Southernhay House

Exeter, Devon

‘One of the loveliest hotel experiences I’ve had in a long time,’ writes a Guide inspector in 2019, of a stay at this 'romantic' Georgian town house, ‘on a pretty square’ a stroll from the cathedral. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘One of the loveliest hotel experiences I’ve had in a long time,’ writes a Guide inspector in 2019, of a stay at this ‘romantic’ Georgian town house, ‘on a pretty square’ a stroll from the cathedral. Run as a hotel by Deborah Clark and Tony Orchard, it is promoted to a full entry. Arriving late for a dinner reservation, our reporter was met by ‘the warmest, most helpful of individuals… they couldn’t have been nicer’. Even ‘intimate’ bedrooms are not poky, while luxury ones have a super-king-size bed, big bathroom overlooking the garden, with bath and walk-in shower. All have a minibar, REN toiletries and comfy seating. ‘Our room was exquisite, superbly designed, from the bag of local fudge to the info folder. There were no rough edges.’ In the ‘peaceful dining room’, dinner was ‘beautifully served’ by ‘charming’ waiting staff. Short, intelligent menus include such dishes as pan-fried bream, braised fennel, herb potato gratin, roasted garlic. Breakfast, ‘again beautifully presented’, brings ‘an individual bottle of orange juice, mini-pastry, mini-granola and yogurt’ before a choice of hot dishes (‘smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, obviously’). ‘Honestly, I couldn’t fault it.’

Hotel details

Address

36 Southernhay East
Exeter
Devon
EX1 1NX
England

Telephone

01392 439000

Bedrooms

11.

Open

all year.

Facilities

bar, restaurant, private dining, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), small lawn, veranda, terrace, civil wedding licence, public rooms wheelchair accessible.

Background music

in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

bar, terrace only.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £110–£283. À la carte £35.