Eating out – Remember that?

After 4 months of cooking every single night, one thing I was really looking forward to during our little break at Coastal Cabins was having someone else cook for me! Here’s a little guide of local pubs, restaurants and cafes.

Firstly I should say that it really depends on what you are after. Good pub grub on your doorstep, or something more for a special occasion. So before heading to these places please do check their websites/Facebook/Instagram and have a look at the menus.

In Hartland village (1.5 miles) there are 3 pubs, The Hart, The Kings Arms and the Anchor. They are all friendly local pubs, however The Hart does swing it for me as there’s a lovely little garden with a new children’s play area. There is also The Shamrock for quick takeaway fish and chips. Hartland Quay is just outside the village and has a stunning location for a meal with a view if you eat outside. It is very relaxed.

Pattard Kitchen Restaurant is a fancier restaurant within walking distance of the cabins but it has new owners and only re-opened yesterday. The menu looks nice and I’m looking forward to trying it out!

Slightly further afield take a look at The Farmers Arms in Woolsery (see my ‘our holiday’ highlights), The Hoops Inn at Horns Cross, The Old Smithy Inn at Welcombe. All within a 10-15 min drive.

There is a good Thai in Westward Ho called Morans (no kids in the evenings), or the Pig on the Beach is a good seafront pub.

Just around the corner in Appledore The George and The Seagate are also both lovely. Just over the water in Instow try The Boathouse or The Instow Arms for beach views.

Just a few daytime cafes worth a mention are Johns Deli in both Appledore and Instow, the Coffee Cabin in Appledore, the Glorious Oyster beach cabin in Instow. The Fremington Quay Cafe (good for bike rides on the Tarka Trail).

Do bear in mine that you definitely need to #bookahead this summer as all pubs and restaurants have less availability due to lower table numbers. There are so many more – particularly also in the Bude/North Cornwall direction but I think this is enough to get you started!

I hope this helps everyone have a well deserved break from having to come up with yet another dinner for the kids!

If you haven’t booked yet then do hurry. We are now fully booked until 28th August in all cabins.



Everyone loves a bit of colouring (or is it just me?)

So apparently most children won’t be going back to school until September at the earliest – eek! 

Are you running out of ideas how to keep them busy? My hugely talented step-daughter Beth (@bethanykdesign) has made these fab colouring in sheets of our cabins.  I’m actually in love with them and plan to print off 100 for Paige to colour in! Hopefully that should reduce the constant shouts of ‘mummmmyyyy i’m bored’.

Maybe you’re coming to visit us later in the summer? If so it’s time to start getting the whole family excited! Or maybe you just want some cute pictures to decorate the house.  

Just CLICK on the pictures below to DOWNLOAD and PRINT.

Make sure you send us your completed artwork, we’d love to see them!

See you soon 🙏🤞 



July 4th 2020 – The New Independence Day

So hidden deep down at page 31 of the guidelines the government has announced that all hospitality businesses must remain closed until 4th July at the very earliest.

We are of course currently closed at Coastal Cabins and will remain so until we are told we are allowed to re-open. We are however still taking bookings for later this year and through into 2021.

We also have a very flexible booking policy which means that if due to Covid-19 you cannot travel to us then you can reschedule your stay to either later this year or anytime in our 2021 season. There are no charges for moving your booking. We are also being very flexible about when balance payments are due.

We must be clear that we can only open if the rate of infection continues to fall. So for now please stay at home, stay safe and let’s beat this. Then just maybe we can all have a bit of a break this summer!

For future bookings please have a look here:

Any questions at all then drop us a message and we’ll be happy to help!


FREE GIFT with every Summer 2020 booking

Book a stay at Coastal Cabins Glamping for Summer 2020 (subject to government guidelines) and enjoy a FREE GIFT of local Devon fudge and fizz.

MUST QUOTE: GIFT when booking.  Valid on new bookings made after Wednesday 13th May 2020. Valid for stays between 04/07/20 and 02/10/20.

Also ask us about our flexible booking policy for reassurance that you won’t lose out if the government travel advice changes.

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Wild Spa Hot Tub

What’s better after a tough day at the beach than an hour in our Wild Spa Hot Tub area?  Rest your tired feet and let the 26 spa jets massage away your aches and pains. Sit in the ‘Captain’s Seat’ and succumb to the exclusive 15 point ultrablast master massage jet. 

Add to the mix some stunning views towards the Atlantic and a glass of cold bubbly and you’ll be in holiday heaven.

