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The Old Rectory Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Martinhoe
Certificate of Excellence
West Midlands, England
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52 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“No, the first visit wasn't a dream!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2013

It is said that you should never go back, that a second visit to somewhere wonderful never lives up to expectations. Not sure who said it but they were wrong. We have just returned from another superb 4 day break at The Old Rectory and it was everything we remembered from our first visit. Perfect room, delicious food, both dinner and breakfast and great choice of wine. On top of this Huw and Sam gave us a wonderful welcome and somehow made us feel like part of the family. My only concern is that if too many people get to know of this gem, we will have difficulty getting booked in again. Here's to our next visit.

Room Tip: We stayed in The Heddon, but all rooms are lovely. The new room in the Coach House is particularly...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2013

We spent a delightful time recently at The Old Rectory. Everything is relaxing and civilised -from the lovely meals to the splendid new Orangerie which is a magical place to spend time reading,chatting or enjoying a preprandial drink. The wine was excellent including the dessert wines which added enjoyment to the already sumptuous dessert. It was wonderful to return to The Old Rectory in the late afternoon to enjoy tea and cake after a busy time walking or enjoying the delight of walking near Watersmeet. The coast near the hotel is beautiful and even though it was cold walking along the coastal paths this did not diminish the pleasure of such wonderful countryside. Visiting The Old Rectory was a rejuvenating experience and the hosts and guests create an engaging and happy atmosphere; and are often eager to exchange experiences of the day and suggest new places to visit in the surrounding area.

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Fleet, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2013

My wife and I stayed for the Easter weekend. We picked this hotel based on the reviews and we were not disappointed. The hotel is in a beautiful location and the owners Hew and Sam were perfect hosts. The real highlight for us was the food. This really was superb. We would thoroughly recommend The Old Rectory to anyone. We will be back!!!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2013

Having had such a wonderful experience at this hotel last year I returned this Easter with a Dutch friend of mine. Needless to say both of us enjoyed ourselves tremendously. As many people have pointed out, when making a return trip it feels like visiting old friends. Huw and Sam could not be more welcoming and attentive. The rooms are spotless, the food is outstanding and the utterly stunning beauty of the location really cannot be beaten.
The staff seems to have found the perfect balance between formality and familiarity, ensuring that all the guests are made to feel special and enjoy their stay at this hotel.
Whatever the occasion I cannot recommend this hotel enough. Pack your bags, head off to this hotel and you are guaranteed a few days of pure bliss.

Room Tip: If you need two rooms book Watersmeet and Beeches. They are the only two rooms opposite one another...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Witney
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55 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2012

An absolute pleasure to be back at The Old Rectory for a 2 night break - Huw and Sam were wonderful hosts as always - their staff are so helpful. We met up with friends made on a previous visit plus spent a super evening making new acquantances. It's a home away from home and you leave your worries behind to have a great time here. The food was exceptional (thanks Huw!) We hopefully will be able to visit in 2013 and see the wonderful orangerie which is to be constructed during the winter months.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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hampshire
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87 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2012

Have just returned from a three night break at The Old Rectory Hotel, this is our 6th visit to the hotel, yet again it was totally perfect. A lovely warm welcome from Huw, Sam and their staff it is like meeting up with old friends. The food was fantastic. Huw and Sam are perfect hosts everything they do is perfect, they can not improve on what they are doing because it is total pefection already. If you want a relaxing break with great rooms, lovely food, wine and a warm welcome this is the place to do, you will not be disappointed. Already planning to go back next year for my special birthday.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great, but if you want a little extra spoil yourself with one of the suites.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2012

Returned to the Old Rectory last weekend for a short break and yes it was again an excellent experience. Huw and Sam continue to deliver a first class experience which is difficult to fault, ambience, food, service, company are all as near perfect as you could hope for, and the staff are a pleasure, always with a smile and welcome.
The number of guests that are returnees is surely a measure of how good this hotel formula is.
We will certainly be returning again next year to see the new developments but mainly because its such a pleasure to spend a few days relaxing in the comfortable lounges renewing old acquaintances and meeting new people to pass a few lazy hours talking over afternoon tea or at dinner.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about The Old Rectory Hotel

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): ££
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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