The Old Rectory Hotel Exmoor

Barnstable, Devon

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


A gorgeous small hotel in the hills above the Exmoor coast. 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 mini Gidleigh Park, charming from top to toe. Three acres of spectacular gardens wrap around you, only birdsong disturbs you, though Exmoor deer occasionally come to drink from the pond. Inside, Huw and Sam continue to lavish love and money in all the right places. Their most recent addition is a beautiful orangery with smart sofas and warm colours then doors onto the garden for afternoon tea in the sun. Interiors are lovely: Farrow & Ball colours, the odd stone wall, a cute little sitting room, fresh flowers and books everywhere. Bedrooms are just as good with big beds, crisp linen, cool colours and beautiful bathrooms. You’ll find digital radios, flat-screen TVs and the odd leather sofa, too. Spin into the restaurant for an excellent meal, perhaps Ilfracombe crab, Exmoor duck, strawberry champagne trifle. Afternoon tea ‘on the house’ is served in the garden in good weather.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • 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 £205
Price includes dinner for two.
3 Doubles
From £205
4 Twin/doubles
From £225
4 Suites for 2
From £260


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The neighbourhood

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