This pretty estuary village, is more low key than most
of its close neighbours, lies at the wide junction of the River Taw
and the River Torridge. Instow has a gently sloping sandy beach, backed
by low sand dunes.
Instow is well known for its scenic vistas across the
rivers, making it a favourite haunt for artists. It is also a place
for watersports, fishing and sailing enthusiasts. During the summer
you can take the ferry, from Instow's 17th Century quay, across to Appledore.
Tapeley Park stands on a hill overlooking Instow and
the estuary. Tapeley Park is the home of the Christie family, well known
for their operatic connections and their links to Glyndebourne. The
House has a collection of operatic costumes, as well as fine furnishings
The gardens at Tapeley Park are the main attraction.
The grounds have a stunning collection of tender shrubs and palms, all
laid out in terraces on the sheltered hillside - presenting the visitor
with stunning panoramas of the gardens and the estuary beyond.