Burgh Island South Devon

“Full of character, this seaside art deco hotel on a tidal island is a true 'experience' hotel, where time has stood still in the 1930s. Comfortable period-style rooms. Locally sourced food and classic pre-war cocktails are on the menu. Half board only, because the tide locks you in at night.”

Photo of Burgh Island

“Built in the 1930s on a 26-acre tidal island, Burgh Island has been cleverly styled as an Art Deco nostalgia trip – and fair enough: it was patronized by stars of the day, including Noel Coward and Agatha Christie. Staying there is rather like being in a Bertie Wooster novel or a Poirot mystery. You will find GPO Bakelite telephones (no mobile signal here) and classic pre-war cocktails, and be encouraged to dress up, with men donning black tie on two nights a week. Dancing is to live bands. Rooms are comfortable, even luxurious, and have fine sea views. The furniture is very well chosen and the period is mirrored accurately. Vigorous guests can bathe in the Mermaid Pool, a natural rock pool (where the hotel keeps fresh lobsters) or enjoy the tennis court and croquet lawn. Spa treatments are available and the food, locally sourced, is excellent. An experience that everyone should try.”

Written by  Fiona Duncan

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Sunday Times Ultimate 100 British Hotels 2014

You can’t get more seaside than a hotel that’s cut off by the tide twice a day....

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Facilities

Bar
Wedding license
Sauna/Steam
Hairdresser/Beauty Salon
Including 'injectables.'
Massage
Treatments available either in your room (depending on the size) or in the hotel treatment room.
No pets
Restrictions on children
No under 5s, no under 12s at dinner
Billiard/pool table
A classic 1930s billiard room
Games room
Spa
Restaurant
Seasonal menu with classic dishes, locally sourced.
Swimming Pool
Seawater pool
Garden
12 acre grounds, 27 acre island
Gym
Sitting Room

Activities

Hotel boats for hire
Rowing boats can be hired from the hotel.
Tennis
Sights nearby
There are a number of day excursions from Burgh Island, to historical houses and castles.

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27 rooms from $411 per night

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Recommended for

Beach Life
Located along a rugged stretch of British coastline
Retro/Vintage
Decorated in an authentic 1930s style

Activities

Hotel boats for hire
Rowing boats can be hired from the hotel.
Tennis
Sights nearby
There are a number of day excursions from Burgh Island, to historical houses and castles.

Other highlights

Secluded setting
Cut off at high tide
Owner managed
Wedding license
Restrictions on children
No under 5s, no under 12s at dinner
Literary
Agatha Christie, Noel Coward and others were original guests at the hotel.
Theme hotel
1920s and 30s
Full of character
Views
Spa
Restaurant
Seasonal menu with classic dishes, locally sourced.
On the beach
Seaviews
Gym
Quirky
Intriguing '30s setting.
On an island

Hotel size

27 rooms
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