The Christie family has had a historical association with Instow since the mid Nineteenth century. The Tapeley Park estate, in the nearby parish of Westleigh, overlooks the village, which sits on the estuary at the point where the rivers Taw and Torridge meet.

The estate owns numerous properties in the village, both residential and commercial, and a large section of the beach. These properties are rented to private tenants, independent businesses, clubs and associations.


Instow is a popular spot for families thanks to its sandy beach and sheltered position with the absence of waves. The beach is dog friendly and a great place for strolling and taking in the fantastic views. The village’s yacht club makes it a natural hub for water sports, from kayaking to sailing.

Located between Bideford and Barnstaple, Instow is also accessible from the Tarka Trail cycle path that runs between the two towns. On the other side of the water lies Appledore and the two villages are linked by a ferry service.

The estate is landlord to independent businesses including John’s delicatessen, The Quay pub and Instow Barton and Treyhill, two B&Bs in the local area. It also has ties with the yacht club and North Devon Cricket Club, home to one of the most scenic cricket pitches in the country.

Christie Devon Estates enjoys a close working relationship with these Instow based enterprises and associations, and contact details and more information can be found on the Associated Businesses page.


Instow is located 2 miles from the town of Bideford and can be accessed from the A39 via the B3233. It has a sandy beach with shops, pubs, restaurants and amenities.