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Southernhay House Hotel

#7 of 31 Hotels in Exeter
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36 Southernhay East, Exeter EX1 1NX, England
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed one night in this lovely small hotel, very close to the centre. The room was very spacious, comfortable and cosy. It had a superb shower. The breakfast was excellent, with a lot of choice. The hotel staff was very welcoming, helpful and kind. We would surely stay here again if we come back to Exeter.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our room was beautiful - I had been + checked it out before booking. Slightly disappointed that the hotel knew it was our wedding night, but didn't do anything to mark the occasion. A bottle of Prosecco in the room or something similar would have been nice. Only other gripes would be that there were no biscuits to have with... More 

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Torquay, England, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the moment we arrived we knew we were in for a treat. This gorgeous Georgian mansion in the heart of the city is sumptuous & relaxed. We checked in to our room & then spent the early evening in the wonderful retro cocktail bar which holds about 20 people and where the cocktails are fine! In the morning we... More 

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DMCatSH, Owner at Southernhay House Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Mark thank you for your lovely and generous review. We all hope you have many occasions to be back in Exeter, being locals and rather suave and hip individuals (if I've got the right couple!). We're extending the retro bar concept very shortly.....I'd be interested to know your thoughts. Please check us out next time you're in town! More 

Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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129 reviews 129 reviews
38 hotel reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Southernhay House Hotel is in a gorgeous setting. Very attentive and efficient staff. Stunning private dining room with equally excellent food. Quality feel but not pretentious. This hotel blends quality with a wonderful relaxed feel.

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DMCatSH, Owner at Southernhay House Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your very generous review and your appreciation of our aim for quality without pretension; that's where we're at and it great to hear it from a top TA contributor! More 

Bath, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This boutique hotel is a mixture of Hotel du Vin meets Downton Abbey. It has a very personal touch with only 9 rooms, staff are very friendly and attentive. A very relaxing stay, a real treat for a night away. Food perfect, great menu, not fussy at all, and the right price. The room was very stylish with a huge... More 

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DMCatSH, Owner at Southernhay House Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Louise and thank you for your lovely post. Once again, Ivory room impresses; it scores all the right moves with us also and I hope that you do, indeed, return again. Top tip: I have a little spreadsheet of concept ideas for Ivory if you'd like to know where we sourced the beds, bath etc......it's deservedly one of our... More 

Appledore, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Can't rate this place highly enough. It's expensive but I don't mind that when you get excellent service and a room that is perfect! It's also a short walk into the city centre for all that Exeter has to offer

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DMCatSH, Owner at Southernhay House Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Nick and thank you for writing. We aim to be at the top of the local market in luxury and quality of service and fit out so we don't aggressively discount (or artificially inflate) our prices - but please readers always call us direct as we'll give you the best deal we can on any day! It was our... More 

North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay - a beautiful bedroom ("Spice") with real style and individual character, comfy bed, great bathroom.... The staff were very friendly and helpful, and the food and drink wonderful. Thank you for a great stay!

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DMCatSH, Owner at Southernhay House Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Celia, it was our pleasure and thank you for taking the time to post; it's great to hear from all of our guests and means a lot to us. More 

Gosport, England, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our second visit to the Southernhay House Hotel and we were not disappointed. The room (spice) was the same one we stayed in previously. The staff were exceptionally welcoming and the room comfortable. Taking heed of previous comments we arrived early and bagged a parking space then headed into town until our room was ready. This quaint and... More 

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DMCatSH, Owner at Southernhay House Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Rod, thank you for your super review and I'm pleased that you are a confirmed Spice-aholic; it's a sunny, double aspect room at the back of the hotel with a generous seating area. We're so close to the centre of town (but quiet!) that there's no excuse for not shopping or exploring historic Exeter. See you soon! More 

Loughton, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 hotel reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

First a thank you to Sally who had time and a honest smile to seduce us into the Southernhay. Bar and cocktails brilliant, photos and decor amazing. Only nine rooms and similar number of tables in restaurant so Personnal service guaranteed. Saturday night when we ate only had three tables occupied with ten guests, totally fused over.( shame about the... More 

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DMCatSH, Owner at Southernhay House Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Peter and Lynne - thank you so much for your fab review and Sally says she's missing you already ;) we all agree about Ivory Room; readers check this one out as it punches above it's weight in style, privacy and comfort. More 

Penarth, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

First point - arrive early, there is only on-site parking for 3 or four cars max. Speedy and attentive check in before being shown to the tasteful rooms. We stayed in one of the standard rooms which are "snug". There is little space to traverse the area between the foot of the bed and the wall-mounted TV, and there is... More 

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DMCatSH, Owner at Southernhay House Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. It sounds as though you selected the Wilberforce Room: this is one of our smaller rooms and, yes, space is at a premium which is reflected in the price. You very rightly say that if you're staying for longer you may want to discuss slightly larger options with us (and you'll always get the... More 

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