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Excellent 5/5 8 reviews

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Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed

The Sail Loft is a two story detached property, centrally heated and furnished simply and comfortably. It is equipped with everything you need during your stay, including – Electric Cooker with Halogen Hob, Microwave, Toaster, Washing Machine, iron, ironing board, fridge with freezer compartment, Free Sat TV, DVD player and free Wi Fi access. It really is a home from home. (We stay in it ourselves regularly).

We provide bath towels, beach towels, hand towels, face cloths, bath robes and complimentary toiletries. The Sail Loft is affordable luxury and great value for money, with many of our guests coming back time after time you can be assured of a stress free stay.

Parking the car is no problem on the private driveway right outside. The views from the bedroom and lounge / diner are truely stunning!

Guestbook for The Sail Loft for 2014:

23rd February 2014 - "To Lisa and Mike, thank you for a wonderfully comfortable stay and your priceless help with our coast to coast walk. Arriving here last night with tired legs, we were able to relax straight away. We will be back with our wives! Thank you so so much."

17th April 2014 - "We never want to leave when the time comes! As usual we were very comfortable - Thank you for the flowers and the essentials in the fridge - so thoughful of you. The weather has been beautiful and we have loved being back in Instow and seeing that beautiful view in the sunshine. As for the sunsets they have been spectacular - looking forward to next time."

18th - 21st April 2014 - "Thank you so much for such a fantastic stay at the Sail Loft, Instow. It really is a home from home. Every detail has been thought of and nothing is too much of a problem. You really are the best hosts. I can't wait to come back again. I will definitely be booking for the summer."

2nd - 5th May 2014 - "A lovely weekend retreat, just a pity we can't take the view home with us! Thank you for creating just the right type of place to relax in."

4th - 7th June 2014 - "We have had a wonderfully relaxing time in your superbly designed and appointed Sail Loft. Thanks for all the thoughtful touches and helpful goodies on arrival. The views are just breathtaking and even had some stunning sunsets! We hope to return soon."

7th - 11th July 2014 - "Thanks so much for a wonderful break. The immaculate Sail Loft is a credit to you. Perfect in every way. We will return!."

14th - 18th July 2014 - "The sun shone this time! The Sail Loft is as lovely as ever and Instow is a great place to relax and unwind. Another great holiday. We're sad to leave but will look forward to next time!"

24th - 27th July 2014 - "A delightful property with superb views. 5 star all the way. Many thanks."

Late July 2014 - "We are extremely impressed by the Sail Loft and will definitely book here again. We love the seaside and having just moved to London were keen to get a chance to see the Western coast so the initial taste has definitely whet our appetite for more! Cycling along the Tarka Trail and hiking near Lynmouth much recommended. Lisa, Mike and family have an excellent eye for detail and can read the mind of a holiday maker from the milk, juice, bread in fridge to the maps and really interesting historical text put together by a few locals - I feel like I learned so much about this lovely village and the surrounding area in the four days we enjoyed here. Thank you once again!"

1st - 8th August 2014 - "Enjoyed our stay in the Sail Loft - felt like home from home, extra touches were lovely - hope to be back."

9th - 12th August 2014 - "We had a really lovely time staying in the Sail Loft. The accommodation is fabulous and the finishing touches really make you feel at home. Although the weather wasn't great nothing can detract from the beautiful views."

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Instow 250 m
Will consider House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 250 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Exeter 97 km, Nearest railway: Barnstaple 16 km
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Shared garden
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Juliette balcony with inward opening french doors.

Please take a look at our real time web cam of the view .

Further details outdoors

Shared driveway and garden with owners.

Further details

One baby (not walking) is welcome, a cot, high chair and stair gate available.

Juliette balcony to be used at guests own risks when children present.

The Sail Loft is the ideal retreat for a couple wanting a relaxing break away.

The West Country region

The Instow area

Instow is the perfect setting for a coastal break or holiday, boasting some of the finest views in North Devon.

