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A relaxed and friendly boutique hotel in the heart of Exeter city centre. A beautiful grade II* listed Georgian townhouse.

This is casual luxe life as it should be lived outside the metropolis.

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Romantic hotel of the year
‘On a pretty square just a stroll away from Exeter Cathedral, this romantic Georgian town house has 11 bedrooms, all with minibar, REN toiletries and comfy seating. The peaceful dining room offers a short menu of intelligent dishes served by charming waiting staff.’

The Good Hotel Guide 2020

‘Perfectly situated behind Exeter Cathedral, this Grade II listed Georgian townhouse is the ideal spot if you want everything on your doorstep. An independently owned boutique hotel, Southernhay House offers a range of luxury rooms and stays, making every effort to ensure you have everything you need. Bedrooms are individually designed and even include a specially selected book collection. Relax in front of the Club Room fire, spend summer nights in the secret garden and enjoy the comfort of the stylish bar.’

GQ Magazine, 5 October 2019

‘The epitome of an independent hotel that’s doing it right’

The Hotel Inspector, Channel 5, 27 June 2019

‘Southernhay Hotel is a luxury bolthole in central Exeter, combining East India Company heritage with modern city savvy. This boutique property has one of the city’s swankiest cocktail bars, super service and plush interior design – expectations are exceeded’

The Telegraph

‘Festooned with antique paintings of bygone sultans and admirals, rolltop baths, a seriously chic cocktail bar and a bag of Devon fudge on arrival, this is, by a comfortable margin, the finest boutique spot for miles around.’

The Independent

Exeter’s branch of Blackwell’s is preparing a “19th-century love inn” with the city’s Southernhay House Hotel. The partnership will bring Blackwell’s books to guests’ hotel rooms so they can discover literature that relates to both the hotel’s “mercantile past” and its “wider place in the Exeter scene”.

The Bookseller

From the blog…

The Booking Truth

If you never use booking.com or any other Online Travel Agent (OTA) I give you a virtual high five. You can stop reading now and bask in the silent applause of independent hoteliers everywhere. But if you use OTAs, I want you to know what… Read more

Lockdown Silver-Lining

This is what we did during lockdown. We didn’t plan it this way, of course. The Green Room at Southernhay House was set up, in our heads, in the early days of 2011 while we were remodeling and designing the building as a boutique hotel. It was always going to be a light touch, a glass extension to the main action in the hotel bar. Read more