Dot's Cottage is a very pretty period, deceptively spacious property in a small terrace just a stone's throw from the fabulous sandy beach
The beach at Instow is fabulous - miles of soft sand, and shallow pools to play in at low tide (not the view from the cottage but literally steps away).
Take the seasonal passenger ferry from the quay across to Appledore.
The cottage has a warm and welcoming open plan sitting/dining area with stylish furniture and wooden floors.
The kitchen is fully equipped and has a little breakfast-area which children especially will love. The back door leads to the garden.
The cottage has a lovely back garden and a secure shed if you want to bring bikes to make the most of the Tarka Cycle Trail that runs right through the village.
Another view of the living area with its pretty ornamental wood-burner - candles in it give a great effect for a cosy evening in.
This is a great place for a family or for couples at any time of the year.
If you don't want to eat out, you can buy the most delicious of produce at the deli around the corner
A fun way for children to start the day....
... and a lovely way for grown ups to end it...
Celebrate your holiday in this lovely cottage in this lovely coastal village.
This is the double bedroom that looks out over the garden at the back of the cottage
There is plenty of storage space in this room.
Enjoy a calm start to the day before setting off to explore.
The family bathroom has a bath and a shower and is a bright contemporary room.
Another view of the bathroom.
This is the double bedroom at the front of the cottage. It has a very useful little en suite WC with a wash-basin.
Another view of the front double bedroom.
The third bedroom has solid bunks with 3ft mattresses so is good for adults as well as for children.
This bedroom also faces out to the front of the cottage.
Get into the holiday mood in this most friendly cottage.
Dot's Cottage is literally just yards from this wonderful seafront at Instow with its long sandy beach.
The sunsets are something else here!
Looking down Bridge Lane. Dot's Cottage is the   second property on the left. You can see how close to the water it is.

Dot's Cottage

3743

Instow / Sleeps 6 + cot*

7 Nights from £566 - £1230

Nearest pub

The Bar (150 yards)

A wide ranging menu with meals served either on the lower floor or in the upstairs restaurant with views overlooking the harbour jetty and estuary.

Nearest beach

Instow Beach (200 yards)

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 (80 yards)

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

Instow (300 yards)

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.

Also nearby

Tea on the Green (2 ½ 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 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 Arms (¼ 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!

Appledore Instow Ferry (½ 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

Mr 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 Arms (2 ¾ miles)

With stunning views across the bay, this pub offers a warm welcome and a seasonal menu using locally sourced produce. Children are made especially welcome with their own menu to choose from and regular live music takes place.

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

Miss Taylor September 2016

country cousins

Fabulous restaurant in Westward ho serving traditional food .... Lots of it and excellent value. Really friendly staff too.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Selby September 2013

Westward Arms restaurant and cafe in Westward Ho!

Superb food, extensive menu including plenty for children. Friendly, fun atmosphere. Regular live music. A spectacular view over Westward Ho! beach.

The Square Studio (1 ¾ miles)

A quaint arts and crafts shop offering locally produced goods. Arts and crafts workshops are available, contact the studio for further details.

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

Mrs Selby May 2012

A real gem of a craft shop well worth a visit!

I visited the Square Studio to purchase a couple of birthday gifts for friends and ended up coming away with more!! What an amazing showcase of local talent. Beautifully presented shop with very reasonably priced unique items you really want to buy. I look forward to visiting again and would definitely consider one of their craft workshops when I next visit. What a fun and different activity to do on holiday! Can't wait to go back!

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