“Small boutique B&B with 6 stylish rooms, just a couple of miles from the beautiful south Devon coast”
Inside, it's refreshing not to find another B&B just going through the motions to tick all those boutique boxes. Nothing's done by halves. Upstairs you'll find spacious rooms with all you'd expect and more: from REN toiletries to hidden minibars. Downstairs there are vintage finds, giant contemporary lamps and a pop-art painting of Audrey Hepburn with an iPod. Oodles of theatrical style and humour; slick yet homely. Unwind in sitting rooms with small open fires and leather sofas, or saunter out to the garden where you can curl up with a book or the paper on a lounger in the sun. Finding anywhere nice like this to stay in south Devon used to be a real problem. Thanks to Whitehouse, life just got easier.
- Handsome Georgian house, restored with flair and fantastic attention to detail; we loved the jars of marshmallows and toasting forks above the fire, and the minibars cleverly hidden in wooden chests
- A bolthole for all weathers, with 2 sitting rooms and DVDs for rainy days and a large lawn for croquet in the sun
- Well located for exploring the stunning coastal paths and beaches of south Devon; Dartmouth is 10 minutes' drive away, Salcombe 25 minutes
- Unlike many boutique B&Bs, teens and dogs are welcome
- Following a change of ownership in 2019, the property is being refurbished, so Rooms 3 and 6 are not currently available
- Rooms at the back face the main village road, though the traffic isn't that busy and windows are double-glazed
- Don't expect slick hotel-style service; this is more like staying in the home of a very stylish friend
- The B&B does not serve dinner, but there's a good gastropub in Chillington (5 mins walk) and lots of other options a short drive away
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique B&B
- Children of all ages accepted although best for 13+ years
- Closed: 23 Dec 2020 - 2 Jan 2021
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Bicycles Available
- Croquet lawn
- Board games
A wide staircase takes you up to 6 airy bedrooms. Expect stripped oak floors, quirky Florence Broadhurst wallpapers, arc lamps, handmade wooden beds, and clever blinds which lift from below. Mattresses are superb, sheets are Frette linen and there are heaps of pillows, as well as fluffy white towels and bathrobes. We liked the unusual minibars: wood-clad chill boxes filled with wine, beer, organic drinks and complimentary milk and water in old-fashioned bottles. You also get all the gadgetry: Smart TVs with Freesat, iPhone dock and fast WiFi.
Bathrooms have REN products and good-quality showers and baths (either free-standing or unusual square-shaped Omni tubs with rain showers overhead). You'll find at least 7 different products to try depending on whether you want to be revitalised, invigorated or relaxed.
Our favourite is Room 5, with an enormous emperor-size bed, a purple velvet armchair big enough for 2, and a row of windows overlooking the lawn. The highlight was the fabulous bathroom with a lead-clad bath and huge rainshower.
Room 4 lacks the garden view but has a romantic 4-poster bed, a black crystal chandelier, and a roll-top bath in the bedroom. Room 3 faces the side of the house and the road behind; the bathroom is lovely, and you can watch TV from a swinging basket chair. Rooms 1 and 2 can be connected if you're with teenagers.
The largest is Room 6, tucked away in the eaves and accessed via a private staircase. It has a bedroom and a separate sitting area with a sofabed that can be made up for 2 additional guests, as well as a free-standing tub and a huge shower in the bathroom. It’s lovely, but the low beams mean tall guests will have to duck.
- CD player
- Central heating
- Coffee maker
- DVD player
- Extra beds
- Ipod dock
- Satellite TV
Breakfast is excellent and thoughtfully runs from roughly 8.30am until 10.30ish. Homemade mueslis in Kilner jars, warm pastries, thick yoghurt and a delicious selection of fruits. But it was the tempting cooked menu that won us over. Expect menu heros like a Full English, a sausage or bacon sandwich, avocado and poached egg on toast, or smoked salmon and scrambled eggs to set you up for the day.
For a hearty local dinner, walk 5 mins into Chillington for gastro fare at The Bear and Blacksmith - perhaps gilthead bream with Salcombe lobster, or shoulder of local lamb with chickpeas, roasted squash and mint pesto. Most veg are home grown, meats come their farm 3 miles away, fish from the Salcombe 'Hustler' boat, and even the Luscombe juices are Devon-based, so food miles are minimal. Alternatively, a few miles down the (winding) lane is the atmospheric Millbrook Inn in tiny South Pool: we loved this small, cosy pub overlooking a charming brook. Also worth a visit is The Pig's Nose in East Prawle, and The Seahorse in Dartmouth for seafood and grilled meat dishes.
For lunch by the sea, don't miss the rustic and perennially popular Beach House sitting in the dunes at South Milton Sands. From one busy little room, it serves everything from full English breakfasts to beefburgers and moules mariniere, as well as sweet treats, hot drinks and lighter snacks.
- Coffee maker
- Stay put: the roaring fires, weekend papers, games and chest of DVDs invite you to hole up in winter. In summer play croquet on the lawn (ask the owners for a set)
- Go walking: the area stretching east from Salcombe has some of the loveliest coastline in England. Start from East Prawle (10 minutes' drive). The B&B has a selection of maps and you can ask for a picnic hamper
- Head to the beach. The famous Slapton Sands, with its village cream teas and 2-mile stretch of pebbled beach, is a couple of miles away. There's also Blackpool Sands (nearer to Dartmouth) - voted one of the cleanest, most beautiful beaches in Britain
- Dozing on the Dart, lovely Totnes combines New Age quirkery with centuries of history. Visit the 15th-century St Mary's Church, the 11th-century Guildhall and the healing waters of Leech Wells
- Hire a motor launch to explore the Dart Estuary (the B&B can arrange)
- Cycle the nearby lanes and coastal pathways
- Further afield you can explore glorious Dartmoor National Park with its rugged gorges, pretty reservoirs and tumbling rivers. It contains the largest number of Bronze Age remains in Britain, and is famous for its granite tors, home to the annual Ten Tors challenge
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Shopping / markets
- Well being
Children of all ages are accepted although the property is best suited for those aged 13+ years. Baby cots are available in all rooms.
Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
Rooms 1 and 2 connect (sleeping max 4 adults); Room 6 has a sofabed. All rooms have bathtubs as well as showers.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kids Activities nearby:
- Hit the nearby beaches
- Go messing about on the River Dart
- Farm animals nearby
- Hospital: 5 minutes
Whitehouse is in the village of Chillington, near Kingsbridge, 2 miles from the South Devon coast. It's an hour by car from Exeter.
Exeter Airport (43 miles / 74km away) is the closest, but if you're coming from abroad, you might find more flights to Bristol (105 miles / 168km away). Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports.
From the Airport
We'd recommend hiring a car and driving (see below).
The drive from London takes around 4.5 hours, via the M4, M5 and local roads; from Bristol it's around 2 hours. See our car rental recommendations.
You can travel by rail from London, Bristol and other major cities to Totnes - see Seat 61 for more details. Taxis from Totnes take about 30 minutes and can be booked in advance via the hotel.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
More on getting to the UK and getting around
- Exeter 74.0 km EXT
- Bristol 168.0 km BRS
- Beach 2.0 km
- Shops 1.0 km
- Restaurant 1.0 km