Relax in the courtyard
Dining area
Kitchen with view to dining area
Double bedroom with en-suite
Double bedroom
Twin bedroom
Instow beach footsteps away
Enclosed courtyard area
1 / 10  Relax in the courtyard
2 / 10  Lounge
3 / 10  Lounge
4 / 10  Dining area
5 / 10  Kitchen with view to dining area
6 / 10  Double bedroom with en-suite
7 / 10  Double bedroom
8 / 10  Twin bedroom
9 / 10  Instow beach footsteps away
10 / 10  Enclosed courtyard area

Smuggler's Cottage,

Instow, Devon
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs allowed 3
Downstairs bathroom
Waterside views
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Quaint cottage 100 yards away from the sandy beach of Instow
  • Enclosed private patio area with seating perfect for al fresco meals
  • Situated in the heart of the pretty coastal village of Instow, boating a range of waterfront cafes and restaurants
  • A seasonal ferry ride from the historic fishing village of Appledore
  • Traffic-free cycling and walking on the doorstep along the Tarka Trail
  • Nearby attractions include Tapeley Park, National Trust Arlington Court and The Big Sheep
Property code: SMUCO

This charming cottage was once a brew house for an old pub and still retains much of its original character and is only 100 yards from the golden sandy beach of Instow.

Situated in this pretty coastal village of Instow, this property is within walking distance of stretches of golden sandy beaches and dunes, as well as a popular pub/restaurant and local pottery studio. Take the seasonal passenger ferry across to the historic fishing village of Appledore where you will find a selection of independent shops, cafes and galleries or head out on two wheels and follow the famous Tarka Trail along the estuary towards Braunton. During your stay, pay a visit to some of this area’s popular attractions, such as National Trust Arlington Court and Tapeley Park, or jump aboard The Oldenburg to Lundy Island for the day.

Accessed via a shared passageway, the cottage is cosy and inviting. Prepare meals in the well-equipped kitchen, which contains a gas oven, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher before stepping up into the dining area. Located on the first floor to optimise the spectacular view across the sand dunes to the estuary, the lounge features comfortable seating, sash windows and a TV/DVD. Also on the first floor are the two cosy bedrooms, one double with en-suite shower room and one twin, both accessed via short doorways, while a further shower room is located downstairs. A patio door opens from the dining area onto a pretty terrace, which has been decorated with potted plants and a mosaic style table for dining outside. Or, if you choose to dine out, follow the walkway that leads from the terrace to one of the many village pubs or restaurants.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 double and 1 twin
  • 2 shower rooms
  • Gas oven, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
  • TV/DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Roadside parking
  • Downstairs bathroom
  • Enclosed patio with garden furniture
  • 3 well-behaved dogs welcome at an additional charge
  • Washing machine
  • Beach within 100 yards of the cottage
  • Shop and pubs all within walking distance

This property joined our collection in 2013 and is managed by Rachel.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 15 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Sara, 29th March 2019

Cosy, clean, warm cottage with all you need, perfect location for beach with dogs, good dog friendly pubs nearby but busy at the weekend so book a table if you can. We had lovely weather which made for a perfect weekend.

Reviewed by Gaynor, 15th February 2019

Cosy and warm with all basic equipment, though no sea view it is an excellent location, close to beach and nice pubs/restaurants

Reviewed by Alison, 21st December 2018

We have had a very enjoyable stay at Smugglers Cottage over the Christmas period. The cottage is very well equipped and very comfortable, we cooked Christmas dinner and had everything to hand that we needed. The location of the cottage is fabulous, literally minutes away from a beautiful dog friendly beach, you can still take dogs onto the left of Read morethe beach in high season. Four good pubs are also close by. Great base for exploring North Devon Hide

Reviewed by Gail, 5th October 2018

Clean, cosy, well equipped. Perfect location for the beach, right outside the front door. Local pubs serving really good food, all dog friendly. Tarka Trail is great for running, cycling, walking and pram pushing. Johns Deli does a good breakfast and the folk on the ferry to Appledore are really friendly. Weve stayed in Smugglers Cottage six times,Read more we love it as its got everything we need. Definitely recommend it. Hide

Reviewed by Heather, 7th September 2018

Fabulous area for dogs, ideal location for the beach

Reviewed by Amanda, 29th June 2018

the parking situation should be made clear you are not garanteed a parking space however the village carpark is cheap. the stairs are very steep to go upto the living and bedrooms, instow is a lovely place and the cottage has everything you need

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1/3 Deposit

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