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The Creamery | Luxury Self-Catering | Appledore, Clovelly

The Creamery

Abbotsham, Appledore, Devon, UK

Far from crowds and known only by a select few, the Hartland Heritage Coast in North Devon is a halcyon world of pebble beaches, abundant wildlife and rolling deep blue seas. Set between the quintessential fishing villages of Appledore and Clovelly, this cute-as-a-bunny barn is the perfect base for exploring this glorious land by day and languishing in luxury by night.


The Creamery started life as a cattle shed, part of the prestigious Portledge Estate in Abbotsham, but today provides unforgettable self-catering breaks in rural north Devon. Pastorally perfect in every way, the barn offers a life far removed from city noise. Observe the flourishing wildlife from the comfort of the luxe country interiors or make use of the proximity to Greencliff beach for sheer seaside solitude. Only a short walk away, the South West Coast Path promises endless exploration.


Inside The Creamery, sleek metallic tones lend a contemporary edge to the rustic-luxe interiors. Cleverly juxtaposing authentic features with carefully selected accoutrements and sinkable furnishings, the barn is effortlessly stylish and utterly inviting. From the open-plan living space, a wooden staircase leads to the first floor, where high vaulted ceilings, a writing nook and two bedrooms await (both king-size; one a zip-and-link). Both featuring en suites, serene mornings and early nights can be enjoyed by up to four guests.


The private garden is backed by sunny yellow fields of rapeseed in spring, changing with the seasons, and features a woodland garden area with birdwatcher's bench. Summer on the south-facing deck will be a balmy affair, providing a sheltered spot for sunbathing with a pile of glossy magazines. Enjoy a plate piled high with scones al fresco, or chase the sun with a drive along Devon's Atlantic Highway to find sandy and dog-friendly beaches.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 4 guests
    From £1,650 per week, £1,250 per short break
  • Alternative group optionUp to 2 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOn the first floor sits one double bedroom with king-size bed and en suite shower room, and the second bedroom is a super-king size zip-and-link with rolltop bath and en suite rainfall shower room.
    View bedrooms
  • FeaturesFire pit
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome with a third small dog on request
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyYes, children are very welcome. One cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is off-road parking for several cars. The country kitchen is perfectly well-equipped for couples or small families, featuring a Range cooker with gas hobs, fridge-freezer, microwave, dishwasher and washer-dryer.
  • Homestay includesA fresh welcome hamper, bottle of wine, Sonos speaker, DAB radio, Freeview TV, DVD player (with a varied selection of DVDs), many books in the lounge, WiFi internet, fire pit, gas barbecue, linen, towels, bathrobes, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Private cateringDiscover your options for private dining and fully catered breaks.
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
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Vintage accessories pepper The Creamery
Cosy up by the log burner on winter evenings
The well-equipped open-plan kitchen

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On the north Devon coast where two rivers meet, the maritime town of Appledore was once a vital shipbuilding centre and still has a thriving boating population. Think sparkly waters, fresh fish and charming inns propped up by cheery locals.

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Getting there

  • On the Map The Creamery sits just outside the sweet Devon village of Abbotsham near Appledore on the north Devon coast.
  • By Car From London, take the M4 toward Bath, take M5 South and follow the directions provided to the property. It is around a four hour drive.
  • By Train The nearest train station is Barnstaple, which is around 20 minutes from the barn.
  • By Air Exeter airport is one hour fifteen minutes drive away.

From the owner

“Our first impression was, and remains, a sense of tranquillity. You can relax in peaceful surroundings where your nearest neighbour is not even in sight and you can enjoy south-facing gardens undisturbed. And yet, you can sample the varied delights of north Devon and north Cornwall in no time at all.”

From the owner

We have always loved Green Cliffs, so when we found The Creamery, a picture-perfect gem tucked away so close by, we instantly fell in love.

Whether you enjoy the coast or country, The Creamery gives you both. You will probably have pheasants on the lawn, pied wagtails or goldfinches flitting around the garden, or hear deer barking and owls hooting at night.

We are lucky enough to live in beautiful East Devon, but we have absolutely fallen in love with this amazing part of North Devon. An area full of contrasts, from Exmoor National Park to the windswept beauty of Lundy Island and the stunning rugged coastline of Hartland Bay, there is so much about the area to love. 

This really is a place where you can escape for a few precious days and enjoy the perfect antidote to urban life.

The Melville-Brown Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Appledore with an insider’s perspective.


To See


Woolacombe beach is an award-winning beach, holding the ‘England for Excellence Gold Award’ for best family resort and was voted the Best British Beach in the Mail On Sunday. In short, it´s an absolute must-visit during your stay!

Fishing Trips, Appledore

To Do

Fishing Trips, Appledore

Enjoy full day trips or two hour estuary fishing trips from Appledore quay. Book your excursion at Summerlands Tackle in Westward Ho!, where you will be met by friendly, helpful staff and can buy your own tackle and bait.

Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room, Ilfracombe

To Eat

Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room, Ilfracombe

Thomas Carr, who trained under Nathan Outlaw, is a Michelin star chef. His team believes that fine dining is best enjoyed in a relaxed and unpretentious environment. Sourcing the very best in local, seasonal ingredients, and making the most of the abundance North Devon has to offer.

North Devon Surf School

To Do

North Devon Surf School

The area is a hot spot for surfers, Braunton even has its own surf museum. Renowned big wave surfer Andrew Cotton loves surfing here. While pro surfers frequent Greencliff beach, Westward Ho! is more beginner-friendly. Head to North Devon Surf School for tuition.

Unique extras

Enhance your stay with a unique experience from one of our preferred suppliers. From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.


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