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The Old Rectory Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Martinhoe
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
1 review
“Outstanding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2013

Huw and Sam effortlessly exude attentiveness without intrusiveness. But they combine this with an even rarer quality - anticipation of your needs.

I have been guilty as anyone of disparaging British cuisine.. I was delighted to have been proved wrong. The mushroom soup was outstanding. As was the carrot cake. And the... I will stop there but I am sure you get the idea.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Sarah G
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OldRectoryHotel, Owner at The Old Rectory Hotel, responded to this review, May 4, 2013
Hi Sarah

We are really pleased that you took a few days out of your rather chaotic schedule to come and spend some time here for some rest and relaxation. Your review was really kind and we are delighted that we were able to prove that British Cuisine is alive and well in deepest, darkest Exmoor!

Thank you very much.
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

We visited the hotel for two nights either side of a visit to Lundy in early April and we also visited two years ago. Felt completely spoiled by Huw and Sam who looked after us extremely well. The evening meals were delicious, with plenty of choice and complemented by great wines. Sitting in the new Orangery is very relaxing and cosy on a rain swept evening. Our bedrooms, Heddon, Hollowbrook and Paddock, were spacious, clean and very comfortable with well equipped bathrooms. Huw and Sam went out of their way to help us with our odd timings for arrival and departure as we went to and from Lundy. We plan to go back and enjoy the coast path walk, and sit in the lovely garden when the weather improves.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank C B
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OldRectoryHotel, Owner at The Old Rectory Hotel, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review. It was really lovely to see you again this year to be a staging post for your annual trip to Lundy.

Delighted that you will be coming back in warmer weather to enjoy the stunning coastal walks here and relax in the garden. See you soon!
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Wellington, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

We came to the Old Rectory to celebrate our fortieth wedding anniversary. We were not disappointed
It is difficult to find anything negative to say about this hotel. The rave reviews that this hotel has garnered in the past are quite justified.
The setting, off the beaten, track a stones throw from the coast path in what I consider to be one of the most undiscovered parts of the West country, and long may it remain so.!
Arriving mid morning just to park up our car we were provided with a map then walked to the glorious Heddon Mouth. A quick drink at the Hunters inn (highly recommended) before returning to the hotel to book in. Our welcome from Huw and Sam was cordial and informative. Our room (Vinery) was spotless, light and airy and extremely well equipped with toiletries hospitality tray etc. Lovely views over the extensive and well kept gardens. Afternoon tea which was included as part of our stay was a nice touch as was the pre dinner canapés both providing a value added element and served in the stunning new conservatory.
Both evenings of our stay the four course dinner was excellent, top class produce expertly cooked. I did think that the main courses could have benefited from a little more garnish, particularly the fillet of beef perhaps a couple of spears of asparagus or a pastry tartlet filled with creamed tarragon mushrooms or a small duxelle stuffed tomato and a sprig of flat-leaved parsley Added garnish would have elevated the dishes at little cost from a very good ones into the realms of haute cuisine. These are very personnel views and in no way detracted from two wonderful dinners. Breakfast was also a joy. I particularly enjoyed the Rectory take on Eggs Benedictine. At all times the service was wonderfully, friendly, attentive and knowledgeable.
One thing that did become aware to us was more then half the people staying at the time were returners some them many times which proves that this hotel has got it right.
Anyone looking for a reasonably priced peaceful break in a beautiful area of North Devon certainly could do no better than the Old Rectory.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank tuffles2016
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OldRectoryHotel, Owner at The Old Rectory Hotel, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
Thank you for spending your 40th Wedding Anniversary here with us - we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and we have shared your lovely comments with the whole team here. As you are a chef yourself, it is always a pleasure to hear that you enjoyed your food, which is all locally produced. Your suggestions regarding garnishes were really useful - thank you.

We hope to see you again soon!
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Godalming, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013

The review that I wrote on our return from The Old Rectory seems to have been mislaid so I will write it again.
We spent a few days at this great hotel at the beginning of April it was our fourth visit and it gets better every time. Huw and Sam have made the place so welcoming. Cannot fault the food or the wine and we really enjoy our stays there. The rooms are very nicely decorated with comfy beds. They have everything you would need in them. We hope to go back in the summer when the weather will be a bit kinder. But even if it's not we will still have a fantastic time at such a lovely hotel.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Lorraine W
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OldRectoryHotel, Owner at The Old Rectory Hotel, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
It was lovely to see you both again and thank you for taking the time to share your experience on Tripadvisor. We look forward to seeing you in the Summer.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

We have just returned from our 5th or 6th stay & already trying to work out how soon we can go back! If you are looking for that perfect retreat where you will be spoiled with comfort & excellent food, this is still THE PLACE.
The new orangery is a triumph - spacious & stylish, yet warm & comfortable.
Huw, Sam & all their staff continue to get it right - no resting on laurels here!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank chickbird
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OldRectoryHotel, Owner at The Old Rectory Hotel, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
It was great to see you, as always, on your 6th visit to the hotel. We really appreciate your loyalty and we are thrilled that so many guests, or Old Rectorians as we call them, are coming back time and time again to see us. Delighted that you like the new Orangery - it is, as you say, a real triumph.

Thank you for reviewing your stay and we look forward to seeing you both next time
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

We stayed here after reading good reviews and it didn't disappoint. The food was delicious from evening meal to breakfast, the restaurant cosy with subtle background music adding to the romantic atmosphere and the service excellent.

Our room was very comfortable and quiet with lovely views. Just two minor irritations, in our bathroom, the shower attachement was broken and couldn' be moved up and down and the flush was a bit hit and miss, but apart from that it was all good. This hotel really does live up to it's reviews. Well work a visit.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Seagazer2
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OldRectoryHotel, Owner at The Old Rectory Hotel, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your weekend with us and that the hotel met your expectations.

Thank you for letting us know that you couldn't move the shower head up or down - this has been repaired by our maintenance team. Had you reported the problem whilst you were with us, this, of course, would have been rectified immediately for you. We hope it didn't spoil your stay.

As the hotel is in an idyllic remote spot our water comes from a local spring. We therefore have relatively low water pressure to refill our loos and so they can take a little longer to fill than in an urban environment. All our loos are silent fill and when flushed before completely refilling, may be "hit and miss"
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Camberley
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

I brought my parents here in April 2013 for our second stay for three nights. The previous visit having been in spring 2011. We were delighted to find that everything was as good as before. Huw and Sam are perfect hosts - we don't know how they always have time to stop and talk and offer advice on places to visit. The Hotel is very smart and clean and very tastefully furnished, with the Orangery being a great new addition, offering a very comfortable place to sit with good views onto the garden. The location is peaceful and ideal for touring the local coast and countryside. The food is excellent and a highlight of the day with wonderful traditional breakfast in the morning and superb evening meals using fresh local ingredients - the fish is particularly good. The staff are all a real asset, friendly, helpful yet unobtrusive. The only down side to the Old Rectory is that it makes it very difficult to ever go anywhere else. We look forward to another visit.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Trevor B
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OldRectoryHotel, Owner at The Old Rectory Hotel, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
It was lovely to see you and your parents again this year and thank you very much for your lovely feedback which we have shared with the whole team. We hope to see you again soon.
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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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