My home is a rambling and characterful Victorian terraced house built in 1897. It has been totally refurbished in a contemporary but comfortable style.
Just ten minutes stroll away from railway station, bars, cafes, restaurants, independent shops, supermarkets, theatre/cinema, beach etc, it's ideal for larger families or groups of friends seeking a great value holiday in the splendidly friendly town of Teignmouth, in the spectacularly beautiful county of Devon.
Please note that I am currently only accepting whole-house bookings for the periods of:
16th December to 23rd December 2017 (7 nights)
24th December 2017 to 2nd January 2018 (10 nights)
For most of the time, I live in my house, and rent out separate spaces on Airbnb, but I've decided to try out whole-house rentals during the periods listed above. If you're interested in whole-house rentals at any other time, please send me an enquiry. Thank you!
I started hosting airbnb guests to share my home in October 2016, and have had a great time so far since I love meeting new people and having friends to stay.
The house is on four floors, so not disability-friendly, I'm sorry to say. If you have one person or a couple in your party with limited mobility but who can manage a small step, they could stay in the Yellow Room (king-size bed), which has a small loo right next door, and is on the same floor (ground floor) as the piano room, but they would not have level access to a shower or bathroom.
Since this is my home, there will be a couple of storage spaces unavailable to guests where I can store my stuff, but you will have sole use of 95% of the house plus the cosy cabin in the garden.
The property as a whole contains: 2 children's beds (doubling as daybeds), a 4-foot sofabed, 4x3-foot single beds (including the 2 in the cabin), a double bed, three king-size beds, and superking-size bed (in a small room, so not much space around it!). So - in theory - the place could accommodate rather more than twelve people, but I am setting 12 as a STRICT upper limit since the living, dining and cooking areas are not suitable for large numbers - you can seat six comfortably around the dining table, eight at a push. Please respect this limit. It does give you a lot of flexibility over sleeping arrangements however. Children and younger people especially will enjoy staying in the cabin (which is well-insulated and warms up quickly with an electric heater), though please take care over noise levels as this is an area of quite dense housing so respect for my neighbours is essential. Thank you.
You will have access to:
The Red Room - this is a very pleasant family room on two floors: two single beds in the cosy attic room above, with a contemporary king-size four-poster and an easily-opened click-clack sofa bed downstairs. There's an en suite toilet, shower and sink, but please note the restrictions set out below...
The waste from the loo, sink and shower in the Red Room is processed by an electric macerator which is a little noisy and unfortunately disturbs my next-door neighbour if used late at night - please avoid flushing the loo, using the shower, or running the tap for more than a few seconds between 10pm and 7.30am. There is another toilet a few steps away along the landing. Please use this during the night-time period. Also, please flush NOTHING down the loo except pee, poo and toilet paper. Even things like tea bags, coffee grounds or Kleenex can block the macerator and cause hundreds of pounds worth of damage - as I know to my cost!
The Blue Room - this is a smaller family room also on two floors: the double bed is in the attic (with restricted head space due to the sloping ceiling - please take care), along with a narrow child's bed doubling as a daybed. On the lower level there's another child's bed tucked under the stairs that also doubles as a snug daybed. Smaller adults have slept comfortably in both the "children's beds", but I wouldn't recommend this. On this lower level there's an en-suite toilet, sink and shower.
Green Room - this is a small room on the first floor, containing a superking-size bed. There's not much room for anything more than the bed, a chair, and a few shelves in here, but you can slide your suitcases under the bed. This room doesn't have an en-suite, but the landing toilet is right next door.
The Piano room (ground floor) is the largest room in the house and houses my 8 foot Challen concert grand piano. You are welcome to use this between the hours of 9am-9pm, but please supervise children and treat the instrument with the respect it deserves. It's not the world's best piano by any means, but I'm a composer and this is my primary work tool. This room also functions as my bedroom (yes, I sleep with my piano, as befits a composer!), and there is a very comfortable king-size bed in the rear of the room. No en-suite here, but the loo is a few steps away along the hallway.
