About Us

Discover the Definition of Hospitality

The Exeter Inn has upheld a tradition of elegance, grace and hospitality in the center of the Phillips Exeter Academy campus. In fact, the very existence of the Inn can be traced to an act of generosity by Mrs. William Boyce Thompson and her daughter, Mrs. Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, Jr., who had The Inn built and donated to the Academy.

Cheesecake at The Exeter Inn - Epoch Restaurant and The Exeter Inn cheesecake

The original purpose of The Inn was to host and accommodate visiting dignitaries, families of students and the young ladies who came to visit Academy students. Today, The Exeter Inn serves a broader range of clientele with the same cordiality and generosity that existed when the Inn was founded. Nestled amid the impressive buildings of the Academy, The Inn reflects the quiet academic ambiance of the school, while assuring the weary traveler of a peaceful stay in its beautifully decorated guest rooms . While The Inn’s beautiful Georgian architecture remains to this day, the property has been updated with all of the modern-day comforts contemporary business and leisure travelers seek.

The Story of the Exeter Inn Pineapple

At The Exeter Inn, hospitality is defined as the generous and cordial reception of guests, or, put in simpler terms, a warm welcome. And, to us, it is symbolized by the pineapple, the once-exotic fruit brought back from distant ports by colonial-era sailors. The recently returned seaman placed the pineapple on his doorstep as an announcement of his homecoming and an invitation to friends and neighbors to accept his hospitality.

That very same invitation and very same spirit of warmth and hospitality exist today at The Exeter Inn. Our reputation rests on our attending to every detail - from the perfectly-stoked fireplace in the lobby to the fresh fruit waiting in your room on arrival and the crisp linens on our dining room tables.

With everything you require carefully arranged by an experienced and attentive staff, The Exeter Inn is the very definition of hospitality.

our recent awards

  • 2015: "Couples' Choice Awards" - Wedding Wire
  • 2014: "Best Bed & Breakfast" - Seacoast Readers Choice Winner
  • 2014: Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence - Exeter Inn, third consecutive year
  • 2014: Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence - Epoch Restaurant, second consecutive year
  • 2013: Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence - Exeter Inn, second consecutive year
  • 2013: Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence - Epoch Restaurant
  • 2013: Best Elegant Overnight, Yankee Magazine
  • 2015: “Couples Choice Award,” Wedding Wire, fourth year
  • 2013: “Best of Brides,” The Knot, second consecutive year
  • 2013: Wine Spectator Award of Excellence – Epoch Restaurant, fifth consecutive year

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