High quality self-catering cottages in North Devon & Exmoor

At Tarka Sands

Instow - North Devon Coast

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Private parking
  • No garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
£296 - £724 per week


Situated just a stones throw from the Tarka Trail and the stunning Taw Estuary, this comfortable ground floor apartment can be entered directly from the well tendered communal lawned gardens of Chandlers Court. Traditionally furnished throughout, the spacious living room has patio doors opening onto a small terrace, a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the views over the yacht club and estuary towards Appledore on the far shore. The breakfast kitchen will meet all your needs and two pleasant bedrooms are served by a separate modern bathroom. A gentle stroll brings you to Instow's long expanse of sandy beach where the Marine Parade has an excellent choice of bars and restaurants together with a high quality village store and delicatessen. Whether you are sailing, surfing, golfing, walking, cycling or simply relaxing, Tarka Sands is a great base in this beautiful area. 

 Accommodation:Ground floor: Hall. Living room with TV with freeview and DVD. Kitchen with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine. Bedroom 1 with Double. Bedroom 2 with Twin. Bathroom with bath and shower attachment over bath, WC and basin.

Facilities and Services: Linen and towels. Gas CH. No smoking. Wi -Fi  Broadband . Regret no pets. No cot is provided, please bring your own travel cot. Patio furniture. Allocated parking for 1 car plus additional guest parking when available. Short breaks available. Arr/Dep for weekly bookings is Saturday.


  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Private parking
  • No garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Towels provided
  • 0.5 miles from the coast
  • 0.2 miles to the nearest pub
  • On one level
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine


Band Date Range 7 night price *
A 31st Oct 2015 - 11th Dec 2015 £296.00
F 12th Dec 2015 - 18th Dec 2015 £575.00
F 19th Dec 2015 - 24th Dec 2015 £575.00
F Christmas £575.00
F New Year £575.00
A 01st Jan 2016 - 18th Mar 2016 £302.00
B 19th Mar 2016 - 08th Apr 2016 £403.00
C 09th Apr 2016 - 27th May 2016 £390.00
D 28th May 2016 - 03rd Jun 2016 £551.00
E 04th Jun 2016 - 01st Jul 2016 £467.00
F 02nd Jul 2016 - 22nd Jul 2016 £587.00
G 23rd Jul 2016 - 02nd Sep 2016 £724.00
B 03rd Sep 2016 - 23rd Sep 2016 £403.00
H 24th Sep 2016 - 21st Oct 2016 £337.00
B 22nd Oct 2016 - 28th Oct 2016 £403.00
A 29th Oct 2016 - 16th Dec 2016 £302.00
F 17th Dec 2016 - 24th Dec 2016 £587.00
F Christmas £587.00
F New Year £587.00

* Please note: guide prices are based on the current year's prices and do not include optional items such as pet fees.



We had a wonderful stay at Tarka Sands and hope to return soon. Flat was very comfortable, very clean and a great location. Will recommend.Mrs J Cole - 1st August 2015
Lovely location,comfortable apartment with light,fresh decor.Mrs Y Knight - 30th August 2014

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  • 01271 890327

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  • 01271 870429

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