My little house is tucked away in a village only fifteen minutes from the city. Excellent transport links by road, rail and cycle path. A warm and friendly place to be whether you're staying a few days or just passing through.
The room I am offering to guests is a comfortable (newly decorated), centrally heated double room, next to the main bathroom, which is available for guests’ exclusive use. There is ample parking outside and 8 meg Broadband available on the premises. I am an easy-going host and I can usually share the use of my modern well-appointed kitchen and my sitting room which has a solid fuel burner, to suit. I hope it will feel like "Home from home".
The accommodation is equally suitable for couples on a short break in Devon, or for someone visiting the locality on business, or even as a stopover on the way to Cornwall. It would also suit cyclists using the NCN Route 2 or walkers using the SW Coast path.
Looking forward to making your acquaintance!
I hope you will feel you are welcome to share my space as much or as little as you wish. For instance the kitchen is always open for tea and coffee, G&T, heart to hearts and putting the world to rights and if the fire is lit in the sitting room you're welcome to enjoy it too!
Like I've mentioned elsewhere, you're welcome to come and go as you please. If you prefer your own privacy, there is a TV with DVD player in the guest room and tea and coffee facilities too. But if you want company I'm always happy to chat!
The house is near Exeter, but peaceful and quiet. Beaches, historic sites, shopping, wild moorland, sea, water-sports, all are within easy reach. Despite being less than 100 yards from the main Paddington-Penzance rail line, the house is behind the houses on the main road so is secluded and peaceful. The National Cycle Network route 2 just beyond my property boundary, as is the South West Coast Path. The property is in a village location - there are two pubs within walking distance, a Spar shop, riverside walks, the passenger ferry to Exmouth during summer months. There are several places to eat within about five minutes from the house too.
Thanks to really excellent public transport links the house is convenient for London, Exeter, Torquay, Plymouth:
- by train you can be at my front door about 2 and half to 3 hours from leaving Paddington Station.
- there is a daily coach to and from Heathrow and central London. We have used this ourselves and it is an unbelievably convenient service!
- we are about fifteen minutes from the M5 junction 30, ten minutes from Telegraph Hill (A380/A38).
- Plymouth is about forty five minutes by car.
- Exeter city centre can be reached in just over fifteen minutes by train, twenty by bus/car.
- local buses pass through the village every half hour or so, and in the evenings (at present) the fare is £2.50 return into the city centre!
- Exeter University is less than 15 minutes by train followed by a short bus journey on the frequent bus service from the station.
- we are also a stone’s throw from the National Cycle Network Route 2 (Dover to St Austell) and the South West Coast Path.
Visitors from further afield may prefer to arrive by train and hire a car from a local hirer. Contact me for details as a good friend of mine is the proprietor of a local car hire company which can often work out considerably less expensive than hiring in the bigger cities.
Walkers and Cyclists: did I mention that we are right beside the National Cycle Network route 2 and the South West Coast Path??? :-) Bikes can be secured behind a padlocked gate in the back garden and there are drying facilities at the house for wet gear. Oh and hot showers and baths, hot toddies and hearty home-cooked food!
Unfortunately the house is not suitable for those with impaired mobility as the bedroom and bathroom are upstairs. It is also unsuitable for children under 16.
Please also note that I have a dog and a cat (see pictures) - both are manageable, unless you suffer from allergies!. They both know their place which is not in the guest room!!! If you just do not feel comfortable around animals, for the most part they can be kept out of your way.
I am working full time so weekdays are an early start for me. Breakfast is not included in the booking price but I can offer a help yourself breakfast for a small extra charge - this should be ordered the day before. Weekends I can do a fab fry-up if required :-) Best in Starcross if not west of the Exe!!!
If you should use the kitchen for preparing a meal, it would be appreciated if you could use the facilities to clear up after yourself!!! :-) (BTW I have a dishwasher!) Also, bearing in mind that I work full-time - I do not make your bed for you or replace your towels when you go out for the day! ;-)
Maximum stay 5 days is flexible by negotiation - please talk to me!
