This is the special setting for Sea Cottage, the white cottage in this photograph.
There is such a stylish but cosy interior at this cottage, with the bonus of a wood-burning stove for out-of-season holidays here.
The wonderful sandy beach at Instow - a perfect family-friendly stretch of golden sand.
The galley-style kitchen is extremely well-equipped and leads through into the main living area.
Looking back towards the cottage from the sheltered garden. There is an area of lawn as well.
The pretty garden is fully enclosed and there is even a sandpit for children to enjoy.
There is plenty of comfortable seating for all in this bright and tasteful room.
The twin bedroom is through the doorway to the right of this photograph. The double bedroom is off to the left.
There is a pretty little farmhouse table.
Another view of the kitchen
Visit the renowned deli in Instow for some fresh local produce.
A lovely surprise awaits you here.
This is looking back towards the entrance. There is a second shower to one side of the entrance lobby and a separate wc to the other.
The main bedroom with its comfortable bed and pretty furnishings. This room looks out over the Tarka Trail.
Another view of the main bedroom, the en suite is through the middle door.
Friendly seaside details will put you in the holiday mood the moment you arrive.
This is the ensuite shower-room for the double bedroom.
You will all love the artwork that decorates the walls.
This is the twin bedroom. The single beds are 2ft 6
Creative fun with these vintage oars.
Instow's sandy beach is wonderful at low and high tide.
Sea Cottage is in a unique position with direct access to the beach and the Tarka Cycle Trail.
Looking across at Instow from the lovely old fishing village of Appledore. There is a little passenger ferry between the two.
Sea Cottage is tucked away in the sand dunes to the left of this photograph of Instow.
Woolacombe is another fabulous family beach nearby.
This is the seemingly endless beach at nearby Saunton Sands.
The Instow Cricket Club is a stone's throw from the cottage. This must be the best location to watch a summer match!

Sea Cottage


Instow / Sleeps 4 + cot

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7 Nights from  £377

June 2019

Lovely cottage in an ideal location for the beach and sea, spotlessly clean and very well equipped

March 2019

Beautiful cottage, fabulous location by large sandy beach, pubs and restaurants only 10 minute walk away. Comfortable surroundings and very peaceful

October 2018

Would definitely recommend this cottage. Perfect for peace and quiet and close to local amenities. It is well furnished and fully equipped, and so cosy!

September 2018

The cottage is the perfect little beach retreat. The interior design is lovely and the cottage, warm and welcoming. Local pubs and the delicatessen are within walking distance and it is well situated for visiting Clovelly and RHS Rosemoor.

Alison is a great host with all the little extra touches she adds - delicious home made cake, orange juice and milk provided for your arrival. We really enjoyed our stay at Sea Cottage.

September 2018

Cosy and compact cottage in a good location for Instow - could walk into town very easily. There was a warm welcome with home made cake and other gifts left for our arrival. Cottage was comfortable and stylish with all home comforts provided.

September 2018

A very clean and well equipt little cottage.

July 2018

Loved the location even the morning greeting from the neighbours (cows) which may put some people off but not us!...just rebooking for next year!

June 2018

Would completely recommend sea Cottage. One of the most relaxing and stunning cottages I’ve stayed in.

March 2018

It was not a Cottage more of a log cabin

December 2017

Really enjoyed our second visit to the cottage love the quiet location . The initial impression is fine for us as the garden and interior are lovely . Very peaceful and very well equipped . Love the touches of Welcome from Alison after a long tiring journey. Felt again right at home on arrival and for the entire week

December 2017

We had a great week in Sea Cottage and after many years of staying in holiday cottages it’s definitely on our Top 5 list and we’d definitely like to come back.

December 2017

Great place to stay, beach and nature reserve a short walk away, fab local deli & pubs in the village. + Lovely home made cake and comfortable cottage for 2+ dog.

October 2017

This is far the best cottage we have rented for its comfort situation and above average on equipment supplied

October 2017

Please look at this cottage absolutely a wonderful place to stay Barney the dog agrees

September 2017

The cottage is comfortable, cosy & well equiped. Alison, the owner is very friendly and the delicious cake, milk, juice and flowers were very much appreciated. There were even treats for our dog.

August 2017

This is a perfect little cottage for dog owners. Your dog will love it here as did we. Lots of walks right on the doorstep. Nice pubs to have a meal in the evening and John's deli is a must! Lovely dog friendly beaches. A very well equipped cottage with everything you need. Would definitely recommend and will definitely return.

July 2017

Good value and location. Plenty to see and do in the area

July 2017

This cottage is in a lovely spot, right on the Tarka trail. A very short walk to Instow beach. There isn't really room to store your own or hired bikes as there are already bikes located in the shed. We were offered the use of those upon request. A travel cot only fits in the master bedroom, something we were not aware of prior to arriving. Nothing is needed as supplies such as toilet rolls, dishwasher and washing tablets etc are provided. A very kind and generous owner who has fitted out this cottage tastefully and thoughtfully.

