The Magdalen Chapter, Exeter, Devon.

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‘A ‘contemporary wonderland’, The Magdalen Chapter finds home in the former West of England Eye Hospital. Located in the heart of the cosmopolitan city of Exeter, the hotel is a 5-minute walk from the city centre. The striking 19th Century building has been sympathetically restored by award-winning architects to transform it into an intimate and stylish hotel.’

The Minx and I were lucky enough to go and spend a night in Exeter in Devon over the summer holidays and what a beautiful hotel we stayed in.

The Magdalen Chapter is very close to the city centre, it’s easy to find, has parking on site, or if they are particularly busy, a large car park is nearby. They have a Spa onsite also, which is filled to the brim with REN products! Oh, how I love REN and those products are not just confined to the spa area, all the products in the bedrooms and bathrooms are also REN and smell divine.

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The day we arrived was a glorious hot summer day so we got to sit out on the lawn in the deck chairs and had lunch (and dinner) in the super spacious and airy restaurant. The restaurant has a lot of glass and looks out onto the lawn so it almost feels like an extension (or a really huge conservatory). What we particularly loved (as well as the food!) was the open kitchen so we could see the chefs at work, which I think always adds a touch of theatricality to breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The food was fabulous, as were the waiting staff. We had a couple of requests that were tended to with ease. Minx enjoyed her mocktails very much, as did I (but maybe I opted for cocktails instead…!).

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We tried out the pool where the sun loungers were very popular that day; it’s not huge but lovely for relaxing in.

And our room was spectacular. We had two balconies, both overlooking Exeter away from the city centre, a really beautiful backdrop. I loved the iPads that are provided in room that have everything you will need during your stay loaded on them: restaurant menus, how much your bar tab currently is (!), appointment booking for the spa, plus all the local information. A great modern approach away from searching in drawers for hotel directories.

If you are heading to Devon anytime soon, I would recommend The Magdalen Chapter – easy to find, great food, super bedrooms and oh, the REN Spa…

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