Nothing could have been better than the welcome and hospitality Gabi and Jim showed me. They made me feel completely at home and part of the family even taking me out to a traditional English pub quiz night.
I met Gabi's family and they helped me with an internet problem whilst her daughter gave me a charger for my cell phone.
My room was very comfortable and well appointed and I had a bathroom for my my sole use other than during a large family gathering.
Star cross is a perfect location, close to Exeter, the ferry across the estuary and a lovely walk to a charming pub along the towpath.
I couldn't recommend it more highly. Judith, Toronto, Canada.
I had by Gabi a very nice time. In Gabi´s house I fell "at home". I had a very cosy and comfortable room.
When I visit Exeter or Cornwall again I would go back to Gabi an her partner Jim. Gabi and her partner Jim are very helpful and heartily person.
We arrived very late at night and Gabi was waiting for us with the kettle on. It was a wonderful welcome. Though we only stayed the one night we could not fault Gabi for her generousity of spirit, the cleanliness and tidiness of her house, her welcoming presence and the comfort of our room. Imagine waking to the smell of soda-bread baking in the morning especially for your breakfast!! We thoroughly enjoyed our overnighter, and would not hesitate to spread the word about Airbnb and Gabi in particular. Certainly when we are near Exeter again we will look to Gabi for friendliness and assistance.
We had a great stay with Gabi and Jim. They were friendly and welcoming and the room was comfortable and spotlessly clean. The cooked breakfast we had on the Sunday was great and for the rest of our stay the choice was plentiful. Starcross is very central and the trains into Exeter are ideal for visits into town. We wouldn't hesitate to stay with Gabi again when next in the area.
Gabi is a welcoming and friendly host. The room is large and the bed comfortable. We enjoyed the homely atmosphere and the quietness at night. We have no complaints and can recommend this accommodation.
Gabi made us feel very welcome.
We had a lovely contact although it was only one evening.
Gabi said, don´t be polite and that was an invitiation to be in your hart and at ease.
The food and the breakfest were lovely.
And the guidance of Jim was very sweet.
Siete and Kristin
We stayed wit Gabi and Jim over the August bank holiday and had the most fantastic 3 nights. The hospitality, room, location and breakfasts far exceeded our expectations and we were made to feel incredibly welcome and well looked after. Gabi and Jim were the ideal hosts and were great at giving us recommendations for places to visit and things to do.
It was our first airbnb and experience and Gabi did them proud!
We sincerely hope to visit Starcross and Cameron House again one day in the future.
Thank you so so much for such a wonderful day.
Anna and Lochie
Dear Anna and Lochie - we really enjoyed your company and hope to see you again next time you're down this way. Thanks for the kind words - I love the feedback I get doing this - much better than work!!! And it was especially pleasing to see the colour come back into your face, sweet pea - hope the rest remains with you for a good long while xx G&J
We had a really wonderful stay in Starcross close to wonderful Exeter in a beautiful and cosy house with a great spacious kitchen and were served a delicious pasta-dinner cooked by Gabi herself! Her cooked breakfast was breathtaking!
Arriving there felt more like coming home and not meeting a stranger, a new host! This was really touching and wonderful. And even more there was such a wonderful dog ('Echo') that we fell in love on first sight!
We talked a lot together on a personal level which was great and even met Gabis partner and made friends!
Close to the house (but without disturbing noise) is the train station to go to Exeter or you can take a ferry boat to Exmouth and can walk and walk and walk ...... Exeter is just wonderful and we had a great time at Gabis home altogether!
Thanks a lot again and kind regards from Aref an Matthias from Hamburg - Germany
Gabi is an amazing host. She made us felt like home and welcomed in her cosy place. Our trip to Exeter has definitely been made more memorable with this stay. Thank you for everything!
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