Where the two North Devon rivers, the River Torridge and River Taw, combine to flow into the Atlantic together, stands Instow, across the water from the picturesque fishing village of Appledore. Book an Instow holiday cottage with a sea view and you can happilly spend your days just watching beach and boat life from your garden or balcony. Instow has a dog friendly beach and at one end is well-endowed with sand dunes, making it an ideal holiday place to fully explore with the kids – and look out for rare species of orchids! Passing through Instow is the Tarka Trail, which has a dual role as a cycle and the South West Coast Path. Walk or hire a bike locally and ride towards Barnstaple or Bideford and beyond, perhaps with a picnic already packed from the comfort of your rented holiday cottage. Since the water at Instow is so serene, many wind and kite-surfers come do sport here. Also, keep an eye open for gig-boats racing up the estuary. Take a pick from cosy pubs during the evening, such as the Instow Arms, or treat your loved one with a classy night of exquisite cuisine, outstanding wine and fine service at The Commodore Hotel.
Upper Instow Beach Cottage is a charming first floor North Devon holiday let overlooks the estuary. The dog-friendly waterside apartment sleeps 5 people in 3 bedrooms. It has a lovely balcony to sit and enjoy uninterrupted views across the beach and estuary to Appledore and lovely sunsets.
This North Devon coast and countryside cottage in the picturesque coastal village of Westleigh near Instow Beach is a perfect spot to relax with the whole family or just as a couple. Elm Cottage is a delightfully cosy 2-bedroom rural retreat, beautifully presented and very well-equipped.
- Bratton Fleming
- Bucks Mills
- Combe Martin
- Great Torrington
- Lee Bay
- Newton Ferrers
- North Molton
- Ottery St Mary
- South Molton
- Westward Ho!
During the summer months, a ferry can take you from Instow to Appledore, where you can explore this little village, and stand by the pier with a cone of famous Hocking’s Ice Cream in your hand, possibly the tastiest, creamiest ice cream you will ever have the pleasure to lick. For lovers of natural beauty, travel out to Rosemoor Gardens near Great Torrington to see their stunning floral displays, or ramble through National Trust woodlands of Arlington Court.
Alternatively, visit Tapely House, where many summer events are held, including music nights and the occasional jousting tournament. Walk along Instow beach for long enough and you will find the ‘hidden’ section to the north, sure to excite the imaginations of the kids as they pick up shells, find crabs and scout around the rock pools. Alternatively, for some art and culture, visit Waterside Studio, and take the time to explore the studios of local pottery masters. Instow is a wonderful village just begging to be enjoyed by the whole family and sure to create long-lasting holiday cottage memories.