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Cool Stone Cottage

Instow near Bideford, Devon (Ref. 960114)



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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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36 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage is in a very good location and has good public transport connections."

    There are many interesting walks in the immediate area and further afield. The beach is very attractive though it is on an estuary with lots of boats moored so perhaps a bit limited for swimming but fine for paddling. There are quite a lot of dogs on the beach. The cottage feels spacious and there were no surprises compared to the online description. Instow is not very big but there a few pubs and restaurants and a shop which are quite close. The cottage seemed to have everything we needed for the holiday. We had a very pleasant holiday.

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2022

  • "It’s a great cottage in a great location - ideal for families and dogs…."

    Very well kitted out with comfy beds and high end appliances… only issues we had were with tv signal (but you can stream via BbCiplayer etc) and internet (but Jurassic fibre says it’s coming soon!)…

    Reviewed by CharlotteApr 2022

  • "Very warming and comfortable environment and helpful owner, the only comment we ..."

    Very warming and comfortable environment and helpful owner, the only comment we have and its not negative, is that there are many more things there than are mentioned in the pre occupation write up, like the barbeque and wind break, books, games jigsaws and the like, that if mentioned might allow guests to not bring the kitchen sink with them in their cars

    Reviewed by MichelleDec 2021

  • "Lovely family holiday and great location."

    Ideal for the dog and access to the beach. Lovely pubs and fabulous shop (John's) within walking distance.

    Reviewed by NeilOct 2021

  • "Can thoroughly recommend Cool Stone Cottage as a place to stay."

    This large cottage is extremely well furnished and equipped with everything you need to make it a home from home. Beds and sofas all very comfortable. Two bathrooms with lovely showers and lots of hot water - so great for 5 adults. It is in a great location, couldn't believe how close it was to the sea. The Tarka trail is just across the road so you can walk either way to Biddeford or Barnstaple, lovely cafe at Fremington quay. Close to some lovely beaches and worth visiting Westward-Ho!, Ilfracombe and definitely go to Staunton Sands - the Beach Grill nice to sit on terrace and have a drink. Would recommend having a meal at The Quay - they have some lovely fish dishes, all locally caught fish and The Instow Arms. The property is on the main road with no allocated parking and I can imagine parking is an issue during high season but in October we didn't have too much trouble. We bought a weeks parking ticket from the Parish Council as at times we had 3 families staying at the property. The car park is a 5 minute walk down the road so really not an issue.

    Reviewed by CaroleOct 2021

  • "Beautiful property, very clean, welcome pack on arrival which was marvellous , that extra thought, milk, butter, bread , jam , biscuits, property was ready earlier , housekeeper txt d us."

    9 minute walk to beach, The Quay Inn, good simple food, towards end of beach, The Boathouse good menu and position. Great place would go there again. Chrissie the housekeeper, always available and owner if needed.

    Reviewed by WalterSep 2021

  • "We had a lovely week at Cool Stone Cottage."

    The cottage is in a great location, just minutes walk from the beach at Instow. The interior is beautiful, better even than in the photos and it was great to have an enclosed outdoor space, particularly as we had our dog with us. We didn't have particular problems with the parking, though it was just outside high season. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by CathrynSep 2021

  • "The cottage itself was very comfortable and nicely decorated and the welcome pack was a nice surprise, but I don’t feel the listing made it clear how close to a busy road it is, or the difficulties we might have parking."

    The members of our party in the front of the house had a lot of difficulty sleeping as it was hot and they needed the window open. The kitchen could do with bring better stocked - there was no grater, no large bowls for pasta and no kitchen roll.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay at Cool Stone Cottage. Anstey Way on which the Cottage is located is a B-road; inevitably there is traffic joining the A39 highway which connects the main towns of Bideford and Barnstaple as well as visitor traffic to Instow which is a popular local village. The parking is advertised as first comes first served and one car is not normally an issue. Nearby, in the village, there is a 24hour car park. The owners have added a tower fan in the main bedroom and a new set of pasta bowls (the kitchen already has a grater). We hope you will visit Cool Stone Cottage again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PennyJul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage with everything you need for a comfortable home away from home."

    The road outside though was busier than ever and road noise and parking was an issue for us.

    Reviewed by JulieJun 2021

  • "On the whole a good experience and we would return"

    Reviewed by JanMay 2021

  • "Spacious house for a dog friendly family stay."

