I have longed to visit Burgh Island since I was a child when my fascination with all things Art Deco and Christie first began. As an adult, justifying the cost had become difficult, but then a surprise stay as a 34th birthday present made my wish come true. The hotel and surroundings are breathtaking, from each and every perfectly authentic detail, to the feeling of total relaxation and true escapism that we had from the moment the car collected us to take us over the causeway.
I have read/heard first hand some negativity with regard to the strict access policy at the hotel and The Pilchard. To this I would say, I do see where these views are coming from- for a lot of people, staying on the island is a dream that will always be out of reach, so a look around and drink at the pub would at least be a part of the amazing experience. However, as someone lucky enough to have stayed there, the exclusivity is an important part of the experience. It is pricey (although worth every penny), and during our stay - with only three other couples booked in, we truly felt special, and so, so lucky to be a part of the atmosphere. Stepping back in time, exploring the hotel (around every corner is another stunning piece of furniture/art) and having a drink at The Pilchard in our own private area was fabulous. My advice for anyone itching to visit, is do it!! Save up, that's what my husband did for me, trust me- it's worth it! We'll be back for my 40th, for a long weekend this time. In the meantime, we make do with stays in Bigbury-on-Sea and still walk over to the island, enjoying the stunning views on the causeway. Yes, we may not be able to enter the hotel, but this adds to the magic for me, knowing that we'll be back one day and that world will be ours once again...wonderful!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Authentic Art Deco hotel on its own private tidal island. Frequented by Agatha Christie, Noel Coward, Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, amongst others. Join our famous guest list for lounging on our sunny terraces, a snug pint in front of the fire in The Pilchard - our 14th century inn - cocktails at sunset and black tie dining every night. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Burgh Hotel Island
- Burgh Island Hotel Devon