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The Italian Stables

Instow 5mls, Devon

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Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
pets Dogs welcome 1
grade 5 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / wood burner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Beach within easy reach
Fishing on site / nearby
Luxury
Romantic
Parking on site / nearby
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • The perfect rural bolthole for discerning couples at any time of the year
  • Stylishly decorated with charming flooring, large windows and elegant funishings
  • Just 5 miles from Instow, with surfing beaches at Saunton and Westward Ho! within 15 miles
Property code: 89829

This superb two-person escape sits at the end of a private drive on the grounds of the owner’s home, yet where privacy is assured. Set between Bideford and Barnstaple and surrounded by farmland, you are close to sandy beaches, shops and pubs. This Italian-inspired accommodation is unique with stylish features throughout – you will relish returning after a day’s exploring to unwind in this beautiful base. You are just under 3 miles from the town of Bideford while the surfing beach of Westward Ho! and the sand dunes of Instow are both within 5 miles. The fishing village of Appledore is worth a visit as are attractions including RHS Rosemoor (6.5 miles), Tapeley Park (4 miles) and the village of Clovelly (15.5 miles) with its steep, cobbled streets leading to the pretty harbour.

 Stepping into the light and airy stables, find yourself in the entrance hall/dining area, with a pretty mosaic-tiled floor and ample room to hang coats and store boots and shoes. A dining table and chairs offer a pretty outlook onto the rear south-facing garden through the large picture window. Leading on is a fully fitted kitchen with a stylish terracotta tiled floor that provides everything you could need. The lounge is next with a flagstone floor, warming wood burner, Smart TV and comfy sofa. Rear access allows views out to your own private walled garden. At the other end of the cottage is the sleeping accommodation with a charming king-size bed and picture window facing the rear garden. The shower room completes the accommodation and is stylishly tiled.

Heading outside, there’s a lovely walled garden with raised patio area perfect for dining or just soaking up the sun. A gravelled pathway leads you from the accommodation along the lawn and towards the secluded area with a fire pit and outdoor games for your enjoyment. The owner can provide freshly made southern Italian meals by prior arrangement (extra charge).

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  • 1 bedroom – king-size
  •  1 shower room with a walk-in shower and a WC
  • Oven, induction hob, fridge and freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer and microwave
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request when booking
  • Wood burner – first basket of logs provided
  • Underfloor heating throughout
  • Smart TV in the lounge
  • Enclosed garden with lawn and patio area with garden furniture and giant garden games, fire pit and charcoal BBQ
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • Beach 5 miles, shop and pub 2 miles
  • 2 small dogs or 1 medium dog
  • Arrival: 15:30 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 1 dog allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 25 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Sharnie 28th March 2024

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What a little treasure! The most incredible walled fully secure and private garden filled with cottage like features! Us and our 2 little dogs just loved it! And the stables are to die for... I would have packed my bags and moved in! And the food was just the cherry on top! We lived the beaches and then for countryside we went to exmoor for the dayRead more and found the liveliest walks and fab pub at Luxborough! Hide

Reviewed by Richard 23rd December 2023

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Reviewed by Pamela 20th October 2023

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This is a lovely property, very well equipped and with a large private garden including two pleasant seating areas - ideal for us and our spaniel! All the floors are tiled/stone which are stylish and dog proof which made our stay more relaxing. We enjoyed the welcome scones & cream!

Reviewed by Christopher 6th October 2023

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The owners have obviously put a lot of heart and soul into this stable conversion. They've produced a delightful country retreat for two which has a very pleasant Italian 'vibe'. The walled garden is also lovely; quite large, secluded and totally escape proof for dogs.

Reviewed by Anthony 22nd September 2023

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Reviewed by simon 8th September 2023

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Superb location and a beautiful place

Reviewed by Nigel 1st September 2023

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In a quiet location, the cottage is delightlyfully planned on one level, ideal for couples, with the bonus of a terrace overlooking the garden, where we sat in the evening sunshine. Mark and Jess are warm, welcoming and unobtrusive hosts, ready to help with any queries. Jess's meal on our first night was very welcome. The cottage is minutes away frRead moreom the coast, with Instow and its beach a particular favourite, where we can recommend the Instow Arms and the Boathouse restaurant. Hide

Reviewed by Victoria 25th August 2023

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This cottage did not disappoint but delighted. The owners, Mark and Jess, were super friendly and professional. We were welcomed with home made scones and apple juice from their orchard. The finishing touches were excellent with beautiful fittings. The walled garden is large and not over looked at all and all you can hear are the birds. We ordered Read moretheir Italian tasty home cooked cuisine for our first night so we had not hassle of cooking. All round the best cottage break we have had! Thank you Hide

Reviewed by Caroline 4th August 2023

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Lovely cottage, great location and a large walled secure garden for the dog.

