Good Hotel Guide Review
A Roman Doric portico makes a swanky statement about this Grade II listed Georgian house, but within lies a stylish yet relaxed and fun boutique hotel. Owners Deborah Clark and Tony Orchard ran Burgh Island Hotel, Bigbury-on-Sea (see entry) for almost 17 years before selling it, and do things with panache. Bedrooms wittily reference Southernhay’s original owner, an officer, diplomat and orientalist, who worked for the East India Company. They range from luxury, with super-king bed, a large bathroom, freestanding bath and walk-in shower, down to ‘intimate’, with no compromise on quality. ‘Sugar’ room is adorned with vintage Cuba posters. All rooms have luxury toiletries and a minibar. ‘The staff were lovely,’ readers relate. ‘Food good, beautiful house, lots of interesting furniture.’ They were pleased to have taken the train as ‘opportunities for parking appeared to be limited’. The kitchen is open all day, and a monthly changing menu of Devon produce includes dishes such as spiced haddock fishcakes with Thai cucumber salad. Eat where you will, in the bar, Club Room, in a glass pavilion or alfresco – just enjoy yourself! (John Saul)
36 Southernhay East
12. 1 apartment in separate building.
bar, Club Room, Green Room (glass pavilion), private dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), ‘pocket garden’, veranda, terrace, civil wedding licence, public rooms wheelchair accessible.
in public areas.
over-14s welcomed on an adult basis.
only in garden and on terrace.
B&B doubles from £250. À la carte £40.