The Yellow Room (ground floor) is a tiny (but lovely - in my opinion!) room and houses a king-size bed which occupies about two-thirds of floor area. There's a small toilet right next door, so it could suit someone with limited mobility though there is one small step to negotiate. It may not work for somebody who is a very light sleeper as the combi-boiler is in the room and makes some noise as it turns on and off to run the central heating and hot water. I personally find it very quiet, and have slept in the room many times without a problem. The boiler is a modern"closed" design and cannot leak carbon monoxide, but I leave a CO detector/alarm next to it to put occupants' minds at rest.
The Kitchen/Dining Room - this inviting living- and eating-space on the garden level (basement) is my pride and joy. The dining table happily accommodates 6 diners - 8 at a push - and the kitchen includes a double fan-oven, American-style double-door fridge with two freezer drawers, double-drawer Fisher & Paykel dishwasher, a combi-convection/microwave oven, two additional microwaves, and an induction hob, and is well-equipped for most culinary purposes.
This is a galley-style kitchen however - there is limited work-surface, and it only comfortably accommodates one or two (friendly) cooks at a time. I plan to make a series of mini-videos for posting on YouTube demonstrating how to use the various bits of equipment.
The Utility Cupboard - in the hallway outside the kitchen door there's an understairs cupboard containing a large capacity (12kg) washer/dryer, and 8kg condensing tumble dryer. Again, please watch the YouTube videos to find out how to operate these.
The Family Bathroom - on this level you'll also find the bathroom with toilet, a spacious shower, and a double-ended bath which is perfect for sharing. I'm especially proud of the lighting in here - dimmable lights for an atmospheric bath before bedtime!
The Sun Lounge - on the back of the house there's a small (8'x8') greenhouse that I've furnished to use as a sun lounge. Perfect spot for a cup of coffee on a sunny morning. I've recently installed a patio-style heater in here so it might even be used on a midwinter morning, but please only use this when people are actually occupying the room as it uses loads of electricity.
The Cabin - the garden of my house is pretty compact, but there's room for a small deck, an evergreen magnolia tree, an over-ambitious kiwi plant, and several stands of bamboo along with a cosy little cabin housing two full-size single beds.
The cabin is insulated and warms up quickly using the electric heater. Just a step away is a little privy housing a chemical toilet for night-time use - please use the bathroom indoors at other times.
Behind the cabin is a bike shelter which easily houses two bikes, or more with careful positioning. The lockable garden gate leads onto a private access lane with the public road twenty or thirty yards away. Children sometimes use this lane for a kick-about in nice weather, but please be aware that cars do occasionally drive along here too.
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I'm not yet sure where I'll be during the periods I rent out the whole house, but either I or a co-host will be available to deal with any problems or queries.
This is a fairly high-density residential area, just a few minutes walk from the town centre, so parking right outside is not always possible. Please be prepared to park a few tens of metres away, even in neighbouring streets if necessary. In 27 years living here, I've never had to park more than about 150 metres from the house, nearly always far nearer.
If coming by public transport, the railway station is less than ten minutes walk away, or three minutes by taxi.
It is vital that you respect my neighbours when staying here. Please keep noise levels down, especially after 10pm, say, and especially if sitting in the garden in the evening. I'm afraid parties are not allowed at all.
Disruptive or unreasonable behaviour will result in your being asked to vacate the house immediately and without refund. Sorry to be so strict, but I can only continue being an Airbnb host if these rules are observed.
- Groups - my ideal group to stay in my home would be an extended family or couple of families with a mix of ages. I'm afraid I'd be quite anxious if a dozen teenagers turned up. Although I have turned on Instant Booking, I'd really prefer it if you wrote to me first if you think I might have any reservations about your group. I'm very open-minded and liberal, so I'll probably say "yes" if you make a good case!
- Noise - my home is in a very friendly, neighbourly area of quite high-density housing. Please be considerate with keeping down noise both inside and outside the house, especially in the early morning, evening and at night. Excessive noise or anti-social behaviour will lead to an immediate request to leave, I'm afraid. No second chances.
- Food - I've been vegetarian for over 25 years. I'm happy for you to cook and store non-veggie food during my absence, but please be especially meticulous about clearing up afterwards. Please don't cook anything that's likely to leave a lingering smell, especially on your last evening in the house. Thank you.
- Smoking within ten metres of the property is not allowed whether indoors or out, but please be considerate of my neighbours in choosing where to smoke as fumes drifting through open windows can create a very unpleasant surprise. Cigarette butts are litter - please dispose of them properly. Vaping is permitted in the garden, front or back, and in the sun lounge during inclement weather.
- Parking is on-street and can be quite limited at times, especially in the evenings. If you're using more than one car, please consider parking any additional vehicles up the hill where parking spaces are more plentiful. This will help me keep "sweet" with my neighbours!
- You are more than welcome to read the many books on my shelves. If you're desperate to finish something and it's your last day, please do take it with you, but message me to let me know, and undertake to return it to me within a month.
- My musical instruments - the Challen grand piano, and my various percussion instruments are all available for you to play during daylight hours and early evening. But please supervise children to ensure they don't inflict damage. I'm a composer, and the piano is my main creative tool, so please treat it especially with respect.
- My Private Spaces - the doors to my Store Room and Dressing Room will be clearly marked as Private. You're welcome to poke your nose in if you're curious, but please don't enter these rooms. Thank you!
- Clearing Up - change-over time between guests may be just a very few hours. Please leave the house as clean and tidy as you would like to find it. Please strip all bedding that has been used, and pile it up along with towels and anything else that requires laundering. This will help me keep my AirBnb prices down.
- Television - I've not had a television for twenty years, and I'm reluctant to change that though I'll review it if it becomes an issue for lots of AirBnb guests. I do have a reasonably good WiFi so you should be able to access your favourite media on your own devices. Thank you.
Hello! I'm a 61-year-old musician and I've lived in Teignmouth since 1989 and absolutely love the place for its incredibly friendly people, relaxed lifestyle, proximity to wonderful countryside and coastline, and especially for the sea - I'm a keen sea-swimmer, and managed to swim through four winters (without wetsuit) but wimped out of that the last two winters :-( Always looking for encouragement to plunge back into the briny!
I'm a professional songwriter, composer, choirmaster, and educator, and have a unique speciality - communicating my passion for science through solo and choral songwriting. I'm the world's first songwriter-in-residence with a science festival - with MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where I spend a few weeks each spring. In 2015 I had the privilege of writing a song for the UN to mark the 30th anniversary of history's most successful environmental treaty, the Montreal Protocol (search "UNEP ozone song"), and in 2010 a choir of 250 singers opened the USA's first national science festival with a performance of my Powers of Ten science oratorio.
I especially enjoy writing songs based on conversations with scientists, and to that end I have interviewed such notables as Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Noam Chomsky, Sara Seager and Nobel Prize winner, Wolfgang Ketterle.
Over the last two years I've utterly transformed my house. People often describe it as a Tardis since it's way bigger inside that it looks outside. I've gone for a comfortable but contemporary style, and I enjoy showing it off to my Airbnb guests, though you'll notice lots of details even now awaiting attention - mainly in the shared areas of the house.
I love having visitors, and meeting new people. I'm a gay man, liberal-minded both socially and politically, and very happy to welcome people of all backgrounds, orientations, genders, races, and nationalities. I'm proud of the fact that on a recent weekend I had guests staying from: the Philippines, Scotland, Australia, Mexico, South Africa - and England! Other recent guests include visitors from Malaysia, Indonesia, Canada, the USA, Spain, and Colombia, with future arrivals soon from Germany, Switzerland, France, New Zealand - and all this within the first 8 months of being an AirBnb host. The chance to share my home with people from all around the world is one of the most exciting aspects of AirBnb for me.
Favourite books: Bonfire of the Vanities; Eats Shoots and Leaves
Favourite music: JS Bach, Michael Tippett, Joni Mitchell, Lady Gaga
Favourite food: Asian - Korean, Thai, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese (veggie only)
Favourite films: Magnolia, Crash, American Beauty, Elephant, Interstellar, 2001
Favourite shows: Sweeney Todd, Little Shop of Horrors
Favourite places: Greek Islands, Kerala, Edinburgh, Bristol
My life motto? Well, I may be an atheist, but I reckon Jesus got it about right with "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". Imagine what a great world we'd live in if everyone lived by that motto!