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Exceptional Luxurious Large Country House Ideal For Special Occasions With All Y



Updated: 12-Sep-2016
Devon Country House, Lydford Gorge, Dartmoor, - Peaceful Location, Dartmoor On The Doorstep, Lydford Gorge At The Bottom Of The Garden

Whitelady House offers a ‘luxury home from home’ where groups of friends and family can come together to unwind and enjoy a private place to relax and party. The house has been renovated and lovingly refurbished, exuding style and character with oak beams, inglenook fireplaces and exposed stone work, whilst retaining a homely, relaxed atmosphere. We can provide a memorable venue for a fun & relaxing house party, either self-catering or catered. We can remove the burden of preparing and cooking for a large group by providing a fully catered service where we will prepare and serve meals at the house, or alternatively, we offer the option of preparing meals, leaving you to add the finishing touches before popping our delicious food in the oven. Sit back and enjoy the company of friends & family, while we arrange everything for you.

  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I moved from Surrey to Devon 3 years ago as I wanted a change of life so upped sticks with my three beagles and came to live in our holiday house on Dartmoor where we could all enjoy the beautiful moors. It took a year to find Whitelady House but we knew when we saw it it would make the perfect large holiday/party house. With large rooms, inglenook fireplaces, oak beams, modern kitchen, a hot tub, the moor on your doorstep and Lydford Gorge at the bottom of the garden - the perfect spot. I spend my days cooking for Tavistock Country Market we sell home made cakes, pasties etc every Friday in the Pannier market. I also provide catering services to guests at the house. This can be a full catered service or the odd meal that guests can pop in the oven after a day out on the moor.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"The property is definitely the best we have ever stayed at, and we take a house every year as a family."

"Wonderful House, beautiful location, superb weekend. – thank you Carol!"

"We all had a fantastic weekend, the house is just beautiful we didn’t want to leave!! Thank you & we’ll be back next year. "

"We had a wonderful stay at White Lady House. It was the perfect place to catch up with our family All the facilities were there to make our stay perfect and the most important thing of all - CLEANLINESS - this was top notch!! Thank you once again for everything and we will be booking another holiday next year!"

"I just wanted to say how much we and the dogs enjoyed our weekend. What a gorgeous house and location - perfect for 12 . We will definitely be back, hopefully for a bit longer next time. "

"Best place we have ever stayed in beautiful throughout. Thank you!"

"Hot tub amazing, house had everything you could possibly need and wish for. Beautiful and luxurious.
Jun 2012
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A beautiful house on the edge of Dartmoor

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We spent the second week of our holiday in this lovely house. The first week we were in another "HomeAway' house in Cornwall, which was also beautiful but very different. We were a party of 12 adults (2 families) and the house was more than big enough for us, the dining room is amazing. My only criticism, which isn't really one, was the poor wifi (they need a few extenders) and the lack of phone signal if you are on anything else than EE. The wifi is limited to the front 2 bedrooms and just about stretches to the TV room but that is it! Park cars outside the house rather than outside the out buildings as some slates are loose. The garden is lovely and so peaceful. We had 2 meals in the Castle pub in Lydford, which is just about walkable distance. Enjoyed the walk around Lydford Gorge. Had some great trips out to Hay Tor, Widecombe in the Moor (some lovely places to eat), Bude, Tavistock and the more adventurous of us had an excellent time 'dirt bike riding'. Loved the box of welcome homemade flapjacks, they went quickly. Only saw the owner once and she was very helpful. Only wish I could afford such a property near London!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your visit to Dartmoor and Whitelady House, thank you for your comments, - I will investigate wifi extenders as you are right the signal doesn't penetrate the granite walls of the house. Unfortunately I can't do anything about the mobile signal although there is a house phone for both incoming and outgoing calls for guests to use.
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From the Owner

Ideally located to discover and explore Dartmoor by foot, by mountain bike or on horseback; outdoor activities abound & are on your doorstep! At the bottom of the garden is the famous Whitelady Waterfall. To the South, discover the delights of Tavistock, voted Market Town of the Year, full of independent shops and the famous Pannier Market. The area is a foodie's heaven, with many farmers and local food market as well as artisan food producers coupled with a huge variety of good pubs and restaurants all using locally source produce. A little further on is the beautiful Tamar Valley, and the south coast with its sandy beaches. To the North, is the rugged coastline of Tintagel & Boscastle.To the East is Exeter,a shoppers paradise. Head west and you reach Cornwall. The choice is endless

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Exeter at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Caslte Inn at 3 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Plymouth at 22 Kilometres Nearest Golf : at 10 Kilometres Nearest Train : Gunislake at 10 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : M5 at 35 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Lydford at 3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Bude at 30 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Riding holidays

Escape to freedom and join us for a few days of unforgettable riding on Dartmoor.Our itineraries include one, two and three day rides.

Let us open the doors to this magnificent landscape and guide you to some truly unforgettable riding and first class hospitality for horse and rider.

Throughout you will be accompanied by an experienced guide who has intimate knowledge of the moor and its changing moods so you and your horse can enjoy Dartmoor to the full.

Cookery Course

Escape to Devon and indulge your passion for cooking. Enjoy a relaxing break in luxury and at the same time extend your knowledge under the expert tuition of Master Chef, Peter Gorton. Peter is a skilled teacher who can inspire and entertain

If you want to spend a day or two or more cooking with family or friends in a relaxing atmosphere with expert tuition, we will create an experience to remember.


45 minutes by car to beach equal distance between the north coast and south coast of Devon.


