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The Old Rectory Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Martinhoe
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Pure lush!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2011

We spent just the night at this delightful Hotel and wished we could of stayed longer! It was our honeymoon night and we enjoyed it very much. The area surrounding the hotel is just breath taking. The owners are very proffesional and have a great eye for detail hence why their retreat of a hotal makes you feel at home. They both have a great likeability factor and make you feel at ease from the moment you arrive.
The bedroom was perfect and over looked the garden which was heaven. We dined at 7 with the other guests and the food was spectular, We have eaten at michelin resturants before and have a varied knowlege of good food and service. The food at the Old Rectory was perfect and if it wasn't for me having heartburn due to my pregnancy I would of eaten more but lucky for me the owner was quick off the mark with peppermint tea and rennies!!!! (so grateful)

Overall the hotal is just perfect for a romantic getaway and we are already planning to visit again.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2011

My partner and I have just spent 4 nights at this place and have had a superb time, it felt like we were there much longer and we have left feeling refreshed and happy! Everything about it is great - the rooms, the food, the gardens, the area. But above all, Sam and Huw are fantastic hosts who helped us to feel relaxed and at home.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jonathan C
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Toulouse, France
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2011

To visit The Old Rectory, head into Martinhoe past the common and swing confidently onto the B9¾. Things are not like usual here. There's wizardry at work, particularly in the kitchen. People (including me) keep asking Huw to do a cookery school week but it would mean losing holiday time so he's not keen. These guys work hard and need their time off. Also I think his skill is due to a mix of instinct, an extraordinary palate and a lifetime of experience and not something that could be picked up in a short course. All the rooms are different and special, particularly the garden facing ones, but the new Watersmeet in the old cottage, which looks the other way over the old church, is my current favourite. It's spacious, very private, and has a power shower with a boost that would take the scalp off a rhino even though all the hotel's water comes from a natural spring. The plumber must be a wizard too. For those who disapprove of wasting water there is also a double ended bath. There are no children under 14 here because of the poisonous plants in the garden. I suspect a collaboration with Professor Sprout*. I advise bringing a really good book along then you'll have an excuse to spend at least one afternoon dozing in a quiet corner of the fabulous garden on a reclining chair being served tea and cake. Otherwise you'll feel compelled to wear yourself out doing interesting stuff every day. This part of Devon really is an inexhaustible pleasure.
(*Hogwarts herbologist)

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sturdyboots
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2011

A fabulously warm welcome awaits in this gem of a hotel set a mile from the Atlantic ocean and backing onto Exmoor National Park. You are more than a guest here, more like a member of the family, enjoying the beautifully decorated rooms with their amazing attention to detail. And just wait for dinner, prepared from fresh local ingredients, the flavours and combinations are simply superb.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bean2Bean
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warrington
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31 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2011

We came to the Old Rectory from Bovey Castle. A pleasant
Drive but a relatively gentle landscape. We therefore were not expecting the drama and scale of the Coastal path which effectively passes the hotel garden. The best way is to go to the Heddon Valley on the Coastal path and return via the more gentle and elevated bridleway.
The lovely church is next door to the hotel and open all day. 11 people are on the church electoral roll. So Martinhoe is hardly a hub of nighttime activity. It is just as well then that Hugh and Sam create a great well timed dinner with a country guest atmosphere in the evenings.

Like others we will return.
Like others we will return.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank shilohWarrington
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Poole, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

My partner and I stayed here for a couple of nights earlier this month.
Huw and Sam are excellent hosts and work hard to create a friendly, relaxed ambience in an unobtrusive way.
The setting is rural, peaceful and secluded.
Inside, there are little areas in which to relax or chat to fellow guests, and the dining room is particularly elegant with tables well spaced and well presented. (I have a thing about being seated at a 90 degree angle rather than opposite my partner (less confrontational!) and this was readily accommodated!).
Food -both breakfasts and dinners were excellent and of a quality that I would be happy to serve to guests in our own home. Wines were also well selected and well described.
Our room (The Lawns) was well furnished with a very comfortable bed with a mattress similar to the one we use at home.
There are fine coastal walks to be enjoyed from the door and The Rectory is a homely and civilised place to return to at the end of the day.
Perhaps a little expensive but nevertheless a lovely place to stay.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JandJPoole
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Horsell, Woking
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2011

Beautiful location of delightful Georgian Hotel and mature gardens
Attentive hosts - Huw and Sam, catered for every whim. Splendid hosts.
Excellent menu and winelist.
Would recommend this Hotel for a quiet, pampered stay and also as a centre for exploring the surrounding area of North Devon.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank malanda
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Property: The Old Rectory Hotel
Address: Berry Ground Lane Martinhoe, Martinhoe, Exmoor National Park EX31 4QT, England
Region: 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): £
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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