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!
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!
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 - 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!
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.
From the very moment we pulled up outside, Gabi was the most perfect host throughout our stay. The accommodation was very clean, spacious and we couldn't have asked for anything more. The whole experience was a delight!!
This was a really good place to stay - Gabi is a wonderful person who is easy going and friendly and has an ability to make you feel relaxed and at home at once. The house is lovely, tucked away off the main road and so very quiet, but also handy for the station and the train into Exter (only 15 mins). It's also a short walk from a great pub where you can have good food and a romantic walk back by the estuary under a starry sky. Gabi does more than she should do to help her guests and we were very grateful. She and her partner were sociable and interesting to talk with. Altogether a great experience.
What a find! I had a wonderful stay with Gabi and Jim, who really do offer a 'home from home' with so much more than is already (accurately) listed: comfort, space, privacy when desired, good breakfasts and an excellent location. I was warmly welcomed at their local station and enjoyed some good chats over the evening meal (and wine), despite their busy schedules. Echo the dog was yet another delight - very quiet and well disciplined, she would probably go unnoticed by anyone not keen on dogs, so don't be put off by her presence. While quiet enough for work if necessary, their lovely, peaceful home is superbly situated for easy trips to the town (Exeter) and along the coast. It isn't necessary to have a car, here: a shop, pubs, bus stops and station are almost on the doorstep. Everything I needed or wanted during my stay was either to hand or quickly provided. The sole use of the bathroom was another bonus.
Thank you, Gabi and Jim, for your warmth, generosity and outstanding hospitality. You really exemplify the very best of Airbnb hosting!
We had such a wonderful stay at Gabi's!! Gabi, Jim and Echo (Gabi's lovely dog :)) welcomed us warmly when we arrived.
We could park the car right in front of her house during the whole stay so it was really convenient.
The room is nicely decorated, cozy and equipped with exactly what we needed: a kettle to make tea/coffee (tea bags, instant coffee, sugar, daily fresh milk & mineral water were provided), a TV/DVD player (with plenty of DVDs to choose from), books/tour guides, etc.
The main bathroom was for our exclusive use and was very nice and clean.
Gabi and Jim were wonderful hosts. We immediately felt like staying with friends and could easily chat about anything and everything.
Gabi's breakfast was excellent! For a very reasonable cost we got the full English breakfast, fresh fruit, cereals and she even made us muffins... :) We left her house every morning with full tummies and big smiles.
We also received lots of useful info about the area, and with Gabi's good relationship, we got a table at a nearby pub within 10 minutes after arrival on the extremely busy Good Friday evening without booking in advance and enjoyed a wonderful dinner.
The best thing about the whole stay was we felt that Gabi and Jim were our friends, not simply our hosts. :) :) :)
No wonder there're so many raving reviews for this wonderul place.
Highly recommend Gabi's place for anyone (singles or couples) who's visiting Dartmoor, Exeter or the neighnouring areas in Devon.
Indeed a home away from home.
What a delightful stay I had! Gabi, Jim and Echo (the gorgeous dog) were not just hosts, but treated me as a friend, so I instantly felt like I was visiting an old friend. Her house was cosy, clean and spacious, and Gabi is a wonderful cook! I enjoyed every minute here, and the conversations we had. There is so much more to be explored in this area, and I can't wait to be back. Thank you!!
Gabi was a fantastic host. She made us feel very welcome with her big personality, great sense of humor, gin and tonic, and homemade muffins for breakfast. (Oh, and a latte! well, two of them). The room was clean, comfortable, and spacious. Would love to come back in the future! She was one of the best airbnb hosts I have ever had.
Gabi and Jim are wonderful hosts and I felt imediately as part of the family and as in a home from home! The room, food, fire place and of course Echo the dog were just brilliant! Can´t wait to come back again!
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 :-)