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Spectacular location steps from the beach
The Lounge
The Lounge
Kitchen/dining area
Kitchen with view to dining area
Double bedroom with en-suite
Cosy up with a good book
Twin bedroom
Enclosed courtyard area
Instow beach is less than 100 yards away
Enjoy the ample walks on your doorstep
1 / 11  Spectacular location steps from the beach
2 / 11  The Lounge
3 / 11  The Lounge
4 / 11  Kitchen/dining area
5 / 11  Kitchen with view to dining area
6 / 11  Double bedroom with en-suite
7 / 11  Cosy up with a good book
8 / 11  Twin bedroom
9 / 11  Enclosed courtyard area
10 / 11  Instow beach is less than 100 yards away
11 / 11  Enjoy the ample walks on your doorstep

Smuggler's Cottage

Instow, Devon
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 3
4 star
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

  • This quaint cottage is situated less than 100 yards from the beautiful sandy beach of Instow (dog friendly)
  • Enclosed private patio area with seating perfect for al fresco meals or why not venture the selection of pubs, eateries and award winning delis in the village
  • The South West Coastal Path and Tarka Trial are right on your doorstep, perfect for traffic-free cycling and walking while enjoying the beautiful coastline views
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.

Restricted roadside parking is available, or you can use the pay-and-display car park nearby.

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
  • 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
  • Restricted roadside parking is available, or you can use the pay-and-display car park nearby
  • Shop and pubs all within walking distance

This property is personally managed by Rachel.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 28 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Elizabeth 2nd March 2020

Myself, 2 friends and our three dogs stayed in Smugglers Cottage for a few days in March. The cottage is cosy, warm and well equipped and is an ideal base to explore North Devon. Its situated on the doorstep to the lovely, dog friendly beach and there are some very good pubs and restaurants nearby.

Reviewed by Philip 24th January 2020

Great cottage very warm and in a great Location

Reviewed by Andrew 17th January 2020

Clean, comfortable, cozy and great location for beach or access to Tarka trail.

Reviewed by Tina 11th November 2019

The cottage is very comfortable, perfectly located for the beach and the local pubs. It worked very well with our dogs. Would definitely like to come back.

Reviewed by Kennith 13th September 2019

Excellent location to beach and local attractions.

Reviewed by Odette 30th August 2019

This is a lovely quirky cottage! It was really clean and well equipped. It is located right on the seafront which was great but we did have trouble getting parked as parking was on the road in front which did have restrictions. Location was great for seeing the area with some lovely places to visit within a 20 minute maximum drive.

Reviewed by Sue 23rd August 2019

Smugglers Cottage offers well equipped and comfortable accommodation in an ideal location. We loved the quirky character of the cottage and would definitely consider staying there again.

Reviewed by Lynda 2nd August 2019

What an amazing time we had at Smugglers cottage this summer. Comfortable welcoming and so clean this cottage had everything including immediate access to a wonderful beach that our dogs had the run of meeting many like minded dogs and owners. Almost next door was the Boathouse pub and restaurant we never heard any noise but had many happy visits wRead moreith the dogs. Plenty of walks and places to visit. Definitely one to visit again and again Hide

Reviewed by Jennifer 5th July 2019

Ideal location, two minute walk to lovely sandy beach. Quiet road. No noise at night. A very relaxing holiday,no arcades,no loud music just a peaceful village atmosphere. Will definitely recommend.

Reviewed by John 21st June 2019

What a lovely place Instow is such lovely friendly people the pubs are welcoming and the food is great very dog friendly too johns shop sells most of what you need and the staff are very helpful .everything a short walk from the cottage which had everything we needed ,very clean and comfortable we will be back for another visit.

Reviewed by Keith 7th June 2019

A well equipped and spacious cottage right on the waterfront in great walking territory and with all facilities on the doorstep

Reviewed by Claire 24th May 2019

Such a fantastic location and a quirky little cottage with great facilities and extremely clean. Would definitely go back. Thank you

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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