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From boutique boltholes to renovated old inns and slick city apartments, Devon’s easy-going capital has places to stay to suit every taste – and our list makes finding them a cinch.
Almost in the shadow of Exeter Cathedral, Number 18 Apartments ooze period charm: the two-bedroom serviced apartment has a kitchen of original Georgian sash windows, with venerable panelling and homely marble fireplaces. Two one-bedroom apartments and a studio are supplied with hotel-grade fluffy towels, as well as dishwashers to save you falling out over washing-up duties. Through full-length windows, you get some lovely city or garden views.
This pub in Sandygate, on the edge of Exeter, is so cute you could pinch its cheeks: notice the thatched roof, whitewashed facade and real ales by winter log fires within (there’s a beer garden for summer). Meat is sourced from South Devon; fish is caught just off the coast. Sunday lunch is the main attraction here – popular with players from the nearby pitch. And if you need a snooze, there are four sweet bedrooms, with pea-green cushions and timeless wooden furniture.