The White House


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4 bedrooms

Up to 8 guests



Key Features

  • Property code: WHITEH
  • Changeover day: Friday
  • 2 or more bathrooms
  • Access statement available
  • Near beach
  • Central heating
  • Parking (see description for details)
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden or outside space
  • Nearby pub or restaurant
  • Real fire
  • Nearby shop
  • Village
  • Washing machine
  • Waterside
  • WiFi


The White House, family owned since 1927, stands on a promontory overlooking Torcross in South Devon and enjoys dramatic sea views from most windows with a Mediterranean style south facing terrace overlooking the beach below. It has recently been sympathetically renovated, retaining the character of the old house with slate floors and period details. The renovation has cleverly included space for a sleek modern kitchen and dining room, the heart of the house.

The owner has created an idyllic retreat where different generations can enjoy family holidays together, or friends meet for convivial weekends. There are two sitting rooms, one, informal, with the television, Wi-Fi and games, the other for quieter pursuits with a wood burner for the winter months and French doors onto the south facing terrace. This terrace is one of the joys of the house with a low slate topped wall and an uninterrupted view across a secluded cove to the craggy headland of Start Point with its lighthouse. Just outside this cliff top property are three sets of steps, two going down to the village of Torcross and one down to the secluded Cove beach. The South West Coast path passes right by the gate and glorious beach and cliff walks start here.

It is a very romantic place to stay. At night, from the windows of the two south facing bedrooms, you can see the moonlight shining on the sea, listen to the sounds of the waves on the beach and the Lighthouse beams around the rooms. The view from the other side shows the sweep of Start Bay to Dartmouth and looks down on the fresh water Slapton Ley, with the lively little village of Torcross below.

Limpet, an adjoining studio apartment can be booked in association with The White House increasing total accommodation to 10.

Front door to hallway. Comfortable lounge with sofas, arm chairs, woodburner stove, CD/radio, iPod dock and French doors to terrace. Second sitting room/snug with sofa and comfortable bean bags chairs with TV and DVD. Small room off hall with table football. Imaginative kitchen dinerwith bespoke oval dining table to seat 8 and French doors to terrace. Contemporary fitted kitchen with ceramic hob, oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and microwave. Large utility area with separate outside entrance, walk in shower, fitted washing machine, tumble dryer and butler sink, cloakroom with hand basin and WC. First floor. Bedroom 1 with 5ft double bed, TV and window seat with sea views. Bedroom 2 with two 3ft beds (can be zip linked to form 6ft double, please advise if required) and similar views. Bedroom 3 with two 2ft 6in singles. Bedroom 4 with 4ft 6in double bed. Large family bathroom with shower, roll top bath, hand basin and WC. Separate cloakroom with hand basin and WC.

Door from living room to wide gravelled south terrace, bordered by a low slate topped wall overlooking the beach with far reaching views to Start Point. Teak garden table, benches and chairs. At front of property, child safe enclosed terrace overlooking Torcross and the bay.

Please Note: Because the wall on the south terrace is not very high it is very important that parents impress upon children that they should not to stand on it, and if they sit on it to keep their feet on the house side. Very young children should be accompanied. Several generations of children in the owners’ family have holidayed here and there has never been an accident!

Parking for two large cars in designated space, or 3 small cars.  Additional parking available in Torcross car park, (charges apply).

  • Included: Bed linen, towels, (guest must bring their own beach towels), Wi-Fi, electricity, central heating, travel cot, high chair and complimentary basket of logs in the winter.
  • No smoking.
  • Pets: One well behaved dog welcome.  Pet charge £30.00 per week. 
  • Telephone for incoming, local and emergency calls only. Mobile reception fair.
  • Local Facilities. Cove beach below property, accessed via steps. Torcross beach ¼ mile. Excellent pub, Boathouse restaurant, Sea breeze cafe all in Torcross. Stokeley farm shop 1 mile with good butcher. Kingsbridge and Dartmouth with all facilities both 5 miles.

