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Primrose Cottage: 6-bed traditional seaside cottage with garden

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Beach nearby, sun-loungers
Beach nearby, sun-loungers
Beach nearby, sun-loungers
3 bedrooms, iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of Primrose Cottage: 6-bed traditional seaside cottage with garden

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Primrose Cottage: 6-bed traditional seaside cottage with garden

4.2/5 Very good

Entire cottage

3 bedrooms2 bathroomsSleeps 6

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen
  • Pet-friendly
  • Washer
  • Dryer
Bideford, ENG

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationInstow Beach2 min walk
  • Popular LocationWest Appledore8 min drive
  • Popular LocationPulley Ridge70 min drive

Space details

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6
Bedroom 1
    2 single beds
Bedroom 2
    1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
    2 single beds
Common area
    3 single beds
Bathroom 1
    Combined bath/shower
Bathroom 2
    No shower or bath

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire cottage to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Primrose Cottage: 6-bed traditional seaside cottage with garden

Family-friendly cottage in Bideford
Primrose Cottage - a spacious 200-year-old traditional stone-built house - has been my family's holiday home for forty years. It has lots of character and original features, and is decorated in a relaxed style, with watercolours of local scenes, and a mix of new and antique furnishings. It’s the perfect place for families and dog lovers to enjoy a wonderful holiday where there's so much on your doorstep that you hardly need to get in the car.

A few yards up a lane off the seafront, the path from the front gate, slate-cobbled in a distinctive local style, leads under a bay tree to the clematis-covered porch. Inside, the sunlit kitchen, with traditional slate-floor, is the heart of the house, with space for the whole family around the old farmhouse table. Stable doors lead back out to the secluded, sheltered garden, a suntrap on days when the beach is windy, and the perfect place to enjoy a book surrounded by herbs, honeysuckle and roses rambling through the old pear tree.

The big, cosy sitting room has a three-piece suite, games cupboard for a rainy day, gas fire and TV/DVD player(with a Now TV box allowing connection to all your streaming services) and a great range of books, including lots for the nature lover.

The large master bedroom has a new king-size bed, and a glimpse of the sea. Two further bedrooms have two single beds each and garden views looking out towards the water. All three bedrooms are cosy and bright, airy and peaceful.

Instow is a very special place, both peaceful and sociable. The seafront starts at the end of our lane, with Johns’ award-winning deli/café/shop/post office a few moments away. From the nearby quay you can take the ferry to the lively village of Appledore (and Sylvester’s amazing fish and chips). Two minutes’ walk further takes you to the beach, a great stretch of sand with views towards the UN-protected biosphere at Crow Point and out to Lundy Island. Children love having their own beach to race down to, building sandcastles as the tide comes in or shrimping in the pools at low tide. Dogs are welcome on a large area of the beach.

Hocking’s famous ice cream van parks behind the sea wall (clotted cream on your ice cream recommended), at the end of which are two fine family- and dog-friendly pub/restaurants. The Instow Arms is cosy, with a great restaurant; food at the Boathouse next door is just as good, and you can also enjoy a drink on their new sun deck, looking out on spectacular sunsets. Sand dunes rise as the beach continues, past the cricket ground and on to a wilder second beach.

The shady, tree-lined Tarka Trail runs the route of the old railway line behind the village and on toward both Bideford and Barnstaple - great for biking and walking. Further afield is the great swimming and surfing beach of Westward Ho (with lessons available at the North Devon Surf School) and the Royal North Devon Golf Course.

All the other attractions of North Devon are too numerous to mention. We never tire of coming here and we’re very pleased to welcome you to Primrose Cottage.
Guest accommodation at this cottage offers fireplaces and DVD players. Rooms open to balconies or patios. Kitchens offer fridges, microwaves, kitchenware and utensils and dishwashers. Bathrooms include baths or showers.

Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Smart televisions are featured in guestrooms. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and an iron/ironing board.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Katherine Tulloh
Speaks English
Bookings for this property are managed through Vrbo, part of our Expedia Group family.

