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

Nearest pub

The Westleigh Inn (250 yards)

The owners say to 'forget your troubles and relax in our charming inn' - what more invitation do you need? With a roaring winter fire, and beautiful summer beer garden overlooking the estuary, sup a real ale and enjoy 'good food, good beer and good cheer' at this 15th Century freehouse.

Nearest beach

Instow Beach (1 ¼ miles)

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 Westleigh (60 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. 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.

Nearest town

Instow (1 ¼ miles)

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 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!

Appledore Instow Ferry (1 ¼ miles)

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.

Instow Arms (1 ¼ miles)

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!

The Square Studio (1 ½ 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!

Westward Ho! Beach (2 ½ 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.

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