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Sunday, 1 October 2017

#1 Southernhay


Hi dear readers.  I'm on my short break and as usual I find myself rather limited on the technology front.  So here are a few pics of my first stop off point, a rather beautiful hotel in Exeter.  But without OOTD shots.  Sorry.  That's proving technically challenging!






I love Georgian architecture, like large windows with pretty shutters.



The sanitaryware has been chosen sympathetically to era.

I liked the little touches in the room.


The wooden button clothes pegs.


A feature sofa.


A well stocked beverage cupboard which includes a cafetiere and ground coffee.


The period bedside table wherein modern technology is hidden, like a speedy hairdryer.

The rooms are stocked with Ren bath products and massive fluffy towels.



The gin isn't bad either 😍.





But what a surprise this dining room held.


Things started looking good when I bit into little morsels of freshly baked carroway seed rolls and whipped butter.



Then from my first taste of this pickled beetroot and ewe's curd, I knew I was in for a treat.  (I want to try making this, mmmnn.!)


The chicken ballotine continued to tingle the taste buds but the carrots were the main event on this plate: the carrots were of another world where they are the deities and mere mortals humbly bow.


My awakened taste buds even ventured to try TP's black squid pasta, even though a 40 year old memory of a Portuguese squid had rather scarred me for life, but the intensity of flavour coming from this little offering has now erased that earlier experience from my memory banks, hopefully forever.

The food was heavenly and later we had the opportunity to thank the chef personally.

Southernhay House Hotel is a little pricey but if you are in Exeter and looking for somewhere special to stay or eat, or both, then this is the place to go.


We were celebrating a special anniversary and I am so thankful that TP pushed out the boat.  What a special treat this was!


A la perchoine.





22 comments:

  1. You know, I am just happy to visually travel with you. Your hotel looks lovely.

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    1. Consider yourself in every suitcase I pack, dear friend! Hugs, x

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  2. Happy anniversary and thank you for the peek into your hotel. It all looks wonderful.

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    1. Thanks so much, Pieta, and welcome to the blog. Hugs, x.

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  3. Oh Mary. This hotel looks beautiful. I love Georgian too. Suck it up and enjoy! And what a lovely wedding photo. xx
    www.vanityandmestyle.com

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    1. Oh thanks so much, Laurie, Georgian is so elegant eh. Hugs, x.

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  4. Happy special anniversary, PP and Photographer!! Doesn't time fly when you're having fun together?

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    1. Thanks so much, LD, yes time does fly but guests still talk about the ever-flowing Veuve. We're with some wedding guests on holiday and the fizz memories were buzzing around the table last night, ten years on! Hugs, x

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  5. How lovely to celebrate a special anniversary! It looks like a gorgeous place to stay and Exeter is a lovely city - good charity shops too!

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    1. Oh Vronni, now you tell me! But seriously, there was no time for mooching around the charity shops as it was an overnight stopover so it as touch and go for us. Hope you're keeping to your new shopping plan! Hugs, x.

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    1. Thanks so much, Polly, it's one taken by a rellie and it's a fave. Hugs, x.

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  7. Your wedding picture is absolutely gorgeous! Happy Anniversary dear friend. This hotel looks like the perfect place to get away from it all! How come every time I read one of your posts I crave something gourmet and delicious? You are KILLING me, how can I be expected to eat the 'rubbish' I'm serving for dinner when I am teased with these rare delicacies? Squid pasta? I love squid. Your plate looks divine as well.Oh, I am having fun living vicariously through you my friend, I can't wait to see where we go and what we dine on next!
    Hugs and kisses!!!!
    Kellyann

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    1. Thanks so much, Mrs R. Hmmm, killing you with food shots, maybe I should ease off a bit ... by way of recompense for this inhumane treatment, you too have a place in my travel suitcase, dear friend! Hugs, x.

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  8. Looks divine in all respects! I used to know Exeter quite well "in the day" but haven't been there for a few years. This hotel certainly looks worth a visit for a special milestone! Congrats on yours Mary.

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    1. Thanks so much, Gail. Maybe you could pop across next time you're visiting your mum, defo worth the drive. Hugs, x

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  9. Happy Anniversary. Hope you are enjoying your special treat. It all looks fabulous.

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    1. On thank you so much, Christy. It was an overnight but as it was for a round anniversary, we pushed the ⛵ out a bit, ☺. Hugs, x.

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  10. I know that area a bit. Fab hotel. Lovely to be spoilt. Lucky you.happy anniversary dear older twin. Now I need to go and have a gin.

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    1. Yes, I bet you know Devon well. Thanks for your greeting, younger twin. Oh, gin, I discovered Fever Tree angustura tonic on holiday ... instant pink gin and tonic!! I'm smitten. Give it a try. Hugs, x.

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  11. What a beautiful hotel! Happy Anniversary!

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    1. Thanks, Amy, we had a fantastic stay. Hugs, x.

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