Sea Cottage is a New England style 'beach retreat' chalet, just yards from Instow’s dunes and sandy beaches. With direct access onto the Tarka Cycle Trail and coast path it will appeal to cyclists, birdwatchers and walkers alike.
The accommodation is all on one level, with the open plan living-room including a cosy wood-burner. Set down an unmade track next to the picturesque North Devon Cricket Club, this unique property requires a leap of faith from its visitors on arrival – but the minute guests step into the enclosed secret garden, all is revealed!
One side of the cottage looks towards a farm building, but the other has unspoilt countryside views and the patio enjoys views to Braunton Burrows.
Families with small children, couples and friends will all love this most welcoming of cottages. The attention to detail throughout has been thought through with loving care, as if the beach just a couple of hundred yards away was not enough!
At low tide you can walk along the sands for miles, or play in the shallow sea pools that are left behind by the tide. At high tide there is still plenty of soft golden sand to enjoy.
A seasonal passenger ferry will take you across the estuary to Appledore – the 'sister' coastal village to Instow, with galleries, pubs with live music, and a famous seasonal book festival.
Other attractions nearby include Tapeley Park just outside Instow, ferry trips to Lundy Island from Bideford Quay, The National Trust's Arlington Court, historic Clovelly, two excellent golf courses at Saunton and Westward Ho! and especially for children, The Milky Way and The Big Sheep.
There is something here for everyone but if the weather is good, all you will want to do is take a picnic to the beach and totally relax.
Shower-room with shower
Separate WC with wash-basin
Step to Open plan living-room with kitchen and dining areas. TV, DVD player and wood-burner. Electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher
Bedroom 1 with double bed (4'6") and en suite Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 2 with twin beds (2'6" recommended for children only)
- Dogs welcome (1 only)
- Travel cot, high chair and stair-gate
- Arrive/Depart Saturday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 1 car
- No smoking
- Pub .5 miles
- Picnic table
- 3 electric thermostatic radiators
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" but adults have been as happy in them as children!
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!