- Style Updated Georgian abode
- Setting Charming Chillington village
Take a quaint Devonshire coastal village, add a beautiful Georgian building, mix in some funky, chunky furniture, black Italian chandeliers, roll-top baths, cover in Frette linen, and serve with a home-cooked country platter. Welcome to the Whitehouse hotel.
Need to know
- Rooms Six.
- Rates Double rooms from $259.27 (£158), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates include full English or Continental breakfast. You can rent the whole house (sleeping 12) for two nights from £2,600; additional nights cost £1,300 each.
- Facilities Croquet lawn, gardens, chest of DVDs and CDs, screening room, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: plasma TVs, CD/DVD player with iPod connection, Nespresso machine.
- Poolside Whitehouse doesn’t have a pool, although you can sun yourself in the extensive gardens. The hotel has house membership to the Dart Marina spa in Dartmouth, where you can use the pool, steam room and gym free.
- Check–out 12 noon, although this may be flexible (subject to availability). Check‑in, 2pm.
Children Kids are welcome. Cots (£15) and extra beds (£35, with breakfast) can be added to your room. Babysitting with a local nanny costs £15 an hour.
- Also A two‑night minimum stay applies at weekends. Well‑behaved dogs are welcome: beds, bowls and towels are provided for £10 a night – just give notice (so they can let the resident lurchers and Siamese cats know they’ll have company).
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Room Five seduced us the most, with its generous size, double‑aspect views of the gardens, courtyard and surrounding countryside, retro lamps and sleek metallic wallpaper. Room Four may be smaller, but the hand‑crafted wooden four‑poster and the free‑standing French claw‑foot bath had our eyes wide. The Attic room can alternate between a double and a twin – and the sofa bed means it can sleep four if you have kids or friends in tow.
- Packing tips Bring an iPod to hook up to your room’s Bose sound system; in summer, be sure you’re dressed for the beach – it’s only an amble away.
- Also Film showings are held regularly in the Whitehouse’s huge screening room, which has Fatboy bean-bag chairs to sprawl on.
Food and drink at Whitehouse
- Hotel restaurant The hotel doesn't offer dinner (just à la carte breakfast), but on request the chef can whip up an antipasti board of grazing‑perfect goodies – charcuterie, marinated feta and olives, and breads – served in the bright barn‑style dining area. There's also a corker of an afternoon tea available. If you're feeling more than peckish, the Beachhouse (the Whitehouse's dining venture) is a 20-minute drive away, serving sea-fresh cracked crab and moules marinare, steaks and clotted-cream ice cream with a side of stunning beach scenery. Hungry locals also flock to the Seahorse in Dartmouth a 10-minute drive), which serves fabulously fresh, Italian-style fish dishes.
- Dress code Casual but groomed; Alice Temperley with your favourite denim.
- Top table Secure a spot by the window overlooking the gardens. Better still, sit outside on the terrace (weather permitting).
- Last orders The bar’s open late, usually until around 2am.
- Hotel bar The Whitehouse bar has a cosy living room, with shelves stuffed with travel books, a large chocolate‑brown sofa and a fireside snug. It’s un‑Devonishly buzzy at weekends, with a different house cocktail mixed up every day.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details