The view from Instow beach in North Devon across the Torridge Estuary to Appledore The view from Instow Beach in North Devon across the Torridge Estuary to Appledore. Photo credit: Upper Beach Cottage

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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. Instow has a dog-friendly beach and is well-endowed with sand dunes at one end, making it an ideal holiday place to explore fully with the kids – and look out for rare species of orchids! Book an Instow holiday cottage with a sea view, and you can happily spend your days just watching beach and boat life from your garden or balcony.

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 packed from the comfort of your rented holiday cottage. Since the water at Instow is so serene, many wind and kite surfers come to do sport here. Also, keep an eye open for gig boats racing up the estuary. Take a pick from cosy pubs such as the Instow Arms during the evening, or treat your loved one with a classy night of exquisite cuisine, outstanding wine and fine service at The Commodore Hotel or something a little more contemporary at The Boathouse.

A double fronted 3-storey coastal cottage in Inistow.
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6
Bedrooms
3

Cool Stone Cottage is sleek, modern and elegant. The pet-friendly cottage in Instow carries a distinct coastal vibe and lies just moments from the beach and the highlights of North Devon. Natural light floods the cottage, and the sea breeze can be enjoyed in the open-plan spaces or the lovely garden.

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Exterior of a terraced seafront cottage with a walled front garden.
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6
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Discover Riversmeet, your ideal holiday home in Instow, North Devon. This sunset-facing seafront cottage offers breathtaking views of Instow Beach and Appledore. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, it accommodates up to six guests. Enjoy the open-plan living area with modern amenities. Pet-friendly and close to local amenities, it's perfect for families. Experience coastal living at its finest. View the full description for more details.

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4
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Beach Retreat is an elegant North Devon coastal cottage situated a short stroll from Instow's beautiful beaches. The pet-friendly cottage benefits from a neutral palette and sophisticated design features that capture the sea breeze in its light and airy rooms and boasts a log fire.

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3 cottages overlook a sandy beach at low tide.
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5
Bedrooms
3

Upper Instow Beach Cottage is a charming first-floor North Devon holiday let that overlooks the estuary. The dog-friendly waterside apartment sleeps five people in three bedrooms. It has a lovely balcony to sit in and enjoy uninterrupted views across the beach and estuary to Appledore and beautiful sunsets.

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A row of beach cottages overlook dunes and a sandy beach at low tide
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Riversmeet is a charming Instow holiday let in North Devon. It offers stunning sea views and accommodates up to six guests. The cottage features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an open-plan living area. Enjoy modern amenities, including Wi-Fi, a smart TV, and a well-equipped kitchen. The enclosed patio provides outdoor seating. This family-friendly cottage is a hop and a skip to the beach and within walking distance of pubs and shops. A parking permit is included. Discover more about this delightful seafront property.

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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 to Rosemoor Gardens near Great Torrington to see their stunning floral displays, or ramble through National Trust woodlands at Arlington Court.

Alternatively, visit Tapeley House, where many summer events are held, including music nights and the occasional jousting tournament. Walk along Instow beach long enough, and you will find the ‘hidden’ section to the north, sure to excite the kids' imaginations 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 beautiful village just begging to be enjoyed by the whole family and is sure to create long-lasting holiday cottage memories.