One of Europe's finest Art Deco Hotels
Well this Hotel is simply gorgeous. Jan and I would love to go here!! Have you been?
Situated near the small seaside village of Bigbury-on-Sea on the coast of South Devon in England, Situated near the small seaside village of Bigbury-on-Sea on the coast of South Devon in England, The Burgh Island Hotel is regarded as one of Europe’s finest examples of Art Deco design and has been a popular destination for visitors and celebrities for almost a hundred years. and has been a popular destination for visitors and celebrities for almost a hundred years.
Built in 1929, the hotel is accessible by foot or car on low tide or by a unique sea tractor at high tide. The island is strongly associated with writer Agatha Christie, who often visited and used the island and its hotel as a setting and inspiration for two famous novels: And Then There Were None (1939) and Evil Under the Sun (1941).
There are several buildings on the island including The Pilchard Inn A traditional 14th century 2 bar pub, dating back to 1336 with bare stone walls, exposed roof timbers and stone paved floor.
It’s rumoured President Eisenhower and Prime Minister Winston Churchill met at the hotel before D-Day, while the Duke of Windsor and Wallace Simpson reportedly visited. The Beatles stayed in the hotel before playing a concert in Plymouth.
Burgh Island Hotel comprises 25 en suite sea view guest bedrooms and suites uniquely decorated with original Art Deco features and have been named after famous visitors such as Noel Coward, Lord Mountbatten & Amy Johnson.
Two of the suites sit externally from the hotel: The Beach House and The Artist’s Studio, The Beach House was originally built as a writer’s retreat for the world’s best-selling novelist, Agatha Christie, who based two of her well-known novels on the island ‘And Then There Were None’ and ‘Evil Under the Sun’.
The hotel houses three restaurants for guests, The Palm Court, a spectacular ambient sun lounge and terrace, often referred to as ‘a temple of art deco’ and cocktail bar by night, The Nettlefold, offering fresh, local produce with cliff-top settings and ocean views, and The Grand Ballroom, offering an exquisite fine dining experience surrounded by original Art Deco murals and furnishings, stepping guests back in time to the 1930s with live jazz and pianists.
Notable past guest include:
Lord Mountbatten of Burma and the Last Viceroy of India.
Amy Johnson, Aviator.
Edward Viii and Wallis Simpson.
Nancy Cunard, Socialite and Muse.
R J Mitchell, Designer of the Spitfire.
Noel Coward, Playwright and Director.
Josephine Baker, Dancer and Singer.
Malcolm Campbell, World Speed Record Holder.
Josephine Baker, Dancer and Singer.
In December 2022, the Council unanimously agreed to grant ‘first in 100 years ‘planning approval which will provide significant development to the island, to include a four-storey ‘titanic’ style hotel extension to create an additional 12 guest suites and 2 staff rooms, the construction of a single storey green-roofed building for an additional 11 en suite staff bedrooms, and extensions to both The Pilchard Inn and Nettlefold restaurant.
The Hotel is on now on sale with Knight Frank for offers in excess of £15,000,000
All photo credits to Knight Frank and The Burgh Island Hotel
Here's a link to the Hotel's web page - The Burgh Island Hotel
This link gives you an amazing 360 degree tour of the hotel - Digital Walkthrough
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