A warm welcome awaits you from the minute you arrive at Poachers Cottage.
The twin bedroom is the first bedroom at the top of the stairs.
The slate floor of the kitchen/dining-room adds to the traditional feel but is also great for dogs after a walk along the beach.
There is a really comfortable living-room with a wood-burner effect electric stove to give extra warmth out-of-season.
Across the estuary, reached by a lovely seasonal passenger ferry, is Instow, where there are wide sandy beaches at low and high tide.
Poachers Cottage is a lovely little fisherman's cottage located in a car free cobbled courtyard setting just yards from the sea views.
Another view of the sitting-room - this window looks out to the courtyard.
The living-room has a little electric wood-burner effect stove which helps warm the room on those colder nights.
Colourful seaside theme decorations ensure a welcoming holiday feel to the cottage
The kitchen fits perfectly along the wall of the open plan kitchen/dining-room offering a great social space and is the heart of the cottage.
The first floor is accessed via the stairs please note these are steep but with a handrail to the top.
The dining-area also looks out over the courtyard.
The Kitchen/diner looks out over the cobbles courtyard to the front of the Cottage.
This bedroom is the first as you step onto the landing and has been furnished to the highest of standards.
Each room has a calming influence with wonderful layering of fabrics.
The separate shower-room which is on the first floor with the bedrooms.
This is the master bedroom is a wonderful room to lay your head after a busy day of exploring. The bedroom benefits from an en-suite bathroom.
The master en suite is larger than average with a shower over the bath, the other door takes you out on to the landing.
This is the en suite bathroom which offers a bath as well as a fitted shower.
John's Deli has shops and cafes in both Appledore and Instow. There are also some excellent pubs and little galleries to browse in.
This is the view across the estuary and out to sea - just a few steps away from the cottage.
Appledore is a traditional old fishing village with a wonderful network of little lanes and passageways to explore.
A few hundred yards away you can stroll down the slipway at low tide for a sandy stretch of beach for your four-legged friend and children to enjoy.
North Devon's beaches are as good as any in Cornwall for surfing! Endless stretches of golden sand and rolling waves. This is Saunton Sands.
This is a great destination for keen sailors - but it is just as fascinating to sit on the quay and watch.

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The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

The Royal George (20 yards)

With stunning estuary views, this waterside pub/restaurant offers a seasonally changing menu using the best local ingredients. Open for breakfast (book in advance), lunch, dinner and all day for drinks, this is the perfect spot for dining out. Children are welcome, as are dogs on the ground floor.

Nearest beach

Instow Beach (¾ mile)

A great beach for children with acres of sand at low tide, shallow waters and usually calm seas. There are plenty of facilities nearby in the village. Dog restrictions apply so please check locally.

Nearest walk

The Tarka Trail Instow (¾ mile)

The Tarka Trail covers over 160 miles of pathways and bridleways in Devon and forms part of the Devon Coast to Coast Cycle Route. Park in the Instow car park (fee paying) and pick up the trail along Marine Parade. The trail will take you pretty much as far as you want to wander with easy flat paths and estuary views. Just watch out for cyclists, it's a popular route. Take a look at the AA link for route details.

Nearest town

Appledore (¼ mile)

A lovely little seaside village with quintessential narrow streets, houses in pastel hues and a Quay to sit and eat your local fish and chips on. Tea shops and bistros, small boutiques and fishermen's fare - take delight in everything Devonshire as you breathe in the clean, fresh sea air. There's even the Appledore Book Festival thanks to the association with A. A. Milne.

Also nearby

Tea on the Green (2 miles)

A retro delight, to take tea back in the forties and fifties close to the seafront at Westward Ho!. A traditional tearoom with cakes and light bites to be washed down with a variety of teas and coffee. This lovely little cafe was voted the best for 2011/2012 in the North Devon Food Awards.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Mackenzie June 2019

You need to feel hungry before you call in here.

Fantastic small retro café serving hot and cold light meals along with cream teas to die for. Sit outside looking at the sea and town green on inside and wallow in an era gone by. Food excellent, portions enormous and staff were efficient and friendly.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Adams August 2015

Still fantastic!

