The Old Rectory Hotel 

The Old Rectory offers a magical break from the cares of everyday life...

Chistopher and Enid Richmond welcome you to
The Old Rectory Hotel
in Exmoor National Park, North Devon.

Built in the early 1800s for the rector of Martinhoe's 11th century church, the house has been sympathetically restored and extended over the years. Now a beautiful country house hotel, nestling in a naturally protected hollow approached down a leafy lane, The Old Rectory is situated in the ancient hamlet of Martinhoe within Exmoor National Park, only a short walk from the grandeur of the North Devon coast.

Old Rectory Hotel - Front Photograph
Elegant, yet relaxed, The Old Rectory Hotel is a very special place to stay. We provide friendly yet unobtrusive service, creating the warmth of a country family home.

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As you quietly succumb to the wonderful sense of spiritual calm here, it's hard to conceive that one field away the land skids to a halt and spectacular cliffs drop 800 feet. The Exmoor plateau meets the sea abruptly at the village of Martinhoe - 'hoe' is Saxon for high ground - creating a breathtaking view as you approach.

This lovely understated hotel stands next to an 11th century church in three acres of mature garden. Loved and nurtured by clergy past, the garden now occupies the affection of Christopher and Enid: birdsong, waterfalls, scented azaleas and the bizarre gunnera only hint at its allure. This is a gentle retreat, dedicated to food and marvelous hospitality.

Enid has been cooking since she was a child and makes her own marmalade, bread and cakes, biscuits and ice-cream. Meat is fresh, local and organic; even the water, filtered and purified, is from a local borehole. Traditional bedrooms have Laura Ashley wallpaper, sparkling bathrooms and the odd Waring and Gillow antique; and one has a balcony. Downstairs, curl up in comfy sofas by an open fire, or drift off in the conservatory; grapes from the 200-year-old vine above your head fill fruit bowls in season.

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Delightful Bedrooms

There are nine delightful en suite bedrooms overlooking the gardens and grounds; two on the ground floor and seven on the first floor. All bathrooms have recently been refurbished and The Heddon Suite has distant views across the sea to Wales.

Bedrooms features include:

  • En-suite
  • Colour Television
  • Tea/Coffee tray (Fresh milk available on request)
  • Radio/Alarm
  • Hair Dryer
  • Large Towels
  • Flowers
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Homemade Biscuits

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Double Bedroom

General Bedroom

Twin Bedroom


The Old Rectory Hotel is located within Exmoor National Park in North Devon (South West England).

Directions from the M5 (Approximately 50 minutes -1 hour)

Leave M5 at Junction 27 and take A361 towards Barnstaple. Just past South Molton exit, turn right onto A399. At Blackmore Gate turn right onto A39. Turn north off A39 at Martinhoe Cross (Old Rectory sign). Take unclassified road across Martinhoe Common to coastal viewpoint (Old Rectory sign). Bear left to Martinhoe and The Old Rectory is the first building on the right next to the church.

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The Old Rectory Hotel Martinhoe Exmoor National Park North Devon EX31 4QT
Tel: +44 (0)1598 763 368 Fax: +44 (0)1598 763 567

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