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Human Touch

Did you watch daleks from behind the sofa? Did Star Trek make you think, “wow, what if…” Are you checking memes from Back to the Future right now? Remember when you first saw the iPhone screen move? You’re really going to need to draw on… Read more

Life on the Inside

Since my last blog, times have changed fast but seemingly in slo-mo. We’re now resigned to the days, dropping like water into a bottomless bucket. First, a heartfelt thanks to everyone we’ve spoken to who has been supportive, moved existing bookings forward, and even made… Read more

The Ghost Hotel

#SoHoEx is dabbling in political waters now. I’m going to take a stab at writing about how it feels to close an hotel, ask staff to take unpaid leave (or redundancy) for up to four months and mothball a business that’s taken almost 10 years… Read more

The Royal Stalemate

Southernhay House Hotel has been here, in Exeter, since June 2011. We made the hotel by accident; walking into the city centre each day we would pass the empty shell of a Georgian building. Believing that beautiful buildings deserve respect, and that they need to… Read more

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