Hotel Highlights

  • Intimate home-from-home welcome
  • Chic urban style in a quaint coastal village setting
  • Delectable country platters


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.

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12 noon, although this may be flexible (subject to availability). Check‑in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $266.05 (£158), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

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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.


Film showings are held regularly in the Whitehouse’s huge screening room, which has Fatboy bean-bag chairs to sprawl on.

At the hotel

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.

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.


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.

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.


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).


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.

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This property is suitable for weddings

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Food & Drink

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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.

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.

Last orders

The bar’s open late, usually until around 2am.

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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).

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Being a wee ‘pub and a post office’ type of village, Chillington is hardly a haven for gastronomes, but there’s plenty to tempt in nearby Dartmouth. Famed fishmonger and restaurateur Mitch Tonks is behind The Seahorse (+44 (0)1803 835147), a relaxed Mediterranean seafood outfit on the riverbank. The New Angel (+44 (0)1803 839425) serves Michelin‑starred Modern Brit fare.

Local bars

Rumour (+44 (0)1803 864682) is a young and buzzy little wine bar in Totnes, which also does a palatable line in pizza. In the pretty village of South Pool, The Millbrook Inn (+44 (0)1548 531581) continues the tradition of cider-soused West Country pubs, but throws a militantly local menu into the mix. Over in East Prawle, The Pig's Nose (+44 (0)1548 511209) is a great place to catch local live bands.

Local cafés

Sister establishments to the Whitehouse worth a visit are the Beachhouse (+44 (0)1548 561144) on South Milton sands and Stokely Barton Farm Shop (01548 581010), a food store, café, homeware and garden centre, a 10‑minute walk away through the countryside.

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Charming Chillington village


Chillington, Devon TQ7 2JX, United Kingdom


Exeter airport is an hour and ten minutes away. Fly in from all over the UK (Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, etc).


First Great Western ( runs train services from Paddington to Totnes (a 30-minute drive from the hotel) in just under 3 hours.


Chillington is 45 minutes from Plymouth and four and a half hours from London. It's also two miles from the West Devon coast. Parking is free.


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Anonymous review

by Will Beckett , Meat merchant

Our visit to the Whitehouse in South Devon was part of our latest obsession: eating our way around Blighty. At least, as often as our busy lives and burgeoning sense of thrift allows. My beloved Mrs Smith wasn’t always so prosaically monikered; her maiden name betrays Spanish origins. Yet 10 years in the UK has had her fall in love with this land. The only thing hampering the regularity o...

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Anonymous review by Will Beckett, Meat merchant

Our visit to the Whitehouse in South Devon was part of our latest obsession: eating our way around Blighty. At least, as often as our busy lives and burgeoning sense of thrift allows. My beloved Mrs Smith wasn’t always so prosaically monikered; her maiden name betrays Spanish origins. Yet 10 years in the UK has had her fall in love with this land. The only thing hampering the regularity of these special ‘England’s way to our heart is through our stomachs’ trips is the fact we insist on crisp white cotton sheets and access to decent Chablis and brandy. So I’m afraid camping just won’t cut it. As for our favoured staff – we prefer those who walk that fine line between tending to your every need and leaving you alone in peace and quiet. Tall order? Perhaps – but the Whitehouse suited us nicely.

Just a short meander from the South Devon shoreline, hidden away in the little village of Chillington, the Whitehouse is the perfect getaway for style-seasoned city types hankering for a rustic rest-stop. It is the opposite of a big, soulless corporate hotel. The people that work there are seldom enough and sufficiently sweet to make it impossible to distinguish between proprietor and employee. Its owners are in fact three friends, clearly passionate about their property, each playing a hands-on role in hotel operations, and all happy to address guests’ requirements personally. One of them, Ally, is the gifted chef behind the restaurant’s fresh and hearty platters (available on request), and frequently opens the kitchen to show off her Aga, with wine-tasting evenings frequently appearing on the event schedule. But more on that later.

There are only six individual rooms, and I speak only for the one we stayed in, the Attic. I assume the priorities are the same – ample space, comfortable pillow-laden beds, a showerhead comparable to the steering wheel of an articulated truck, and a colour scheme that echoes the name of the hotel. Make no mistake: this isn’t an escape aimed at hippy types who favour singsongs round open fires over a few modcons; the extras in our room included a kettle, Nespresso machine, flatscreen TV with all the Sky and DVD trimmings, a DAB radio, a DVD player and a well stocked mini-bar. You see why we just can’t get excited about a tent in a wet field?

Perhaps a guest more versed in design might point out the most exciting style features to shout about. (Mrs Smith tells me there are plenty of modern quirks that are pleasing on the eye such as an old-meets-new medley of funky, chunky furniture). What grabbed me was the abundance of sofas and roaring fires that make every room a perfect place to kick back with a book or the Sunday papers after a coastal stroll. We did venture to the Beachhouse (the Whitehouse's seaside restaurant), which adhered to my most beloved cooking philosophy – take great ingredients, and do as little as possible to mess them up. From the just-baked scones, loaded with clotted cream and local jam that were presented to us, through to the mussels and lobster delivered to the restaurant an hour and a half before supper – the fresh, mostly local ingredients were always excellent. Thank you, Ally and co.

To this pair on an eating-around-Britain mission, Devon may not have the same obvious foodie allure of Cornwall. But it made my Iberian Mrs Smith’s most-posed culinary question most salient: ‘Why is it so hard to get decent fish on these shores?’ The answer is varied and represented in full in Devon. a) You can if you try. (You just have to know where to look. Try the Seahorse in nearby Dartmouth). b) We don’t cook fish that well. (Although the aforementioned fish restaurant was without question the best I’ve been to in England). c) Because quality here is unappreciated: the majority of exceptional fish caught off Devon’s coast is exported to Spain and Italy, who pay better for excellence.

