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Secret 'village within a village' sits behind door – and it's on sale for £1.5m

Why buy one house when you can buy multiple, set within your own mini town that lies hidden behind an unassuming door?

We’re not just talking about hypotheticals, to be clear. Such a property opportunity does indeed exist.

In the coastal fishing village of Appledore in Bideford, Devon, there’s a door.

That door, on Bude Street, looks like any other home’s front door, but if you open it you won’t be greeted by a living room.

Instead, you’ll walk into a courtyard, which serves as the centre of what’s known as a ‘village within a village’, made up of a collection of Grade II listed homes.

And that entire bundle of homes and the courtyard is up for sale, for £1,500,000.


The main property in the collection is Lands House, which has five bedrooms and is arranged over three floors.

In here, there are plenty of cool features, including slate flooring to a cosy wood-burning stove.

Alongside that main house there are three more cottages and three apartments, all around a Mediterranean-style courtyard.

You could team up with some friends, buy the lot, and then each have your own house in pal-town, or live in the main house and let out the other homes to make some cash.

One of the properties is Mulberry Tree Cottage, made up of a bedroom, an en suite bathroom, a kitchen, and open-plan living and dining area.

Pear Tree Cottage has two bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, and a living room complete with feature ceiling beams.

And then there’s Apple Tree Cottage, which has one bedroom with an en suite and a kitchen and living area, plus access from the first floor to three further flats.

Outside are walled gardens plus a summerhouse, which would make a dreamy studio or office space.

The Narnia-esque village-behind-a-door sits within Appledore, which is lovely in itself.


The area has plenty of shops, restaurants and pubs, and is hope to the Appledore Book Festival.

If you get board of the small town vibe, it’s just three miles to Westward Ho!, with sand and sea.

Helen Whiteley, Director at OnTheMarket.com said: ‘This collection of properties truly has a magical quality about it and would make a fantastic home and income opportunity for the new owner.

‘The chance to make a purchase as unique as this one doesn’t present itself all the time, so it’s certainly not one to be missed.’

James Carroll, spokesperson for Jackson-Stops, Barnstaple, added: ‘While they benefit from their own secluded air of privacy, these properties retain a fantastic sense of community and benefit from being located within Apledore which itself is a highly desirable village.

‘As well as the cottages and apartments offering income opportunities, this property also comes with a shop on Bude Street which is currently being let out, giving the future buyer yet another potential business venture to embark on.’

Sounds delightful. If you’re keen (and have a £1.5million spare), you can sort a viewing through the OnTheMarket listing.

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