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The Old Rectory Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Martinhoe
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 18, 2012

You can believe all you read. An attractive house, well furnished and set in a lovely garden; friendly competent staff, excellent breakfasts and dinners ... and two owners who make it all feel so relaxed. An enjoyable and deservedly popular boutique hotel with a following that is thoroughly deserved.

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Reviewed October 17, 2012

We were looking for a few stress free, peaceful and comfortable days away and thought that if we found somewhere with a warm welcome and great food and wine, we would consider ourselves in seventh heaven. Well, we struck gold as The Old Rectory has all those things and more. It is a lovely old house set in 3 acres of garden right on the edge of Exmoor. The owners, Huw and Sam are delightful and made us feel at home immediately. Huw, you really are a superb chef please hurry up and finish your recipe book on Soups!!! This is only a small hotel with just ten bedrooms, all of which are quiet, spotlessly clean, comfortable and beautifully decorated. We gorged ourselves on Huw's home made cakes and biscuits at tea time and even forced down his canapes before dinner - oh, my expanding waistline!. Every meal was delicious and served piping hot and they have a very good wine cellar as well!!. Always a four course meal, dinner would be slow and leisurely with wonderful service. Oh, and I would be very remiss if I left out that Sam is the breakfast supremo, how do you get those scrambled eggs so light and creamy?. Huw and Sam, you are to be congratulated on creating this delightful haven where we were able to completely relax. We thoroughly recommend The Old Rectoryand will certainly be going back again.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank SouthBucksBallerina
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

We were looking for a peaceful couple days break away from the stresses of everyday life. As we live in Canada I had to rely on internet reviews to locate such a hotel. Huw and Sam have created a very special hotel located in an spectacular part of the country.
Their warm and genuine hospitality extended throughout their staff and Huw's ability in the kitchen was nothing short of exceptional.....at least as good as any Michelin star rated restaurant I've experienced before.
Well done guys a truely unique experience..we will be back!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

Quite how we stumbled across 'The Old Rectory' I can't quite recall but be sure of this- we are so happy we did as it is a place we will never forget!

It is truly a wonderful retreat. From the moment we arrived Huw and Sam were such wonderful hosts. Everything from the start to the finish of our stay was magnificent, from the food and the wine to the stunning countryside that was right on the doorstep for us to explore- it was perfect.

The ambience of The Old Rectory' is something we still find ourselves talking about so will not be forgetting this place in a hurry and we will most definitely be returning. We have already begun recommending family and friends as it is an absolute must to put on your places to stay list!

Thank you for such a fantastic stay Huw and Sam and we will be back as soon as we can! Have plenty of Tia Maria ready for Kerry!

Jamie & Kerry X

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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We only stayed one night but it was a lovely stay and we would return:

The hosts are friendly and make you feel welcome and at home.

The property is charming, well cared for and quite clean, both inside and outside.

The food, breakfast and dinner, is delicious. Dinner is served to all guests in the dining room at the same time. You get to mingle with other guests before hand- how much you enjoy this may depend on your personality/mood.

It is a lovely location, quiet and peaceful. At night it is pitch dark outside and you can see a lot of stars.

If you are looking for a relaxing place, this is it. Plenty of nature around you, and opportunities for nice coastal walks.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

I have recently returned from a two night break at the Old Rectory.My 5th visit.

Reasons why I go there?

1,The Old Rectory is a very pleasent house,tastefully furnished with a high standard of housekeeping.There is a pleasent garden with a stream running through it, and if you are lucky you may see a deer or two wandering across the lawn.

2 Situated in the hamlet of Martinhoe it is a wonderful base to walk either the coast path or to explore the beautiful countryside.

3.Mine hosts Huw and Sam and their friendly staff warmly welcome their guests and look after everyone extremely well.

4 I have stayed in three of the bedrooms and all have been spacious, smartly furnished and decorated with well equipped bathrooms.

5 Huw and Sam are excellent cooks.Sam looks after breakfast and offers a wholesome choice.
Although I am strictly just a tea and toast person,the toast is made with extremely good bread. No wrapped butter pats or mass produced preserves here. They make their very own first class marmalade.
Huw cooks an excellent evening meal.Special mention should be made of those delicious little nibbles he creates for pre dinner drinks,and his wonderful soups.

I always look forward to my stays here. I can completely relax and enjoy being well looked after.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 25, 2012 via mobile

This was our third visit and it was as special as ever. You come away restored in body, mind & spirit. It is a really beautiful place.
If it can be done Huw & Sam will try to do it! It was just very special.
We look forward to visiting many times more.

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Thank Gillton
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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: $248 - $290 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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