    The beds were really comfortable. Easy walking distance to the deli and beach. We are hoping to return in the future but will bring our bikes.

    Reviewed by AnnabelleApr 2021

  • "Cool Stone Cottage was a lovely house to stay at."

    Extremely well equipped kitchen, very comfortable beds, useful having a bathroom and a shower room both fitted with very effective showers. Secure outside area, very good for a toddler and a dog. Five minute walk to the beach and very close to the Tarka Trail for our daily walk. We will definitely stay at this property again just need to decide whether next spring or autumn

    Reviewed by JeanSep 2020

  • "Cottage was as advertised, clean, well equipped kitchen, beds comfortable but could do with new sofas as the one there and the 2 chairs were not so good."

    Great location for beach/pubs, etc in Instow and exploring Devon coast. Parking not an issue most of the time.

    Reviewed by GrahamSep 2020

  • "What a fabulous place, everything was perfect and we did not want to leave."

    Reviewed by DavidNov 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage , beautifully decorated , comfortable beds , had everything we needed."

    Great location too

    Reviewed by RebeccaOct 2019

  • "The cottage had not been cleaned or the beds made."

    There were piles of dirty towels on the floor etc. Luckily I was able to contact the owner who arranged for linen to be delivered and cleaners who came and made up beds and cleaned the bathrooms. A great shame,not a great start to the week and obviously the floors had not been cleaned,not nice with a 1year old crawling...

    Reviewed by SallyAug 2019

  • "The parking was never a problem but we were promised a parking card which we never received."

    Overall the cottage is great spacious plenty of room for five adults and facilities great for holiday needs. The owners have put a lot of thought into the decor.

    Reviewed by JoyJun 2019

  • "Beautiful well appointed cottage in a great location."

    We had no trouble with parking outside the house most of the week. The house is bright, spacious and well decorated. The two bathrooms are very convenient, beds are extremely comfortable and towels fresh and white. The kitchen is well equipped and there’s even a first rate smart tv with Netflix etc which kept my adult children happy! We loved the ferry across to Appledore and enjoyed exploring the coast. A wonderful week away!

    Reviewed by JulieJun 2019

  • "Very good location, the house is in excellent condition (recently modernised) ..."

    Very good location, the house is in excellent condition (recently modernised) and I would recommend this house and place to anyone looking for a quiet get away in a beautiful part of the country

    Reviewed by RobMay 2019

  • "Cottage was really nice, very homely."

    Only areas for improvement, another sofa in the living room, more comfortable chairs in kitchen and courtyard could be made more inviting. Booking process and checking in and out were very easy!!

    Reviewed by HelenMay 2019

  • "Cool Stone Cottage has a beautiful home from home feel."

    Lots of room for family and entertaining. Great location just 2 mins away from the quay, and 5 mins from the beach. Being in the doorstep of dog friendly beaches and pubs was also great. We will be returning! Thank you.

    Reviewed by EmilyDec 2018

  • "Lovely house."

    Very nicely presented. Clean. Some well appreciated extras - the Xmas tree and decorations, the cookies tea, coffee etc.

    Reviewed by TimDec 2018

  • "We found the cottage to be comfortable and really nice to come back too after a tiring day visiting Devon."

    The house has been tastefully modernised without losing the character of the building, location could not be better as just a couple of minute walk to either the beach or The Tarka trail. Plenty of eating places ranging from two Inns where you get good food at reasonable prices (Wayfarer and the Quay Inn) and small cafe at Johns,also delicatessen. So overall a place to come back to time and time again. Would certainly go back.

    Reviewed by ChrisOct 2018

  • "Everything was as expected."

    Parking facilities was the only letdown. For this reason only, we will not book this particular property. Cleanling materials would be useful as there was nothing to clean bathrooms with. Nobody likes leaving it for a whole week and that's not really something one would think to pack!!

    Reviewed by TrudySep 2018

  • "Our second visit to Cool Stone Cottage."

    Would highly recommend.Good location with nearby restaurants and pubs.

    Reviewed by JennySep 2018

  • "The cottage was very clean and beds very comfortable with no ends which is what we look for as husband and son-in-law are tall."

    Unfortunately the cleaner had not been told the trundle bed needed making up (booked for 4 adults and 2 children) but came out quickly to make up the bed on Friday evening. The only reason we will not book this place again is because of the large property next door is up for sale and it wraps round the back of the property and has 15 bedrooms, may be noisy.

    Reviewed by BarbaraAug 2018

  • "Highlighting the cottage is on the main road would have been something I would have expected."

    The quality of the interior was excellent.

    Reviewed by CharlieAug 2018

  • "The Cottage is well equipped and comfortable."

    It's more spacious than it might appear from the photos and, with two reception rooms and a large kitchen downstairs, the four of us never felt cramped. It's tastefully decorated and we loved the light and airy kitchen. We were blessed with excellent weather (early July 2018) so took full advantage of the local beaches and walks. Instow's beach and waterfront are delightful, with views across the estuary to Appledore and a choice of good pubs. The Coastal Footpath/Tarka Trail is two minutes walk away and the regular bus service stops just outside the door: we used this a few times - although there is parking outside the Cottage it is in demand and we preferred to leave the car safely there rather than risk losing the space, only driving out if we wanted to take the body boards to beaches further away. Altogether a restful, relaxed break.

    Reviewed by BruceJul 2018

  • "We had a wonderful holiday with our dog."

    The weather was fantastic and the cottage was lovely with everything you needed going to book again for next year.

    Reviewed by WendyJul 2018

  • "Had a wonderful time."

    Location was great and the dog lived the beech which was just down the road.

    Reviewed by KimJun 2018

  • "The cottage was tastefully decorated & the beds were very comfortable & spotless clean ."

    The facilities were brilliant .It was more than we expected & could not complain about anything . Parking was a bit difficult at times &the road was very busy .Apart from this we had no problems ...

    Reviewed by EJun 2018

  • "Everything was has we would like, just I little hard to find the key when you first get to the cottage."

    Reviewed by ElizabethApr 2018

  • "We had a lovely holiday."

    The Cottage was very nice, we will certainly be coming again.

    Reviewed by JimMar 2018

  • "Cool Stone Cottage is excellent and we enjoyed our stay very much."

    We were so impressed we have already booked another week in September!!If you have a dog Instow is the perfect destination as everywhere is dog friendly.

    Reviewed by JennyMar 2018

  • "Very cosy cottage - has everything you might want from a stay away."

    Instow is a great location any time of the year - pity about the lack of parking throughout the village

    Reviewed by HazelNov 2017

  • "Beautiful cottage - loved the decor and how the owners had thought of everything!"

    We took photos for decorating inspiration!

    Reviewed by KateOct 2017

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  • Over two floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king, 1 x twin (can be made into super king zip and link at request at time of booking), 1 x double
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan kitchen and dining area
  • Sitting room
  • Utility area.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven with gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, coffee machine, washing machine
  • TV with DVD player
  • WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • On road parking (first come, first served basis)
  • Enclosed rear patio with seating and storage
  • Cot and highchair available
  • One well behaved pet welcome at £20 per week
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops, pubs and restaurants 5 minute walk
  • Beach 5 minute walk.

The property

Located close to the sandy beach of Instow, this lovely cottage provides excellent accommodation on the North Devon coast.

Within walking distance to the beach and the village amenities, this cottage is perfect for a family holiday.

The modern kitchen is spacious and bright, where you can open the patio doors and let the fresh air breeze in and with the dining area being open plan to the kitchen, there's no need for anyone to be left alone to do the cooking!

Glass doors open into the lounge allowing the light to flood through the downstairs and there is a lovely bay window and comfy sofas to relax on.

Upstairs there are three pretty bedrooms, two with views across the estuary, and the added convenience of two bathrooms.

There is a further level which is presently cordoned off.

The patio area is enclosed and also accessible from a gated entrance making it the perfect storage area for surf boards and beach equipment.

Instow has it all, a sandy beach, bobbing boats and an abundance of great cafes and pub/restaurants all with fabulous views.

North Devon boasts some beautiful beaches with miles of golden sands and surfing waves, such as Westward Ho!, Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton all offering a great day out for sun bathing, paddling or playing in the sand.

The historic market towns of Bideford and Barnstaple are within easy driving distance offering some good shops and nightly entertainment.

A superb cottage that you won't want to leave!

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Bideford 3.5 miles; Appledore 5.5 miles

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.

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