Welcome to The Old Stables.
The beautiful sitting-room on the first floor has spectacular views and a Juliet balcony.
The fully equipped kitchen with the perfectly placed wood-burner.
The main en suite bedroom on the ground floor.
A room that will not fail to impress.
Relax, you are on holiday.
The 'zip and link' bedroom on the first floor, the perfect place to recharge.
No detail has been overlooked!
The kitchen /diner has a lovely coastal theme.
From the decking area you can enjoy yet more views as the sun sets.
The main bedroom on the ground floor. This room also has an en suite shower-room.
The en suite shower-room to the main bedroom.
The formal dining area sits central to the house with stairs up to the first floor.
A room that will hold that magic WOW moment!
Views and a beautifully styled house await your arrival.
Time to sit and relax!
The balcony gives you yet another stunning view!
A glass of something chilled as you watch the world go by.
Holiday vibes!
The door leads out on to the landing where you can find the 'zip and link' bedroom as well as the shower-room.
The first floor shower-room.
Lovely touches throughout.
Style and sophistication throughout each room.
Breakfast in bed?
Time to plan another day out!
The dressing area and beautiful furnishings.
Simply beautiful!
Time to sit back and enjoy and an al fresco evening meal.
A spot on sunbathing can also be enjoyed before heading to the beach!
Appledore is a lovely Devonshire village and just a short car journey away.
A match at the local cricket club in full swing.
Miles of sandy beach waiting to be explored.
Charming Clovelly has quaint cobbled streets and pretty cottages.
Sit by the harbour at Clovelly and admire the view.
Catch the ferry from the Quay and enjoy a day at Lundy Island.
Westward Ho! has a beautiful beach.
The pretty market town of Bideford.
Have a day of adventure at North Devon Wake Park where you can wakeboard, paddle board or enjoy the giant aquapark!

The Old Stables


2.7 miles NE of Bideford / Sleeps 4 + cot

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7 Nights from £735

Everything was perfect! This is a beautiful cottage in a beautiful location. Furnishings, all equipment first class. We really enjoyed our stay here. Goodies on arrival that went down a treat. A big Thank you to the Old Stables Instow.

The owners left some lovely goodies for us on arrival. They were easy to communicate with and allowed us earlier entry to the cottage. They also quickly responded to help needed with the TV. The cottage was spotless and kitchen well equipped. Very comfy beds and sofas. Lovely bed linen and towels. Really quiet cottage, no road noise or noise between the two floors so great for two groups staying.

Lovely property and wonderful views.

This was our second stay at The Old Stables and it was every bit as good as our stay last year. Overlooking the Estuary and only a stones throw from the beach, The Old Stables provides a great location for a holiday on the North Devon Coast. The property is very well equipped, well furnished with everything you could want for a self catering holiday and a comfortable stay. The extra touches such as fresh flowers, cream tea and treats are a great addition

This is a high quality property and, despite the indifferent weather, we had a wonderful holiday.

A lovely cottage in a great estuary and beach location with a tiny rose filled suntrap garden. Very comfortable beds. Instow is charming and has two really good pubs, The Boathouse and The Instow Arms. John's Deli which is just up the road and open every day is also excellent. Good location for visiting North Devon, especially RHS Rosemoor.

I don’t know how you could improve on this.

Reply from Classic Cottages

That is an exceptional accolade! We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed your break to such a degree - thanks for sharing. Tanya, Customer Support

Exceptional property. Perfect position to enjoy wonderful Instow. All fixtures and fittings top quality and beds really comfortable. A parking space is a massive bonus. Lots of care and attention to detail has gone into Old Stables.

What a gem! Beautiful property in beautiful location. Wish we’d booked for longer.

Perfect cottage in every way - location, cosiness, luxury, space, comfy beds, kitchen equipment, welcome (cream tea tray set out with all the ingredients!) - I could go on and on! Great location for walks, pretty villages, pubs and the best local shop, John's, for treatsxl and essentials

Instow is in a delightful situation in north Devon, and the Old Stables makes an excellent base for both walking and touring holidays. The cottage is well appointed, and has lovely views over the estuary. There are no problems with the parking space, and several good eating places (we especially liked The Boathouse) are within easy walking distance. Ian and Elizabeth Pearson , October 2022.

