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Instow Cottages

Like its neighbour Appledore across the estuary, Instow is defined by its position. It’s where the rivers Taw and Torridge meet and the resulting expanse of water is the village’s natural playground. Sailing boats and catamarans head out in summer and, at low tide, the golden beach is revealed, offering families a long swathe of soft sand – perfect for paddling and building castles.

Out of season, Instow is equally lovely. A place to enjoy the birdlife on the estuary, ships sailing to and from Bideford, and the whitecaps whipped up by stiff offshore breezes. Then, when you’ve had your fill of sea air, find a spot by the fire in a local pub and warm up with a pint and a hearty meal.

What’s there to do in Instow?

Instow is a village to explore at a gentle pace. Stroll along its pretty front to drink in the views of the estuary or pause to admire the beachfront cricket ground and remarkable thatched pavilion – one of the oldest in the country. For spectacular vistas over the water and Braunton Burrows, head up into the farmland above the village. And if you’re itching to get out on the water, take the summer ferry between Instow and Appledore, or enjoy a charter from the village to go fishing or birding.

Given Instow’s position on the estuary, it’s no surprise that the big event of the year is a maritime one. The Appledore & Instow Regatta, first held in 1885, is a relaxed but competitive event that promotes old traditions of boat-building while hosting lots of nautical fun and excitement. The Regatta includes Gaffers & Luggers Sailing Races, Model Yachts Racing, Dragon Boat Style Racing, a World Championship Crabbing Contest, Salmon Boat Races, Beach Tug of War, Gig River Races and much, much more. Held every year in late July and early August.

The water is the setting for another popular sport – windsurfing – with Crow Point the place to head. If you’re an experienced surfer, you’ll be aware of the need to go at the right time but, broadly speaking, windsurfers normally have three hours each side of the tide to enjoy the Taw. The ideal conditions are at falling tide and north westerly – and the best place to launch is opposite Appledore on the far side of Crow Neck. Remember, if you’re a beginner, you’re better off seeking professional instruction on a more populated stretch of the coast.

If sedate pleasures are more your cup of tea, then head inland. Tapeley Park calls itself a ‘sustainable stately home in the making’ and while on the surface, there’s the usual gardens, gift shop and cream tea on offer, there’s much more to this stunning house and its grounds than meets the eye. The owner, Hector Christie, is passionate about the ills of capitalism and once ran the house along the lines of a commune. Though Christie still actively campaigns, changes have been made at Tapeley. The hippies have now gone and, following an appearance on Channel 4’s Country House Rescue, time and energy have been poured into the grounds, ensuring a stunning blend of natural beauty and man-made landscaping and planting. Formal Italianate terraces full of semi-tropical and tender flowers, a lake, woodland walks and organic vegetable gardens all contribute to a magical day out – and a very different kind of stately home.

The Tarka Trail is one of the country’s longest traffic-free walking and cycling paths and Instow is right on it. It follows the route of the old Southern Railway track which halted at Instow Station (amazingly it linked the village with Waterloo Station in London!) before continuing on to Bideford. With sculptures, mud flats, salt marshes, oak woodland, streams, hedgerows and meadows to enjoy, it’s full of visual feasts and, being largely flat, offers a manageable ride for the family. If the going gets tough, there are frequent shelters where you can take a breather, as well as the delightful Yarde Orchard Café (see below).

Where can you eat and drink in Instow?

Instow boasts a handful of lovely eateries, some in prime spots along the front with glorious views of pretty Appledore to the left, the sandy Burrows to the right and, in the distance, the Bristol Channel.

The Boathouse sits right on the beach and, for waterside views, it’s hard to beat – particularly at sunset. Relaxed and often very busy in the summer months, this is the place to come for local seafood cooked with flair, like Lundy crab, John Dory or skate wing. Carnivores and vegetarians are equally welcome and taken care of, with seasonal and locally sourced dishes the order of the day.

Foodies in the know head to John’s of Instow for its mouth-watering selection of cheeses, charcuterie, smoked fish, pies and marinated olives, as well as home-made bread, quiches, pates, cakes and desserts. Everything you need for a special evening in – or a very stylish picnic on the beach. And why not wash it all down with an artisan ale from The Clearwater Brewery in Bideford or a bottle of Sam’s Poundhouse from The Winkleigh Cider Company? (You can also buy freshly caught fish down at the beach, courtesy of fisherman Mick Hook. There’s a chalkboard with details of his expected landing times.)

Though not actually in Instow, The Yarde Orchard Café is well worth a detour. And if you’re on the Tarka trail, that won’t be necessary, as it’s right on the route. A former turkey shed which was once a sailors’ dormitory in Plymouth, the café is a homely place with wooden floors, tables and chairs and a handful of large Chesterfields to sink into. It’s a great place for a coffee and slice of home-made cake, as well as light lunches of pizzas, baguettes, salads and soups. A licensed bar serves West Country ales and ciders. The policy of sourcing locally extends to the meat, salads and veg, while coffee, chocolate, olives and crisps come courtesy of Essential Trading, an ethical supplier in Bristol.

