The Old Rectory Hotel

Martinhoe, Devon

The deliciously remote setting in a tiny Exmoor hamlet is as 'exceptional' as the food at this small hotel just 500 yards from the coast path, with views over hog-backed cliffs to the Bristol Channel. More

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The deliciously remote setting in a tiny Exmoor hamlet is as ‘exceptional’ as the food at this small hotel just 500 yards from the coast path, with views over hog-backed cliffs to the Bristol Channel. ‘Attentive’ hosts Huw Rees and Sam Prosser bought the hotel in 2008, chucked out the chintz and made it over in restrained good taste, with soft-hued paint finishes and wallpaper of the gentler kind. They took to hospitality as our readers took to them, praising everything from the ‘friendly staff’ to the ‘attractive garden with waterfall and stream’. Dinner is a highlight, served after drinks and canapés, and cooked by Michael Caines alumnus Thomas Frost. He uses produce from surrounding land and sea with vegetables from the garden to create a short, nightly menu of dishes such as turbot with Noilly Prat sauce. Bedrooms, some in the coach house, have Noble Isle toiletries, spring water on tap, perhaps a roll-top bath and separate shower. A two-bedroom duplex suite should by now be ready, a perfect base from which to explore Exmoor’s national park. Just be sure to return in time for tea – Huw’s cakes get a special mention.

Hotel details

Address

Berry’s Ground Lane
Martinhoe
Devon
EX31 4QT
England

Telephone

01598 763368

Bedrooms

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

Open

Mar–early Nov.

Facilities

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.

Children

not under 14.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £190, singles from £175. À la carte £35, 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 - October 2021

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Last updated: November 17, 2019