Everything we had hoped for and much more. High spec furnishings great balcony overlooking the beach and water. Great place to truly relax and recover and not have to drive unless you want to. Perfect

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We're thrilled to hear The Old Stables was everything you had hoped for and much more. We look forward to welcoming you back again. As it says in the description "once discovered you will head back year after year"! Kelsey, Customer Support

The cottage was amazing as was the view and the closeness to the beach. The landlady has been very helpful in returning an item we left behind ! Would recommend this cottage to anyone who is looking for a beautiful,l clean, high class cottage with a wonderful sea view.

We had a wonderful stay at The Old Stables. The house was immaculately clean, well presented and had everything to make our stay easy and enjoyable. The house is in a great position just across the road from the beach and there are views of the sea from the windows and balcony. An ideal place to stay for a beach holiday I would recommend this property to family and friends without hesitation.

Lovely cottage. Well fitted out with everything you would need, plus more. Excellent location opposite beach and close to beautiful coast and countryside.

The Old Stables is a fabulous property. It is very well equipped with good quality furnishings and kitchen equipment. We lacked nothing - there was even ice in the freezer. The cream tea was an added bonus and much appreciated. The views are stunning and its location is perfect - right in the middle of Instow. Even though the weather was not kind to us, we still really enjoyed our stay at the Old Stables.

Gorgeous cottage, stunning views. High quality of fixtures and fittings. So relaxing, private garden. Simply the best. Will definately be back. Thank you

The Old Stables is a lovely property with superb views of a great location. The house is very comfortable and the facilities are very good. It is an ideal base for visiting everywhere in North Devon.

The Old Stables is a fantastic holiday cottages. Clearly recently refurbished to a very high standard, very cleam and well equiped. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. Situated just yards from the beach and within easy walking distance of shop and pubs. We took our bikes to cycle the Tarka trail, so use of secure garage was very helpful. We had our scones and jam ( a nice surprise on arrival) on the balcony over looking the beach and estuary.

The Old Stables is a perfect 'seaside chic' holiday destination. The house is beautiful and super cosy in every way. No expense has been spared in making this a dream holiday location. Luxury furnishings, super comfortable beds, stylish bathrooms, lashings of hot water, super soft towels...fine china, a wonderful log burner in the kitchen for cooler evenings, fresh flowers in the dining room, a cream teas on arrival...honestly, it is perfect!

The private garden, the balcony, and the benefit of parking and a garage simply all just add to making this more than a five star holiday home... oh and then add the seaside views!

We can't wait to return...

The owners of this cottage really know how to make guests feel incredibly welcome... we feel so lucky to have found this gem of a property.

Loved our stay at The Stables. Went on plenty of walks from the front door. House so comfortable that when it did rain it was a pleasure to spend time in. Hopefully will come back again.

The photos give a very accurate impression of the property. Everything is finished to a very high standard and we found the beds and pillows extremely comfortable. The fully equipped kitchen provided extras you don’t always get in a holiday home - tea, coffee, cooking oil, foil, dishwasher tablets etc. Thoughtful extras like a Bluetooth speaker and board games really made us feel at home. The location is perfect, set back from the main road slightly, but with gorgeous views over the estuary. Lots of great walks in the area with plenty of good cafes and pubs within walking distance.

Beautiful place with ever changing view.

The Old Stables was perfect in everyway. Spotless, beautiful and sublimely comfortable. A delicious cream tea greeted us on arrival and glorious sea views were revealed when we opened the curtains the following morning. Will definitely come again

This cottage is fabulous. Everything is of a high standard, spotlessly clean and makes for a really lovely comfortable stay. The views from all of the windows are wonderful. The owners are very friendly and make you feel really welcome. We would definitely return.

if want a relaxing holiday this is the cottage to have, every thing about it is perfect

Fantastic property in a lovely location

The property far exceeded our expectations, superb location and stunning views, would definitely return

A really lovely, well-presented, unique property, in a great location with a stunning view

The cottage is beautifully furnished, is in a great location and sitting in the living room looking at the estuary is so relaxing.

The photos and description do not do The Old Stables justice, the views over the estuary to Appledore are superb as is the location for exploring the area not to mention the four pubs all serving excellent food within easy walking distance

The Old Stables had everything we needed for a comfortable and relaxing holiday. When we arrived we were blown away by the views from nearly every window. We were so lucky with the weather and could sit out on the balcony every morning and evening to enjoy the view and watch the tide slowly coming in or out. Instow also has the most wonderful sunsets! The village is small but has a wonderful coffee shop/ deli nearby and a few lovely local pubs and eateries. The beach isn’t for swimming but great for sunbathing and walking. We are looking forward to returning next year.

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