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September/October is always the time we choose to holiday. We have very young children who are not yet in school, so I appreciate it’s not a time that everyone can go, but for us at the moment it’s perfect. It’s quiet, the weather is often beautiful and it’s like a final bit of joy before the cold winter sets in.
This year we decided to head off to Devon for our family holiday. It’s an area I’ve never been to before and even though the thought of a 5 hour drive was a little daunting with a 4 year old and a 6 month old, we figured we could just stop multiple times to give them (and us) a break.
After some research and loads of amazing recommendations by you guys, we went for a beautiful house nestled on an estuary in Appledore, Devon. The house itself is relatively new and was a self-build project. The owners wanted to create a property that had uninterrupted sea views and they definitely succeeded in this. We are lovers of sunsets in our house and have stayed in places with a disappointing view. Not quite understanding why properties have been built without taking into consideration the light and the sunrise/sunset. The house in Appledore did not disappoint!
Clever window placement and balconies with glass barriers meant that the sea could be seen from every angle. The house overlooks the Estuary and is sat right next to the towns Lifeboat station. The lifeboat can be seen happily bobbing around and it’s ridiculously therapeutic to sit and watch the tide go in and out and watch how the landscape changes from minute to minute. If you’re into creating time-lapse videos then you’ll love doing this here.
The house is set over a few different levels. It has an integral garage with electronic doors (this excited my husband greatly!), which is great when you have small children. You can load the car up and get the children in safely without navigating them around narrow roads. The garage also housed the washer-dryer and had an area to hang coats and leave your muddy pram without bringing it into the house.
On the same level there were two bedrooms. One double and one twin. There was also a small bathroom on this floor for the guests on this level. The middle floor was the hub of the house. A huge open plan kitchen-diner and lounge with huge expanses of glass and a balcony overlooking the water. The décor was crisp and clean with no fussy patterns or tones that would distract from the wonderful view.There was also another double bedroom and bathroom on this level which our daughter chose to sleep in. She was very excited to have a television in her own room too.Our room upstairs was the piece de résistance.Beautiful double room with sliding doors onto the roof terrace.
There was comfortable furniture outside to recline on and watch the sunset with a glass of wine, all completely secure for little ones (or drunk adults!)The bathroom was down one step and features a huge freestanding bath, positioned perfectly underneath the window so you could lay and watch the clouds blow by on a blustery autumn day.The house would accommodate 8 people and is great for children.It’s situated in a good location to head off to other nearby towns such as Clovelly, Croyde, Woolacombe, Saunton sands and many more. Appledore itself is a sleepy little fisherman’s village but great for walking, rock pooling and stopping in the pub for a drink. We ate at the Royal George in town, which I can highly recommend and also popped into the Coffee Cabin for a good coffee and cake. The local Hockley’s Ice Cream is particularly enjoyable, even on a cooler autumn day.We booked and paid for our holiday through Holiday cottages. The price varies depending on the week you select so you can expect to pay more during the summer holiday months. You can check out the house on their site here.