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Seaside Cottage, Close To Shop, Beach, Pub

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Instow, Nr. Bideford, Devon, England - Ideal Cottage For Families With Young Children, Within 100 Yards Of Beach And Shops

200 year old seaside cottage, in a quiet North Devon village. Situated within 40 yards of the sea front, with a small enclosed garden, with sand-pit. Ideal for small children, also good for sailors, golfers, surfers, walkers or fishermen.

Bruce Tulloh
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Italian
Calendar last updated:
7 May, 2018

About Bruce Tulloh

Bruce and Sue Tulloh are both natives of North Devon. They have three children and seven grandchildren, which means that the cottage is often occupied during school holidays. Bruce is a retired teacher and is also actively involved in coaching runners, while Sue plays golf at Westward Ho!

Bruce Tulloh purchased this cottage in 1970

Why Bruce Tulloh chose Instow

North Devon is where we spent our childhood, so we wanted to have a holiday home near to our parents.

We love the scenery, the coast, Exmoor, and the towns - Bideford and Barnstaple.

What makes this cottage unique

There is always something to do. In the summer there is sailing, golf, surfing, prawning. When it is less sunny we go for walks on Exmoor or cycle on the Tarka Trail. The beach and the sand dunes are a constant source of enjoyment for children.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Instow in Instow

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Tiled bathroom with bath, shower (instant hot water), WC, basin and shaver point.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Main bedroom has a double bed, dressing table, chest of drawers, hanging space, and the two twin bedrooms have chest of drawers and mirrors. There is also a folding cot.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Use of the sail loft subject to negotiation. Outside: Small enclosed lawn with seating, sand-pit. Utility Room: Washing machine, dryer and central heating boiler. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All sheets, Duvet covers and towels supplied for lets of 5 days or longer. Other: The sail loft has a shower room, wc and basin, with 4 beds, suitable for children or pirates.


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(4 traveller reviews)

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Seaside Cottage, Close To Shop, Beach, Pub
average rating of 3.75 based on 4 reviews

Rustic cottage in unspoilt North Devon costal village.

  • 3 of 5

Great location - close to bike trail and beach; unspoilt seaside village. The cottage is spacious, warm and un-fussy. There are some issues - an eclectic mix of beds (some of which were comfortable), ill-fitting windows and doors and a few problems with cleanliness. It was unusual to find so many of the previous occupants' belongings in bedroom and bathroom cupboards - this felt more like someone else's home than a holiday let. Its good points made up for these; - the kitchen is cosy, with a big table for family meals and a sheltered walled-garden. It is very practical for an active holiday, with space in the garden for bikes, canoes and surf-boards. The owner was very helpful.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great Location

  • 2 of 5

Lots of issues,owner advised, that need to be addressed to be considered a rental property of more than 2 stars.

Online picture of lounge 2 easy chairs nothing like what is actually there.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The reviewer made a couple of points that will be rectified.We have received very few complaints in forty years of renting.
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Beauty by the sea

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is full of character and charm, the location is fantastic, quite and away from the main traffic yet close enough to the beach for a urgent sand castle.

  • Review Submitted: 23-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely seaside cottage

  • 5 of 5

Primrose cottage is a lovely old cottage full of character

  • Review Submitted: 28-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
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Nearest Barpub
40 Metres
The Quay Inn
Nearest Ferry
200 Metres
to Appledore
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
Westward Ho!
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
70 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
The Boathouse
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Sailing is available at the North Devon Yacht Club, 200 yards away. Surfing is 10 minutes away, at Westward Ho!

Cricket at NDCC, 1 mile.

Excellent beach for running.

Old railway line is excellent for safe walking and cycling


The sandy beach and the dunes are ideal for children, only 300 yards from the cottage. The sailing club is 200 yards away. Excellent surfing at Westward Ho! only 4 miles.


Exeter airport is 45 miles. Train station with excellent bus connections is at Barnstaple. Buses run past the cottage every 15 minutes.


Bideford 3 miles, Barnstaple 6 miles.

Further Details:

The village has four good pubs with restaurants. Swimming pool at Northam (4M) and cinema at Barnstaple.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Instow, North Devon

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
May 2018
6 May 2018 - 26 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
June 2018
27 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 29 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please enquire.

Changeover Day:
Saturday preferred, but we are flexible.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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