“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 Nespresso coffee machines. Downstairs there are vintage finds, giant contemporary lamps, a cuckoo clock (they've left it running late) 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
- 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
- Whitehouse is home to a resident Siamese cat and 2 whippets - we enjoyed meeting them, but take note if you have allergies
- The B&B no longer serves dinner but breakfast is available daily and their sister restaurant Beachhouse is only a short drive away.
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Our top tips
Make sure you bring detailed directions with you (they'll be sent when you confirm a booking through i-escape) - this is a tricky place to find, and sat-nav may not be much help!”
- Boutique B&B
- Children of all ages accepted although best for 13+ years
- Open all year
- 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: plasma TV, Sky HD, DVD player, CD stereo, iPod dock, free WiFi, and a Nespresso coffee machine.
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. All come in large aluminium bottles which you can buy at reception to take home.
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 until 11ish. Homemade mueslis in Kilner jars, warm pastries, thick yoghurt and delicious poached fruits in elderflower are laid out on a butcher's block. But it was the tempting cooked menu that won us over. We recommend the grilled Salcombe "Smokie" with crispy bacon or wild mushroom and potato frittata; the sausage sarnie, Full English, and boiled egg with soldiers also hit the spot. Tea and coffee are served in big mugs and there's freshly squeezed juice, too.
Drinks are available at the honesty bar. If you're thinking of heading to the beach for the day, the B&B’s Beach House restaurant at South Milton Sands is a great option for a lunch. Sitting in the dunes, this rustic beach hut serves tasty treats from morning ‘til night. Expect Full English breakfasts, beefburgers, moules mariniere and fish finger sarnies, as well as sweet treats, hot drinks and lighter snacks.
Elsewhere, The Seahorse in Dartmouth is highly recommended for seafood and grilled meat dishes. For pubs, we love the Millbrook Inn in nearby South Pool: a small, cosy pub overlooking a charming brook. Also worth a visit, for the atmosphere rather than the food, is The Pig's Nose in East Prawle.
- Afternoon tea
- 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.
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.
Kids Activities nearby:
- Hit the nearby beaches
- Go messing about on the River Dart
- Farm animals nearby
Families Should Know:
Romantic couples might not appreciate teens in the snug sitting rooms
- Hospital: 5 minutes