We first found Tea on the Green in 2012, and whenever we've been anywhere close (that means within a 1 and half hour drive!!) we've always spent the day at Westward Ho! and included something to eat here. The lunches are great, with excellent choices (you won't go hungry) and the cakes are magnificent. It's always busy though, so you have to be prepared to wait or maybe sit outside.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Shippam September 2014

The cream teas really are to die for!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Burton September 2012

A visit a must if you are in Westward Ho

What a lovely little place to stop for tea and cake. Although it was next to where we were staying whatever time of day we walked past it was always full and we determined to try it during our week in Westward Ho so waited across the road until a table outside was empty and ran across before another lucky person was able to sample their lovely food and surroundings. Just amazing.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Selby April 2012

WOW!!!! The MOST incredible tea shop!

You MUST visit this tea shop! From the outside it's easy to miss or walk past as its not big but once inside it is just fantastic. all decor and music is 1950's and there is so much attention to detail especially the lovely crockery. But best of all the menu is amazing. Cakes are delicious and such a great choice of drinks and food. I'd recommend booking a table to avoid any disappointment!

Instow (¾ mile)

Located where the rivers Taw and Torridge combine and flow into the sea, Instow is a pretty waterside village and perfect for a spot for sailing or windsurfing, and for families to take advantage of the sheltered sandy beaches.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2017

Pretty Village

Such a pretty village and the local beaches are lovely. Try John's Deli, a great place for breakfast, lunch, cakes etc.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Goetz April 2014

Have Cream Tea at the Commodore Hotel

The Commodore Hotel offers Cream Tea for non-residents. You can sit inside or outside and enjoy a good cream tea as well as a gorgeous view across the estuary. If the tide is coming up and the sun is setting, this is a marvelous experience.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Dance August 2013

Beautiful, sleepy Instow

Instow is a pretty little village and makes a perfect base for exploring North Devon. It retains a sedate pace of life, perfect for winding down from the rat race. Johns' deli provides everything you need to spoil yourself at breakfast time, and there are a couple of restaurants to spoil you at suppertime. The Tarka Trail is on your doorstep and it would be rude not to hire some bikes and meander through the pretty Devon countryside for an hour or two.

Appledore Instow Ferry (¼ mile)

There has been a ferry here for many centuries, always providing a well used service. The ferry that runs today is community run and offers the chance to nip across theTaw and Torridge Estuary and explore both sides!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Burgess April 2016

Don't miss out

This is a great little ferry, the kids loved going on it and so did the dad's nipping over to instow for a cheeky pint or two.

Westward Ho! Beach (1 ¼ miles)

Two miles of sand stretching into the distance backed by a pebble ridge which divides the beach from Northam Burrows Country Park, a magnificent stretch of salt marsh, grassland and dunes.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Miss Taylor September 2016

the pier house

Gorgeous restaurant serving lovely food. Stunning views while you eat.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Selby April 2012

Awesome beach for surfers/bodyboarders!

This beach is incredible...2 miles of the most incredible surf I've ever seen and however busy it gets it never seems crowded.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Miss Morgan September 2011

Felt like I was a kid again

The beach is huge....3miles of it! Although it's a sandy beach, the sand never actually dried out during our visit. But that was great for sandcastle building. Plenty of surfers make use of the beach and the rock pools are fantastic. Great fish and chip shop just up from the beach. Parking is easy. Definitely worth a visit.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr and Mrs Douglas-Mann September 2010

Vast expanses of golden sand

Westward Ho! beach is a 'Blue Flag' beach, offering vast expanses of golden sand. Good for surfing, it is patrolled by lifeguards and is one of the safest in the area. An added attraction for youngsters are the many rock pools to explore at low tide.

Instow Arms (¾ mile)

Set in the beautiful coastal village of Instow and right on the waterfront with outstanding views across the estuary. You will find a variety of local ales and a menu offering locally sourced produce here.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Harris September 2013

Both people and dog friendly with excellent food!

We arrived at 6 on Thursday night and got a table - just! Very busy already, which is always a good sign. A really lovely restaurant/bar setting, many with window seats and views over the beautiful beach area. Dogs are allowed in the bar level (there's up and down stairs seating too) - it was one of the reasons we chose it. The waiting staff were absolutely top notch - really friendly and helpful. The choice of food was great, service was prompt and the food itself was really excellent (I heartily recommend the belly pork and stir fry- wow!). All in all, a great eatery and one that we couldn't find fault with. If you're in Instow (or the surrounding environs) take a trip to the Instow Arms and enjoy the hospitality and food at great value-for-money prices too!

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