore are the perfect base to explore this quaint little village and the areas further afield such as the market towns of Bideford and Great Torrington. Choose from our collection to find a cosy romantic cottage, a historic property, or a cottage with gorgeous panoramic views of the river and out to sea, we are sure to have something to inspire you in our collection.
What to do in Appledore
There is a busy calendar of festivals that take place in Appledore. The Visual Arts festival through the summer sees little yurts and tents dotted along the quay all holding craft workshops and showcasing local artists’ and artisans’ wares. In September, the Appledore Book Festival draws crowds from far and wide that come to see and hear the world-class line up of authors and speakers. Past guests have included Michael Palin, Richard and Judy, and Lynda La Plante.
Appledore’s maze of little streets lead to a variety of things to see and do. Many artists live in Appledore and use the front of their houses as personal galleries, where you are welcome to stroll in and browse the work of the locals, from hand crafted ceramics and jewellery to paintings and watercolours of local scenes, it’s easy to spend a day browsing the many home and established galleries across the village.
The Quayside is a lovely place to spend a sunny afternoon or evening. The local area is well known for its award winning ice cream, Hocking’s, and the van can almost always been seen parked on Appledore waterfront ready to serve you a scoop or two. Add a generous blob of local clotted cream on top and a chocolate flake for a holiday treat you’ll never forget! Appledore has a number of cosy pubs and friendly restaurants to visit, and a particularly nice way to spend an evening is to buy a portion of fish and chips from the town and perch on a bench along the quay and watch the sun set over the river.
Across the river from Appledore, you can see the houses and shops of the waterfront village of Instow. At high tide, there is a ferry that will take you across the water to Instow and back for a small fee, this is a lovely way to spend an evening going out for a meal or sampling the local scrumpy at Instow’s The Bar!
History of Appledore
Appledore has a long history dating back to Saxon times. Just outside of Appledore, between its neighbouring town of Northam, is a stone tablet at Bloody Corner which is said to be the spot upon which Hubba the Dane was defeated during a Viking attack. Since the 14th Century, Appledore has been a thriving fishing village and has a long established ship building heritage which still continues to this day. During the Spanish Armada, five ships are said to be manned by men from the town and due to their effort, Appledore was made a free port by Elizabeth I in 1588. Many of Appledore’s buildings date back to Elizabethan times and there are walking tours and guide books available describing the town’s history in most of the local shops.