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The Old Rectory Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Martinhoe
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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“Heaven!”
Reviewed October 24, 2011

Just returned from our third visit to the Old Rectory this year - and already can't wait to go back! It's such a beautiful place to visit and the food is fantastic. There's a warm feeling of comfort and calm as you walk through the door and you are definitely in safe hands with Huw and Sam. There is no end to the superlatives I could use to describe this hotel, they definitely deserve to be No1!

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West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 21, 2011

what a fantastic boutique hotel. set in beautiful countryside and gardens this was a wonderful place to stay. furnished to a very high standard and owners who are determined to make your stay enjoyable without being intrusive. Food is also great. a real sumptuous sanctuary.

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Little Thurlow,U.K.
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Reviewed October 21, 2011

Warm welcome, lovely gardens and like room to view them from. Good food in splendid surroundings and unique gathering with other guests prior to dinner for a drink. Not obligatory but very pleasant. Huw and Sam are great hosts and best of all have a great sense of humour.For those of you who have not been to Exmoor------GO!

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed October 19, 2011

This is certainly a civilsed place to stay, in a completely tranquil location, sheltered but minutes from the coast path, lovely gardens. Dinner is a very sociable affair - we met some very interesting fellow guests over pre dinner drinks. The menu is always appealing and food beautifully cooked - the fresh fish in particular was excellent. The Lawns room is a little snug but I think there are larger rooms. Two minor niggles in an otherwise perfect stay - no dressing gowns and UHT milk in unfathomable tubes on the hospitality tray. We look forward to a next visit!

Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed October 11, 2011

If you want a wonderful relaxing holiday in a very unspoiled part of England, this is the place for you. The Devon countryside is spotted with lovely villages and exciting walks along the coastline. But most of all you would want to stay at The Old Rectory. We first found it listed in a newspaper report of the “top 10 hotels in Britain” and followed it up reading all the excellent reviews in Trip Advisor. We booked in for 6 nights, bed, breakfast and dinner. We have never done that before so it may have been a bit risky, with six dinners. There was no risk at all. This hotel, really a lovely country house, has wonderful accommodation. We reserved the Heddon Suite which gave views of the coast and the gardens; however, the whole place is just lovely. The gardens, the conservatory with an inside very old grape vine, the dining room and sitting rooms are just divine. But what makes this place are the owners Huw and Sam. They are just the most wonderful hosts. Huw is the main cook at night, Sam plus a couple of lovely ladies from local farms, serve on the tables. The hors d’ouerves with a drink before dinner set the scene for what follows: the 4 course meals are just delicious. Everything is just right. There is a choice of entrees, mains and dessert, and the soup in between entrée and main courses is just to die for. All fresh produce from local farms delivered daily. Sam’s wine list is the best we have ever seen; the mark-up is not high so it’s good value, but the wines are the best we have ever had consistently over 6 meals. And Sam is very good at recommending the wine for the menu. Sam does the breakfasts with Huw on the tables. No awful buffet help-yourself food here; it’s all a la carte, cooked to order, off the menu. The good thing is that both the dinners and breakfast are about the right size. And the food is just so wonderful. Huw and Sam make this place: they look after your every need and the hotel just runs so smoothly, it has a nice relaxed, almost being “part of the family” feel to it. It is THE place to be in the UK for a lovely relaxed holiday; but make sure you stay for several nights and book in for dinner.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2011

Just back from a 3 night stay at The Old Rectory. Sam and Huw were lovely hosts, the food was wonderful and the atmosphere so welcoming...almost like a country house party with a group of friends! We will definitely return.

  • Stayed October 2011
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Banstead, Surrey
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Reviewed October 6, 2011

Huw and Sam have got it right. The Old Rectory offers comfort, charm and a friendly welcome combined with excellent food and spectacular surroundings. When you arrive at the hotel you are greeted like a long lost friend and given a tour of the hotel for familiarisation, then a welcoming cup of tea and cake. There are no liveried footmen with anxious coughs awaiting a fiver for opening the door and saying hello, so if that is your preferred style then stay well clear. Instead you get the effusive welcome from Huw and Sam and a very comfortable room with all the facilities you are likely to need. (a variety of room sizes and prices exist that should cater for all tastes).

The restaurant offers superb fresh food and exciting, innovative dishes brilliantly prepared by Huw, and with a daily changing menu that has enough choice to ensure you eat very well indeed. Vegetables, meat and fish are all obtained locally - the fish being straight off the day boat, which arrives so fresh that you will never be satisfied with anything else ever again. Sam has a superb recall of the extensive wine list and willingly offers excellent suggestions and guidance to match the chosen food. The wine list is well priced and not overloaded with hideously expensive options. Excellent wines can be selected without fear of breaking the bank.

Martinhoe is relatively easty to find, but you have to be prepared to have your wing mirrors polished on each side by the close proximity of the hedgerows! (Don't worry too much, there are plenty of passing places) Having said that, it is delightfully quiet and offers totally unpolluted air, which makes you feel far better straight away.

If you are looking for a short break then we would not hesitate to recommend the Old Rectory.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Old Rectory Hotel
Address: Berry Ground Lane Martinhoe, Martinhoe, Exmoor National Park EX31 4QT, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Exmoor National Park > Martinhoe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Martinhoe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Old Rectory Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Old Rectory Hotel is a very special place. A wonderful mix of a stylish boutique country house coupled with an un stuffy relaxed atmosphere. Nestled on the stunning Exmoor coast in North Devon, The Old Rectory Hotel is a haven in which to unwind - no crowds, no traffic; just birdsong and jaw dropping scenery. This is somewhere magical to stop and smell the roses - so if you need to soothe the mind and replenish the soul, you couldn't choose a better place. At The Old Rectory Hotel you'll find the simple things done well; a warm welcome, thoughtful service, fabulous luxury rooms, fantastic local food from Exmoor and North Devon and, of course, an award winning wine list. If you were running away, this is where you would go! ... more   less 
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