This does not contain personal opinion as to the suitability of The White House for those with access needs but aims to describe the building and facilities that are available to all guests. We aim to ensure that all employees, guests and others who use the hotel are treated equally and according to their needs. Should you have any questions please call us on 01297 560411 and we will do what we can to assist. Guide dogs are welcome in all public areas of the hotel.
Getting there There is a map of our location if you scroll down here. For SatNav directions our postcode is DT66PJ. We are in the middle of the village more or less opposite St Andrews Church.
The nearest railway station is 5 miles from us at Axminster on the London Waterloo to Exeter Line. There are hourly buses from the railway station which stop right outside the hotel. The village itself is well served with regular buses, the X31 and the Jurassic Express X53 though these do not run late in the evenings and there are fewer on Sundays. We can organise a taxi for you should you wish though often these need to be booked in advance. Our local Taxi firm is Floyds on 01297 560733.
We are happy to encourage guests to use public transport both in travelling to and whilst staying at The White House. We are happy to arrange taxis and advise of bus timings where required.
The Hotel is a four bedroomed Regency Villa in the heart of the village in the valley of the River Char. It is situated facing south on the old main road through the village (the A35 bypasses the village to the north) on a fairly gentle slope rising from east to west. Turning left out of the hotel there is a gentle slope to the shops and a relatively level walk to the sea along Lower Sea Lane. Turning right out of the driveway the hill gets a lot steeper as you head out of the village.
Parking We have a car park to the rear of the hotel through a driveway immediately to the east of the building. This has a 'dogleg' halfway up and we advise that care is taken, especially when exiting, for larger vehicles. We are usually on hand to guide you out should that be required. There is a level walk from the car park of about 20/30 meters to the main side entrance. There is room for people and luggage to be dropped off at the side door before parking in the car park. We are happy to assist with your bags.
The Terrace To the front of the hotel is a terraced sitting area. There are three steps to access this at the side from the driveway, three at the front from the street and one step from the front door.
The ground floor of the Hotel has a central corridor from front to back leading off to a large ground floor bedroom to one side and the lounge/dining area to the other. The floors are all carpeted and are even. There is a 'pinch point' by reception area which is too narrow for most wheelchairs. There is a downstairs public loo.
The lounge area has three settees and two occasional chairs with a wood burning stove in the fireplace. The lounge leads directly into the dining area which has four tables and can seat up to 12 people in a variety of configurations.
The carpeted staircase rises in two parts with a bannister to the left. There are 11 steps up to a small landing then a further 5 steps up to rooms 1 and 2 and five other steps up to room 3 to the rear of the building. We do not have a lift.
Room one is a large two room suite on the first floor with a lounge area and a bedroom. The bedroom is accessed through an interconnecting door from the lounge. There is a short pile carpet in both rooms. The lounge area has a leather settee (which folds out as a double bed) and two further chairs and a table. The bathroom, accessed through the bedroom, has a tiled floor. It is well lit with a large window and halogen spotlights. There is a toilet, sink and a power shower over the bath. The shower and has a mixer tap. The taps for the bath are separate. Non slip mats are available for the shower.
Room Two is a large room with a window seat, two tub chairs and a superking double or twin beds. There is an area for luggage storage and a large bathroom with both a bath and a seperate shower cubicle. The room is well lit with halogen spotlights and a large window. The floor is tiled. There is a non-slip mat available.
Room Three is to the rear of the hotel and is large superking double room with a seating area with two bucket chairs. The room has three windows which look to the east and the north. There is a large bathroom with a double bath. The power shower in this room is over the bath with seperate contols for each.There is a non-slip mat available.
Room Four is a large ground floor superking double or twin room. The entrance takes you into an ante room from which is accessed the main bedroom and the shower room. The ante room and bedroom are carpeted with a short pile carpet . There is a curved door into the bedroom which has French Windows with a small step out onto the front terrace. The shower room has a large shower with walk in access and a mixer tap. The floor is tiled. There is a non-slip mat available.
- There is free wifi throughout the building.
- All bedrooms have independent heaters in each rooms as well as centrally controlled heating
- There is a fire alarm with sounder at a minimum 65dB at bedhead.
- Staff are aware of and trained in the fire proceedure.
- All our bedding is hypoallergenic
- We do not have telephones in the bedrooms
- We live on site and can be contacted either by mobile phone or a bell at reception in the event of a night time emergency. Room folders in each room have all the neccesary information.
- The hotel is entirely non smoking.
- There is good mobile phone network connectivity from the main providers (EE, Orange, T Mobile, O2) though be aware that coverage in Dorset is, in certain areas, quite patchy.