Tarka Sands

Located in Instow, Devon

This delightful Devon retreat is situated in the heart of the quaint seaside village of Instow, which has a beautiful beach and amenities all within easy reach, making this the perfect getaway.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Pet Friendly: No


The property is presented to a high standard throughout, offering the perfect retreat for families or couples alike all year round. Instow itself is a traditional coastal village, has a vibrant community and is well served with pubs and restaurants. A must visit is to the local deli, where you can purchase fresh, local and homemade produce. Close by is the beautiful Instow beach, renowned for its golden sands, remarkable sand dunes and welcomes dogs all year round. Venture across the water, on the seasonal passenger ferry, to the historic fishing village of Appledore or venture further afield and explore the many attractions North Devon has to offer including beaches, Tapeley Park, National Trust’s Arlington Court, Dartington Crystal and The Oldenburg for day trips to Lundy Island.

This coastal apartment is perfectly situated in a quiet apartment block that offers remarkable views across the estuary to the fishing village of Appledore. On entering the property, the entrance is the perfect place to leave your walking boots behind as you step into the open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner with your fresh ingredients in hand to cook your evening supper. The kitchen offers an electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine, a truly great space for budding cooks. Step into the lounge area which has been finished off beautifully by the owner allowing you to sit back and relax amongst the rich, soft furnishings and watch your favourite programme on the TV/DVD or on those beautiful summers days pull open the patio doors and watch the boats go to and fro. After a long day head down the hall where you will find two bedrooms, a twin bedroom with an en-suite shower room and WC and a king-size bedroom. You will also find the shower room down the hall which consist of a shower and WC.

Heading outdoors via the patio doors from the lounge you will find a small patio area with garden furniture. You are also welcome to use the beautiful shared garden. There is one allocated parking space outside the property.


  • The property is a great base for exploring the Tarka Trail on foot or by bike
  • Open the patio doors and dine alfresco whilst watching the world go by
  • The golden sands of Instow beach are within walking distance of the property
  • 2 bedrooms 1 king-size and 1 twin
  • 1 shower room and 1 en suite shower room
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
  • Electric and central heating included
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Allocated parking for 1 car
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Regret no pets
  • Beach, shop and pub within walking distance
  • Outside patio area with garden furniture
  • TV/DVD in lounge
  • Please note: the property is only suitable for 4 people maximum
  • The rooms aren't big enough to accommodate an infant in a travel cot


Close to coast
Cot Available
Downstairs bathroom
Downstairs bedroom
Family friendly
Great View
Ground floor facilities
Linen and Towels
Off road parking
Washing machine



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Area Details


Instow is an enchanting, yet peaceful coastal town situated where the Taw and Torridge rivers meet. The town of Bideford is 10 minutes away and the village of Abbottsham is 15 minutes. The Tarkka trail runs through Instow and as the trail is traffic-free, is a perfect and safe way of exploring by foot or by bike. As the trail passes by the estuary lookout for wildlife, enjoy the gentle breeze and allow your mind to relax and unwind. The beach is sandy and perfect for building sandcastles, flying kites, or just relaxing. You can even try a spot of crabbing in the quay at high tide. Instow is popular for watersports whether you are a pro or a beginner as the waves here are much calmer because the mouth of the estuary cancels out most of the oceans swell making it ideal conditions for kite and windsurfing, in fact for those beginners tuition for these is available right on the beach. Canoeing and kayaking are popular also along the rivers. Instow has a range of pubs, bars and restaurants and shops. Pick up the ferry to Appledore which is on the opposite bank, its a great way to explore, especially when the water levels are too high to use the footpaths. For those water sports enthusiasts, then Skern Lodge Outdoor Activity Centre is in Appledore. The BIG Sheep Adventure park in Abbottsham is great fun for all the family or visit Tapley Park Gardens in Instow or North Burrows Country Park in Bideford is a great beach to walk the dog or do a spot of bird watching.

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