Beach Retreat

ID: S124160

  • Bedrooms 2
  • ・ Sleeps 4
  • ・ Pets 1

Snaptrip says

Beach Retreat is a well-received cottage in Bideford, Devon, praised for its cleanliness, high-quality furnishings, and proximity to the beach and local amenities. Guests appreciate the cosy atmosphere and the thoughtful welcome pack. Some concerns about parking and the spiral staircase are noted, but overall, the cottage offers a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

Guests that stayed at this property said

The majority of guests found the cottage to be very clean and comfortable. There were a few mentions of dust and a damp smell in one bedroom, but these seem to be isolated incidents rather than the norm.

The location is highly praised for being close to the beach, pubs, and restaurants. The convenience for dog owners and the general tranquillity of the area are also appreciated.

Guests find the cottage comfortable, with a special mention of the quality of the bed and pillows. The spiral staircase, however, has been flagged as a potential issue for some.

The cottage is well-equipped and guests are generally pleased with the amenities provided. Some maintenance issues like the front door lock and paintwork needing a refresh have been mentioned, which slightly affects the score.

The welcome pack was frequently mentioned and appreciated, indicating a high level of thoughtfulness. However, it should be noted that such gifts are a kind gesture and may not be guaranteed for every stay.

About this property

Beach Retreat is the Gold winner of Best Cottage in South West England in Sykes Gems 2023 and it is located just a stone's throw away from the beautiful, dog-friendly sandy beach at Instow, with access to the colourful village of Appledore and cobbled streets of Clovelly. Furnished to a wonderful standard of quality throughout, bursting with character, this semi-detached holiday let is perfect for that much needed break away-from-it-all. There is a warm feel within the living room, elevated by the woodburning stove and beamed ceiling. Relax and unwind in the plush armchairs after a day out exploring the famous Tarka Trail. This room also plays host to a bright and sunny dining area, at which to enjoy your meals in the company of your loved ones. The kitchen is well-appointed, with sleek wooden units and quality fittings getting you through your stay. A spiral staircase leads you up to a double bedroom and a twin, both enjoying a crisp finish with tasteful colour schemes. An all-white shower room serves the two. Instow has a variety of award-winning shops and restaurants nearby, where you can taste the local seafood. The area has a wide range of water sports, fishing and sailing, ideal for those seeking a more energetic holiday. Walking and cycling can also be enjoyed, as well as horse riding, golf and cricket, available locally. The Cottage is also within reach of a wide selection of family attractions, including Exmoor, the North Cornwall/Devon coastline and beautiful Lynton and Lynmouth with their breathtaking scenery. Enjoy cosy fireside pubs, taste local food and explore a wealth of rare wildlife. Exmoor National Park is home to some of the darkest skies, perfect for gazing up at the stars and rediscovering your sense of wonder. The Cottage will have you coming back time and time again!

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.


Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin.

Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC.


Living/dining room with woodburning stove.

Gas central heating with woodburning stove.

Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, Freeview TV, DVD, Radio/CD, WiFi, welcome pack.

There is a car park 100 yards from the property, and parking at the bottom of the lane at the beach front.

Logs available at the local store.

Nespresso coffee machine, with a selection off complimentary coffee pods.Bed linen and towels included in rent.

Highchair available.

One well-behaved dog welcome.

Sorry, no smoking.

Pub and restaurant 5 mins walk, shop 10 mins walk.

Note: The beach is 100 yards away from property

Nearby points of interest

  • Saunton Sands
  • Putsborough Beach
  • Woolacombe Beach
  • Clovelly Village
  • Exmoor Zoo

Reviews (24)

  • Nicola

    The owners had thought of everything and we wanted to stay forever!

  • Tracey

    Lovely welcome pack which was much appreciated! Everything you need was there and more. Such a prime position in the village with less than 2 minutes walk to a fabulous doggy beach, pubs and restaurants. Cottage was clean and very comfortable including the bed and the wonderfully squishy pillows! We had a fantastic time. I’ve taken one star off because the parking is a big problem, but that’s the only negative in an otherwise perfect holiday cottage!

  • David

    Front door lock needs looking at, quite difficult to open, which does worry you initially. Other than that perfect.

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