Burgh Island Hotel

Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon

This decadent Art Deco grande dame, set on its own tidal island, ‘harks back to a more glamorous age’, and a recent refurbishment has been given the thumbs up by faithful regulars. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

This decadent Art Deco grande dame, set on its own tidal island, ‘harks back to a more glamorous age’, and a recent refurbishment has been given the thumbs up by faithful regulars. After a glass of champagne, a trusted reviewer was shown to ‘Jane Marple’, a cosy double room on the first floor ‘with views over the lawn and the Mermaid pool beyond’. It was compact, with both an in-room bath tub and basin. Larger doubles and suites are more spacious, some with a vast bathroom, and have sweeping views of the bay. All rooms are ‘age-appropriately furnished’, and well equipped without being ‘boutiquified’, though the lighting may be ‘too dim to read by’. Evenings begin in the 1930s-style Palm Court Lounge, perhaps with a Burgh Bramble mixed by long-standing barman Gary, followed by a black-tie dinner of ‘imaginative and perfectly executed’ dishes in the Grand Ballroom. Sometimes there is dancing. Breakfast brings a buffet of breads, pastries and cereals or hot dishes cooked to order, including ‘kedgeree, porridge and full English’. Service 
is ‘friendly and efficient at all times’. ‘I loved 
every minute.’

Hotel details

Address

Burgh Island
Bigbury-on-Sea
Devon
TQ7 4BG
England

Telephone

01548 810514

Bedrooms

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

Open

all year, except Jan.

Facilities

lift, bar, 2 restaurants, ballroom, sun lounge, billiard room, private dining room, spa, civil wedding licence, 17-acre grounds, sea bathing pool, tennis court.

Background music

period in public rooms.

Children

not under 5, no under-13s at dinner.

Dogs

allowed in Beach House, Artist's Studio, and Pilchard Inn.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £345–£815, singles from £295. À la carte £75. 1-night bookings refused weekends, some bank holidays.

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Comments about Burgh Island Hotel

Since taking over this Devonian grande dame, Giles Fuch has carried out a multi-million pound renovation, but many of the hotels long-serving staff have remained. The bedrooms range from compact, to suites with a balcony or sun deck; some bathrooms are enormous. But the main event is cocktails in the Palm Court, Lounge with its magnificent peacock dome ceiling and atmosphere of a convivial house party, and the fabulous Grand Ballroom where nightly black-tie dinners are served. . We tucked into imaginative and perfectly executed dishes, served with a theatrical flourish. A unique opportunity to hark back to a more glamorous age. I loved every minute of it. - MO-S - January 2020
A little piece of magic off the coast of Devon. It is like travelling back in time. Dining is the piece de resistance. Three-courses in fine-dining style. Good old-fashioned service. - BF - March 2017

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide