Welcome to the News and Media page for the Old Rectory Hotel. The Old Rectory is a privately owned and managed, award winning Boutique Country House Hotel located on the stunning Exmoor coast in North Devon. On this page there are copies of our recent press releases, links to articles about the hotel as well as well as the fascinating story of how the owners, Huw & Sam, left the rat race in 2008 and built a wonderfully peaceful and romantic place to come and stay.
The Old Rectory Hotel
Exmoor National Park
Devon EX31 4QT
t: 01598 763368
We are proud to have made the finalists of the Devon Tourism Awards. See the full list here.
The Old Rectory Hotel, Martinhoe, is named Devon hotel of the year in the 2014 edition of the Guide which is published this week.
Desmond Balmer, joint editor of the Guide, said: “Huw Rees and Sam Prosser, who have given their old rectory a smart interior, run it with good humour and great attention to the needs of guests. Huw Rees’s cooking is much praised.”
“We are delighted to receive this award from The Good Hotel Guide and are particularly thrilled as our first entry in the guide was just last year.
The special value of the award is that it is based on reader reports and anonymous inspections. We aim to do the simple things well and create a ‘house in the country’ feel for our guests.”
This small hotel in Exmoor national park is part-Georgian, part-Victorian and was built as the rectory for Martinhoe's 11th century church. The garden is a riot of pruned rhododendrons, cut lawns and a brook brimming with bulrushes.
Huw Rees and Sam Prosser have given their old home a smart interior with great attention to the needs of guests. Huw is a fine cook, utilising Exmoor pork, local sea bass and lots of home-grown vegetables. Visitors arriving late are offered bowls of red pepper soup, fresh rolls and fine cheeses.
Thousands of pounds were raised through a visitor payback scheme run by the National Trust in North Devon last year.
A total of £1,400 was collected by The Old Rectory in Martinhoe on Exmoor. Guests automatically had a small amount added to their bill, which is used to benefit the surrounding area.
The Old Rectory Hotel in Martinhoe, in Exmoor‘s National Park, has been named one of the Most Romantic Hotels in the World. The Georgian country house hotel owned by Huw Rees and Sam Prosser, is in the final stage of a five-year, £500,000 renovation programme. The Old Rectory is surrounded by National Trust land and only 800 yards from the coast.
Spring in Exmoor National Park is a riot of colour and sound – the cacophony of birdsong at dawn can be deafening. An ideal base is the Old Rectory Hotel, a beautifully restored Georgian rectory in the peaceful hamlet of Martinhoe, surrounded by protected National Trust land. Owned and run by friendly, ex-city folk Huw Rees and Sam Prosser, it is an elegant and welcoming country house hotel with 10 pretty bedrooms, including two in the adjacent Coach House, an excellent seafood-leaning restaurant with an award-winning wine list and a three-acre Victorian garden.