We have just stayed for two nights at the hotel and have nothing but praise for the experience; from the moment we phoned to arrange access to the garage to the moment we reluctantly climbed from the sea tractor at the end of our stay the whole experience was fantastic.
As we were two couples we had booked the Josephine Baker and Avon suites on the advice of the hotel and it is to be thoroughly recommended as those two suites share a private terrace – the Poop Deck – which is a fantastic place to while away some time looking across the Mermaid Pool and watching the sea birds. (Perhaps a few loungers and small table might be a welcome addition?)
Having read a few of the previous comments that mentioned the hotel being shabby I have to say that there are one or two patches of damaged plaster here and there that must be a continuous preservation challenge but this is surely to be expected in a hotel that’s privately owned, not backed by an enormous chain and is stuck on an island in the English Channel. I am sure it would be relatively straightforward to eliminate many of the maintenance problems by simply replacing much of the fabric of the building with modern alternatives but this would destroy much of its inherent character so to remark on its being ‘shabby’ is to be missing the point – a few items require ongoing maintenance but shabby it isn’t!
The staff were all lovely, both in the hotel and The Pilchard Inn, the food fantastic, the rooms comfortable and stylish and the hotel itself spot-on – the decoration and attention to detail superb – there is always something to look at whether it is a photo, a piece of furniture or simply the view.
For various reasons our visit had been ten years in the planning and we had thought that it might be a once in a lifetime experience – we were wrong, it won’t be, we’ll be back!
- 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