May 2017

This cottage had everything anyone could need. A very good location with walks on one side and beach the other. The owner made us very welcome providing us with cake, milk, juice, flowers and chews for the dog. Will be back next year.

January 2017

Amazing property in a great location, with everything we needed to escape the real world for a few days. We loved it and so did the dog! Can't wait to go back next year!

January 2017

A great place to stay, well equipped, comfortable with great walks and nice deli/pubs just up the lane

January 2017

A perfect little gem of a cottage - so good I keep going back for more!

December 2016

Just loved it, will be back almost frightened to say how much as it's so popular! Can see why people return and return. Thanks Alison

October 2016

Lovely cottage, really cosy and well equipped. Fantastic location for walking and cycling. Home cooked cakes and welcome pack was a really nice touch. Having the ability to clean up the dog outside after his walks was excellent and ensured he was not dirty before going back into the cottage. The dog treat and blanket was a sweet gesture too. The communications from the owner were excellent. Highly recommend this property.

October 2016

This was our second stay at Sea Cottage and it was as perfect as the first. It really is a fantastic location for walks on the beach and Tarka Trail especially with an elderly dog like ours. The cottage itself is lovely and we enjoyed the special touches of flowers, cake, dog chew etc from Alison the owner.

October 2016

The setting belies the comfort within and the convenience for getting out for a walk straight to the beach without any traffic.

August 2016

Lovely chalet in a beautiful location. Would highly recommend for a chilled out holiday. The perfect spot for cyclists and dog walkers.

August 2016

Excellent accommodation home from home. Great place to relax and unwind, a real bonus having the beach just 5 minutes walk away and the Tarka cycle path right on your doorstep. The owners make you and your dog very welcome. Would highly recommend.

July 2016

Sea Cottage is an absolute gem in a perfect beach location. Bright and cheerful decor and always immaculate.

July 2016

Very cosy cottage in an amazing location. Were welcomed with homemade cake and essentials such as juice and milk. Walking distance to the beach, pubs and restaurants. Excellent !

June 2016

Following other guests' comments I was prepared for the approach to the cottage not being too lovely and it is a little offputting but the cottage itself really is delightful. It is beautifully presented and spotlessly clean - easily the best standard of any holiday property I have stayed in. The bed was a little small for us (we are tall and fat) but it's a normal double so that's a tiny quibble. The location is ideal for dog owners - the lovely sweep of sandy beach is totally dog-friendly and dogs can go straight from the house to the beach without a lead. The cottage is peaceful and quiet and we had a very relaxing stay there. You soon get used to the cyclists whizzing past the window on the Tarka trail! I was surprised to see that there is another property after Sea Cottage as it looks as though there isn't in the photos - however, it does not impinge at all on your privacy and we soon forgot it was there. All in all, an excellent property.

June 2016

A lovely laid back cottage. The decor is perfectt

May 2016

Area perfect. Fabulous. Perfect for dog walking. Accomodation excellent.

March 2016

An excellent base for the beach and a real home-from-home, with lots of personal touches.

March 2016

One of the best holidays we've had, the cottage was perfect. Alison is the 'hostess with the mostest'. Lovely homemade cake, flowers, juice and milk to greet us. Blanket and treats for our dog.

October 2015

The cottage was well presented and very clean. Contact from the owner was exceptional. An ideal location for the beach and walking on the Tarka trail.

October 2015

This hidden gem is so cosy you won't want to leave at the end of your holiday. Beach by the front door, dog friendly pubs in the village, excellent shop. Just stay and relax. Magic.

October 2015

This is a grear place to stay with a dog as you have direct access to the beach with no need of a lead and a secure garden.

September 2015

Brilliantly equipped cottage in a tucked away quiet spot only minutes from the best sandy beach! Great base to explore the area. The Tarka trail is right on the doorstep and gives great walks in either direction. Really helpful owner too. Would stay again it was so great.

June 2015

Wonderful location and cottage for a family holiday. Loved it

June 2015

We were delighted with Sea Cottage, the decor was beautiful and for us the location ideal.

June 2015

Cant praise this property and location enough, so much care taken for guests comfort. We love it here.

May 2015

We loved the cottage and didn't want to come home!!

April 2015

The cottage was wonderful , the attention to detail , location, everything just right! We would definitely like to go back !

April 2015

Walking the dog straight from the house with no lead - always a result!

Look past the exterior of this little home and go for it - you won't be disappointed!

March 2015

Very comfortable cottage. home from home. Owner has made a lot of effort to make the best of the space and trying to think of everything you might possibly need for a great holiday. A great base to see local area. Walking distance to local village with decent pubs/food.

