Burgh Island Hotel

César award in 2012

‘A truly memorable stay,’ was enjoyed by visitors this year to this Grade II listed hotel on a tidal island at the end of Bigbury beach. Opened in 1929, the ‘quirky’ building was a favourite retreat of illustrious guests including Agatha Christie and Noël Coward. Today, it ‘remains an amazing experience which everyone should enjoy at least once’ (according to a Guide hotelier). It was restored in 2006 as an ‘Art Deco tour de force’ by owners Deborah Clark and Tony Orchard. Named after famous guests, bedrooms are individually decorated in period style; nearly all have views of the sea. ‘Our bathroom was bigger than the bedroom and had a sofa by the window.’ Black tie is encouraged at dinner, where chef Tim Hall’s ‘outstanding’ daily-changing menus have much local produce and ‘plenty of choice’, perhaps poached Beesands lobster tail, chickpea and red pepper salad; John Dory, French gnocchi, samphire, girolles. ‘When we stayed, the Great Gatsby band played the night away, which totally completed the Art Deco experience.’ (Juliette Albone, Annabel Thomas)
  • Amazing. A complete one-off, which means the hotel gets away with things that others might not. It was in need of a bit of redecoration, but it was the end of the season so could have been about to happen. The staff were very friendly, helpful and efficient. The setting is magical - to walk round the island as the sun set with a gin and tonic was a total pleasure followed by another drink in the Pilchard Inn by the roaring fire. Our en suite bathroom was actually bigger than the bedroom, and the sofa was set by the window there and made the most of the amazing views. The food was very good at dinner, and the breakfast was outstanding. Arriving by sea tractor was an experience in itself.

    Annabel Thomas, 09/05/2015

  • A truly memorable stay in an amazing hotel. unlike any other. From the moment you arrive you are made to feel special. The hotel itself is very quirky, and features authentic art deco style throughout. We stayed in the Fruity Metcalfe room, which has sea views from both the bedroom and bathroom. In fact, the bathroom was almost more impressive than the bedroom. In keeping with the era there are no tea/coffee facilities in the rooms, but each morning a tray of beverages is bought to your room at a pre-arranged time. The food was outstanding. A daily-changing evening menu, primarily sourced from local producers, with plenty of choice. It was lovely to choose your menu over cocktails in the lounge before heading into the ballroom for the evening. The food was served at our pace. The night we stayed the 'Great Gatsby' Band played the night away, which totally completed the art deco experience. Breakfast also offers great choice, and once again the food quality was superb.

    Juliette Albone, 25/08/2014

  • It is the most romantic hotel. The rooms are great and the food is lovely. Staff are excellent, particularly the barman

    Paula Cairns, 15/01/2014

  • Our second visit, and once again we stayed in the Beach House. This must be one of the most romayic rooms on the planet, with stunning views. The rest of the hotel helps you forget everyday life and drift gently back to a bygone era with staff that enhance this.

    Richard Axford, 03/03/2012

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Local attractions

Plymouth's Marine Aquarium
Over 4,000 animals from 400 species are displayed in realistic habitats, from local shorelines to coral reefs.
The Pilchard's Inn
A 14th-century smugglers' inn.
Plymouth Gin Distillery
Guided tours of the distillery are available.

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Contact Details

Burgh Island Hotel

Burgh Island BIGBURY-ON-SEA Devon England TQ7 4BG


01548 810514

Further Information


25. 1 suite in Beach House, apartment above Pilchard Inn.


all year, except 2 weeks in Jan.


lift, sun lounge, Palm Court bar, dining room, ballroom, billiard room, table tennis, spa, free Wi-Fi, civil wedding licence, 17-acre grounds on 26-acre island (30-metre natural sea swimming pool, tennis).

Background music

1920s and1930s in bar, live Wed, Sat with dinner in ballroom.


not under 5, no under-12s at dinner, high tea.


not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


[2015] per room D,B&B single £310, double £400--£640. 1-night bookings refused Sat, some bank holidays.