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 main bedroom with its comfortable bed and pretty furnishings. This room looks out over the Tarka Trail.
The galley-style kitchen is extremely well-equipped and leads through into the main living-area.
The pretty garden is fully enclosed with view to enjoy.
Looking back towards the cottage from the sheltered garden with open views to one side. There is an area of lawn as well.
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.
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 en suite shower-room for the double bedroom.
You will all love the artwork that decorates the walls.
This is the twin bedroom with 2'6
Vintage oars make charming wall art.
Sea Cottage is in a unique position with direct access to the beach and the Tarka Cycle Trail, with the local cricket club and access track to the cottage on the other side of the Cottage.
Instow's sandy beach is wonderful at low and high tide.
Sea Cottage is tucked away in the sand dunes to the left of this photograph of Instow.
The passenger ferry will take you from Appledore to Instow during the summer months.
The Instow Cricket Club is a stone's throw from the cottage. This must be the best location to watch a summer match!
Woolacombe is one of many stunning north coast beaches.
This is the seemingly endless beach at nearby Saunton Sands.
Charming Clovelly is a short car journey away.
Sit by the harbour at Clovelly and take in the lovely view of the village.
Take the passenger ferry to Lundy Island from Bideford for a day of bird watching.
Have a day of adventure at North Devon Wake Park where you can wakeboard, paddle board or enjoy the giant aquapark!

Sea Cottage


Instow / Sleeps 4 + cot

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The accommodation maybe small but it was a delight and had everything we needed. it was in an ideal position for walking. Beach, dunes,sea and the tarka trail .What more could one ask for. Would go there again. Ann and Tony

Sea Cottage is a great dog friendly cottage so close to the beach and coastal path. Fantastic little holiday home! All the comforts you need in a super area! Ideal spot to explore the area. One to book!

This was probably the best cottage we have stayed at. Immaculate, well stocked, well dressed. The position was great and communication with the owner was great too. I'd give 11/10 if I could

Lovely well decorated cottage in a secluded spot with everything you could need for a holiday. It as a nice private garden to relax in during the day or have your meal and drinks in the evening. We walked into Instow every morning along the beach chatting to the locals who are all very friendly. The pubs and cafes in the area are all dog friendly and all very good, our favourite pub was the Quay Inn which the locals seem to use, try the Stans cider with a slice of orange! It’s a local thing. You can also walk or cycle along the Tarka trail straight from the cottage which goes for miles in each direction. If the weather’s not to good the cottage as a TV and good Wi-Fi reception. The cottage is also right next to Instow cricket pitch so if that’s your thing you could sit and watch a match. We had a very relaxing week at Sea Cottage and would love to return. John, Sharen and Boris “the Dog”

Excellent place to stay , Close to beach and Tarka trail . Cottage very clean and comfortable and well equipped ,Shed in garden to lock bikes up . Lovely small garden to sit in . Beautiful Instow and across the bay lovely Appledore ,

Cottage is in an ideal position. Tarka trail outside the gate beach on your doorstep. Lovely cottage well equipped with a beautiful garden. Parking is good.Loved the ?? cow's coming to see us every evening ??

Lovely cottage well situated for walks to beach and local pubs and restaurants.

A homely cottage in the best location. Perfect for our family of 4 and dog to have lots of walking and cycling adventures.

We loved our Christmas stay at Sea Cottage. A very attractive and well presented little hideaway that was perfect for coastal walks right from the door, and with some beautiful locations nearby. Alison was also a great host and the place was beautifully decorated for Christmas. Definitely somewhere we’d consider staying again.

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thanks so much for sharing how perfect Sea Cottage was for your Christmas stay. I'm sure Alison will be thrilled that you enjoyed your stay and would love to welcome you back. Julie, Customer Support

All that one needs for a relaxing holiday: plenty of local walks, a shop with most things within easy walking distance, a well-equipped cottage with no phone but good wifi.

A beautiful little cottage, fully equipped for all you would need. Lovely coastal decor throughout the cottage. It’s located beside the Tarka trail which is excellent for dog walkers, cyclists and joggers !
The delightful coastal village of Instow is a 10 minute walk away ..also the beach is literally just a few minutes walk away.

Lovely quiet spot with access, via garden gate, straight onto the Tarka trail. Comfortable cottage with everything you need. Nice little garden with plenty of seating.

The location of this accommodation was great-having the cycle path, coastal path, beach and village on the doorstep was great. Instow was a lovely quiet village yet had amenities. This end of the village appears to have some night-time issues with youngsters making noise, and this affected our final night, making it difficult to sleep. The accommodation itself is getting tired, but the garden and location more than make up for that.

Reply from Classic Cottages

We are so pleased to read that you enjoyed the location - it is in a lovely spot! We are sorry to read about the youngsters making noise, it's not something that we are aware is an issue but will certainly keep an eye. We hope that you enjoyed your break overall and hope to welcome you back in the future. Sarah, Customer Support

Beautiful cosy comfortable property close to sandy dog friendly beaches with pubs and restaurants within walking distance.

