WIN! A hotel break and dinner

PUBLISHED: 11:51 28 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:51 28 October 2015

Get into the festive spirit at the Christmas Market on Cathedral Green

Get into the festive spirit at the Christmas Market on Cathedral Green


Devon Life is partnering with Exeter and the Heart of Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association in a year-long celebration of the best of the county’s accommodation. This month we focus on Exeter

One lucky Devon Life reader will win dinner at Forn restaurantOne lucky Devon Life reader will win dinner at Forn restaurant

In the heart of Devon lies Exeter, the capital city of the county which boasts a fantastic array of history and culture as well as a modern and vibrant feel.

Exeter’s 2,000-year history is reflected in its fascinating heritage attractions, such as St Peter’s Cathedral and the Roman City Wall. Exeter Cathedral is one of the great cathedrals of England and one of the finest examples of gothic architecture.

Adding to the rich tapestry of the county’s capital, Exeter’s Underground Passages give visitors the chance to explore and discover a route originally built to bring fresh water into the city in medieval times. Red Coat Guided Tours offer a unique insight with volunteers sharing a wealth of information about the city. Other historic buildings include the Exeter Guildhall and Tuckers Hall.

Head down to Exeter’s Quayside, where you will find a hub of leisure and activity. You can explore the River Exe and Exeter Canal by boat, bicycle or on foot, and discover the Exe Island.

One lucky Devon Life reader will win a stay at St Olaves Hotel, a beautiful, tucked away city hotelOne lucky Devon Life reader will win a stay at St Olaves Hotel, a beautiful, tucked away city hotel

Adding to the cultural scene in the city, the stunning displays at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), Museum of the Year 2012, take visitors on a voyage of discovery from pre-history to the present day.

Exeter is also able to boast being one of the foodie capitals of the South West. Host to weekly farmers’ markets and the popular Exeter Street Food Market as well as the annual Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink, visitors and residents also enjoy award winning restaurants and quaint cafés - it’s never a struggle to find some delicious food in the city.

See below the list of diverse hotels that Exeter has to offer; a mixture of city, boutique and country accommodation either in or just outside the heart of the city centre.

Woodbury Park Hotel & Golf Club - Woodbury Park offers a superb four star hotel, comprehensive function facilities as well as two golf courses, leisure centre and Bodyzone spa.

Dine at The Magdalen Chapter - a striking 19th Century building sympathetically restored by award winning architectsDine at The Magdalen Chapter - a striking 19th Century building sympathetically restored by award winning architects

Mercure Southgate Hotel - A contemporary four star hotel located in the heart of Exeter, the Mercure Southgate Hotel neighbours the Cathedral and shopping areas.

The Devon Hotel - A combination of Georgian elegance and character with true Brend Hotel Group hospitality, the Devon Hotel provides its guests with all the creature comforts you would expect from any luxury Devon hotel.

The Grange Court Hotel - The Grange Court Hotel is perfectly situated to accommodate the needs of both holiday and business traveller alike.

The Magdalen Chapter - The striking 19th Century building has been sympathetically restored by award winning architects to transform it into an intimate and stylish hotel.

Exeter Court Hotel - Situated with easy access from the M5 and just a stone’s throw from the city centre, the Exeter Court Hotel is perfectly placed for those looking for a fun-filled family holiday, a romantic weekend break or a flying business trip.

ABode Exeter - a premier luxury Devon hotel, ideally located opposite the magnificent Exeter Cathedral and just steps away from Exeter’s bustling commercial centre.

Gipsy Hill Hotel - Set in three acres of beautiful landscaped gardens and yet just three miles from the city centre, an ideal destination for business trips or leisure breaks or the perfect hotel wedding.

Reed Hall - Reed Hall is a stunning Grade II listed building, a hidden treasure nestled in 300 acres of enchanting landscaped gardens.

The Great Western Hotel A 35-roomed hotel situated adjacent to Exeter St David’s railway station offering a warm welcome.

Express Holiday Inn - Holiday Inn Express Exeter is within minutes of the M5 and close to Exeter Airport, making it an ideal location for corporate travellers.

Jurys Inn - Jurys Inn Exeter is the perfect city centre location for business or leisure guests. The hotel is less than a two-minute walk to the city’s Princesshay shopping quarter.

Exeter Court Hotel - Conveniently located just off the A38 in the heart of Devon, this hotel is packed with charm, warmth and smiles from people ready to make you feel at home.

Thistle Exeter Hotel, The Rougemont - The four-star Rougemont Hotel is an elegant Victorian building situated near Exeter railway station and serves as the ideal base from which to explore this historic city.

Salutation Inn - Enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep in a charming ancient inn with modern facilities.

The Globe - A 16th century coaching inn set in the beautiful estuary town of Topsham just four miles from Exeter City centre. With 19 boutique-style ensuite bedrooms and enticing menus.

St Olaves Hotel - St Olaves is a small, intimate, character hotel situated in the heart of the historic city. You will discover this ‘oasis’ of a hotel sitting resplendent in its own walled garden.


One lucky Devon Life reader can win a stay at St Olaves Hotel, member of the Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association. Our winner and guest will receive a night’s stay in this beautiful, tucked away city hotel, a full English breakfast and dinner in their Forn restaurant.

To enter, answer this question correctly: Which street in Exeter is believed to be the narrowest in the world?

E-mail with the subject line ‘Exeter’ or post your entry to Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association, c/o One Voice Media, 31-32 Southernhay East, Exeter, EX1 1NS, giving us your name and a contact telephone number.

The deadline for entries is 1 December, 2015.

Terms and conditions:

Accommodation is one double or twin room

• Must be redeemed by 29 February 2016

• Must be booked in advance

• Transport not included

• Prize is non-transferable

• Subject to availability

By entering this competition you agree to receive communications from Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association and St Olaves Hotel.

Exeter and the Heart of Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association represents more than 50 of the area’s best quality establishments. To choose your favourite visit

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