The Old Rectory Hotel Exmoor

Barnstable, Devon
+44 (0)1598 763368
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This award-winning, boutique hotel packs a big punch - chic rooms, lovely food, three acres of peaceful gardens and the coast all wait


11 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

The road from Lynton is a great way in, through woods that cling to a hill with the sea below. As for the Old Rectory, it’s a proper small hotel and a very sociable sort of place. Three acres of spectacular gardens wrap around you, and Exmoor deer drink from the pond.

Inside, Huw and Sam continue to lavish love and money in all the right places. Their most recent addition is an orangery with smart sofas and warm colours, then doors onto the garden for afternoon tea in the sun. Interiors are soothing: Farrow & Ball colours, the odd stone wall, a little sitting room, fresh flowers and books everywhere.

Bedrooms are just as good and heaped with treats: digital radios, flat-screen TVs, a balcony here, a leather sofa there. Spin into the restaurant for a set four-course meal: your hosts are fabulous cooks.

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We think you'll love

  • The pleasure that your hosts take in welcoming guests, their professionalism and their sense of humour
  • Having homemade afternoon tea with your fellow guests in the conservatory
  • Heading off onto a little-known section of the coastal path from the end of the garden
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You should know

  • Dinner is at a set time each night
  • Beds have old fashioned sheets and blankets. Ask for a duvet if you prefer
  • Pre-dinner drinks are sociable affairs, but the dining is at private tables


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm-10pm
Check out
By 11am
November to March.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
4-course dinner included in price; non-residents £35.


Nightly price
from £210
Price includes dinner for two.
3 Doubles
From £210
4 Twin/doubles
From £240
4 Suites for 2
From £270



Mark and I were so pleased that we were able to stay with you again. You gave us the holiday we needed. We very much appreciated the obvious extra hard work you and your staff put in to make sure the Old Rectory was safe from Covid-19. The attention to every detail and, particularly, the warmth of your welcome were as we first discovered them last year. If anything, the meals were even better! We look forward to another visit and wish you and all at the Old Rectory the very best in these difficult times.

Mark & Vanessa

Hi Huw and Sam and your wonderful team, Just wanted to say thank you for another fabulous stay. Your attention to detail and the COVID protocols were completely reassuring. You have a great team and we look forward to our next visit.

Paul & Teresa

Thank you for another wonderful stay. Everything you have put in place to combat Covid worked superbly, did not in any way detract from the usual quality experience and served to make us feel very safe in these difficult times. We would go as far as to say that some of the measures are worth considering as ‘keepers’. Room housekeeping on request worked particularly well; we have always felt very comfortable at ‘The Old Rectory’ but this added to the home-from-home feeling. Pre booking the dinner choice at breakfast was fine. Looking forward to seeing you all again in May next year.

Chris & Julie

Very clear instructions and explanations on your website re Covid - gave great reassurance especially for new customers like us who don’t have personal experience of your focus on high standards. We also liked ( both ) your use of humour and the way you were able to create relationships with your guests yet still being professional and respectful. We both have backgrounds in customer service and hospitality so do have an eye for detail and the challenges of customers as well as the realities of a challenging economic climate - and think you’re doing a super job.

Tanya & Tony

We would like to thank you and your team of lovely staff for making our first stay at The Old Rectory such an enjoyable one….beautiful surroundings, wonderful rooms and superb food! You have clearly worked extremely hard with regard to Covid 19 regulations to protect both guests and staff. It was much appreciated and we genuinely felt safe knowing that such care was being taken each day. As you know, we have already booked a break for May 2021 and will look forward to seeing you then. Meanwhile, we thank you again for being such great hosts and hope you both enjoy a well-earned break.

Peter & Penny, Bristol

We stayed 3 nights at this lovely hotel, the last 3 before Hugh and Sam closed for the winter. It was our first time. We noticed that many guests came back as we hope to in the spring/early summer. The room - we were upgraded to a suite - was spacious and comfortable. We asked for a duvet. The large bed was really comfortable. The attention to detail was impressive from bedside lights that provided enough light to read [not often the case in our experience] to the offer of cold milk if needed for our morning cup of tea. The food was excellent. Hugh and Sam wonderful hosts. We will return!

John, Oxford

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The neighbourhood

In the tiny hamlet of Martinhoe, this Georgian house was once rectory to the ancient church. High on the cliffs at the western end of Exmoor, the hamlet is made up of just seven houses, a former village school, and a coastguard’s cottage. Miles of deserted trails surround you (don’t miss the dreamy Doone Valley) while the wildlife includes buzzards and dolphins.

Local points of interest from Huw Rees & Sam Prosser

  • We are in a remote hamlet in Exmoor National Park. We are just off the South West Coast Path above the gloriously romantic Woody Bay. There are numerous stunning walks with jaw dropping scenery in the area.
  • We are right by the sea. Wild swimming, surfing and secret beaches are all closeby(our favourite is ittle known Rockham Beech near Mortehoe) . You can also visit Lundy by ferry or by fast rib - which is the only way to see the dramatic Exmoor coast!
  • For something more sedate, visit Arlington Court and Grounds, the gothic Knightshayes or the fantastic Dunster Castle
  • Martinhoe is our village, well hamlet really. Hoe is a local word meaning "high ground by the sea" and we have our very own Roman Fort.. We are The Old Rectory to the ancient 11th cebtury chirch of St Martin


Huw Rees & Sam Prosser

Owners Huw and Sam have created the kind of place they had always wanted to stay at but could never find – “a relaxed country house hotel in classic-contemporary style, in an amazing location.” They fell in love with the Old Rectory before they had even opened the door. And its lush garden, through which Devon’s most famous waterfall, Hollow Brook, cascades.