June 2019

It was so lovely to meet Claire who is a fount of local historical knowledge, she also took the trouble to come to my exhibition which was much appreciated. It made us feel like we were staying in a friends house.

May 2019

Amazing, thank you very much - we hope to book again for the same time next year!

April 2019

It was brilliant - the welcoming flowers, easter eggs etc - all totally unexpected and so wonderful. Thank you

December 2018

Best family Christmas location

October 2018

Just - thank you!

October 2018

Just perfect, already booked again for April. Thank you!

October 2018

A fantastic house in a fabulous location! Thank you

August 2018

Wonderful property , wonderful location, helped even more by wonderful weather.

June 2018

Good Times!!!!

May 2018

beautiful location, house, area

May 2018

We could not fault this property. Every little detail had been thought out so you wanted for nothing. The setting was perfect. We have already provisionally booked for next year.

April 2018

Our daughter wanted to be near the sea to celebrate her 50th birthday and The White House certainly lived up to expectations. We could see the sea from every window in the house and the waves lapping the shore were very relaxing. Everything in the cottage was to a high standard and there was plenty of room for us all. An excellent time was had by all,

April 2018

It was a beautiful cottage and we should definitely like to stay again

January 2018

We had a wonderful visit. The accommodation was excellent for our requirements as a family with 2 sitting rooms and a large kitchen space. We were well able to cook Christmas lunch and enjoy our Christmas activities even on a very wet day! The bedrooms are very comfortable and there ate fabulous views from all rooms. Parking is good and access to the walking routes is excellent. The beach is wonderful for exploring and dog walking. The steep steps to beach and Torcross are fun but may be difficult for some people. We loved the local pubs and village shop and joining in with the local Christmas events eg Carol singing! Altogether a great holiday!

October 2017

Catalogue photo`s didn`t do the cottage justice.

September 2017

Excellent property. Well presented and thoughtfully equipped. Absolutely lovely love cation, views, privacy and atmosphere.

September 2017

Absolutely loved it!!!! Booked again for next year and hope to be back sooner - so lovely, happy times :)

September 2017

Stunning location and great house. Very comfortable.

June 2017

The house was lovely and its location superb. We will certainly want to return.

June 2017

We can't wait to return. Full marks to Claire & Toad Hall.

May 2017

A beautiful house, perfectly prepared for holidaying guests and set in a most wonderful position immediately above the sea. If you can't enjoy this then you should stay at home.

May 2017

Perfect holiday. We would like to come again in this superb house.

May 2017

Home from home, lovely touches welcomed us, Flowers , wine, bottle of milk. Lovely house, everything you could possibly need is provided. Beautiful relaxing location. We will be back definitely, and soon. Thank you to all.

August 2016

A pleasant experience from beginning to end.

May 2016

A wonderful holiday right from the start when we booked the holiday. It was all made very easy by Toad Hall Cottages. The property was beautiful and the location was amazing. We have already recommended it to our friends.

February 2016

Fabulous holiday property, the best we've ever stayed in, and a great location - views are fabulous 😀

January 2016

The White House has the most brilliant views from every room. The house was spotless, warm and comfortable. The Kitchen and dining area is very nice and had every thing you could possibly want. The sitting room was lovely and comfortable and the log burner was very welcome as it was January. . All in all a great place to stay.

January 2016

We have just enjoyed a lovely Christmas week at the White House with friends and family. On arrival we were greeted by Christmas decorations and real tree, kindly left by the owners. To our delight all the bedrooms had stunning views of the coast (even included a rainbow one day). We all thought the house was spotlessly clean and equipped to a very high standard, which enabled us to prepare and cook a mammoth Christmas dinner. We also enjoyed many walks over the cliff paths and beaches (see tide times in snug). Truly a Christmas to remember !

September 2015

The White House was absolutely wonderful - scenery incredible and furnishings were clean and tidy. Great restaurants and pubs nearby. The water was crystal clear, the children loved the rock pools. We loved the peaceful and welcoming ambience. A stunnng and memorable place, we will be back.

July 2015

It was my daughter's wedding on the Saturday during our stay and so we were all very excited. We used The White House for the bridal party/family and it was so perfect that it added to the whole occasion. Claire Pawley was so kind and helpful: agreeing to take in a delivery of shopping for us and making the house really welcoming with flowers in many of the rooms. Every bedroom had an incredible view and we were woken to the sounds of the sea. What more could we ask for? Torcross is so pretty and Claire's very comprehensive folder of what to do and places to visit was helpful. I would recommend The White House and Toad Cottages to all; suitable for families with children and older people. Thank you!

May 2015

White House Torcross is the most amazing holiday home we have ever visited.It was even more beautiful than the website described.The view from ever window takes your breath away .Bedrooms and living rooms are spacious and very comfortable .the kitchen is gorgeous and well equipped.You have to book this cottage today you will be amazed,a glass of wine on the terrace overlooking the beach is complete heaven!

May 2015

A beautifully refurbished property with stunning views, conveniently situated near an excellent pub/fish restaurant, village shop and bus route to Dartmouth and Kingsbridge.

April 2015

Toad Hall Cottages and the Owner were good to deal with and the property was excellent. The children enjoyed having use of the second sitting room and the house proved to be good in both fine and wet weather. We have booked to go again next year!

March 2015

Very well equipped spacious house with breathtaking views Of the coastline especially towards start point.2 minutes down To an unspoilt beach-what more could you want!!

October 2014

Excellent property in great location with views of beach and sea from almost all windows. Property beautifully restored and furnished to a very high standard. Owner extremely helpful on telephone call prior to arrival. Would recommend this property without hesitation.

August 2014

The White House is everything we hoped it would be. It is exactly as shown in the photos and has been renovated very tastefully. The views from all of the windows are spectacular and the terrace has got to be one of the best in Devon. The White House is more expensive than other holiday lets but for us it was worth every penny. Torcross itself is a lovely too

August 2014

We had a lovely week in this beautiful house. The sea views from every window in the house are incredible. The house has been wonderfully renovated and we particularly liked the large kitchen/diner for big family meals. The location is great for exploring South Devon and our boys loved mackerel fishing in the bay and exploring the rocks, it is such a peaceful area and we even saw a seal. Only negative for us was the stairs were a little awkward for our elderly mother but apart from that is was absolutely wonderful. Clare even popped round to check that everything was ok which was a lovely touch and she had left beautiful flowers in many rooms. We could have sat gazing at the view all week! We hope to return!

July 2014

We had the most fantastic time at The White House. The house is exactly as it looks on the website and the view's were just lovely, you could spend all day on the terrace just gazing out to sea, it was so relaxing. We all loved this place and really didn't want to leave, we will be back and hopefully for 2 weeks next time.

June 2014

The White House is an excellent property situated above the village of Torcross. If you do not mind steep steps it is extremely easy to walk to the village. Local amenities are good and good places to eat are within a short drive. The house is ideal for dogs as the large kitchen has a stone floor and there is a shower immediately on entering the utility area. Property sleeps 8 but will be comfortable for 6. Certainly a home from home. Only one negative is that only one small bath towel provided each so bring your own. Otherwise delightful.

<p><span style=\"background-color:rgb(255, 255, 237); color:rgb(61, 53, 37)\">Thank you for your review and you&#39;ll be pleased to learn that the owner has taken your comments on board and now provides large, luxurious bath towels as well as a hand towel for each guest. &nbsp;So now The White House is an even better holiday destination.</span></p>

- The Toad Hall Team

May 2014

We absolutely loved this house. Its situation is fantastic - you have a sea view from almost every window. It has recently been renovated immaculately and with great style and flair. It has a spacious and generously proportioned feel although it is not an enormous house. All the modern fittings in the kitchen and bathroom are beautiful and the downstairs shower is very special indeed! The outside terrace is a sun trap and you could stay there all day watching the sea. We will definitely return!

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