About last night…

Romance. It’s a thing people seek and, like a butterfly, it’s too often just a few feet ahead or has flown off before you can ‘gram it. Southernhay House has just been given a Cesar award (you’ve heard of Cesar Ritz, right?) by the Good Hotel Guide for “Romantic Hotel” 2020. Read more

Suds law

When we were developing SH as an hotel, one of the most challenging aspects was en suite. It was previously offices, before that a “gentlemen’s club” (ahem) and a home even earlier…..but it’s domestic incarnation ended, I think, around the end of the last war.… Read more

The Untitled Poem

This week a poem by Siegfried Sassoon to his younger lover came to light, discovered by an academic while looking through the personal papers of Glen Byam Shaw. It was published for the first time by The Observer (whence I pinched this title). Shaw was… Read more

Customer’s always right, right?

I’ve banged on endlessly about general laid-back hospitality; we love providing a framework for guests to be themselves. It’s the “second lead” subject of my last post. But we got into a spin on a booking last week. A special family event, a *milestone*. It… Read more

The Second Lead

I was looking into the biog of Gig Young, the worn and louche looking chap in front of me on the wall in the bar here at SoHoEx. He had a ride through the backstage of Hollywood in the mid 20th century. He was talented but not handsome enough for the lead, always the support... Read more

Play Time

Isn’t all hospitality about performance? The best staff, the best guests, understand that and the theatre of the hotel/bar/restaurant. When we come on shift, we adopt the personality of the space, we construct ourselves to facilitate performance. Read more

Softly does it

Alt-alc; it’s A Thing. Who wants to ask for a Shirley Temple, when a Bloody Mary just sounds so much more dangerous? Read more

Golden rules for a boutique hotel bathroom

Designing our latest gorgeous new hotel room at Southernhay House has got us revisiting our own golden rules for creating the most beautiful boutique bathrooms. We always say they’re half the pleasure of a boutique stay. Or should be! Building a dream bathroom is a personal thing of course, but these guidelines are worth considering at home. Read more

When a friend makes your wine……

We’ve known Devon born and based Liam Steevenson, MW, since early days but lost contact in the last 6 years while Liam crossed the globe in his quest to make the perfect wines.... Read more

A little bit of Roman in us all

Launching one of the Exeter Gins last week has got us feeling all Roman! It’s not just modern-day Londoners making a break for our rolling hills, seaside, fine weather and laid back style; those Romans knew a good thing when they saw it. Read more