This facility can be hired for £40ph max 2 people, or £60ph max 6 people. Booking slots are limited and must be made prior to arrival (and at least 48 hours before your chosen session).

*Minimum age is 16 years – babysitting service also available!*

Our cabins are currently closed but they are all freshly painted and sparking clean ready for when we’re allowed to re-open.  Book now for later in the year or 2021 for #somethingtolookforwardto


Bucks Mills


Back in February and before most of us had heard of Covid-19, Paige and I took a little day trip to Bucks Mills. Despite being teeny tiny it’s one of my favourite places. Here’s a sneak peak of somewhere to visit when this is all over. #somethingtolookforwardto

Hidden away down a little lane off the A39 you’ll find Bucks Mills. Not many people know this stunning hamlet even exists. The sign off the road is small and unassuming and so is Bucks Mills – but’s that’s the beauty of it.

Untouched for centuries, this village feels like stepping back in time. The narrow winding road is carved into the hillside with lush trees all around. Park up in the (free!) car park and meander down the lane past a collection of picturesque cottages.

A babbling river follows the road which eventually cascades down the clifftop to join the sea. After a short walk downhill you’ll catch a glimpse of water, which soon opens up to a breathtaking view of a vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.

A few minutes after and you’ll find yourself on Bucks Mills beach. With miles of uninterrupted rugged coastline it’s not difficult to find your own spot of heaven here.

There’s no pub, there’s no shop – just you and nature at its most raw and uncommercial.

Bucks Mills is just 15 mins from Coastal Cabins. We’re closed at the moment, but book now for later this year or next and visit this magical spot:

P.s. There may not be a pub at Bucks Mills, but just up the road in Woolsery is one of the BEST pubs in the area – The Farmers Arms is a must visit!


Hartland – The land of hidden beaches

Recently we spotted this great article in The Telegraph entitled ‘Britain’s 20 most beautiful hidden beaches’. The Hartland Peninsula is peppered with numerous hidden beaches, some that only the locals know about!

The beauty of this is that even on the hottest day of the year you could be the only person there. Some of these beaches can be hard to get to, and tricky to find but they are WELL worth it.

Coming in at number 3 in the article is the magical gem Speke’s Mill Mouth. If 50 metre waterfalls, clear rock pools and rolling waves are your thing then this is THE place to put on your post lockdown wish list.

Have a read of the full article here:…/best-hidden-secret-uk-beaches/

For a real insiders guide to the best beaches in our area book a break at Coastal Cabins:

We are closed at the moment but flexible bookings can be made for later in the year, or #planahead for 2021.


Glamping in the garden

Have you ever heard the saying, when life gives you lemons…make lemonade? So what do you do when you own 10 empty glamping cabins and you’re not allowed to leave your home – you go glamping of course!

This is the adventures of Mr and Mrs Coastal Cabins (mum and dad) having a night away in Hartland Quay Cabin. I’m particularly jealous of the Gin! Anyone else attempting lockdown without any alcohol? 😩

Hartland Quay Cabin is a Couples Cabin sleeping up to 2 people in a Kingsize bed, plus up to two small children (max age 6 years) in a small double sofa bed. We also have Family Cabins which sleep 4 people in a Kingsize bed and bunk beds. All cabins have a private deck and stunning views over looking the field or lake.

I don’t know about you but i’d really like to be there right now!

For now we are closed, please stay home and stay safe. Our cabins will be all ready and waiting for you when this is all over. Book now for 2021 here:

If you have any questions at all about our cabins then send us an email or message on social media! #asktheowners


2021 – Something to look forward to

We’re only 3 months in, but i’m pretty much over 2020 already! Why not look ahead to next year and have something to look forward to. We’ve just uploaded our prices and availability for 2021 on our website.

There’s still lots of space at the moment so why not book now and have your pick of all the cabins.


It’s oh so quiet

Today, Friday 3rd April was supposed to be the first day of the season for us at Coastal Cabins Glamping. The cabins are all sparkling clean, freshly painted and looking their best, but there’s no one here. It’s a strange feeling, and one that makes us feel sad. But we know that this time will pass.

We’re making the most of our daily exercise walks to really explore our lovely corner of North Devon. Working in this hectic industry we often don’t get time to really appreciate where we live. It really is stunning!

Until we open again we’ll continue to share with you some highlights of our area. Because after all – everyone needs something to look forward to!

If you want to book for later this year then we are still taking bookings. You can book in the knowledge that you’ll be protected by our new ‘Flexible Booking Policy’