E-mail Google Twitter Facebook Marker Info Arrow Forward Place play external link angle right location marker chevron down close favourite bedrooms sleeps
Select a location

The Cottage in Instow, Devon

  • £
  • $
From per week
sleeps 4
2 rooms
1 bathroom

The Cottage description

Holiday home
Beach Retreat is a wonderful holiday home situated in the pretty, seaside village of Instow, in North Devon. Boasting two bedrooms; a double and a twin, this property can sleep four people. The interior also has a shower room, kitchen and living/dining room with woodburning stove. To the exterior is roadside parking and access to all the local amenities Instow has to offer, including tasty seafood restaurants. Beach Retreat is the ideal hideaway to be enjoyed the year-round.

Instow offers a tidal, sandy beach and extensive views with the sails of catamarans and windsurfers. An abundance of cafes and pub/restaurants all enjoy these glorious views, and just across the mouth of the River Torridge, at Appledore, you will find more gift shops, delis selling local produce and arts and crafts stores. Take the ferry across on foot or bicycle and enjoy pleasant walks along the south-facing quay. A 15-minute drive can also get you there for an afternoon of delights. Try fresh, locally caught seafood in one of the restaurants and sample a taste of Hocking's Ice Cream; a family-run business selling vanilla ice cream from their own vans found only in North Devon. The market town of Bideford is close by along with the cobbled streets of Clovelly. North Devon boasts some beautiful beaches, all within easy driving distance including Westward Ho!, Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton. A wonderful base to choose for your next trip.

Devon, with its quiet country lanes, patchwork of lush green fields and sleepy villages is not to be missed. Stately home lovers will be spoiled and why not finish with a scrumptious Devonshire cream tea?

Gas central heating with woodburning stove. Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, Freeview TV, DVD, Radio/CD, WiFi, welcome pack. Logs available at the local store. Nespresso coffee machine, with a selection off complimentary coffee pods. On road parking on first come, first served basis. Large beach car park 100 yards from the property. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Highchair available. One well-behaved dog welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Pub and restaurant 5 mins walk, shop 10 mins walk. Note: The beach is 100 yards away from property.


  • Accepts Pets
  • Cooker
  • Dishwasher
  • Fishing
  • Fishing available
  • Fridge
  • High chair
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Log fire
  • Near golf
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi
  • Near Pub
Check availability / Book online
Sykes Cottages
  • Safe and secure instant booking online
  • Best price guaranteed on all our properties
  • Book direct with owner or managing agent


Mr Shore
May 2019
Lovely cottage, great location, Great beach and great pubs and restaurants serving lovely food and drink.. All this equals a great holiday. Wish we could have stayed longer.
Miss Horrocks
May 2019
We had a lovely holiday at Beach Retreat in Instow.. Beautiful cottage, clean, comfortable and homely. The beach and good eateries just a few minutes walk. The welcome pack was greatly appreciated - especially the cookies! Thank you!
Mr Ashton
April 2019
The whole of this part of Devon is absolutely fantastic and the location of the cottage in the heart of the lovely village of Instow is brilliant.. The Tarka Trail cycle path is within a couple of hundred yards there are very good local pubs. Great restaurant on the sea front just a couple of minutes’ walk away. We had a great time our party was myself my wife and 15-year-old daughter. We had one car and one bicycle. The cottage is very neat, tidy, clean, bright, comfortable, amply furnished although I thought the provision of towels a bit stingy. In fact, it is everything it says it is. BUT I think the Sykes website is slightly misinformed The description of the cottage gives the impression that it is on the beach especially with the absurdly fictional title of ‘Beach Retreat’. The cottage is not called ‘Beach Retreat’. It is not on the Beach. It is on a narrow side road called Lane End Road. For some reason you are not given this address until you have paid for your holiday in full. When we arrived one of the local neighbors had parked her car so close to the front door that we had to pass the luggage over the bonnet of the car to get in the front door. When we asked her very politely to give us a little more room she was unwilling to as her car had been damaged several times by cars passing so close. The advert gives no mention of the parking restrictions in high season and the nearest car parks up to date charges. The description of the cottage is akin to the adverts you would see by a less than accurate, dubious estate agent that I thought in this day and age were extinct. All this left a bit of a sour taste on what was a great holiday and it would be even worse for a young couple with small children. The cottage has nowhere to sit outside and nowhere to keep bikes. A family of four with four bicycles would need to chain them up together further along the road as there is certainly not enough room inside. I wouldn’t advise prospective holidaymakers dismissing this cottage altogether in any way at all, but I think the misleading title of beach retreat should be sent to the re-cycle bin. Along with whoever thought it up. As long as you know what you are getting it is great and we would certainly recommend it.
Mrs Scott
March 2019
Lovely well maintained cottage, beautiful furniture& well equiped.. Great location & the recomendations were very helpful. parking was a small niggle but as on a small lane totally understandable. Would definitely stay again .
Tell us about your rental experience while staying at The Cottage. Let us know if the listing matched your expectations. You can share your comments about the location, property owner/manager and all the unique features that made your stay a memorable one.
Cookies are required for normal operation of our website. However no personally identifiable information is stored in any of the cookies that we use. Learn more