The Batman's Summerhouse
About the home
Hidden away in an unchanged corner of South Devon, this quirky 1930s self-catering hideaway is set within eight acres of victorian gardens and English woodland and boasts a truly enviable river-side setting. Whether enjoying toasting marshmallows on the outisde fire pit or relaxing with a fresh coffee on the sofa, this is an idyllic property for all seasons.
BEDROOMS AND BATHROOMS
The cosy adult sleeping platform is accessed by wooden steps from the living room. A downstairs bedroom, with triple bunkbeds, is perfect for children, and there is even a double sofa bed for unexpected guests. There is a walk-in shower room with a generous supply of fluffy towels.
Underfloor heating adds a cosy ambience to winter days, whilst during warmer months you can bring the outside in with bi-folding doors, or simply head outside to read a book under the cherry tree or take the children river “ratting” on giant inflatables.
The Batman's Summerhouse is just a fifteen minute drive to the South Devon coast and the popular beaches of Bantham and Bigbury on Sea. Sample the locally-sourced gastronomic delights at the South Devon Chilli farm, on the opposite river bank, the excellent Riverford Field Kitchen near Totnes and the delightful Avon Mill Garden Centre.
There is room for one car in the allocated parking space by the riverside and additional parking can be found a short stroll away by the old bridge. The kitchen is well-equipped with an electric oven, gas hob, fridge freezer and dishwasher. The washer machine is in the bathroom. The water supply comes from a spring-fed borehole so no need to buy bottled as spring water is "on tap"!
|Size:||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Bigbury on Sea, 8km|
|Will consider:||House swaps|
Nearest amenities: 8km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|General:||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-fi available|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 1 family bathroom|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Shared garden, Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake / river, Swing set|
Further details outdoors:
The setting of The Batman's Summerhouse is a real wildlife haven, look out for otters, deer, kingfishers, herons, dippers, sea trout and salmon.
The West Country / Devon region
Riverleigh is located 4 paces from the River Avon in the southernmost part of Devon known as the South Hams. The South Hams is famous for its beautiful coast, unspoilt countryside, rugged moorland and award winning beaches - the South Hams has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The house is surrounded by old English woods, rolling hills, the Avon river valley, patchwork fields, picturesque villages and sandy beaches. Riverleigh is ideally situated for those keen on nature and wild life such as bird watching and wildlife photography. Otters, deer & kingfishers are regularl visitors.
The Kingsbridge / Loddiswell area
There are a wide variety activities, attractions and sports in the area:
BEACHES - From sandy surf beaches to rock pools and coves, there are beaches for all tastes and pursuits.
Particularly recommended are the surf beaches of Bigbury and Bantham, with surf at one end and rock pools at the other. Also recommended are the award winning Blackpool Sands and the miles of fine pebbles at Slapton Sands. At Salcombe there are the lovely South & North Sands Beaches. Catch the ferry from Salcombe to East Portlemouth and you will be rewarded with more beautiful beaches like Sunny Cove. Bigbury and Blackpool Sands have excellent organic Venus Cafes at which to lunch or grab a coffee. From Bigbury you can go to Burgh Island and eat at the traditional Pilchard Inn.
RESTAURANTS/CAFES: Riverford Field Kitchen (from the "field to the fork" is the motto of this fantastic restaurant run by Jane Baxter just outisde Totnes), The Oyster Shack seafood resturant, near Bigbury on Sea, The Tangerine Tree Cafe in Totnes, The Seahorse, Dartmouth.
COOL BAR: Art Deco Bar at Burgh Island Hotel, Bigbury on Sea
RETAIL THERAPY: Market towns of Totnes, Kingsbridge, Dartmouth and Salcombe
BIT OF CULTURE: Dartington Hall: music, art, beautiful gardens and Medieval Great Hall
WALKS: Stunning South West Coastal Footpath and closer to home the walk along the river to Avon Mill to lunch and a browse.
DAY TRIPPING: Sharpham Vineyard, Dartington Hall, Blackpool Sands, coastal footpath
ADVENTURE PARKS One of the largest in the South West is at Woodlands Adventure Park. This is 20 minutes drive away from the Barn and boasts enough entertainment to keep everyone amused (for a reasonable price) for the day (at least).
BOAT HIRE - For fishing, sailing or leisure can be hired from either Salcombe or Dartmouth.
BOAT TRIPS & FERRIES - run regularly from Dartmouth, Kingsbridge and Salcombe across all of the estuaries.
CINEMA - a restored local cinema, The Reel Cinema in Kingsbridge, shows mainstream and art house films.
FISHING - a number of coarse fisheries, game fishing for sea trout and salmon on the River Avon or sea fishing for bass from local beaches/boats. Also short Mackerel trips run out of Salcombe and for the more adventurous, deep sea trips.
GARDENS, ABBEYS, CASTLE AND HISTORIC HOUSES: Saltram House near Plymouth, Buckfast Abbey, Castles at Totnes, Berry Pomeroy (supposedly haunted) and Dartmouth.
GOLF - there are several local courses; of special note is the links course at Bigbury, with spectacular cliff views from the course over the Avon Estuary towards Burgh Island
NATURE RESERVES - Slapton Ley is only 20 minutes away, while the Dartmoor National Park is 20 minutes inland and caters for horse riding, canoeing and other outdoor pursuits
STEAM RAILWAYS - at Buckfastleigh along the River Dart and at Kingswear up the Dart Estuary to Paignton
Walks - there are numerous country, woodland and spectacular coastal walks along the cliff tops
The towns of Totnes, Dartmouth, Salcombe and Kingsbridge all have a unique character and are well worth exploring. Of particular note are the two towns nearest Auton Cottage; Salcombe can be reached by passenger ferry from East Portlemouth. The town is perched on the cliffs facing Bolt Head and is a world renowned centre for sailing and watersports. Kingsbridge at the top of the estuary is a vibrant market town, with a good variety of local shops, pubs and restaurants.
How to get there
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Nearest train station: Totnes (Paddington, London - Totnes is 3 hours)
Car hire companies can be found in Plympton, Exeter and Plymouth
By SAT NAV : TQ74DR
Further details available upon request.
Activities near Kingsbridge
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
24 Apr 2013
Having spent New Year here and enjoyed the excitement of the rising river from the saftey of the Summerhouse, we returned to see it in the spring. My three young girls had a fantastic time exploring... more
13 Sep 2012
Myself and my two boys (9&11) stayed at the Summerhouse for a week in August. The first thing that struck us was the amazing setting, tucked up in a garden a few yards away from the river was the... more
11 Sep 2012
We had a lovely weekend at this property in Devon. The owners were extremely friendly and helpful. The house is in a beautiful setting, right on the river. It was extremely comfortable and had... more
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 5|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|spring||1 Apr 13||1 Jul 13||£ 450||-||-||1 Week|
|summer||1 Jul 13||1 Sep 13||£ 650||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Sep 13||1 Dec 13||£ 450||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Guests are welcome to arrive any time after 3.00pm and are requested to leave by 10.00 a.m. on the day of departure. Guests are also asked to leave the property as they found it, clean and tidy, thank you.Enquire now
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