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Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel
Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel

Southernhay East, Exeter EX1 1QF

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (643 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 …

£84
The Imperial Hotel
The Imperial Hotel

The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2SW

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

Situated in Exmouth, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from A La Ronde and within 9 mi (15 km) of Bicton Park Botanical Gardens …

£105
Jurys Inn Exeter
Jurys Inn Exeter

Western Way, Exeter EX1 2DB

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (544 reviews)

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

£74
Old Vicarage
Old Vicarage

Torrington Place, Exeter EX6 8NF

3.5 out of 5.0
5 out of 5 (2 reviews)

Situated in Exeter, this bed & breakfast is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Powderham Castle and within 9 mi (15 km) of Northbrook Approac …

£90
Exeter Court Hotel
Exeter Court Hotel

Off A38, Exeter Ex6 7UX

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (301 reviews)

Situated in Exeter, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Powderham Castle, Northbrook Approach Golf Course, and 21 The Mint …

£59
Lyme Bay House
Lyme Bay House

34 West Cliff, Dawlish EX7 9DN

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (32 reviews)

Situated in Dawlish, this guesthouse is within 9 mi (15 km) of Powderham Castle, Babbacombe Model Village and Gardens, and …

£88
Travelodge Exeter M5
Travelodge Exeter M5

Moto Service Area M5 Motorway, Exeter EX2 7HF

4 out of 5 (3 reviews)

£57
Edwardian - B&B
Edwardian - B&B

30-32 Heavitree Road, Exeter EX1 2LQ

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (195 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Princesshay, Rougemont Castle, and St Martin' …

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The Victoria Hotel
The Victoria Hotel

The Esplanade, Sidmouth EX10 8RY

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (16 reviews)

Situated on the waterfront, this spa hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Sidmouth Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of The Donkey …

£215
St Olaves Hotel & Treasury Restaurant
St Olaves Hotel & Treasury Restaurant

Mary Arches Street, Exeter EX4 3AZ

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (43 reviews)

Situated in Exeter, this hotel is steps from 21 The Mint and St Nicholas Priory. Spacex and Harlequins Shopping Centre are …

£68
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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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