Property amenities


  • Near the beach
  • Beach sunloungers


  • Pool


  • Free WiFi

Parking and transport

  • Car recommended

Family friendly

  • Playground
  • Children's dinnerware
  • Children's games
  • Children's books
  • Children's toys
  • High chair


  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Electric kettle
  • Blender
  • Paper towels


  • Dining table


  • 3 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Bath or shower
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels provided

Living spaces

  • Fireplace


  • Smart TV with cable/satellite service
  • Streaming services
  • DVD player
  • Games
  • Video library
  • Books

Outdoor areas

  • Balcony or patio
  • Fenced garden
  • Barbecue
  • Garden
  • Outdoor furniture


  • Washing machine and dryer


  • Heating


  • Pet friendly


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board

Location highlights

  • Near the sea
  • In a village

Things to do

  • Golf on site
  • Golf nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Cycling nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby

Safety features

  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector


  • Sleeps 6

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Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets are allowed
Restrictions apply; for more information contact the property on the number on the booking confirmation

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host, not a professional engaged in trade or business
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation

We should mention

Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
A car is recommended for transport to and from this property

Property is also known as

Seaside Cottage Shop Beach Pub Instow,Bideford
Seaside Cottage Shop Beach Pub
Seaside Shop Beach Pub Instow,Bideford
Seaside Cottage Shop Pub
Seaside Cottage Close To Shop Beach Pub
6 bed Traditional Seaside Cottage With Garden
Primrose Cottage 6 bed Traditional Seaside Cottage With Garden

About this area


Located in Bideford, this cottage is near the beach. The area's natural beauty can be seen at North Devon Coast and Woolacombe Beach, while The Burton Art Gallery and Museum and The Plough Arts Centre are cultural highlights. Travelling with kids? Consider Big Sheep and Marwood Hill Gardens. Waterskiing and windsurfing offer great chances to get out on the surrounding water, or you can seek out an adventure with ecotours and hiking nearby.

What's nearby

  • Instow Beach - 2 min walk
  • Royal North Devon Golf Club - 8 min drive
  • West Appledore - 8 min drive
  • Northam Beach - 60 min drive
  • Pulley Ridge - 70 min drive

Getting around

  • Barnstaple Station - 13 min drive


  • The Coffee Cabin - 12 min walk
  • Market Street Kitchen - 12 min walk
  • Cafe Collective - 5 min drive
  • Quayside Cafe - 6 min drive
  • Velvet & Vanilla - 6 min drive

Frequently asked questions

Overall score and ratings


Very good

Rating 5 - Excellent. 6 out of 10 reviews
5 - Excellent 60%
Rating 4 - Good. 1 out of 10 reviews
4 - Good 10%
Rating 3 - Okay. 2 out of 10 reviews
3 - Okay 20%
Rating 2 - Poor. 1 out of 10 reviews
2 - Poor 10%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 10 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 Excellent

Primrose Cottage is old style, I can just imagine my granny there. Lots of family memorabilia. The rooms are light and airy. We had a super week an found Instow and the area a delight. We also did not turn the tv on once, played games and cards every evening and cooked in, ate out (Instow Arms the best), ferry over to Appledore, lots of walks and cream teas, picked blackberries along the Tarka trail. Thank you.

4/5 Good

Ideal location
We had a great holiday in a homely and lovely location. A 200 year old property which is well lived in but a lovely base to explore North devon nonetheless. It was a well equipped kitchen with a now TV box . The garden is lovely and per description a sun trap.

3/5 Okay

Review of the cottage
The property is in a great location in Instow and we had fantastic weather. The property was less expensive than others in the area so was good value. It is quite tired in places. Very old three piece suit but we hardly sat indoors due to great weather. Damp is clearly an issue. Single beds ok but mattresses a bit less good for adults who were with us but would be fine for kids. Kitchen well equipped with quite eclectic mix of things. Good cooker and spacious seating area The only thing missing for us was more larger glasses) Overall we had a great fortnight at the cottage.

5/5 Excellent

Family holiday.
Greatly enjoyed our week. House was very spacious, well equipped and very comfortable. Excellent location too in Instow - right by the Tarka Trail with a dog friendly beach, fabulous views and lovely pubs / cafes.

5/5 Excellent

Lovely cottage in great little seaside village
Fab we loved Primrose Cottage and will definitely go back ! Beautiful little village surrounded by great walks pubs and country side . Couldn’t be better!