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.
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.
I had a really amazing stay at Gabi's 'cosy hideaway' and it was a truly memorable experience. The house is beautiful and very comfortable with superb transport links to all nearby places, whether you want to travel by train, bus, or boat. Starcross itself is a gorgeous village with lovely views over to Exmouth.
Gabi and Jim couldn't do enough for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversations, they are such interesting people with wonderful tales to tell and it was lovely that I had the chance to get to know them. I feel that I had left making 3 new friends, Gabi, Jim as well as Echo the dog of course.
Thank you for everything Gabi, you really were the perfect host. I look forward to seeing you again when I return in the future and we can swap more wonderful stories.
Thanks Gabi and Jim,
Our stay with you (4 nights) was great. Every detail of the room and house were thought out in advance for guests.
An excellent layout with double room and private bath.
Superb bed, bath, shower, and breakfast.
Gabi was very welcoming and always at the ready for any questions about our day trip travel plans. Very relaxed and comfortable location by the water and train station.
Echo is an excellent dog and very friendly.
This was our 5th or 6th time to England. We have been travelling in England for nearly 3 months and would highly recommend Gabi, Jim, and Echo as fine hosts and this Cosy hideaway.
Many thanks and kind regards,
Mario & Linda
Gabi was a great host. She was very gracious and kind, and she made every effort to make us at home. The room and bed were wonderful. Everything was first class. We had a good conversation and got to know each other. Her pub recommendation was spot on for good food and atmosphere. Thanks Gabi
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!!
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 :-)