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!
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.”
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!
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
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.
A big thank you to all our guests who have taken the time to review us on Tripadvisor!
We are really delighted and proud of the fantastic reviews that have been written about us on Tripadvisor – this tremendous customer feedback has now placed us No 1 Hotel in the UK!
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