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Reka Dom
43 The Strand, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0AY, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Topsham B&B and Inns
Southampton, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Superb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

This is a really lovely place to stay. We chose based on Tripadvisor reviews and were not dissapointed. We had a lovely room that was spotlessly clean with a good shower room (this was also spotless). We felt like we were the only people who had ever been in the room. We are now coming down to the Westcountry often and will definately return

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 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, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 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, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 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, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 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, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rekadom, Owner at Reka Dom, responded to this review, October 21, 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 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, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SouthMolton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 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, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 43 The Strand, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0AY, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Exeter > Topsham
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Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Topsham

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