The Batman's Summerhouse

Topsham Bridge, Devon
+44 (0)1548 559221
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£185 - £257
per night
£1435 - £1820
per week

A 1930s riverside cabin circled by lush gardens; cosy inside with underfloor heating, glowing wood-burner and gorgeous decor


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£185 - £257 per night

£1435 - £1820 per week

The Experience

Bump down the lane, cross a stone bridge and skip over the stepping stones to slide open the glass doors of this bright riverside cabin, perched above a private stretch of the river Avon. It’s utterly peaceful here, with only the chatter of birds and burbling river to break the silence. Arrive to a riot of colour in summer and carpets of bluebells in spring; it’s cosy and snug year round.

Inside, muted colours and natural fabrics set off interesting artefacts, repurposed antiques, family heirlooms and original art by owner Miranda. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the cosy sitting room draw your eyes to the river and it’s relaxing to lie in your kingsize bed on linen sheets with a morning cuppa gazing outside and planning your day. Perhaps a riverside walk or a trip to boaty Salcombe or arty Totnes.

Return to prep dinner in the smart kitchen, barbecue on the terrace, swing in the hammock or cosy up with a hot choc in front of the wood-burner.

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We think you'll love

  • Sitting on the plant-bedecked terrace or swinging in the hammock as you look out for kingfishers and herons, and being serenaded to sleep by owls
  • The generous box of logs to keep you cosy on chilling evenings while you read books, play boardgames or have a go on the PS2
  • The riverside walks from the door
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You should know

  • You'll need to duck your head in the mezzanine twin bedroom
  • Both bedrooms share one shower room
  • The owner lives a little way upstream but you feel nicely private all the same


  • 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 £185
Weekly price
from £1435
1 House for 4
From £1853 beds2 bedrooms


Booking information

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Other details
Extra single bed available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Breakfast basket £12.50 per person.


We had such a wonderful stay at the Batman’s cabin. The interior of the cabin is impeccable and it is situated right next to a the river Avon, which offers a beautiful walk along the river into the woods. Our host Miranda was lovely, helping us with directions to local amenities and providing us with extra fire wood. The cabin is close to lots of beautiful beaches and lovely places to eat. Really magical - we’ll definitely be back!

Eloise, London

The Batman's Summerhouse is absolutely idyllic. From the beautiful furnishings, with a true, soulful vibe, to the setting beside the stream, and the cosines of the log fire. I honestly couldn't have asked for more. Our stay was just two nights, but felt like weeks it was so nourishing. Thank you Miranda. We are so looking forward to coming back.

Frances, Newquay / Oxford

A truly wonderful stay at the Batmans summerhouse. The most peaceful and mesmerising place that gave us the escape we so desperately needed. Miranda was a wonderful host and even gave us a late check out on our last day. Cannot recommend this place enough. A wonderful space, so thoughtfully decorated. We can’t wait to come back.

Kirsty, Midhurst

This cosy 1930s riverside cabin exudes vintage charm and comfort. Interesting artefacts and repurposed antiques are all perfectly placed. I loved the gin and rum bar tucked into a little cupboard – great for an evening tipple. Nestled into a secluded wooded valley, this is the perfect place to relax and unwind, watch for illusive kingfishers or catch a glimpse of otters playing.

Sheila, Sawday's Inspector

A little slice of heaven, wake to the sounds of the river and the local peacocks. The cabin is magical, and as a family with a five year old it was probably the most exciting place he has stayed! Beautifully put together and far bigger than it looks in photos!

Anna, Winchester

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The neighbourhood

Stroll along the river to Avon Mill Garden Centre (40 mins), it has a good deli and café for coffee and lunch. The Aune Valley Farm Shop's award-winning butcher and café is three miles and the market town of Kingsbridge six miles. Try Jamie's 27 for fine dining and Wild Artichokes for delicious sharing feasts. Bantham beach has excellent surfing, and Dartmoor is 12 miles. With a license you may fish on the river.

Local points of interest from Miranda Gardiner

  • You’ll be at 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: Journey’s End, Ringmore & The Cott, Dartington, winner, UK Pub of the Year
  • 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.
  • A Boutique Vineyard & Artisan Distillery? At the top of the hill 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
  • Fancy fishing for Sea Trout and Salmon from a private stretch of the River Avon? We have 200m of private fishing for our guests to while some time on the riverbank with the kingfishers and herons for company.
  • 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.
  • Your pick of outstanding gardens and historic properties, from Arts and Craft house and garden, Collaton Fishacre, to Medieval Dartington Hall with its literary and music festivals.


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.