As you can imagine, these fish-lovers spent much of their weekend seeking out the perfect crustacea. So if crab, scallop or lobster floats your boat, I’d urge you do the same. But if being piscivorous isn’t your thing, you could stay put and play croquet on the lawn of the hotel (darling), or catch a film in the screening rooms. If wanderlust gets the better of you, hours spent driving or walking through the winding country lanes will be well spent.

Rather than a common-or-garden fancy hotel, staying at the Whitehouse feels like spending the weekend with stylish, hospitable (and significantly better off) friends. Its appearance is the result of the owners’ good taste rather than the work of an interior designer, and it’s more a place to feel comfortable in than marvel at. These Georgian buildings have been a doctor’s surgery, a residence for GIs, and a private home in their time, but today they’ve finally found their true calling as one of Devon’s most welcoming and intimate boutique hotels. Sure there was the occasional slip-up, but to moan about a forgotten dish, say, would be missing the point. We were looking for something quintessentially English. And we were lucky enough to find a homely, eccentric hideaway in the middle of a splendid county that is showcasing its food and drink heritage better than ever. And don't let its American-presidential-abode name distract: this hip hotel makes you feel truly patriotic. Rule Britannia, indeed.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Whitehouse's Guestbook below.



Stayed on 20 Dec 2013

We loved

The location (south Devon) is wonderful and the hotel itself is amazing. Our room (4) was clean, light and spacious and contained a magnificent roll-top bath. There are lots of little treats in the room, including some local ales, chocolate and wine, etc (these are all charged to your room, though, so don't get too carried away like we did!) Roaring fires in winter help take the chill off (and a wee dram of whisky served up by the hotel bar helped as well), while the morning breakfasts were incredible. The staff was friendly and nothing was too much trouble. All in all, it was just a brilliant weekend. It was perfect for a romantic getaway, a proposal by the sea or a weekend to unwind.

Don’t expect

It was a bit of a shame that the hotel didn't do dinner, but we were told well in advance and were able to make alternative plans in nearby towns.

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on 27 Jun 2013

We loved

This hotel (actually more like a guest house), is fantastic. The retro chic decor, overindulgent food and extremely relaxed atmosphere make Whitehouse a fantastic place to stay. We stayed here on a mini honeymoon break and were upgraded to the main suite which was a very nice touch and the suite was outstanding. The Whitehouse is close to some lovely beaches with fantastic views, leisurely countryside walks and just a short drive to the quaint town of Dartmouth. The food both at Whitehouse and some locally recommended restaurants is magnificent and afternoon tea is a must.

Don’t expect

It would be great if Whitehouse did dinner; I'm sure the food would be amazing as Ally is a fantastic cook!

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on 18 Sep 2012

We loved

The giant bed and gorgeous linen. Their own brand toiletries which were luscious. The astounding food and super relaxed atmosphere r.e. dining anywhere in the house. That way no two meals have to happen at the same table.

Don’t expect

I think the place could do with the addition of 'real' art on the walls, rather than posters of art. There is a lot of wall space, and it would be a great place to showcase local artists (Devon Open Studios was going on while we were there).

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on 22 Aug 2012

We loved

It feels like a real home from home. You can laze around on the lawn or curl up by the fire. The staff are friendly and couldn't be more helpful. Cream tea on the lawn was delicious (as was the evening meal) and the home made toiletries are fantastic!

Rating: 9/10 stars


Stayed on 21 Aug 2012

We loved

Whitehouse is a small (six room) hotel which is more like staying in a country house than a hotel. No formal reception but comfortable sitting area. Rooms are comfortable but quirky – higher than usual standard of entertainment equipment (Sky Plus, DVD Player, huge selection of DVDs) and real coffee maker (capsules). Stunning breakfasts – perfect cooking. Friendly (young) staff –unusual for an up market hotel but fitted the chilled out atmosphere well. Evening meal excellent – joint owner is chef (but same menu three nights running encouraged experimentation with other local restaurants). Would certainly stay there again.

Don’t expect

Incredibly discreet – not easy to find if arriving for the first time, as no clear signage on main road through village – instructions on website could be better. More information/advice on what to do and where to visit locally would be helpful.

Rating: 7/10 stars


Stayed on 6 Aug 2012

We loved

The owners and staff at the Whitehouse made us feel so welcome. We loved the warm homemade scones on arrival and all the delicious food cooked by Ali — really superb. It is a very relaxed affair, with advice on hand if that's what you need. Thurlestone Beach was a beautiful spot for rockpooling and has wonderful views of the coastline. Emma Vowles Flowers (with accessories) at 31 High Street in Totnes was really stylish.

Don’t expect

Just one tiny point is that our room 4 was quite noisy in the mornings once the traffic started.

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on 23 Jul 2012

We had a wonderful stay and were sad to leave just as we were beginning to unwind. Ally, Chef, was so friendly and interesting. She was very attentive to our needs as well as knowing when to give space etc. We were disappointed to arrive in the evening and find the restaurant closed as it was my birthday and I was looking forward to a celebratory dinner also didn't want to do any more traveling, slight let down and oversight not to know little details like that, please be aware. Not complaining as we were given refreshing drinks out in the glorious garden and delicious mozzarella and basil sandwiches and nibbles were rustled up, what more can you want? Would definitely recommend to friends and hope to return soon.

Rating: 8/10 stars