Minimoon review: The Magdalen Chapter, Exeter

A romantic break to Devon isn't complete without a stopover in the historic city of Exeter. There's a famous cathedral, some cool boutiques and cobbled streets that are just made for wandering hand-in-hand. And don't forget the delicious Devon cream teas... Hannah Davies checked in to chic hotel The Magdalen Chapter for a weekend of sightseeing, shopping and some seriously relaxing spa time.
The Magdalen Chapter, Exeter
The Magdalen Chapter, Exeter

First impressions: Something about the grand exterior of The Magdalen Chapter leads us to expect chintzy country house interiors. So we're pleasantly surprised to discover the style is in fact cool, sleek and contemporary throughout. It's getting dark when we arrive, but we can just about glimpse the generous walled garden outside.

Feature bedroom
Feature bedroom

Room for romance: Ushered to our room by a friendly staff member - they're all rather lovely here - we're instantly impressed by the inviting interiors. The bed is blissfully comfy, and we're pleased to discover the Nespresso machine. And - joy! - a delicious bathroom filled with REN treats. The bathroom is pretty much my favourite part of any hotel room (#bathobsessive), so I'm in heaven.

Lounging around: Pre-dinner, we go for a snoop around the hotel. There's a comfortable lounge and a cool bar - the cocktail menu catches our attention, so we have to pause our snooping for an aperitif or three.

We love: The theatrical restaurant, where we enjoy succulent steak with some truly yummy sides. Luckily, we just about save room for pudding.

The next day, the REN spa is another high point. There's an inside/out pool and a fitness room, and the massages we have really hit the spot.

Go there: Rooms from £150 per night,


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