Located between Barnstaple and Bideford where the Rivers Taw and Torridge meet, Instow is one of the jewels of the North Devon coast and has been a popular spot for visitors for generations.

It is a 5 minute walk into the village which has a long golden sandy beach with views across the river to Appledore and Lundy out to sea.

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Review 1-8 of 8

2 Aug 2014


"Amazing and will go back!"

This is the perfect place to stay if you want to have the option of a beach within five minutes walking, nice fresh seafood for dinner, kind locals, cycling along a disused railway (we did this for fi… More

28 Jul 2014


"5 Star all the Way"

Excellent location and wonderful views. This compact apartment has everything that was needed plus lots of extras, thank you for the fresh flowers in the bedroom and other items in the welcome pack. … More

12 Jul 2014


"Absolutely Superb"

This just such a beautiful place to stay. Everything is immaculate and so comfortable in every room. The decoration is superb and so appropriate. The flowers and welcome pack are lovely little extra t… More

17 Sep 2013


"A lovely bolthole"

If you are considering booking the Sail Loft for a spell away, don't! Stop pondering and get on with it, you will not be disappointed. The owners are born hosts. They are there to help but do … More

8 Sep 2013


"Great location"

What can I say that has not already been said. Great place, great owners, great location, everything you would want for a very comfortable stay. Cycling is fantastic and the food and pubs are very … More

23 Nov 2012



We booked this accommodation at short notice as my husband and I felt the need to be in the Instow/Appledore area. When I contacted the web site I found this accommodation on, Lisa the owner contacted me within an hour or 2 and by the end of the evening the holiday was booked. This was 2 days before the holiday. The service we received was excellent and so was the accommodation.
On our arrival the heating was on so was nice, warm and cosy. There were provisions like coffee, tea, milk, bread and preserves.
The location is wonderful for the views, however not suitable for people with walking difficulties as it is located on a hill side and is quite steep.
We liked this accommodation for its decor, the big window that overlooked the Torridge estuary and views over to Appledore. Being able to walk to Marine Parade for a walk along the beach, the restaurants and cafe. The furniture and bed was so comfy, cosy and homely.
I would really recommend this holiday home for a get away from it all for couples.

21 Oct 2012


"Superb accommodation with wonderful sea view."

A very satisfying weeks stay in a quiet seaside town with lots of local interest. Bideford and Barnstaple both nearby and frequent bus service, which we used with our bus passes!
We cycled the Tarka trail which is one of the best in the country.
The owners were extremely kind and helpful especially since we were forced to arrive a day late.
The accommodation is luxurious and comfortable, and could not be bettered,
The only thing that would have suited us more would have been a dishwasher in lieu of a washing machine.

14 May 2012


"Top quality 'splash-pad' for 2 with views to die for...."

The Sail Loft looked spot-on on the website and also offered the flexibility on dates we needed. Dealing with the owners (who live in the main house next door) during the booking process was very quick and easy via email. Stress free.

It was easy to find and has a huge front drive for parking, with no concerns for the safety of our car. The road up to the house is steep - one of the trade-offs for the awesome vews - but no problem in first gear.

First impressions were even better than that we expected from the photos. Nothing was out of place, all the fixtures/fitting/appliances were top quality, it was spotlessly clean and given the horrid weather we had driven down in, lovely and warm!

The views from the bedroom and living room over the estuary to Appledore are breath taking. It's a constant changing scene that can be appreciated even more with the binoculars provided.

A 5 minute stroll downhill and you are on the Marine Parade and the sandy beach. There is a small selection of pubs/restaurants and a couple of shops. We drove to Appledore on one day rather than take the ferry (tide limited hours) - cute backstreets and a few more shops/cafes. Another day we drove up to Croyde to take in some surf culture. Not much there other than a lot of surfers! The rest of the time we just chilled out in and around Instow itself.

We have stayed multiple times at several properties in the past, and I genuinely think we will be coming back to this one as well!

Review 1-8 of 8

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Calendar last updated:27 Jul 2014

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