Bowcombe Boathouse

Kingsbridge, Devon
+44 (0)1548 559221
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£235 - £325
per night
£1835 - £2440
per week

Filled with interesting finds, antiques and artefacts, this is a charming cabin hideaway for couples on the banks of the Kingsbridge Ria


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£235 - £325 per night

£1835 - £2440 per week

The Experience

This idyllic waterfront retreat perched on the banks of the creek is a haven from the hustle and bustle of life. Once you turn off the road running between Kingsbridge and Dartmouth you’ll feel miles from anywhere. Originally a boathouse, the interiors have been transformed into a rustic-chic bolthole, all deep navy blues, elegant mahogany and brass fittings.

You might find it tricky to pull yourself away from the squishy window seat, handily positioned near the roaring wood-burner, with its mesmerising watery views over the Kingsbridge Ria. Owner Miranda has filled the cabin with discovered treasures, antiques and curios, plus books and games for rainy days. The kitchen is top-notch and you climb a small staircase to your en suite bedroom.

Step out to your terrace to listen to the water and birdsong, take the ladder down to the shore and kayak to Kinsgbridge for lunch, return and spend the evening telling stories by the firepit.

Bowcombe Boathouse - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Kayaking up the creek to the Crabshell Inn for lunch
  • Soaking up the sun outside on the deck, watching the sea birds and the ebb and flow of the tide
  • Clifftop walks along the glorious South Hams Coast Path
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You should know

  • One side of the bed is tucked under the eaves – mind your bonce!
  • Access to the foreshore is via a small vertical ladder which can get slippery
  • You get a generous box of logs from the owner's land


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming


Nightly price
from £235
Weekly price
from £1835
1 House for 2
From £2351 bed1 bedroom


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No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


An absolutely fantastic experience from start to finish! Couldn’t recommend this place highly enough, the location is stunning, the house is absolutely beautiful and Miranda has thought of everything you could possibly need.

Joanna, London

A truly incredible stay which allowed us to completely switch off and enjoy quality time together.

Siofra, Hampshire

Everything about The Bowcombe Boathouse was a slice of heaven. It has been so beautifully designed and decorated and the view/location was bliss. The main road was right behind you but once you turn into the drive and shut the gates, well we didn’t want to leave. Miranda’s style made it all very special and we would definitely go back. Being able to take our dog was the icing on the the cake!

Sarah, North Curry

This idyllic waterside retreat is brimming with character and rustic luxury, the perfect place to escape from reality and be at one with nature. The views over the beautiful Kingsbridge Ria are stunning and can be seen from every room, even the shower. What better place to sit than on the deck with a gin and tonic from the honesty bar, watching the ever-changing ebb and flow of the watery landscape.

Sheila, Sawday's Inspector

The boathouse was amazing! The location utterly stunning right on the estuary and perfect for a morning swim and canoe to Kingsbridge (although you need to keep an eye on the tides!) The decor in the boathouse and finishing touches just exquisite - candles everywhere for ambience - a window in the shower to see the view - a sinker of a day bed in the window once again to take in the stunning view perfect for a glass of wine or a cup of coffee - a fire pit with steamer chairs & solar fairy lights for an evening under the stars - coffee table books to while away the chilled out hours - not to me

sacha, Hitchin

We had a wonderful stay at Bowcombe Boathouse! Rain or shine it was such a special place to spend our summer holiday. Whether we were sunning ourselves on the deck, having an early morning cup of tea on the window seat, or taking Miranda's kayaks out for a spin, we were surrounded by the changing light and colours on the water. Miranda's background as an artist shines through in the interiors, clearly put together with much love and creativity to make a relaxing and beautiful space.

Ruth, Bath

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The neighbourhood

Kingsbridge (one mile) is packed with shops, delis, restaurants, cafés, art galleries and even a small cinema. It's a 15-minute stroll or, at high tide, you can borrow the kayak and paddle there. For eating out try: award-winning restaurants Wild Artichokes, Jamie's 27 or Mahabharat Indian restaurant and takeaway. Hop on the bus to arty Totnes, potter around boaty Salcombe or walk the South Hams.

Local points of interest from Miranda Gardiner

  • You’ll hit the unique sweet spot of feeling like you’re a million miles from anywhere - a place where no one will find you - and yet have every convenience at your fingertips.
  • The centre of South Devon’s Foodie Heaven. On our doorstep, Kingsbridge, we have Jane Baxter’s Wild Artichokes & 27, a restaurant by a Chef of the Year. Authentic pubs: The Journey’s End, Ringmore & The Cott, Dartington, winner, UK Pub of the Year.
  • You can watch the tide ebb and flow, whatever the weather, from the comfort of the window seat or deck loungers. Paddle out on our kayaks to a local pub and explore the Kingsbridge Ria.
  • Between a Boutique Vineyard & Artisan Distillery? Calancombe Estate offers a cellar door experience: wine tastings, lunch & tours of the vineyard. Their creamy bubbly rivals Champagne. Make your own bespoke Gin at the Salcombe Gin School
  • Individual market towns with independent characters. Totnes: bohemian and full of independent stores & coffee shops, Kingsbridge: farm shop provisions and everything you need. Ashburton: antique Mecca.
  • You’re never far from the relaxing effects of being by the water, whether riverside walks straight the cabin, wild sea swimming in the morning sun with a coffee afterwards from a beach cafe or taking in sections of the coastal footpath.


Miranda Gardiner

Miranda lives in her pretty cottage nearby where she also has her artist's studio. Multi-talented, she is also a cookery book writer and interior designer who sources and curates artefacts and antiques from her travels, as displayed in the cabin. Her attention to detail is razor sharp and she is a generous host, happy to share information and suggestions about the local area.