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“Interesting house, great breakfast and nice prople”
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Reka Dom
Ranked #4 of 6 Topsham B&B and Inns
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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“Interesting house, great breakfast and nice prople”
Reviewed 25 January 2013

Right at the end of Topsham with splendid views over the estuary but just a short pleasant walk back to pubs and restaurants. House is old and lived-in but most welcoming and run by a lovely family.. A very fulsome and varied buffet breakfast that most large hotels don't match.
All in all a damn fine place to stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 January 2013

I’m having a moral dilemma here. If I tell you how great this place is, you’ll all book a stay and we won’t be able to get in. However, it would be a travesty not to give this great B and B the plaudits it deserves. The first being that it has restored our faith in B and Bs. A few bad experiences, particularly of intrusive owners, put us off. So the restrained attention of Ros and Matt was much appreciated.

We stayed in the Tower. WOW. Whilst the somewhat narrow stairs may prove difficult for some, the effort was worth it. From the fabulous views, to the ground coffee for the cafetiere and the home-made cookies, we were enchanted with the accommodation. It wasn’t without its flaws. The living area was somewhat chilly (which we mentioned to Ros who largely sorted it out) whilst the bedroom was lovely and cosy. My husband thought I should mention the steps up to the bathroom area, which could prove a hazard in the night; although I have to say this didn’t bother me. I was more concerned about a lack of a curtain or blind at the bathroom window but that’s probably just my natural modesty.

These minor points aside, as far as I was concerned, this place was heaven. The views from the living and washing area were sublime. The breakfast likewise, with really good quality bacon and sausage. These were complimented by a fantastic choice of cereal, yogurt and fruit. I particularly liked the very scrummy local honey and the various jams, which having that delicious, slightly tart zing, tasted home-made.

Topsham itself is charming and to avoid the parking problems mentioned in other posts, we went by train. A journey we certainly hope to repeat in the near future; as long as we can book into Reka Dom again.

Room Tip: The Tower has truly wonderful views
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 December 2012

We have been once before and second time round it was fantastic again, the building is a real treat, a family home for generations and restored over the generations, the family are very easy and welcoming, no fuss, just made to feel at home, the breakfast is unlike any I have had elsewhere and exceptional and finally the views and positioning, right out over the estuary from the riverbank, whether its is sunny or raining it is somewhere very special. I've stayed at places all over the country for work and pleasure and this one stands out as the best I've ever been to.

Room Tip: It's quirky and not modernised but if you appreciate unique then this is for you
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 October 2012

Having negotiated the dodgy parking mentioned by others, we were welcomed by Ros who offered assistance with luggage, something not offered at a recent 4 star hotel.
We were shown up two flights of narrow stairs to the Woodbury suite. We would have appreciated directions in case of fire! The bedroom was spacious and the bed was very comfortable. Our sleep was only marred by heavy footsteps on the floor above.
The bathroom was very small and dated and the bath had seen better days but there was plenty of hot water.
Breakfast was plentiful with a good choice. The tea was made with leaf tea and the coffee was of impressive quality.
Topsham is a delightful place and Reka Dom is well situated to take advantage of it.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Rekadom, Owner at Reka Dom, responded to this review, 21 October 2012
Thank you very much for taking the time to write what I feel is on balance a very fair review of the 'Woodbury Suite' experience, echoing comments made by previous reviewers regarding the decor, bathroom etc. Maintaining our old and quirky family home is a never ending project and we have yet to refurbish 'Woodbury' to the standard of our other 2 rooms and consequently are at pains to never 'oversell' it.

We are grateful to be able to offer our guests (albeit 'dodgy!') off street parking as this is a very rare commodity in Topsham. The entrance is quite narrow but we do endeavour to forewarn and are able to offer clear guidance when asked to do so. (Note to competent drivers with large cars: please don't be put off... we have had a long wheelbased Mercedes Transporter and other similarly large vehicles negotiate the entrance unscathed!)

Most importantly I'd like to reassure any travellers who may be put off by the potentially misleading comments about fire safety that:
both The Tower and Woodbury have clear and direct access to the single staircase leading straight to the one and only exit/entrance to the guest accommodation. The staircase is marked with emergency exit signage pointing down the staircase at intervals and we have a wireless fire alarm system with interlinked detectors which is serviced twice yearly.
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mnta
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

Go ahead. Try finding a B&B (the terms does not do it justice by a long shot) as comfortable, welcoming, historic, well located, vibrant, mystical and hospitable at Reka Dom. I can echo all the reviews noting all the accolades. But I can also attest to a certain artistic spirituality, a creative energy, a commitment to attend yet leave you be. And then I have to introduce the gem within an already gleaming jewel box: Little Carrie, Ros and Matt's 2-going-on 3 daughter. Looking for a heart-stopper and heart-stealer? Say hello to dear Carrie. Rooms are great. Facilities first rate. Location superb. Breakfast as advertised and with a gentle musical background, courtesy of Matt's playlist. And I have rarely if ever met a more obliging, pleasant couple than Ros and Matt. If you dare to relax beyond your expectations then Reka Dom is for you.

Room Tip: it would take the wisdom of Solomon to decide which of the 3 is tops
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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SouthMolton
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

We stayed here for one night only, and just did not want to leave! We stayed in the Tower, and I can honestly say it is fabulous, the views are amazing. The bathroom is lovely, and the bed was very comfortable. It is very quiet, lovely to wake up to the sounds of curlew, and a few geese honking!
The breakfast was the best we had ever had, everything cooked fresh, and homemade! We had the locally smoked haddock with poached eggs, and it was divine!
Matt and Ros are lovely, very welcoming. We recommend it, but as some others have said, dont want everyone to know, in case we cant get back in!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Winchester, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2012

We stayed in The Tower at Reka Dom for a romantic break - what a treat! I'm not going to promote it too much as we'll be going back and I don't want all of you guys reading this to book it up! Very comfy bedroom and stunning views (360 degrees) from your own private sitting room. Perfect!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Reka Dom
Address: 43 The Strand, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0AY, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Exeter > Topsham
Amenities:
Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Topsham
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come and go as please. Breakfast when and how you like and soak up the atmosphere of our unique family home. Whether holidaying with the children, seeking a romantic bolthole or a business stopover, Reka Dom is the perfect choice in Topsham if you are looking for something a little bit special but decidedly informal. Situated close to the Bowling Green Marshes RSPB bird reserve in the heart of the Topsham Conservation Area, our spacious rooms enjoy peace, privacy, quirky period features and unrivalled river views. We can accommodate up to 6 people in two very different suites. Choose between 'The Tower' with far reaching estuary and countryside views or the incredibly spacious Powderham Suite, a perfect choice for families or a great alternative to a twin room. ... more   less 
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Reka Dom Topsham, Devon

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