February 2015

Beautiful place to stay with either family or alone. The cottage offers such a relaxing atmosphere and with lush beautiful surrounding you defiently won't be disappointed.

January 2015

A beautiful cottage - peaceful location, excellent decor and very well equipped. Ideal cottage and location to bring your canine friend on holiday with you, especially with the enclosed garden and miles of sandy beaches in the area.

January 2015

Very enjoyable stay. Really comfortable and cosy cottage with full amenities.

December 2014

The cottage was very clean and tidy and had just about everything that we could need for our stay. In addition we had some very nice 'gooey' Swedish chocolate brownie type cake that the owner had made for us. Incidentally she also kept in touch with us and we were well informed as to what was going on via text. It was a charming little place and just what we needed for a few days away. So all in order it was very good and we enjoyed it.

November 2014

The property exceeded expectations. It was beautiful and the personal touches by the owner (a personal message, cake and fresh eggs and flowers etc.) were absolutely incredible. Very very nice! The property had everything you could need and more, from bikes and beach gear to flasks and logs. All eventualities were covered. Couldn't have asked for more. Had an amazing time and will definitely be back!

October 2014

classic cottages have really come up trumps with sea cottage, we felt so at home and comfortable. great location too for walking, cycling and beach. we really couldn't ask for more, and cant wait to return.

September 2014

Wonderful place to stay, beautifully furnished, everything you need including fab cake and flowers to welcome you and make it special. Enjoyed meeting Alison the owner.

Friendly helpful company to book with.

September 2014

Perfect location for an 'on the beach' holiday

August 2014

very nice retreat to get away from everyday life. locals are very friendly.

July 2014

It's a beautiful cottage in a beautiful location with loads to do nearby. Would highly recommend to a couple/family who want a beach holiday.

July 2014

On arrival first impressions left us feeling a little disappointed when approaching the property, but what a delightful surprise when we entered. Stunning, comfortable, clean, light and airy. The homemade carrot cake and fresh eggs and milk were a lovely gesture from the owner. Definatley looking to go back.

May 2014

A true home away from home, perfect location for exploring the beach and the Tarka trail. Provided a great space for relaxing in comfort, well equipped with everything you could possibly need and very dog friendly. I will definitely be recommending to friends.

February 2014

For anyone wanting a typical beach/bike/walking holiday this little cottage is brilliant. Small but perfectly formed and ideal for those wanting to leave the car at the door and relax. Beautifully decorated and equipped. Owner Alison, is a very welcoming hostess who pays attention to detail which is lovely.

December 2013

A place of pure bliss & comfort. Fantastic location & great for dogs. We will definitely be back!

September 2013

Sea Cottage is in a fantastic location - no more than a ten minute walk from the huge beach at Instow, looking out over to Appledore. On the other side is the Tarka Trail - literally right outside your window. This is fabulous for walkers, cyclists and dogs. You are within 30 minutes or so of all of North Devon's favourite places - please make sure you visit Clovelly and Lynmouth (particularly). Two really stunning places and they fall within that 30 minute criteria. Sea Cotage itself is a beautifully maintained and furnished property - the decor is very nautical and in keeping with the location. I must say, the equipment and 'white goods' in the kitchen are absolutely top notch - cannot be faulted. The double bed and two single beds are excellent, it's lovely to have the two separate bedrooms (and bathrooms) too. All in all, I'd say you really should try Sea Cottage if you want to visit North Devon - Instow is in the perfect location to explore the area (Exmoor is within 30-40 minutes too), the huge beach is rarely busy (which is great for early morning/late evenings walks, with the dog if necessary) and a ten minute walk past the lovely cricket ground, and I cannot stress enough how happy we were with the cottage itself. A beautiful chalet style cottage and fabulous value-for-money, you'll not be found wanting for anything here! Lovely communications from the owners too, I might add.

September 2013

nr the sea, lots of walks, very dog friendly, lovely people (owners). could do with outside tap and equipment to shower off the dogs on return from beach, felt anxious about sand in the home.

August 2013

We had a fabulous week and the cottage lived up to its description in every way. We look forward to our next visit ! Your website and booking procedures are excellent and the staff very helpful and friendly. I loved the journal that you sent out before our stay. Thank you

August 2013

This cottage is in an excellent location, the beach and tarka trail within short distance. A wonderful calm and relaxing place to stay. Highly recommended.

August 2013

excellent cottage very well equipped could not fault anything nice and peaceful good location to the beach. booked 2 wks for next year

June 2013

This cottage is in a perfect place so close to the beach (2 mins walk) and the owners have really thought of everything from the lovely welcome cakes to the bikes in the shed. Our black lab Milo loved staying here and the outside area is perfect too, we loved it and can't wait to come back!

May 2013

Excellent well- equipped chalet, lovely location 2 mins walk from the beach and dunes and right on the Tarka cycle path.

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