Reviewed by Yvonne 28th July 2023

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The Italian Stables took our breath away, super classy with that Italian feel. The design and furnishings were so lovely, comfortable with every small thing thought out in detail. It was one of those places you take photos of to make your friends envious ! Huge garden at the back is fully walled, lawned, with trees,is totally private, has a lovely Read morepatio area too! You can order Italian food from the owners at the main house, very highly recommended, absolutely delish! Beautiful place to stay! Hide

Reviewed by Susan 14th July 2023

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What a beautiful property, decorated equipped and furnished to a very high standard. The private walled garden, terrace and garden furniture are perfect as is the location.

Reviewed by Tracy 7th July 2023

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Beautiful accomodation in a lovely setting. We really enjoyed our stay particularly sitting in the walled garden. Very calm and peaceful break. We would recommend visiting local areas e.g. Coombe Martin Bude Saunton Instow Appledore and Woolacombe. The accommodation is very tastefully presented. We really enjoyed our time there.

Reviewed by Karen 23rd June 2023

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We loved our time at the Italian Stables and relaxed into the house straight away. It is only 15-20 minutes from lots of great places to visit, but the peace of the garden was a real draw to help us stop and relax. The house together with the great home cooked food delivered to your door by Jess or Mark, if you order from them was perfect.

Reviewed by Natasha 16th June 2023

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We loved our stay at The Italian Stables, it is a beautiful cottage in a great location. The cottage had everything we needed and it provided us with a great base to explore Devon. The enclosed garden was perfect for our dog who had a great time too! We tried Jess Calabrian cooking on our first night which was absolutely delicious. Thank you so mucRead moreh, Mark and Jess! We would highly recommend The Italian Stables. Hide

Reviewed by Ian 9th June 2023

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What a splendid retreat nicely appointed cottage with all you could need and everything is very new. Mark and Jess are on site should you need them but never intruded on our privacy. We would strongly advise trying Jess's Italian cuisine which was of restaurant quality a fabulous week made all the better with great weather

Reviewed by Margaret 26th May 2023

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The Italian Stables has been renovated to a very high standard with high quality fittings and a well equipped kitchen. It is light and airy, exceptionally clean and cosy. The garden is huge and fully enclosed so our dog could wonder around without our worrying she could get out. Mark and Jess are quietly on hand should you need anything.

Reviewed by Colin 12th May 2023

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Beautiful accommodation and relaxing atmosphere. A lovely quiet location but close to local amenities. Run by a very friendly couple, Mark and Jess, who leave you feeling relaxed. They offer great Italian food as an option. An ideal escape from the treadmill. A beautiful walled garden for you to sit and enjoy yourselves in the sunshine.

Reviewed by Paula 14th April 2023

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Stunning place with lovely walled garden that was bigger than anticipated. Everything was clean and comfortable. I would definitely recommend having the home cooked food as that was delicious. The only down side for us was having an old nervous dog who didnt like the bird scarer on the farm next door. Other than that its a lovely peaceful place to Read morestay and definitely recommend. Hide

Reviewed by Swaminathan 7th April 2023

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The property is built to new design and technology. Nice location and enclosed garden was good for our furry friend. Bideford was 10 minutes drive and convenient access to all amenities.

Reviewed by Chris 18th March 2023

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Reviewed by Nicholas 2nd March 2023

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Excellent accommodation, very cosy cottage with high-end decor. We only saw Mark and Jess very briefly but they gave us a very warm welcome. We thoroughly recommend Jess's home cooking too!

Reviewed by Julie 24th February 2023

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The Italian Stables is a pure delight and Mark and Jess are very welcoming and friendly. Everything about this place has been done to a high spec and settee and bed are very comfortable. Lovely garden which is enclosed so excellent if you have a dog. All in all a very beautiful place and would definitely recommend.

Reviewed by Jane 6th February 2023

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This is an excellent cottage and the owners Jess and Mark make it an exceptional one! Jess and Mark are so friendly and welcoming and the food which can be ordered is absolutely delicious. The cottage is so clean, comfortable and warm, there is underfloor heating and there is a log burner for colder evenings which is an added bonus. The walled gardRead moreen with seating is ideal and perfect with a dog. We really enjoyed our stay and wish to thank Jess and Mark for their kind hospitality. Hide

Reviewed by Anna 27th December 2022

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Lovely and welcoming stables conversion beautifully decorated with all amenities you would need. Mark and Jess are very welcoming owners and could not do more for us. An added benefit is access to Jesss fabulous Calabrian cooking, which can be ordered and delivered to the stables.

Reviewed by Diane 24th December 2022

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This is a beautifully presented large single-bed property. There's plenty of storage space, both hanging and drawer, and space to park cases etc. The underfloor heating is extremely effective and, although there is a log burner in the lounge, we didn't need to use it. The king-size bed has a very comfortable memory-foam mattress and warm duvet. TheRead more kitchen is well appointed with everything that we needed. There is plenty of turning/parking space and a nice grassed back garden. Just perfect. Hide

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