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Old Rectory gets its 300th Tripadvisor Review

The Perfect Minimoon: indulgent, relaxed, quiet, idyllic.”

My new husband and I are on our way home from the most fabulous four day mini moon at The Old Rectory and we suspect there will be insufficient superlatives to describe our stay there.

The setting of this little piece of heaven is breathtaking. The north Devon coast is just beautiful; we’re not sure why it’s taken us both so long to discover this incredible part of Britain; we know we’ll be going back regularly.

The hotel itself is equally as glorious. Our room (Beeches) was elegant and quiet with the comfiest bed in the world and a bathroom full of Molton Brown treats. The gardens and vegetable garden are exquisite, with understated water features babbling quietly away as you enjoy divine afternoon tea brought to you by Huw and Sam, who must be the best hoteliers in all of Europe, if not the world. Their shared passion for what they do is inspirational. From the moment we arrived to the end of our stay, nothing was too much trouble and it was a real pleasure getting to know them whilst enjoying delicious afternoon tea, breakfast and dinner.

As lovers of food and wine, we have been spoilt rotten this week. Breakfasts are beautifully cooked; the bacon in particular is really great. Afternoon cakes are home-made and I’m pretty sure Mary Berry would very much approve. Dinner is marvellous (local crab salads, freshly caught local fish, smoked exmoor venison, divine soups, tender pork, duck, beef…), although there simply was not enough time to try everything we wanted on the wine list. Sam’s passion for and knowledge about wine was a real highlight to our stay. He listens and shapes his suggestions excellently, ensuring you get the right glass for your pinot noir/ malbec etc. It’s the consistent attention to these little details in a really relaxed environment that has made our week so special.

Not only will we be returning pretty soon (we can’t wait!), we will also be telling everyone we know about this absolute gem of a hotel. Thank you to Huw, Sam and your fantastic team for making our minimoon perfect.

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Late Summer Room Sale Starts Today

Take advantage of our late summer sale and come and enjoy a last minute short break for a minimum of 2 nights at The Old Rectory Hotel and save an amazing 25% on our standard dinner, bed and breakfast rate.

The offer runs from Monday 27th August until Wednesday 5th September and applies to stays of 2 or more nights and is available on selected rooms. This offer is subject to availability, applies to new reservations and does not run in conjunction with any other offer.

This offer is not available on line so please phone the hotel on 01598 763368 to check availability

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“A very Cool Place to Stay” – The Times

Lovely piece in The Times on Saturday about our "local" walk which they say is one of the best in the West Country! And they say that The Old Rectory is a cool place to stay!

A lovely piece in last Saturday’s Times about our local walk which you can do from the Hotel – they say its one of the best in the West Country!

They also say that The Old Rectory is a cool place to stay!

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Old Rectory listed in Top 25 Hotels in the World for Service

TripAdvisor award

The Old Rectory Boutique Country House Hotel is delighted to have won a 2012 Traveller’s Choice Award in the Top 25 Hotels in the World for Service category. One of Britain’s best, The Old Rectory is an unspoilt, country house hotel set on the Exmoor Coast in North Devon.

Now in its tenth year, the annual TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards honour the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – the guests. Christine Petersen, president, TripAdvisor for Business says “From the best bargain hotels to best luxury hotels, remarkable service, value and quality are the hallmarks of our Travellers’ Choice winners.”

Commenting on the award, Sam Prosser, the hotel owner said:
“We are thrilled with the Award, and it is great tribute to our wonderful team who are passionate about hospitality and quality standards.”

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The Old Rectory Hotel Scoops 2 MORE AWARDS

Johansens award

We are thrilled to have scooped 2 awards at the recent prestigious Awards for Excellence Dinner in London. We got the Condé Nast Johansens Readers Award – particularly special as this is based on the feedback of our guests.

The second award was the Champagne Taittinger Wine List of the Year Award in the Small Hotels and Inns Category.

Big thank you to everyone! Needless to say we are having a modest celebration!

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Exmoor now officially the best place in the country to see the night sky


An Exmoor Stag under the night sky

Exmoor National Park has been designated an International Dark Sky Reserve – the first place in Europe to achieve this prestigious award and only the second in the world. The park has been working towards the award for more than two years and has had support and encouragement from many local organisations, including tourism providers who are anticipating an increase in visitors keen to experience the thrill of dark skies full of stars

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Old Rectory Hotel nominated for Conde Naste Award

We are delighted to have been nominated for the Conde Naste Readers Award for Excellence 2012. Please keep your fingers crossed for us. The Winner will be announced in November

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Wizadry at The Old Rectory – pure Harry Potter!

Delighted to read this wonderfull review this morning!

To visit The Old Rectory, head into Martinhoe past the common and swing confidently onto the B9¾. Things are not like usual here. There’s wizardry at work, particularly in the kitchen.

People (including me) keep asking Huw to do a cookery school week but it would mean losing holiday time so he’s not keen. These guys work hard and need their time off. Also I think his skill is due to a mix of instinct, an extraordinary palate and a lifetime of experience and not something that could be picked up in a short course.

All the rooms are different and special, particularly the garden facing ones, but the new Watersmeet in the old cottage, which looks the other way over the old church, is my current favourite. It’s spacious, very private, and has a power shower with a boost that would take the scalp off a rhino even though all the hotel’s water comes from a natural spring. The plumber must be a wizard too. For those who disapprove of wasting water there is also a double ended bath.

There are no children under 14 here because of the poisonous plants in the garden. I suspect a collaboration with Professor Sprout*. I advise bringing a really good book along then you’ll have an excuse to spend at least one afternoon dozing in a quiet corner of the fabulous garden on a reclining chair being served tea and cake.

Otherwise you’ll feel compelled to wear yourself out doing interesting stuff every day. This part of Devon really is an inexhaustible pleasure.
(*Hogwarts herbologist)

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The Old Rectory Hotel in Top 5 Hotels in Europe

tripdvisor votes old rectory hotel

We are delighted to have been rated 5th Best Hotel in Europe today by Global Travel Site, Tripadvisor. A major accolade  for our hotel because it is based on the feedback of guets who have actually stayed here! A massive thank you to everyone who has reviewed our hotel.

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New Website

We are proud to launch our new website. The new website is intended to be friendlier than the last one, much easier to use and a slightly better medium for us to communicate through, providing you with news, happenings and the latest deals directly from the hotel.

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