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.
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!
We had a lovely stay with Gabi. She has a beautiful home and she is a wonderful host. Gabi made us feel so welcome and it was like staying with a good friend. She ensured we had a nice breakfast every morning. On our last night Gabi cooked us a wonderful meal and we enjoyed great company with Gabi and Jim. We truly had a fabulous stay in a gorgeous part of the world. Can't thank you enough Gabi.
In a nutshell Fantastic. There are many superlatives we could use and they would all be accurate. Thank you Gabi and Jim wonderful company see you in France
I could not have asked for a more welcome stay with Gabi. Both Gabi and Jim made me feel like an old friend. The room was warm and had a more comfortable bed than I have at home!
I chose Starcross because it was 1/2 way on my route, looked peaceful. It was spectacular! Countryside is full of history & beauty, little dogs, secret gates, deer, herons fanning in the sunset on tips of boat-wrecks! Village is quiet but a good fish& chips open late and 2 pubs , the essentials.
At Gabi's you're free! and when she's home she is very fun to be with- lovely chats round the kitchen table. It's 'luxe' - bathroom with heated tiles and towels! When you're weary and foot-sore, it's heaven! I had an omelette and some home-made cookies that were delish. Echo, the red dog is a peach of a dog. I felt Gabi a friend in minutes- the best part of this best stay!
We thoroughly enjoyed our couple of days in Gai's cosy hideaway, which exceeded all of our expectations in every respect. The house was lovely and clean and the quality of the bed deserves a special mention of it's own!! Gabi's tips for eating out were very useful, well tested and all proved sound.
We were made to feel very welcome, and would recommend the Gabi's home to anyone. Gabi very kindly got up early on her day off to say goodbye and make us coffee and tea. We also loved Echo the dog who was very sweet and playful.
Would like to come back some day.
Had a lovely time at gabi s place. She is very friendly and welcoming. Had really nice and restfull holidays. Thanks a lot !
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! 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 :-)