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Clearwater is a minutes stroll from Instow's fabulous beach Clearwater

Instow - North Devon Coast

A modern stylish apartment, perfect for couples. Just a five minute stroll from the sandy estuary beach and watersports centre of Instow with a choice of pubs and restaurants.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Private parking
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
£280 - £605 per week *

CLEAR View property

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Private parking
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bed linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • 0.2 miles from the coast
  • 0.2 miles to the nearest pub
  • Sea views from the property
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
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Stunning views across the bay. Chandlers Court

Instow - North Devon Coast

A beautiful stylish apartment uniquely positioned to enjoy spectacular views over the estuary and just a short stroll from the golden sandy beach and village amenities.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Private parking
  • Friday changeover
  • Travel cot available
£349 - £916 per week *

CHANDL View property

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Private parking
  • Friday changeover
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bed linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Travel cot available
  • 0.1 miles from the coast
  • 0.2 miles to the nearest pub
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Tumble dryer
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Inglenook Cottage is a delightful character cottage near the beautiful seaside village of Instow. Inglenook Cottage

Instow - North Devon Coast

Nestling in the heart of Instow Village, Inglenook cottage is full of character and charm. Just a 20 minute stroll to sandy, estuary beach with a great choice of pubs and restaurants together with a fabulous delicatessen...

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Suitable for up to 2 pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Saturday changeover
  • Travel cot available
  • 1 miles from the coast
£383 - £914 per week *

INGLE View property

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Suitable for up to 2 pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Saturday changeover
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bed linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Highchair available
  • Travel cot available
  • 1 miles from the coast
  • 1 miles to the nearest pub
  • Open fire/woodburner
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Tumble dryer
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Beautiful views over the estuary. Broadwaters

Instow - North Devon Coast

In a wonderful location with unrivalled esturay views, this beautifully presented apartment is the perfect choice for a memorable holiday in Devon.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Private parking
  • Saturday changeover
  • 0.1 miles from the coast
£383 - £916 per week *

BROADW View property

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Private parking
  • Saturday changeover
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bed linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • 0.1 miles from the coast
  • 0.2 miles to the nearest pub
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Tumble dryer

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Views from Tarka Sands over the Yacht Club and Appledore on the far shore. At Tarka Sands

Instow - North Devon Coast

A comfortable ground floor apartment opening directly onto a patio with lovely views of the estaury and yacht club. Instow beach and a choice of pubs, restaurants and local delicatessen all within a short walk.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Private parking
  • Saturday changeover
  • 0.5 miles from the coast
£317 - £746 per week *

TARK View property

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Private parking
  • Saturday changeover
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bed linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • 0.5 miles from the coast
  • 0.2 miles to the nearest pub
  • On one level
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
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Special Offer First floor apartment overlooking the estuary Stars Cove

Instow - North Devon Coast

Delightful apartment with outstanding estuary views Just 100yds from the estuary beach and close to all village amenities.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Private parking
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
£363 - £882 per week *

N1807 View property

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Private parking
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bed linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • 0.1 miles from the coast
  • 0.2 miles to the nearest pub
  • Sea views from the property
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Tumble dryer
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Set in a peaceful location and near to Instow beach. Willow Cottage

Instow - North Devon Coast

Bungalow with conservatory and garden. Peaceful situation just half a mile from delightful beach.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Private parking
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • Travel cot available
£278 - £692 per week *

N0903 View property

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Private parking
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bed linen provided
  • Highchair available
  • Travel cot available
  • 1 miles from the coast
  • 1 miles to the nearest pub
  • On one level
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
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External - View 4 Flora Cottage

Instow - North Devon Coast

Mews style cottage directly overlooking sand dunes and the beach. Close to all village amenities and with private off road parking.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Private parking
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
£336 - £820 per week *

N0902 View property

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Private parking
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bed linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • 0.25 miles from the coast
  • 0.25 miles to the nearest pub
  • Sea views from the property
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine

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Sitting Room - View 1 Spindrift

Instow - North Devon Coast

Impressive detached coastal property furnished and decorated in a distinctive contemporary style. Within walking distance of the beach and with its own private hot tub on the rear decked patio.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Private parking
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
£780 - £1751 per week *

SPINDI View property

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Private parking
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • Bed linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Highchair available
  • Travel cot available
  • 0.2 miles from the coast
  • 0.3 miles to the nearest pub
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
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Instow - North Devon Coast

Detached high quality dormer bungalow just a few minutes walk to the beach and a choice of pubs and restaurants. Large rear garden with pond and off road parking for 2 cars

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Private parking
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
£717 - £1439 per week *

HEATHS View property

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Private parking
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bed linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Travel cot available
  • 0.1 miles from the coast
  • 0.2 miles to the nearest pub
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
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Dune View has sea views across to Appledore. Dune View

Instow - North Devon Coast

Cottage style beachside home. Peaceful cul-de-sac location, just a stone's throw from sandy beach.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Suitable for up to 2 pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Private parking
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
£368 - £922 per week *

N1093 View property

  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Suitable for up to 2 pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Private parking
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bed linen provided
  • Highchair available
  • Travel cot available
  • 0.25 miles from the coast
  • 0.25 miles to the nearest pub
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
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Outside Seating Area Linwood

Instow - North Devon Coast

A spacious waterfront villa with wonderful estuary views and close to all village amenities.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Private parking
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
£796 - £1597 per week *

LINWOD View property

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Private parking
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bed linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Highchair available
  • Travel cot available
  • 0.1 miles from the coast
  • 0.2 miles to the nearest pub
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer

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