We are delighted to confirm that our beloved Old Rectory Hotel is weathering the storm and we will be able to reopen our doors once the virus is at a level where it is safe to do so. We are in full planning mode at the moment and working closely with our staff to develop a plan they are comfortable with to return to work whilst ensuring our customers’ safety, which is paramount.
Based on the government’s most up to date advice that hospitality businesses may be permitted to reopen in early July, we are now taking bookings from July 12th onwards. However, this is on the assumption that the virus will be successfully contained now the lock down is slowly starting to be lifted although this may change as government policy changes.
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 so that bookings can be cancelled or deferred to a later date without penalty, if the hotel is still in lock down.
We have now completed the first draft of our recovery plan for post Covid-19 reopening. This means that we will continue to provide the best possible guest experience, although with a few subtle changes to integrate social distancing norms and new ways of working safely. 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 99.999% of viruses, pathogens and bacteria in the room and on its surfaces and the soft furnishings including beds and carpets.
Based on the new ways of working, 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.
We are fortunate at The Old Rectory to have received finanial 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.