Exeter airport 40 minutes away. A car is needed as the property is in the countryside although a bus stops at the bottom of the drive every hour going to Tavistock & Plymouth and Okehampton & Barnstaple


Tavistock is 7 miles to the West and voted Daily telegraph Best Market Town, full of independent shops and famous pannier market with a different theme market every day. Okehampton 8 miles to East (the gateway to Dartmoor), Lydford village 1.5 miles the village has two pubs, a Church and Castle.

Exeter is 35 miles to the West great shopping and Cathedral city. Plymouth is 18 miles to the south, famous for the Hoe and view over Plymouth Sound.

Further Details:

Lots of excellent restaurants locally. the Dartmoor Inn in Lydford for High end Gastro Pub, the Castle in Lydford for good pub food. Taylors in Tavistock, for good fresh fish, Gortons in Tavistock for high quality restaurant along with Edsleigh House, Horn of Plenty, Lewtrenchard Manor, Arudel Arms all with 8 miles of the house and all very good restaurants.

Other good pubs include The Elephants Nest at Hordon, Peter Tavy Inn at Peter Tavy, the Half Way House at Grenofen and the Birdslake Inn at Lake.

Tavistock has plenty of local food shops including 4 butchers, 3 green grocers, an excellent Cheese shop, Crebers an old fashioned grocers and deli, a wet fish shop, a number of Bakeries In addition there is a local Coop and a Morrisons and Lidl's Supermarket. Waitrose in Okehampton and Tesco in Lauceston will also deliver to the house.

The nearest banks are in Tavistock along with the local cottage hospital, chemists etc.

no smoking in the house.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
28 Oct 2016 - 21 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
22 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
5 Jan 2017 - 9 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
10 Feb 2017 - 6 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
7 Apr 2017 - 4 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
5 May 2017 - 25 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
26 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2 Jun 2017 - 13 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
14 Jul 2017 - 7 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
8 Sep 2017 - 28 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
29 Sep 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
20 Oct 2017 - 30 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
31 Oct 2017 - 18 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
19 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A 30% deposit is required for a booking the residue of the payment is due 8 weeks prior to the booking. a £500 cautionary deposit is taken and refund after your stay. Check on-line for availability then phone or email to reserve booking.
Please ring or email for last minute availability.

Changeover Day:
Friday & Monday changeovers preferred. Arrival is normally after 4pm and departure by 10am. We will always be as flexible as possible, it's your holiday after all!

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per night in UK pounds. Weekly prices are cheaper. Ring for a chat about your requirements, special events willingly catered for. Catering offered. Discount given to returning guests. Winter mid week stay 4 nights pay for 3. Please ring or email for last minute availability and discounted price

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From the Owner

Whitelady House is a large country house ideal for exclusive anniversary or birthday celebrations, wedding, stag and hen parties, reunions, family get-together or just for that special holiday. The house has been renovated and lovingly refurbished, we had great fun furnishing it and think it exuding style and character with oak beams, inglenook fireplaces and exposed stone work, whilst retaining a homely, relaxed atmosphere. The house is spacious with a modern kitchen, large 12 seater dining room, Drawing room with inglenook & woodburner, Sitting room with woodburner, 6 Bedrooms (2 king size & 4 twins), 4 Bathrooms (3 en-suite), Hot tub, croquet lawn, table tennis and free entry to Lydford Gorge. We even have Stables available for your horse.

Property Type

  • house


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite shower room to Bed1 ground floor with walk in dressing room. En suite shower room to bed3 with electric shower, Ensuite to master bedroom with electric shower, double sinks and WC. Family bathroom, bath/shower, WC & basin


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bed1 (french windows to garden with en-suite) twin beds, Bed 2 twin beds, Bed 3 king bed with en-suite, Master - king with en-suite, Bed5 twin beds, Bed6 twin bed. All rooms are large with plenty of storage and hanging all except bed2 have TV's


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: We welcome weekend & short break all year round as well as full week stays. Catering: We can offer a “catered” option, we will serve delicious locally-sourced home cooked food of your choice leaving you to enjoy a really leisurely stress free break. We can also arrange for a local celebrity chef to come and cook a gourmet dinner for that special celebratory meal. Or alternatively we can provide good home cooked meals for you to pop in the oven at your convenience. Or for those who love to source and prepare their own food and opt for “self catering” we can provide a list of the best local suppliers and will be happy to collect and unpack any shopping you order in advance. Travel cot and high chair supplied. Outside: The garden is large with plenty of space for children to play and for sitting out with lots of tables and chairs, sun loungers, swinging seat, large gas BBQ parasols etc. A Hot tub in the garden which is maintained at 38.4 C for guest enjoyment, fabulous way to relax with a glass of wine in the evening. Also a croquet lawn and table tennis. Plus lots of activities locally including riding, cycling (route 27 & the Granite Way passes through Lydford), fishing, shooting, canoeing, golf (Concessionary golf at Tavistock & Okehampton, Tree Surfing!, Power Boating the list is endless. Places of interest Castle Drago, Morwellham Quay, Bucklad Abbey, Cotehele, The Garden House, Rosemoor Gardens, The Eden Project, The Hoe, Plymouth Gin Factory, Museum of Dartmoor Life, Dartmoor Prison Museum to mention but a few. Utility Room: Washing machine, dryer, sink, downstairs cloakroom, cleaning equipment, 2 Hoovers, iron, ironing board Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Luxury Cotton Linen, huge fluffy towels (bath and hand towel and Hot tub towel) and robes provided. The house is cleaned and changed for your arrival, if you stay for two weeks, beds will be changed and bathrooms cleaned mid stay. Other: Huge dinning rooms with beautiful upholstered crushed velvet chairs large Arts and Craft oak table seating 12 in comfort, slate floor, mirrors, candelabra, two oak dressers, slate floor. Central heating, double glazed throughout, patio doors

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