The Old Rectory Hotel

Martinhoe, Devon

In an isolated hamlet on the edge of Exmoor national park, where hog-backed cliffs tower above the Bristol Channel, this hotel, in a handsome rectory dating back to the 16th century, 'goes from strength to strength'. More

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In an isolated hamlet on the edge of Exmoor national park, where hog-backed cliffs tower above the Bristol Channel, this hotel ‘goes from strength to strength’. ‘The hotel interiors are very tasteful’ and the ‘dining experience is special’. Bedrooms, in the former rectory dating back to the 16th century, and in the coach house, mix contemporary and period style. Dual-aspect Watersmeet Suite has an open-plan seating area, a freestanding bath and walk-in power shower. A two-bedroom duplex suite in the former coachman’s house has a sitting room with log-burner, luxury bathroom and shower room. All have posh toiletries and spring water on tap. ‘The orangery is a delightful spot to sit and relax in view of the pleasant garden.’ Hosts Huw Rees and Sam Prosser invite guests to join them for aperitifs and canapés as they order from a nightly changing menu of locally sourced dishes such as fillet of fresh haddock, or Spanish five-bean cassoulet in a rioja, garlic and smoked paprika tomato sauce. ‘We enjoy the luxury and very personal attention so much that this is our fourth visit and we are booked for next year.’ (Mary Coles)

Hotel details


EX31 4QT


01598 763368


12. 2 on ground floor, 3 in coach house, 1 in cottage annexe.


Mar–early Nov.


2 lounges, orangery, dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), 3-acre grounds, EV charging, public rooms including restaurant wheelchair accessible, toilet not adapted.

Background music

‘very quiet’, in dining room only.


not under 14.


not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £210, singles from £195. DB&B doubles from £250. À la carte £40. 1-night bookings refused at present (but check).

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Comments about The Old Rectory Hotel

A haven of peace in the countryside, within easy reach of Exmoor and the sea. The hotel is clean and smart. The owners are welcoming hosts. Afternoon tea is a sociable event; pre- dinner drinks in the conservatory is a great way of meeting the other guests. The excellent menu has plenty of choice with well-cooked interesting meals served by cheerful staff. The breakfast also provides plenty of choice. There is a large, well-kept garden for a stroll or to sit and read in. - IL - May 2017
Very good as per your comments. Food is exceptional. - Alan Renwick - June 2024

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