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“Beautiful place with their own strict rules”
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Burgh Island Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Burgh Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 August 2014

This is a wonderful place. The building it self, the island-feeling when the tide is high, the food was very good and elegantly served, so were the drinks. The enormous beach just below is beautiful and the water crystal clear. You feel that you travel many decades back in time - and the owners of the hotel really want to have a focus on that.. That Is the only drawback regarding this hotel... We feel it is a bit silly that the men HAS to have a black suit to be allowed in to the dining room. The women were allowed in as long as they wore some sort of dress..We were traveling around south of England visiting 10 different places and hotels, the night at Burgh Island was only one of many stays. We did NOT have space for a big black boring suit in our luggage on our summer holiday. My husband looked much better than rest of the men enjoying their dinner in the same, black suit (We did get food... we were served in a room just for us) So this was a bit too conservative for our liking.

Room Tip: The odeon has an enormous bathroom with a lovely bath. Recommended
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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OwnerBI, