The White House is a classic Georgian English country house set in seven acres of beautifully landscaped gardens with views of Dartmoor. Described in White's directory in 1850 as a 'Handsome mansion in tasteful grounds', it was bought by Lord Carrington in 1924 and was the childhood home of Lord Peter Carrington, who was Foreign Secretary in Mrs Thatcher's government.
The White House has been completely refurbished in a fresh, classic country style, a home from home. It is a comfortable, elegant and glamorous house that sleeps up to 13 guests (including Carrington Lodge).
The White House will comfortably sleep 13 guests in the 5 large en-suite bedrooms, which are located in the main building and the 2 bedrooms in the lodge - Carrington Lodge can be accessed via the gallery in the main building, but also has its own exterior access. The meticulous interior design and thoughtful decoration have added an extra layer of luxury and comfort to this outstanding residence.
Drawing room: large space with an open fire and two sets of French windows that lead onto the gardens. Perfect for summer drinks
Ladies' parlour: ideal for chatting, lunching, writing letters, etc with French windows to the front of house and an open fire
Dining room: magnificent dining room with a large table that seats 12 guests, with two sets of French windows to the front of the house.
Kitchen: bespoke, handmade kitchen which is fully equipped with a 4-oven AGA, a table seating six, dishwasher, Miele steam oven, Miele warming drawer, double oven, 5-ring hob, granite worktops and double sink, offering views to Dartmoor.
Laundry/service kitchen: this large utility/laundry room contains 2 washing machines, tumble dryer, sink, as well as cooker, hob, fridge, microwave. W.C. and staff changing room. Chefs can use this to keep the main kitchen free
Indoor heated pool: with a spectacular pool measuring almost 9 metres by 4 metres, plus changing room with sauna, a large walk-in shower, W.C. and changing facilities
Gym: located to the side of the house
Orangery: two armchairs and with doors opening onto a cosy sheltered courtyard
Other rooms: there is also a library and boot room
All bathrooms have underfloor heating. All have used classic fine marble or limestone.
Master bedroom: four poster king size bed with an open fire and beautiful views over the garden. There are 2 en-suite bathrooms; His bathroom with a large walk-in shower, and Her bathroom with a shower, free-standing bath and open fire
Guest bedroom 1: king size bed and en-suite bathroom with bath and shower over bath. Two basins, W.C. and fireplace
Guest bedroom 2: this large room has views to Dartmoor and is equipped with a double bed and en-suite bathroom with large bathtub,
shower, vanity and W.C.
Guest bedroom 3: equipped with a king size bed and en-suite bathroom with free-standing roll top bath. Lovely garden views
Guest bedroom 4: this is a twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom (bathtub with overhead shower)
Billiard room: with a full-sized snooker table leading to the Cinema room that houses a 10-foot (3 metre) drop-down screen
Gallery: a large upstairs gallery lounge with sofas and a wood burning stove
Carrington Lodge is accessed from the gallery but also has it's own exterior access and parking and can therefore be self contained.
Large double bedroom
Single room or reading room with day-bed and open fire
Bespoke kitchen with granite worktop, dishwasher, fridge freezer, washing machine, oven, hob and built-in microwave. Table and seating for 4-5 guests
Bathroom with vanity unit, bath, (with overhead shower) and WC.
Large sitting room with a wonderful octagonal ceiling, 2 sofas, TV, DVD and dining table for 4 guests
The White House lies in seven acres of greenery, and the landscaped gardens lie to the south and west of the house with a small lake and island. There are over 150 varieties of azaleas and rhododendrons, as well as an ancient Yew and Cedar trees.
Available throughout the Summer holidays, Christmas and New Year (minimum stay: 7 nights)
Strictly no smoking
Unfortunately, no stag or hen parties
Unfortunately, no weddings
Services And Facilities
The following items are included in the rent:
Linen and towels provided
Indoor heated swimming pool
Sauna and gym area
Services On Request
The following services are available on request, for which there will be an extra charge:
Staff including a chef and additional cleaning
|Size||Sleeps up to 13, 7 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Private indoor pool, Sauna, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private indoor pool|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 5 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (6), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 13|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private indoor pool, Private garden, Private tennis court, BBQ|
The White House is located in a completely unspoilt part of Devon, but is well connected by road, so very easy to reach. It is just 2 miles off the A30 which links to the M5. The situation of the house means that the best of Devon and Cornwall can be enjoyed without the crowds and congestion. The closest village, Bridestowe, is only a 5-minute drive away.
Restaurants And Pubs
Hotel Endsleigh, near Milton Abbot: belonging to Rocco Forte's sister, Olga Polizzi, it is an old hunting lodge beautifully and stylishly renovated by Ms. Polizzi and set in wonderful Grade I listed gardens. Their restaurant is open to non-residents and morning coffee and afternoon tea can also be taken here. This is a 20-minute drive through gorgeous rolling Devon countryside
Gidleigh Park, near Chagford: this is a luxurious country house hotel set in the lush, hilly and woody part of Dartmoor. The restaurant here is run by Michael Caines and has been awarded two Michelin stars. It is in a breathtaking location with beautiful gardens. 20 minutes away
Bovey Castle, Hotel, Spa and Golf Course: this is a 5 star hotel with numerous dining options ranging from the Edwardian Grill to the more contemporary styled Castle Bistro. 35 minutes away
Dartmoor Inn: this is a very old inn on the road over the moor to Tavistock. Food sourced locally and cooked with great care and imagination by the proprietor. Just a short 10-minute drive away.
Things To Do
Dartmoor National Park: just 5 minutes away is the largest and wildest area of open country in the south of England with a huge expanse of wild moorland and ancient forests. It is famous for its granite topped hills (the “tors”), open vistas, and Dartmoor wild ponies. Wonderful area for exploring and countless walking opportunities
Explore the Villages of Dartmoor: Chagford, which is 15 minutes away, is very picturesque and beautifully maintained with tea rooms, pubs and restaurants. Nearby Drewsteignton is also worth a visit. Lustleigh, further on, is a film set perfect with thatched cottages grouped around a 13th century church. If time permits, also visit Widecombe in the Moor.
Visit the Towns of Ashburton and Totnes: ideal for shopping for interiors and homewares, cafés and food shops. Both are very pleasant small towns
Cornish Seaside Towns and Villages: Padstow is just over an hour's drive away, well known for its many shops and restaurants, quaint harbour and of course Rick Stein, who has an excellent fish and chip shop there, as well as more upmarket restaurants. Fowey and Polperro, again an hour away, are both very pretty, charming and now gentrified Cornish fishing villages
Beaches: On the North Devon/Cornwall coast, near Bude and about 45 to 50 minutes away are Summerleaze (in Bude) Beach, Widemouth Bay, Sandy Mouth Beach and Crooklets Beach, all lovely sandy beaches
National Trust: Lydford Gorge, only 10 minutes away, is a spectacular river gorge (deepest in the southwest) with a 100-foot waterfall. It is looked after by the National Trust with the usual high quality National Trust amenities. There is also a cosy tea room
Castle Drogo: again about 15 minutes away, it is known as the last castle to be built in England and is currently being renovated. Visitors are allowed to view the renovations and enjoy the lovely gardens, including rose gardens and a rhododendron valley. There is also a lovely river walk by the ancient river gorge of the Teign Valley
Morwellham Quay: located 20 minutes away near Tavistock is a World Heritage Site that features an historic port, copper mine, working Victorian farm, railway, heavy horses and museums of costume and mining. The highlight for many is the narrow gauge railway which takes you along the banks of the River Tamar before entering the old copper mine. You can learn about the harsh working conditions down the mine and also enjoy stepping back in time as you wander around the site