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Southernhay House Hotel

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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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Reviewed 5 December 2018

I recently visited this hotel to celebrate my sister's 60th birthday.As we were a party of 12 we booked the private dining room , we were told they couldn't seat parties of more than 10 in the restaurant ? maybe this is because they charge...More

Date of stay: November 2018
1  Thank Aleslie
Response from Deborah C, Owner at Southernhay House HotelResponded 4 weeks ago

No, we can’t seat parties of more than 10 together in the main restaurant because that’s the size of our largest table! Parties of 14 plus are welcome to book the entire restaurant. Reader, please view this together with the last review. We could have...More

Reviewed 29 November 2018

There are few dining experiences that you never forget. Our family celebration for 12 in the Southernhay House Hotel Private Dining Room was one of them; for all the wrong reasons. The advertising boasts fresh local food, 3 courses for £38 but omits to disclose...More

Date of stay: November 2018
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Response from Deborah C, Owner at Southernhay House HotelResponded 5 December 2018

Of course we’re sorry that you did not enjoy the meal. We felt that the venue was not right for your party from the beginning. We suggested that you cancel well ahead of time (with no penalty) and set our terms and pricing out clearly...More

Reviewed 24 November 2018 via mobile

Absolutely gorgeous place to stay, it’s old fashioned and up to date at the same time. Seriously comfortable bed, historic house, totally luxurious rooms. Breakfast is good with the most excellent service and the staff cannot do enough for you. I would love to stay...More

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank Sue_Ann29
Response from Deborah C, Owner at Southernhay House HotelResponded 30 November 2018

Thanks for posting this: “old fashioned and up to date at the same time”. I absolutely love that précis of what we aim for (and hopefully hit). We look forward to seeing you again, and soon.

Reviewed 18 November 2018

We booked direct with the hotel for one night Friday 9th November so as to attend a presentation in the Cathedral. The hotel is ideally placed for city centre attractions and shopping. We asked for a quiet room with a large bed and were not...More

Date of stay: November 2018
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Response from deborah c, Owner at Southernhay House HotelResponded 19 November 2018

Steven, it was our pleasure and it was lovely personally to meet you both. The Cathedral’s commorative events for WW1 were important, memorable and moving; readers, it’s well worth checking out their future events. Your comments on the hotel, staff and style are very much...More

Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

I had stayed at the Southernhay Hotel once before and remembered it being a friendly and comfortable hotel in a great old building . What I had forgotten was the intrusive music playing in the bar and restaurant. For some crazy reason the music speakers...More

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank Tonyj1966
Response from Deborah C, Owner at Southernhay House HotelResponded 13 November 2018

Hello Tony, it’s good you feel we’re a friendly bunch. I’m sorry that noise transferred from the bar area to your room. It’s not usually an issue in the evenings but we appreciate all guests have different sleeping patterns. If anything is within our control...More

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Dan E
15 December 2016|
Response from Manager_SH | Property representative |
Hi Dan We do not have a spa. Best regards Sally
Nina K
3 February 2015|
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Response from Manager_SH | Property representative |
Hi Nina. We have four free parking spaces here, which are for resident guests on a first come first served basis. If you have a disabled badge, please let us know and we'll reserve one specifically for you. If the spaces... More
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"Try asking if there is a quiet room"
15 Sep 2018
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"Ring the hotel (01392-439000) to discuss the bathing, toilet facilities before booking."
21 Jul 2018
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"A Big Smile, it probably won't do any good but you will be on your way to making a friend"
17 Jul 2018
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"Don't go for Opium Room, unless you're fond of washing machines."
10 Jun 2018
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US$120 - US$258 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United KingdomEnglandExeter
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