Benjs Box to eat. Food was amazing. Very tasty, and value for money.

Fantastic location and we were blessed with good weather so hardly needed to use the car. Sea Cottage is lovely and has lovely coastal theme decor through out. The garden is a super sun trap . All in all a excellent cottage . You won't be disappointed and will want to return

I will book again in the future, location and accomodation perfect.

This cottage is beautiful and a home from home with all your needs and so thoughtful with a welcomeing homemade cake milk and orange juice I really enjoyed my stay

Lovely cottage in a perfect location for miles and miles of dog friendly beaches in a beautiful part of Devon. Really clean, tastefully decorated and well equipped, the enclosed garden is perfect for dogs too. Lovely arriving to (very nice) homemade cake, fruit juice and milk and Alison messaged to let us know the cottage was available slightly earlier and again at the end of the week to see if we enjoyed our stay which was a really thoughtful touch. So good, we've already booked again!

Lovely walks, location and eateries in area. Fremington cafe on Tarka trail excellent.

We had a lovely February break at Sea Cottage. Storm Eunice had just hit so the weather was somewhat cold and blustery! However, the owners could not have been more helpful. Communication was excellent, the chocolate brownies that greeted us on arrival were lovely and mid-week, an extra box of logs was delivered for the log burner. The cottage is small but cosy and we enjoyed some lovely walks and meals out in the local pubs.

We had a lovely New Year stay at Sea Cottage and Alison made us feel very welcome. The attention to detail at the cottage is brilliant and included a Christmas tree and many welcoming goodies. The location is so convenient with a short walk to the beach and direct access to the Tarka trail. The access road is a bit bumpy but that may be because of the time of year we visited as the weather may have affected it. We would definitely recommend a stay here if you like walking and having easy access to the beach.

Felt like a happy little home not a holiday let. Well designed spaces for all my needs and loved the personal touches. Couldnt reach the top cupboards or heating control but a small step/stool would fix that issue. Access to beaches and Tarka Trail couldnt be better than this little cottage. I will definitely come again.

A proper holiday home in a very dog friendly village.

We waited 2 years for our holiday (due to covid), what a disappointment.

Reply from Classic Cottages

We're so sorry that you were disappointed with your break after such a long wait. It's such a shame you didn't get in touch during your stay as we'd have loved to have been able to chat and give you some recommendations for local shops and places to visit. Tanya, Customer Support

Absolutely wonderful little cottage, home from home in a great location

Lovely cottage, We enjoyed our stay very much . Situated right on the Tarka trail which was excellent for us with bikes. Liked it that much we have booked again for next year. Everything you need in Instow with it's lovely pubs for food and Johns deli. Brilliant !

This is our second Christmas visit to Sea Cottage and it didn’t disappoint. Cosy little bolthole where we could shut out the world for a few days.

Lovely place to stay right on the beach,cricket ground on your doorstep,instow inn with in walking distance nice food and friendly and if your lucky you will get see the marines practice on the beach

I know we are going through some really strange times at the moment but Alison really did try and make it perfect. I really appreciated the special touches and loved her homemade brownies. We had a slight problem with the toilet but again Alison came up and sorted it out straight away.

Excellent location for dog loving families.

A beautiful cottage in a fantastic location. Alison was a brilliant host. Available if we needed her. The added extras of a postcard from instow before we arrived, homemade Swedish gooey cake, prosecco and fresh flowers was such a nice touch. We have stayed in many holiday cottages before and the added extras made all the difference. If you want to get away from it all and recharge your batteries then this Cottage is the place for you.

A perfect retreat particularly out of season and with a dog.

Cottage is well positioned for good walks and visit to beach. Well equipped Very welcoming. Highly recommend .

Could recommend it to anyone particularly if you have a dog.

There is nothing not to like about this cottage. It has everything you could want for a beach holiday. We had booked for a couple and one dog, however before we were able to go to the cottage we unexpectedly took on another rescue dog newly arrived from Russia. The owners were extremely accommodating and allowed us to take the rescue dog as well. Yes it was a bit snug but we coped with it. Including taking their crates to sleep in. You will love Sea Cottage.

Wonderful little gem of a place in Instow . Second visit great your allowed to take your dog . Lovely to be a five minute walk to beach and just open the gate to the Tarka trail . Great showers and everything you need . Looking forward to third visit .

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

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

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!

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.

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.

A very clean and well equipt little cottage.

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!

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

It was not a Cottage more of a log cabin

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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 !

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.

A lovely laid back cottage. The decor is perfectt

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wonderful location and cottage for a family holiday. Loved it

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

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

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

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

Perfect location for an 'on the beach' holiday

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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!

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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