Welcome to The Old Stables.
The beautiful sitting-room on the first floor has spectacular views and a Juliet balcony.
The fully equipped kitchen with the perfectly placed wood-burner.
The main en suite bedroom on the ground floor.
A room that will not fail to impress.
Relax, you are on holiday.
The 'zip and link' bedroom on the first floor, the perfect place to recharge.
No detail has been overlooked!
The kitchen /diner has a lovely coastal theme.
From the decking area you can enjoy yet more views as the sun sets.
The main bedroom on the ground floor. This room also has an en suite shower-room.
The en suite shower-room to the main bedroom.
The formal dining area sits central to the house with stairs up to the first floor.
A room that will hold that magic WOW moment!
Views and a beautifully styled house await your arrival.
Time to sit and relax!
The balcony gives you yet another stunning view!
A glass of something chilled as you watch the world go by.
Holiday vibes!
The door leads out on to the landing where you can find the 'zip and link' bedroom as well as the shower-room.
The first floor shower-room.
Lovely touches throughout.
Style and sophistication throughout each room.
Breakfast in bed?
Time to plan another day out!
The dressing area and beautiful furnishings.
Simply beautiful!
Time to sit back and enjoy and an al fresco evening meal.
A spot on sunbathing can also be enjoyed before heading to the beach!
Appledore is a lovely Devonshire village and just a short car journey away.
A match at the local cricket club in full swing.
Miles of sandy beach waiting to be explored.
Charming Clovelly has quaint cobbled streets and pretty cottages.
Sit by the harbour at Clovelly and admire the view.
Catch the ferry from the Quay and enjoy a day at Lundy Island.
Westward Ho! has a beautiful beach.
The pretty market town of Barnstaple.
Have a day of adventure at North Devon Wake Park where you can wakeboard, paddle board or enjoy the giant aquapark!

The Old Stables

4684

2.7 miles NE of Bideford / Sleeps 4 + cot

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

Nearest pub

The Bar (200 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 (½ 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.

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

November 2021

A dog’s paradise

We came in November and there were so many dogs and owners on the beach. My little dog was in her element.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

November 2021

Great to visit whatever the weather

Great walks based around a village with good pubs, a fantastic deli (John's) and an amazing fish shack near the beach and car park The Glorious Oyster, serving great no fuss fish dishes


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2021

Instow John's deli near the beach

Great deli for picnic boxes, fresh crab sourdough roll. Amazing cakes


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2021

Instow John's deli near the beach

Great deli for picnic boxes, fresh crab sourdough roll. Amazing cakes


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2021

John's of Instow

Chocolate brownies to die for. Melt In the mouth and very chocolatey.

Nearest walk

The Tarka Trail Instow (100 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 (250 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

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

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

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

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

September 2014

The cream teas really are to die for!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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

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!

RHS Rosemoor (8 miles)

Set deep in the north Devon countryside, The Rosemoor estate was once the home of Lady Anne Palmer. Lady Anne developed a passion for plants when she met noted plantsman Colllingwood Ingram while recuperating from measles in Spain. Over the next 30 years, she travelled the world to collect specimens for her garden, which she gave to the Royal Horticultural Society in 1988. The estate now comprises 65 acres of land, which includes rose gardens, a winter garden, a fruit and vegetable garden, a formal garden, woodlands, and many stream and lakeside plantings, making Rosemoor an enchanting place to visit whatever the season.

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

August 2021

Stunning gardens

Beautiful selection of show gardens and fabulous fruit and vegetable gardens. Well worth a visit and a cream tea


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2021

Rosemoor RHS

Well worth a visit and 25 minutes from Forest View. Beautiful well kept gardens.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2021

Mr

Lovely


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

February 2009

Beautiful, well-managed gardens, well worth a visit whatever the season.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2008

The garden is absolutely gorgeous and very well looked after. The staff are very friendly and welcoming and the restaurant had great locally sourced food. A great day out for adults and children.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2008

Roses Galore!

The rose collection - one of the largest in the West Country - is very impressive. In full bloom in the summer, the scent of over 2,000 flowers is quite sensational. The Rose Weekend, held in June, was very informative, with advice on growing your own, as well as walks and activities for children.

Westward Ho! Beach (2 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

May 2022

Beautiful beach

A beautiful, slightly windswept beach. Brilliant for surfing or a walk, with a lovely beach cafe in the dunes. Although the access from a private toll road comes with a (fair) price, this is much easier than getting to the beach by parking in the town (which makes a slightly run-down and shabby impression). Great beach to spend half a day with a picnic!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

September 2016

the pier house

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


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

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

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

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 (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

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

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.

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