Burgh Island Hotel

Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon

A sea tractor ferries guests across the sands to this white concrete Art Deco edifice on a tidal island, built as a party venue in the 1930s, and what a swell party it is! More

Good Hotel Guide Review

A sea tractor ferries guests across the sands to this white concrete Art Deco edifice on a tidal island, built as a party venue in the 1930s, and what a swell party it is! Room names nod to illustrious past guests. Suites such as Noël Coward have a lounge with Deco furniture, Devon fudge, bespoke toiletries. Agatha Christie’s writing retreat will sleep six. A trusted reader and a Guide insider tell separately of a compact room with poor lighting and with a metal-framed window that wouldn’t shut: he hated it, and she forgave everything for the fun of it all. We hope the recent refurbishment has sorted out the glitches. The furniture in the Jane Marple room was old-fashioned, ‘which is precisely the point’. There was no hospitality tray, but ‘tea or coffee is delivered every morning. Room service is ordered via a Bakelite telephone.’ After a dip in the sea-bathing Mermaid Pool, you can enjoy afternoon tea or cocktails under the ‘peacock’ ceiling of the Palm Court, eat seafood in The Nettlefold, or put on the Ritz for a black-tie dinner in the Grand Ballroom. The 13th-century Pilchard Inn is the place for fish and chips and a pint.

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.

Facilities

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

Background music

period in public rooms.

Children

no under-5s, no under-13s in ballroom, extra bed £150.

Dogs

allowed in Beach House, Artist's Studio and Pilchard Inn (£25 a night).

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £295, singles from £270. 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