About this listing
My little house is tucked away in a village only fifteen to twenty 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, 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 stove, 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.
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! But equally, if you prefer to keep yourself to yourself, there is a TV and DVD player in the room and a comfy chair, with tea and coffee making facilities too.
Interaction with Guests
As 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!
I should also mention that I am quite often out and about, whether at work or at various voluntary or recreational activities on odd evening during the week so please treat my home as your home, in my absence :-)
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 five 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 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!
Other Things to Note
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 - Echo the ginger, Border-line collie! (see pictures) - she is very manageable unless you suffer from allergies, and she knows her place, which is not in the guest room!!! If you just do not feel comfortable around animals, for the most part she 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 (£3 each) - this should be ordered the day before. Weekends I am usually available do a fab fry-up (£5) 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!
I hate rules! But I have thought about a few things that might cause problems if you did not know them before hand...
Please communicate with me before travelling to confirm a rough time of arrival. And if you are on the well known social networking site with Face and Book in the title, it would be nice to be "friends" before we meet face to face!!!
It is a non-smoking house. The room is my "spare room" not a hotel bedroom. The house is my home so please take me as you find me - I genuinely enjoy having guests to stay and getting to know new people and you are welcome! But please respect my home.
According to her airbnb profile this will be Gabi's 100th review. So if you've read the other 99 but not been totally convinced I'm not sure what I can say that will help you finally make up your mind?
Would it help to know that Gabi's favourite colour is usually red, but sometimes yellow? How about that she once oversaw a druid wedding but that it very nearly had to be called off after the groom's gown caught fire?
If one of those little factets helped you to make up your mind then great, if not then I wouldn't worry too much cos they're not true anyway.
Gabi (and Jim) are ace, book the room. :)
We really enjoyed our stay with Gabi and Jim. They welcomed us very warmly and we enjoyed getting to know them over tea and breakfast. It was great hearing about their travel stories. They had some fantastic suggestions of fun things to do on the Jurassic coast and in Devon. Our room and bathroom were spacious and very clean. Maps, magazines and area attraction pamphlets were all provided too which was very helpful. Thank you for everything! We wish you the best in your house project! We promise to practice our proper English pronunciations. :)
Our stay in Gabi's house was wonderful. The house is very close to the train station. Rooms are perfectly clean And breakfast was rich And tasteful. Gabi is not only a perfect landlady, but a real friend. Breakfast with her And Jim was one of the more pleasant moment of the day. Highly recommended!
Gabi and Jim were the perfect hosts. We wish we could have stayed longer! The bed was very comfy, we enjoyed the luxury of our own bath and we had great chats with Jim over breakfast (who is also a music lover - so are we :-)). Perfect stay - would totally recommend it!!
Our experience with Gabi, Steve and Echo was beyond fantastic! They are super friendly and nice. Their home is clean and tidy, very convenient (literally across the train station). The bed is so comfy that we had had 12-hour sleep straight! Everything is perfect!
We had a nice time at Gabi's place. We felt welcomed and taken care of. The room is quite spacious, clean and with a big window. Gabi was in touch with us before our arrival and advised us on how to avoid traffic jam when accessing her place. In the evening, we discussed anything and everything over a cup of tea. Gabi and her partner are very friendly and welcoming people, who are genuinely interested in getting to know more about the people they are hosting. I'd recommend you to stay at Gabi's, you will have a good time there!
Our stay at Cameron House was absolutely perfect. Gabi and Jim went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable and well taken care of. They helped us map out our plans for seeing the area and suggested great places to visit, including nearby Exmouth and Topsham. You'll leave wishing you had booked for longer and counting Gabi and Jim (and Echo!) as new friends.
About the Host, Gabi
I work full-time as a civil servant in SW England. I don't really enjoy my job but I try to do lots of fun and rewarding things in my spare time to compensate for it - Airbnb has been one of those things! I love travel and meeting new people. I speak rusty French and I can get the gist of other languages by listening and watching. I am interested in the world around me, in art and literature and music, philosophy, politics, all sorts of stuff. I am basically easy-going and luxury is not high on my list of priorities but I like a comfy bed and a clean loo! And I always clean up after myself when staying in someone else's home :-)