About the Bideford coast and country area of North Devon
- these are the lands and communities that abound the tidal estuary of the River Torridge.
Bideford, the town "by the ford" as the name implies, straddles the estuary at its lowest fording point. Originally a Saxon town, its famous 24-arched Long Bridge was paid for by the Norman Bishop of Exeter in the late 13th century. Bideford and Barnstaple were rival merchant ports from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Bideford continues to this day as a freight and fishing port and Appledore, downstream on the west bank, still has an active, now high-tech, shipyard and well-used quayside. On the east bank lies Instow, with its golden sandy beach, seafood restaurants and North Devon's Yacht Club. Westward Ho! (yes, there really is an exclamation mark in the name) sprawls along the seaward side of the peninsular bordered by the Torridge to the east and north, and Bideford Bay to the west. Westward Ho! was created as a Victorian seaside resort in the 1850s following the popularity of the historical romance of the same name written by Bideford's celebrated author, Charles Kingsley.
Huish Moor Shippen
Huish Moor, Huish Lane, Instow. Tel: 01271 860450.
Old Stock Barn tastefully converted to a very high standard. Situated in attractive hillside position with magnificent views of the Exmoor hills, the Taw estuary, the sea and Lundy island. Less than 3 miles from Instow beach and village. Well equipped including dishwasher, washing machine, tumble drier, gas barbecue. Large garden. 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1 shower room. Large sitting room with 2 double sofa beds, central heating and a wood burner with logs provided. Fly fishing on local rivers for Salmon and Sea Trout, with fully experienced guide (equipment supplied). 3.5 miles north-east of Bideford.
Weekly Tariff: £475-£825. Electricity/Gas: £1 coin meter. Linen: included.
Units: 1 Cottage. Bedrooms: 3.
Sleeping: up to 7. Open: All year round. OS grid ref: SS 508 293.
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Oceans Views Holiday Apartment
Superbly furnished ‘Garden Apartment’ in a quiet cul-de-sac, just 1.5 miles from Westward Ho!'s long, sandy beach. This apartment, on the hill above Westward Ho!, enjoys extensive views of the burrows and golf course, the beaches, the mouth of the estuary and the coast across the bay. On a clear day you can see ‘Lundy Island’ far out to sea. Most rooms in the apartment have these wonderful views. Conservatory, patio, barbecue, lawned garden for apartment only. 1.5 miles north of Bideford.
Weekly Tariff: £250 - £585. Electricity/Gas: included. Linen: included.
Units: 1 Apartment. Bedrooms: 1 king-size double, 1 twin
Sleeping: 4 (+1). Open: All year round. OS grid ref: SS 445 291.