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The White House Hotel, Herm
The only hotel on the bijou island of Herm, the White House Hotel is the place to stay to holiday like it's 1950. Enjoy sunning yourself on the immaculate lawns and taking a dip in the outdoor pool or rock-pooling on the hotel's beach. On wet days you can take your pick from the slightly sagging sofas in one of the rambling reception rooms and pull out a board game or two. The hotel restaurant has an old-fashioned formality or you can dine in a more relaxed environment in the neighbouring Ship Inn. Rooms with sea views make up for a lack of television and you can get stuck into the book by the bed about the people who bought the island after the Second World War.
The hotel is just a hop and a skip from a sandy beach with excellent rock pools.
The White House hotel is on the tiny, pedestrianised island of Herm, right by the beach.
By plane: flights from London Heathrow to Guernsey take around one hour 15 mins. skyscanner.net
By boat: ferries to St Peter Port run from Poole (3 hours) and Portsmouth (7 hours). condorferries.co.uk. The ferry from Guernsey to Herm takes 15 minutes. Isle of Herm ferry.
Style & Character
It's ideal for couples and families who don't want to camp. We love that loungers can be placed wherever you want in the grounds, so you can nestle by a palm or lounge at the edge of the pool.
Service & Facilities
The gardener is passionate and will happily spend half an hour with you talking about the biodiversity of the island.
- Swimming pool
- Free Wi-Fi
Room 7 is a corner room, which has dual aspect windows with excellent sea views from one and french doors to a wooden balcony overlooking the pool from the other. All rooms come with a copy of the book "Herm, Our Island Home" written by Jenny Wood who bought the island with her husband after the war and set up a self-sufficient community.
Single, Double, King/Twin, Cottage Double, Cottage King/Twin, Crow's Nest
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, bathrobes, hairdryer, Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
There's an emphasis on using island ingredients where possible. The classic lemon meringue tart in the Conservatory restaurant is a vintage treat.
Conservatory restaurant: Anglo-French fine dining, formal, seafood. Open daily April-October for dinner. Three courses from £39.95.
The Ship Inn: informal, pub classics. Open daily Apr-Oct for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mains from £12.50.
Afternoon tea: served in the Conservatory Restaurant 3-5pm; booking required.