“I find that the harder I work, the less I call it work.”

Thomas Jefferson

A restored Grade II* townhouse in Southernhay, Exeter. By January 2020, Number Nine will have five floors of luxury office space with full infrastructure for 21st century businesses to work from.

Stop Press: Launch Party 19th December! Please register your interest with us……




Here is a summary of the layout and style of our four office spaces:

Basement = New York style for Exeter. Exposed brickwork, open plan, dynamic and impressive. Separate entrance and stand alone from the main building: three large work areas, large kitchenette/break out space, two loos and a shower.

Ground and First Floor = Straight up classic statement style. Calm, classy, traditional modern style at its best. This suite has the most imposing windows, looking onto Southernhay itself and makes a big statement. With a new (not working) fireplace creating a stylish entrance/reception area, good working spaces throughout with plenty of light, upstairs a kitchenette and loo. The first floor has large interconnecting doors so offers a board room/break out private space if needed.

Second Floor = Not too flash, not too serious. Just right. With long windows almost to the floor and open plan front to back, this is the space that has won most hearts for its easy and casual feel. With its own loo and kitchenette, the office also has a permanent table in the kitchen area for informal meetings.

Third Floor = Proper “wow” factor with Cathedral views, light and airy, a retreat from the city bustle. This space is the most individual and has a feeling of complete privacy. It could equally be an artist’s studio as a hive of creative activity! With a small kitchenette and loo (and the best data links in town) you could happily work all day here, remote from the chatter of the street.

Plans drawn by Blackdown Surveys.

The entrance at Ground Floor will house a small art gallery featuring the work of local artists in rotating exhibitions, each with a launch event at which invited Southernhay businesses can meet the artist, view the work and indulge in a bit of local networking!

Our first Exhibition is by Sarah Taylor. Based in St Leonards, you can view her work @sarahtaylorartist.


Because the Cathedral is always inspiring – and Number Nine Exe has views from all the upper floors….

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world”

Anne Frank


“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

Douglas Adams

Built in 1795 by local entrepreneur and master builder, Mathew Nosworthy, the Southernhay quadrangle is a key symbol of Exeter’s professional past. And present.

Southernhay’s Georgian townhouses surround two green gardens, planted with magnolias. Perfect for al fresco lunches, the gardens also host the Exeter Street Food Market on the last Friday of the month. Grab a table with your colleagues and enjoy the international food on offer with a local Exeter Gin!

Just opposite Number Nine is the social centre of Southernhay! Southernhay House is Exeter’s only independent boutique hotel. With a stand out bar, classic seasonal bar menu and al fresco eating and drinking spaces, it’s perfect for break out meetings or after work de-briefing. Businesses working in Number Nine Exe receive preferential accommodation rates and a waiver of room hire charges for the party and meeting rooms.

Work in progress

“It’s a new challenge to see how people can change your look. I like words like transformation, reinvention and chameleon. Because one word I don’t like is predictable.”

Naomi Campbell

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It’s the final countdown! Unbelievably we’re going to be ready for our big launch and show round on 19th December. Please contact us if you’d like to register an interest.

There will still be some details to tidy up before the end of the year deadline (the carpet on the stairs being the final touch). It’s been an intense period since the 1st July but we’re going to enjoy showing you the transformation……