The White House

César award in 1987

‘A lovely stay: the island and the hotel are strongly recommended.’ Praise in 2015 for the only hotel on this small, car-free island. Tranquillity prevails: no background music is played in the public rooms; there is no clock, no television, no telephone in the bedrooms. Radios are banned on the island’s beaches. Guests' luggage is transported by tractor to the hotel. Siôn Dobson Jones is the manager. Many of the bedrooms have a sea view: they are spread between the main building and cottages in the grounds (one has a private garden). They vary considerably in size, and have a modern bathroom. Many rooms can be adapted for a family; children are warmly welcomed and can take high tea at 5.15 pm. Dinner in the conservatory restaurant is ‘of a high standard’. The chef, Karl Ginniver, serves British dishes using local ingredients, perhaps pan-roasted rack and pulled shank of lamb, spinach, chantenay carrots. Less formal dining is available in the Ship Inn brasserie. ‘Walking is the thing: on the beaches, the lanes, the cliff paths.’ (Susan Cunningham-Hill)

  • Our fifth visit. We love this hotel. It is a great place for children; they can have freedom to visit the village shop on their own. Family rooms, many with wonderful sea views towards Guernsey, have bunk beds in a small area at the entrance to the room, and a door separating them from the parent’s room. High tea is offered from 5.15. There is child-listening for all the rooms. Walking round the island and visiting stunning Shell Beach and Belvoir,during summer months you can enjoy the cafe facilities, although I know many older visitors outside school holidays just enjoy sitting in the garden. The food this year was probably the best we have had in the Conservatory Restaurant, and I particularly enjoyed the sea trout. Weddings and private parties are a regular summer feature.

    Jane Thornton, 20/08/2016

  • A truly lovely stay. The island and the hotel both strongly recommended. The portage of luggage to and from the ferry worked well, and was part of the fun. The bedrooms and public rooms are in good condition. We appreciated the various lounges – on a rainy day fires burned, giving a cheerful feel. We loved our bedroom with its large windows and garden views; good Wi-Fi. The restaurant is large and airy; the four-course dinner was excellent. At breakfast we liked the home-made marmalade and the butter in little dishes; the smoked haddock and the traditional English breakfast were good. The young staff were friendly and well trained. .

    Max Lickfold, 21/07/2015

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Local attractions

Island Rib Voyages
High-speed boat trips around Herm and Guernsey.
Kayaking
Hire kayaks and life jackets direct from Shell Beach.
Sea fishing
Join keen angler Richard Seager on a fishing trip around Guernsey.

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Contact Details

The White House

HERM Channel Islands GY1 3HR

Telephone

01481 750075

Further Information

Bedrooms

40. 18 in cottages, some on ground floor.

Open

Apr–Sept.

Facilities

3 lounges, 2 bars, 2 restaurants, conference room, wedding facilities, free Wi-Fi, 1-acre garden (tennis, croquet, 7-metre solar-heated swimming pool), beach 200 yds, Herm unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in 2 bedrooms (£20 per dog per night), not allowed in public rooms except brasserie.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2015] per person B&B from £69, D,B&B £102–£155. Set dinner £32. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.