Plovers Barron is a spacious listed 17th Century village cottage with plenty of character alongside an excellent contemporary make-over, and a large enclosed garden.
The dining-room doubles as a snug - there will be a large flat screen TV in this room as well as a TV in the main sitting-room.
At the back of the cottage there is a wonderful fully enclosed garden with an orchard at the far end. This little stone outbuilding is not in use but guests have a large games-room in the garage.
At the far end of the garden is a little fruit orchard. This is a wonderful garden for children to explore as it is fully enclosed.
Just a few minutes downhill from Westleigh you will find the Tarka cycle trail. Within moments you will be at Instow's wonderful sandy beach, looking across the estuary to Appledore.
A door from the sitting-room leads out into the lovely garden.
This is the original cross-passage with its historic panelling. A stable-door takes you out to the back garden. There is a cloakroom to the right and then the wooden stairs to the first floor.
The original wooden panelling is a real feature of this historic property.
The kitchen has its own door to the outside ( and an outhouse for secure bike storage ) and a couple of steps take you down into the dining-room and snug.
You can stroll to the local pub for supper but if you want to eat in, the dining-room is just perfect for a celebration or simply a happy holiday meal.
There is a games room in the garage. Access is through the garden. This is separate to the outbuilding which offers safe bike storage.
The dining-room has the feature of this ornamental fireplace.
This is the dual-aspect master bedroom.
The en suite bathroom is up the steps to the right and to the left, also up some steps, is a cot room or dressing-room.
The en suite bathroom is fabulous, with its roll-top bath, hand-made basin surround and hand designed feature wall!
Another view in the master bedroom so that you can see how the en suite and the dressing-room are situated.
This really is an exceptionally spacious bedroom.
This is the double bedroom, peaceful and calm and with its outlook to the front of the cottage.
As with the master bedroom the high ceiling creates a feeling of space and light.
The dressing table adds a contemporary twist.
This is the pretty twin bedroom. The sloping ceiling is a real feature of this age of property but do take care of your heads.
Another view of the dual-aspect twin bedroom.
There is a very large walk-in cupboard on the landing for clothes hanging.
The family shower-room offers an excellent large shower.
There are two shower heads so that you can have a rainfull drenching or use the lower shower head for children.
There is a stylish bespoke basin surround.
This says it all. An historic property with an intriguing name and a wealth of history. The hamlet of Westleigh is so picturesque with an abundance of period properties.

Plovers Barron


1.3 miles S of Instow / Sleeps 6 + cot

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This beautiful and historic cottage is at the heart of the north Devon hamlet of Westleigh, just one mile from the stunning sandy beach at Instow. Plovers Barron is a listed 17th Century thatched cottage with all the character, hand in hand with all the comforts, that you would expect in a perfect holiday home. The cottage has been recently refurbished to a very high standard and offers excellent flexible accommodation inside, a games-room and a very large fully enclosed private garden at the back. The fabulous Tarka Trail cycleway is a quarter of a mile away at the bottom of the hill leading to the hamlet so you can leave the car and cycle or walk to the beach. The house has original Tudor panelling and flagstone floors in the entrance hall, a really large sitting-room with an inglenook fireplace and French windows to the garden. The dining-room has a cosy group of sofas too and a TV, creating a second welcoming living area. Upstairs there is a wide landing and the three bedrooms are all a good size. The en suite bathroom to the master bedroom and the family shower-room are contemporary and very stylish. There is even a nursery or cot-room off the master bedroom.

Westleigh is a lovely little village with a great pub just a short stroll away. You will quickly get a good feel for how it was in days gone by with its quirky little cottages and lanes. Plovers Barron is in a very quiet setting although central to the village. With the wide open beaches of north Devon, the wilds of Exmoor an easy drive away and the unspoilt rural landscapes in this county, your holiday will be varied and memorable. Instow, with is pubs, cafes and fabulous deli, has a really family-friendly sandy beach that stretches for miles along the estuary. A little seasonal passenger ferry takes you across the water to Appledore, a traditional fishing village with arts and craft galleries, pubs with regular live music, and the all-important holiday must - fish and chip shops! Bideford is the nearest larger town and we highly recommend the Burton Gallery and Cafe on the Quay for inspiring exhibitions and great food. You can also take a boat trip from the quay out to Lundy Island to see the amazing birdlife there.

Ground Floor


Entrance hall

Separate WC and wash-basin

Sitting-room with Smart TV and wood-burner effect gas stove

2 steps to Dining-room with TV and ornamental fireplace

Kitchen with electric hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine and dishwasher

First Floor

Bedroom 1 with king-size double bed (5') and 3 steps to en suite Bathroom with bath, hand shower attachment, WC and wash-baisn

Cot-room (accessed from Bedroom 1)

Bedroom 2 with twin beds (3')

Bedroom 3 with king-size double bed (5')

Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin

Outside Access to

Games-room with table-tennis and table-football


Take care, there is a low beam in dining-room and it's low as you come down to the bottom of the stairs. Mind your head on the sloping ceiling in the twin bedroom.


  • Regret no pets
  • Travel cot, high chair and stair-gate
  • Arrive/Depart Saturday
  • Short breaks available
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • WiFi
  • No smoking
  • Pub .25 miles
  • Garden furniture and barbecue
  • Full gas-fired CH