A Luxury Stay at Southernhay House Exeter

The main downside (or upside depending on how much you love luxury hotels!) of having to go back to Exeter for your graduation is that you no longer have a house, and so you’ve got to stay in a hotel. It’s always difficult to find good hotels in Exeter during grad week (especially if you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg) so I was pleasantly surprised when the Southernhay House Hotel had an available room for the night of my graduation ball. 
I just wished I’d found this hotel before I left Exeter for good!

Southernhay House Hotel is a small boutique hotel that only has 10 bedrooms – all doubles of various sizes – each named after something to do with the building’s first owner. We were staying in Amergris, a classic double room, which has both modern and classic fittings – and it was stunning. Oh so luxurious and just what I was looking for!

The bed itself was super comfortable and a very spacious double – and the sheets were of the highest quality (something which I’m sure I noticed more than Andy did!). I also loved the long pillow – it was especially great when we wanted to lounge and watch TV, as well as being super pretty.

Instead of the traditional bathroom there was a dividing half wall behind the TV where the shower and loo were. You would go left for the shower, and right for the loo – which was actually quite handy as it did mean that if someone was in the shower you could still use the loo.

Though I will say this – the loo had a glass door… Which I happen to think is a bit of a no no. Even if it was facing a wall, I still would have preferred an actual door!

The shower was fabulous – really powerful and it had two shower heads so you could take the kind of shower that you wanted. Perfection. One tip: if someone comes to the door (as they did when I was in the shower to give us an ironing board and iron) they can see you in the shower by looking in the mirror. Eeeek!

See, didn’t I tell you that the bed was comfy?! After his train down to Exeter, Andy promptly collapsed and had to be convinced to move!

I loved the beautiful, soft furnishings and elegant materials that were used in this room – it realy di make the hotel stand out from the other, chain, hotels in Exeter.

Attention to detail was clearly top priority when these rooms were decorated – though sadly, there were quite a few stains on the carpet which detracted a little from the room’s beauty.

The neutral tones really gave this room a luxurious and relaxing feel – something that fits with the vibe of the hotel perfectly.

Sadly, as we were only there for one night and already had plans, we weren’t able to make use of the cocktail bar or restaurant, though both do look wonderful.

The last touch of luxury is this chandelier that hung right in front of the window, at the end of the bed. It was absolutely gorgeous and really finished the room; I almost felt as though I was in a large London hotel when I looked around this room.

I took my blogging hat off, sat down to enjoy some of the Davis Cup tennis before we got ready and headed to the ball. But more on those antics later! Just one little note – if you’re staying here and will be out late be prepared to knock when you come back in. We got back around 2am and panicked for a moment as we thought we were locked out!
The next morning, we woke in our beautifully comfy bed with (very) sore heads, and became oh so grateful that breakfast was included in the room rate. And I’m not talking your standard breakfast buffet, but you get the choice of a full English, pancakes, eggs Benny and more…! Oh yeah, it’s a winner. 

We guzzled the coffee, fresh orange juice and pastries as we waited for our pancakes with bacon and maple butter (yuuuuum) and Andy’s full English (classic male!).

There’s also a small buffet selection of fresh and dried fruit, cereal and yogurt at the breakfast bar. It really is quite the spread!

And then these arrived. Happiness on a plate – seriously, I was in love! It was a pancake and bacon sandwich with maple butter. Sod the hangover – and the diet! – these babies are MINE!

Breakfast is served in the beautiful restaurant – a room as beautiful as the food served in it!

I’ve stayed in all the chain hotels in Exeter, and Southernhay House and if and when I return to Exeter I’ll be sure to stay here. We had a lovely experience – the staff are generally warm and friendly, and the fact that such an excellent breakfast is included in a reasonable rate really sets the hotel apart. 
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  • It looks lovely!! I always find it weird when a loo has a glass door!
    Lots of love,
    SilverSpoon London

  • It's a really lovely hotel! YES thank you – someone else who agrees! xx

  • It looks so lux! If only I could pack my bags right now and take a little trip! And can I steal that restaurant chandelier? xx


  • Ahhh it was so lovely! Haha, I'll race you there for it 😉 xx

  • I love the exterior of this hotel and also the cushion on the bed, very stylish

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  • Isn't it beautiful? It's the most gorgeous old, Georgian house – such a beautiful setting! x

  • This hotel looks amazing! And that pancake and bacon stack is beyond delicious!


  • It's amazing isn't it?! Oh yeah – that breakfast was sent straight from heaven! x

  • A very beautiful hotel, I love the Georgian feel. xx

  • Rebekah Esme Hughes

    Looks like you had a lovely time! I've never actually been to Exeter and its on my list so I will keep this in mind! 😀 x

  • It really is a stunner! x

  • Ahhh if you ever go let me know – after 3 years there I've got quite a few tips! x

  • Looks lovely but glass doors in toilets freak me out big time. And the mirror shower thing is also a little dodge!

  • Oh yeah, I'm with you on that – it was really odd!

  • steve.r hudson

    Wish you'd found it 4 years ago!

  • Me too!