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Woodbury Park Hotel and Golf Club

Woodbury Park Hotel and Golf Club

Woodbury Castle, Exeter EX5 1JJ

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (188 reviews)

Situated in Exeter, this spa hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Crealy Great Adventure Park, A La Ronde, and Bicton Park …

£92
Hotel Du Vin Exeter

Hotel Du Vin Exeter

Magdalen Street, Exeter EX2 4HY

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (175 reviews)

Situated in Exeter, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Spacex, St Martin's Church, and 21 The Mint. Exeter Cathedra …

£96
Exeter Court Hotel

Exeter Court Hotel

Off A38, Exeter Ex6 7UX

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (351 reviews)

Located in Kennford, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Haldon Forest Park and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Go Ape Haldon. Powderha …

£45
Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel

Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel

Southernhay East, Exeter EX1 1QF

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (746 reviews)

Located in the heart of Exeter, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St Martin's Church, Spacex, and Exeter Cathedral. 21 …

£77
Manor Hotel

Manor Hotel

The Beacon, Exmouth EX8 2AG

2.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (5 reviews)

Situated by the sea, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve and within 3 mi (5 km) of River Exe and …

£54
The Devon Hotel

The Devon Hotel

Matford, Exeter EX2 8XU

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (97 reviews)

Situated in Exeter, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Northbrook Approach Golf Course, Spacex, and 21 The Mint. St Nicholas …

£58
The Globe

The Globe

34 Fore Street, Exeter EX3 0HR

4.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (44 reviews)

Situated in Exeter, this inn is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Northbrook Approach Golf Course and within 6 mi (10 km) of St Martin's …

£63
Best Western Passage House Hotel

Best Western Passage House Hotel

Kingsteignton Hackney Lane, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (226 reviews)

Located in Kingsteignton, this spa hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Pavilions Teignmouth, Grand Pier, and Babbacombe Model …

£58
Jurys Inn Exeter

Jurys Inn Exeter

Western Way, Exeter EX1 2DB

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (678 reviews)

Located in the heart of Exeter, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Princesshay, Rougemont Castle, and St …

£62
The Devoncourt Resort

The Devoncourt Resort

Douglas Avenue, Exmouth EX8 2EX

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (99 reviews)

Situated in Exmouth, this guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve, River Exe, and Devon Cliffs Beac …

£49

Pocket Guide: Exmouth A La Ronde Hotels

A LA Ronde is one of the most popular and fun attractions on the Devon tourist trail. It's a unique 16-sided house, built in the 18th Century by the Parminter spinster cousins near Exmouth and now owned by the National Trust. The house is open to the public and has an interesting history, so if you're staying in a Devon hotel or B&B in the area you should pay it a visit.

A La Ronde from Devon Hotels

A La Ronde was the brainchild of two cousins who were spinsters and took the Grand Tour of Europe, which was popular in the 1790s. The trip inspired them to leave something unique and decidedly feminine to posterity, which they certainly succeeded in doing! Their 16-sided building overlooks the estuary of the River Exe and has a truly grand aspect, commanding panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. It uses every inch of space with efficiency, with the central octagon leading to rooms which connect through a strangely designed common lobby. With cupboards concealed behind wall panelling and seats that flip handily down, it seems in many respects remarkably modern and minimalist.

Napoleonic Intrigue at A La Ronde

The house has 476 keys on-site and there's currently a 'Key Project' to find all the doors that match with them. There is a small problem however because as the building went up during the Napoleonic Wars there was a threat of invasion and secret passages were introduced into the construction, with hidden doorways. Some of the doors can only be opened from inside, for example. Come here from your Devon hotel and you'll be introduced to a world of mystery and suspense worthy of Agatha Christie!

The house's survival is largely thanks to Jane Parminter, who stipulated in her will that it should be left absolutely intact and was only to be lived in by kinswomen who were unmarried. Keeping out the unruly male of the species obviously had the desired effect, because A La Ronde today is as perfect and unaltered as it was when the cousins originally lived in it!

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