The Old Rectory Hotel

‘It’s clear why so many guests return again and again. More

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Berry’s Ground Lane
EX31 4QT
01598 763368

Hotel information


11, 2 on ground floor, 3 in coach house, some suitable for disabled.


Mar–early Nov.


2 lounges, orangery, dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 3-acre grounds, public rooms including restaurant wheelchair accessible.

Background music

varied, in public areas.


not under 14.


not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B single £165–£195, double £180–£210, D,B&B single £175, double £220. A la carte £35, 1-night bookings sometimes refused at weekends.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘It’s clear why so many guests return again and again.’ Huw Rees and Sam Prosser’s converted Georgian rectory, in large, well-maintained grounds, ‘is a haven of rural peace within easy reach of Exmoor and the sea’. ‘The hosts are very welcoming and accommodating.’ Guests this year ‘were delighted that drinks are a sociable event – be it afternoon tea with home-made cakes or pre-prandial drinks in the conservatory’. ‘Superbly appointed’ bedrooms, in the main building and converted coach house, have muted hues, a ‘large, comfortable bed’; those overlooking the garden are serenaded by its waterfall and stream. Pleasing extras include cafetière coffee, posh toiletries and spring water. Michael Caine acolyte Thomas Frost took over the kitchen this year. His modern British menu features just-landed fish and garden-fresh produce. ‘Well-cooked, interesting dishes, served by cheerful staff’ might include smoked duck, asparagus salad, sesame dressing; Devon beef, chateaubriand sauce. ‘Breakfast has plenty of choice’: fresh fruit smoothies; mushroom eggs Florentine; bacon from traditional breeds. Afterwards, the Exmoor coast beckons. (IM, and others)

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The Old Rectory Hotel
Berry’s Ground Lane
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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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide