Southernhay House

Exeter, Devon

A sense of old-world elegance where ‘style is a central feature’ can be found in this independent boutique hotel not far from the cathedral. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

A sense of old-world elegance where ‘style is a central feature’ can be found in this independent boutique hotel not far from the cathedral. Owners Deborah Clark and Tony Orchard have added a 20th-century sensibility to the Grade II listed town house, the original Georgian features complemented by soft Farrow & Ball colours, quirky antiques and designer furnishings. A Guide inspector found that ‘exquisite’ bedrooms had none of the ‘charmingly dog-eared features often present in even the nicest of places’. All rooms have a comfortable seating area, and overlook the pocket garden or leafy Southernhay Gardens. Some larger rooms have an in-room roll-top bath tub. A new self-contained apartment has just been added. On the ground floor, a glamorous bar, with a new glass pavilion extension, is the place for cocktails and fine wines. The ‘exceptional food’ is ‘an experience in its own right’, with a changing menu of seasonal dishes, simply cooked, and served in the ‘intimate’ 
dining room. Breakfast brings a wide array of hot dishes cooked to order. ‘I would go there purely for the hotel, irrespective of whether I wanted to visit the city.’

Hotel details

Address

36 Southernhay East
Exeter
Devon
EX1 1NX
England

Telephone

01392 439000

Bedrooms

12.

Open

all year.

Facilities

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

Background music

in public areas.

Children

children over 14 welcomed on an adult basis.

Dogs

only in the bar and terrace.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £141–£301. 
À la carte £35.