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Hotel Du Vin Exeter
Hotel Du Vin Exeter

Magdalen Street, Exeter EX2 4HY

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Exeter, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of City Wall, Wharfinger's House, and Customs House. Cygnet New …

£79
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Best Western Passage House Hotel
Best Western Passage House Hotel

Kingsteignton Hackney Lane, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH

3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Kingsteignton, this spa hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Pixies Paint & Play and within 6 mi (10 km) of Old Walls …

£44
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Exeter Court Hotel
Exeter Court Hotel

Off A38, Exeter Ex6 7UX

3.0 out of 5.0

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
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The Devon Hotel
The Devon Hotel

Matford, Exeter EX2 8XU

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Exeter, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Northbrook Approach Golf Course, Quay House Visitor Centre, and Clip …

£59
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The Devoncourt Resort
The Devoncourt Resort

Douglas Avenue, Exmouth EX8 2EX

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Exmouth, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Exmouth Model Railway, Tiger Charters, and Exmouth Beach. …

£49
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Gipsy Hill Hotel
Gipsy Hill Hotel

Gipsy Hill Lane, Exeter EX1 3RN

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Exeter, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Adrenalin Games Paintball, Sandy Park Rugby Stadium, and Exeter …

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Jurys Inn Exeter
Jurys Inn Exeter

Western Way, Exeter EX1 2DB

3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Exeter, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Exeter Livestock Market, Princesshay, …

£55
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The Globe
The Globe

34 Fore Street, Exeter EX3 0HR

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Exeter, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of Topsham Pool and Topsham Museum. Northbrook Approach Golf Course an …

£79
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The Grand Hotel
The Grand Hotel

Seafront, Torquay TQ2 6NT

4.0 out of 5.0

With direct access to the beach, this Torquay hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Torre Abbey Gardens, …

£53
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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

Situated in Exeter, this spa hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Woodbury Park Golf Club and within 6 mi (10 km) of Crealy Great …

£99
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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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