The Old Rectory


The Old Rectory

Care Home in Devon

Welcome to The Old Rectory

This Grade-2 listed building offers a graceful lifestyle in beautiful surroundings. Situated in the Mount Pleasant area of Exeter, The Old Rectory provides a high standard of nursing, dementia, and residential care in a tranquil and elegant atmosphere.

The Old Rectory has been rated Good by the Care Quality Commission and has won numerous awards.

The home also holds a certificate of registration from the Eden Alternative UK, which recognizes that the team embrace the pioneering philosophy which aims to combat the challenges of loneliness, helplessness and boredom in later life.


  • Bar/Cafe on premises
  • Close to Local shops
  • Gardens for residents
  • Lift
  • Minibus or other transport
  • Near Public Transport
  • Own Furniture if required
  • Pets by arrangement
  • Phone Point in own room/mobile
  • Residents Internet Access
  • Residents Kitchenette
  • Stairlift
  • Television point in own room
  • Wheelchair access

Rooms with a view

Retaining many of its original features, the home has been adapted in recent years to make the most of the light and space in the building. Most ground floor rooms overlook the attractively laid-out gardens and offer ease of access for residents, staff, and visitors.

home residents boules game

Built with love

The Old Rectory benefits from large communal areas – with three lounges, two dining rooms and two conservatories. It also has a pub and a café – vital spaces for residents to relax and socialise.

afternoon tea biscuits on stand
The Old Rectory Exeter

We are very pleased to have been awarded the Gold Level in our recent revalidation of the Eden Alternative.

This was achieved through interviews with a selection of team members, residents and relatives, surveys, audits and photo-based evidence.

The revalidation looked at evidence for the key Eden principles of reducing loneliness, helplessness and boredom and the seven domains of wellbeing – Identity, Growth, Security, Connectedness, Autonomy, Meaning and Joy.

In their summary, the validators said: “‘We spoke to staff, residents, and relatives, all of whom spoke highly about the level of care provided at The Old Rectory. Most staff that we spoke to had been on the Eden training, and there had been significant and positive changes to the way that care is provided. The manager embraced the philosophy of the Eden Principles and empowered staff to make appropriate changes to ensure that the Eden philosophy was a lived experience for staff and residents.

Relatives overall rated the extent to which the Old Rectory was able to relieve loneliness, boredom, and helplessness was between 8 and 10 out of 10. There was an acknowledgment though, that for some of their relatives that helplessness was caused by their condition and there was only so much that staff could do to alleviate that.  There was a lot of focus on building relationships with people, and all the interviews we held were symbolic of a person-centred, de-medicalised culture existing within The Old Rectory. People described living, working, and visiting there as being part of a family.”

The validators praised the outdoor spaces at the home including a market garden where residents can grow vegetables, along with our plans to create a dementia village. This will have a post office, an ice cream parlour and sensory planting, accessible to those in wheelchairs.

With warmer weather on the way, we are looking forward to getting started on this scheme which will enhance the wellbeing of residents.

Find out more about the Eden Alternative. 

Home manager

Kerry Dempsey

Kerry Dempsey

Home Manager


“The team at The Old Rectory are extremely passionate about delivering person centred care to our residents and we will always go that extra step to make someone feel special.”

Kerry Dempsey

Contact us

Contact Form