The Old Rectory Hotel

‘Huw Rees and Sam Prosser, two perfectionists, have created a great place where every guest feels very welcome,’ say visitors this year, of this ‘beautiful’ small hotel close to the Exmoor coast. More

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The Old Rectory Hotel
Berry's Ground Lane
Parracombe
Martinhoe
Devon
EX31 4QT
England
01598 763368
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

11. 2 on ground floor, 3 in coach house.

Open

Mar–end Oct.

Facilities

2 lounges, orangery, dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 3-acre grounds.

Background music

‘very quiet jazz’ in dining room ‘so it doesn’t feel like a hushed morgue’.

Children

not under 14.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B from £180, D,B&B from £205. À la carte £29.95.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Huw Rees and Sam Prosser, two perfectionists, have created a great place where every guest feels very welcome,’ say visitors this year, of this ‘beautiful’ hotel close to the Exmoor coast. More accolades: ‘It’s a well-planned operation, with everything fine tuned to offer the best service. Sam, as front-of-house, is attentive; the staff are all friendly.’ Fans like the ‘intimate country house atmosphere’ – many return annually to find old friends. Check in to ‘warm, delightful’ bedrooms; beds are ‘very comfortable’; extras include cafetière coffee and a digital radio. ‘We had our best sleep for years.’ At dinner, Huw Rees’s ‘homely, well-cooked’, ‘reasonably priced’ dishes use locally sourced meats, fish and seafood, perhaps Ilfracombe crab, lime and avocado cocktail; fillet of Red Ruby Devon beef, chateaubriand sauce. In the morning, tuck in to an ‘excellent’ breakfast (local apple juice, home-made marmalade, fruit smoothies) before heading out to explore: National Trust land surrounds. Plan well: ‘Hugh’s cakes, at the complimentary afternoon tea, are worth returning early for!’ (Shirley and Brian Johns, Mary Coles, Roger Down)

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The Old Rectory Hotel
Berry's Ground Lane
Parracombe
Martinhoe
Devon
EX31 4QT

Guest comments

'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
'I found the GHG report accurate in all respects: attractive house with beautiful, perfectly tended garden, excellent dinner and breakfast. Our room on the ground floor was their ‘last twin bed’ quite small and basic, with shower room carved out in one corner, but looking out on the garden. We particularly appreciated the host’s helpful, friendly but unfussy attitude. ' - Helge Rubinstein - September, 2016
'It took some finding but was well worth the search. Our comfortable room overlooked the attractive garden with its waterfall and little stream, delights for both ear and eye. ' - Peter Govier - April, 2016
'A very beautiful place with attentive hosts, Sam front of house and staff very friendly. Breakfast is excellent, Hugh's cakes (afternoon tea is included in the rates) are worth returning for early ! Main-course meals were homely and well cooked. Soups were very good as was any item involving pastry. An intimate country house atmosphere with many guests returning or meeting again annually. A very well planned small operation with everything fine-tuned to be able to offer the best service and attention to their guests. ' - Mary Coles - October, 2015
'We have been searching for a small hotel with really good food, friendly staff and good rooms in a lovely area - this is it. The owners are passionate about their guests' comfort. The quality of the food is excellent and the rooms are warm with very comfortable beds and copious hot water. All this in Exmoor National Park and just off the coastal path. ' - shirley and brian Johns - September, 2015

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