The Old Rectory has received a prestigious César award – the Oscars of the hotel industry – from the Good Hotel Guide, the leading independent guide to hotels of character and quality in Great Britain and Ireland.
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.”
Huw Rees said: “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. Five years on, 2013 has been our best-ever year; this is the cherry on the icing on the cake.”
The Good Hotel Guide nominates ten hotels every year for the award, named after César Ritz, the most celebrated of hoteliers. These are for a mixed selection of places each of which is considered to be outstanding in its own class.