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Southernhay House Hotel

36 Southernhay East, Exeter EX1 1NX England
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Updated 27/04/20


#5 of 23 hotels in Exeter
Travellers' Choice
Charming boutique townhouse hotel with 11 individual bedrooms, chic cocktail bar, private dining room for parties and informal Club Room for casual dining and meeting. Al fresco eating and drinking on our terraces and secluded garden. Food is modern, local and highly seasonal with daily changing menus. Southernhay House is located in the centre of Exeter just yards from the Cathedral and within easy reach of the University and Quayside. Staff are long-term, friendly and live locally so are able to recommend seasonal and regional activities during your stay. Languages spoken: English, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Hebrew.
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Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Dry cleaning
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Meeting rooms
Laundry service
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Room service
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, French, Russian, Spanish and 1 more
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Michael O wrote a review Aug 2021
Lichfield, United Kingdom627 contributions198 helpful votes
There is the sense of arriving at someone's home and even the reception has the informality of visiting acquaintances. The essence of the original house has been maintained but with all the trappings of a modern hotel. Rooms are well appointed and well designed with comfortable beds. We dined one evening and had an excellent meal and breakfast was first class. An enjoyable stay pre one or other of the lockdowns!
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Date of stay: September 2020
Sleep Quality
Response from deborah clark, Owner at Southernhay House Hotel
Responded 4 weeks ago
This is a great take on Southernhay House as William’s private residence. You’re right in that I drew heavily on his exploits and personality when dreaming up the hotel. I’m glad you enjoyed the experience and this is exactly where we want to be: open, active and entertaining our gorgeous guests!
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Suzanne S wrote a review Jul 2021
Henley on Thames, null, United Kingdom20 contributions9 helpful votes
What a fabulous hotel this is. Greeted by a fab front of house. Shown a beautifully decorated , clean bespoke room. Dinner and drinks in the garden followed by a fantastic nights sleep ( bed was dreamy as were the pillows ) Breakfast again was fabulous. Nothing to fault. We will be back Thank you to all staff that served us but especially to Gru ( you know who you are ) and the loveliest smiliest young lady who couldn't do enough for us Thank you Thank you
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Date of stay: July 2021
Sleep Quality
Response from deborah clark, Owner at Southernhay House Hotel
Responded 4 weeks ago
hahaha! We’re getting a sweepstake together on “Gru” (nice one!). Thank you for this gorgeous review and it was our pleasure to welcome you here during the most memorable summer of my 20+ years in hospitality! I’m so glad the magic still works and, on behalf of all the staff, we hope to welcome you back son.
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Jackrussell871 wrote a review Jul 2021
Edinburgh, United Kingdom36 contributions36 helpful votes
We stayed for two nights for my daughters graduation. Interesting and lovely decor and a very nice garden area where we enjoyed drinks with friends. Breakfast was delicious. Our bed was exceptionally comfortable but I have never been in a Hotel before with no wardrobe and only two small drawers for belongings! Four coat hangers were provided and wooden hooks attached to the wall for hanging these on so the loveseat in our room acted as a clothes horse for our weekend……..
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from Deborah Clark, Owner at Southernhay House Hotel
Responded 17 Jul 2021
We’ve really enjoyed the more laid-back and individual graduation celebrations this year! Thank you for choosing us as a backdrop for this and thank you, also, for your kind comments. Yes: we do not have wardrobes in the bedrooms, but clothes hooks on the walls, space being at a premium in this Grade II* building (guests please note that all the luxury rooms have clothes rails too, which I would always recommend if you are staying for longer or have several posh outfits to look after, our apartment has full wardrobe facilities - all the rooms are slightly different in size and style so do call us to discuss and book and we can match you to the right fit!).
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James W wrote a review Jul 2021
Aberdeen, United Kingdom5 contributions1 helpful vote
Spent two nights in this very interesting Georgian House in a convenient quiet location to visit the city. Dining room and bar facilities were excellent, and we ate at the hotel during our whole stay. Bedroom was very quiet and well appointed. Staff were always available and very helpful.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Sleep Quality
Response from deborah clark, Owner at Southernhay House Hotel
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for this lovely review - I think it perfectly sums up what we aim always to achieve. It has been our pleasure to welcome guests back this summer and to be able to provide the “whole experience” for you.
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ChrisPPL9 wrote a review Jul 2021
Plymouth, United Kingdom7 contributions2 helpful votes
Had the pleasure of a business meeting and a coffee in the garden yesterday, what a lovely setting, place and service. Really was a pleasure and I will be back for lunch next time ! This is a gem of a place in the heart of Exeter City centre and I would highly recommend.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled on business
Response from Deborah Clark, Owner at Southernhay House Hotel
Responded 4 Jul 2021
It was our pleasure Chris. it’s so nice to see business returning to the city center - hope to be seeing a lot more of you and your colleagues for some successful negotiations over fish finger sandwiches ;)
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US$129 - US$249 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Southernhay House Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Southernhay House Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Exeter Cathedral (0.3 km), Board (0.3 km), and Underground Passages (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Southernhay House Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Southernhay House Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Southernhay House Hotel?
Yes, paid public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Southernhay House Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Red Panda, The Cork and Tile Portuguese, and Al Farid Restaurant.
Is Southernhay House Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Exeter.
Are any cleaning services offered at Southernhay House Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Southernhay House Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Southernhay House Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, Russian, and Hebrew.
Are there any historical sites close to Southernhay House Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Haldon Belvedere (Lawrence Castle) (7.9 km), The House that Moved (0.8 km), and The Medieval Exe Bridge (0.6 km).