We are delighted to confirm that our beloved Old Rectory Hotel has weathered the storm and, following confirmation from Number 10, we are reopening our doors to guests from Sunday 12th July. Our objective in all of this has been to provide absolutely the safest customer experience we possibly can. We have been thrilled by the large number of bookings over the last few weeks from our Customers – a real vote of confidence in The Old Rectory Team!
We feel that to maintain the confidence of our customers, it is really important to maintain the 2 meter Social Distancing rule moving forward. However, under the new guidelines announced on June 23rd, two households travelling together as one bubble will be treated as one unit.
We have done a lot of research and planning with key members of our team and we have developed a plan which will ensure both our customers’ and our staff’s safety, which is, as always our primary consideration. You can read our new safety guidelines and policy in more detail by clicking the link above.
Our new ways of working safely mean that we will continue to provide the best possible guest experience, although with a few subtle changes to integrate social distancing. Post reopening, 70% of our usual capacity will be occupied, with new cleaning protocol including the disinfection of all rooms using our hospital grade Sanitising Machine which uses natural ozone gas to safely kill 99.9% of viruses, pathogens and bacteria in the room, its surfaces and soft furnishings including beds and carpets.
We know that many of our guests are keen to make plans to come and have a break with us later this year if at all possible. Therefore, we have implemented a flexible cancellation policy which guarantees that bookings can be cancelled or deferred to a later date without penalty, if the hotel is still in lock down or you are unable to travel due to illness.
Based on the new ways of working, which we hope will give our guests the confidenc to stay with us, we are very busy, particularly in September. Other months are also booking fast as guests are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel and making plans.
We are fortunate at The Old Rectory to have received financial support and this has guaranteed our future in the aftermath of Covid-19. Sadly, many businesses in the hospitality sector are facing an uncertain future due to the likelihood of being the sector last to be allowed to reopen. We are extremely fortunate to have a very loyal and engaged customer base and therefore a business robust enough to secure the funding to be able ride the storm.
We are also pleased to confirm that we have furloughed as many of our staff as possible to protect their income in the short term and their jobs in the long term. This means that the exceptional quality standards our guests enjoyed before the crisis are guaranteed once we can reopen.
The loan also protects our valued partners and suppliers who can be assured that we will meet our obligations to them over the coming months.
Protecting our guests’ future enjoyment of The Old Rectory and Exmoor National Park is a fundamental priority for us, whilst ensuring that all our stakeholders are safe and as protected as possible
Finally, thank you for the countless messages of support from our wonderful Old Rectorians who understand how much this place means to us and our team. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Old Rectory soon.
Best wishes to you, your family and friends to stay safeHuw, Sam and The Team
The Old Rectory Hotel is a very special place – an award winning haven to escape to, relax and recharge. No crowds or traffic to disturb the peace; just birdsong and jaw dropping scenery, and we’re just off the South West Coast path in the staggeringly beautiful Exmoor National Park in unspoilt North Devon
We have 11 individually designed, beautiful bedrooms and a reputation for great food which we source from our fabulous local larder
If you’re looking for somewhere to spoil yourself and soothe the mind you really couldn’t choose a better place.
Huw and Sam Rees-Prosser
Kick off your shoes, put your feet up, and make yourself at home…
We have eleven stunning bedrooms – eight in The Old Rectory itself and three in the adjacent Old Coachouse . We have Classic Rooms located on the ground floor of the main house, five superior rooms and four sumptuous suites all with supremely comfortable beds .
Here at The Old Rectory we serve the finest locally sourced food we can buy from our partner network of farmers and fishermen.
Dinner is served exclusively to our residents every evening and starts with predinner drinks and delicious home made canapes and our four course menu changes daily.
Our award winning wine list is chosen by us and includes wines from all around the globe. We were recently awarded Best Value Wine List in the Conde Naste Champagne Taittinger Wine Awards
Idyllically situated within Exmoor National Park, The Old Rectory is surrounded by National Trust land. We are only 500 yards from the coastal path with majestic views of the highest hog-backed cliffs in Britain and across the Bristol Channel towards Wales.