My family & I have just returned from our stay at Docton House in Appledore. We booked our stay through Holiday Cottages.
On our arrival in Appledore we spent some time trying to find somewhere to park. On street parking is pretty much non existent & always taken up no matter what time of day it is. There is a car park at the end of the harbour, but this is quite a walk with luggage to the house. We found a small car park half way up the hill (opposite The Maritime Museum, EX39 1PT) which charges £16 for 7 days. You can pay with coins or with your card over the phone.... Although be warned signal in Appledore is hard to come by.
We then went in search of the house, not particularly easy to find. It's hidden in a pebbled court yard leading to Appledore Gallery. There is a staircase to the right of the gallery & the enclosed garden to the house is straight at the the top of the staircase through a very old gate that has seen better days.
So Docton House..... You walk through the door immediately into the living area. There is a beautiful large fireplace with a log burner. Some flowers and a bottle of wine had been left, a lovely touch. There is a table that seats 8, but it is a bit of a squeeze. There are two small, very uncomfortable sofas and an arm chair that has seen better days. This room was extremely dusty and grubby and the windows look as if they hadn't been cleaned for months.
To the right of the living area is the family bathroom.... Good size and pretty clean. Please be aware that you cannot run a bath whilst the showers in the en-suits are in use as it cuts them off. We found this out the hard way.
Off the living area is the kitchen.... First things they leave you some tea, coffee and sugar sachets and a pint of milk in the fridge, another lovely touch! The kitchen looks lovely in the photos but when you take a closer look it is in major need of some TLC and updating. The dishwasher is very hard to open and doesn't clean particularly well. The toaster is useless. We spent the first hour of our holiday cleaning the fridge and the work surfaces.... Who knows when the inside of the cupboards were last cleaned out. The kitchen has a door to the rear courtyard... This really isn't much to look at and is just concrete. There is is a door to the utility room but it's broken and so you have to access this from the garden out the front.
The first double bedroom has an en-suite and overlooks the road and the social club. This is quite noisy on a Saturday night but wasn't heard any other time. Also you can smell smoke in this room during the day, no one in our party smoked so not sure where the smell was coming from?
The second bedroom is a twin with en-suite and again over looks the road and social club. This bedroom has no main light?? And has very low ceilings.
The third bedroom is a double that over looks the garden. Only downside to this room is that we couldn't open the window.
The fourth bedroom is a twin room. This room is directly above the utility room and when using the washing machine & tumble dryer is extremely loud in the room.
All four rooms were surprisingly clean. I honestly don't know what happened to the downstairs of the house?!
The utility room accessed from the garden has a very worn out washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. They do what they should but are very rusty and in need of updating.
This house allows a well behaved dog but please be aware there is a notice on the gate asking for dogs not be left unattended in the house at any time.
This house is beautiful and could be amazing if it had done what was needed. We read through the review book in the house and weren't the only ones to comment on the cleanliness, clearly no one bothers to read it!
So all in all, a lovely grubby house, in a small village.... Not a great deal to do here but there is a lovely pub (The Sea Gate) that serves delicious food... The kids loved crabbing and the small boat trip across the river... You definitely need a car to travel around North Devon and see the beautiful beaches and countryside. Would we return? Probably not but we think it's definitely worth a visit.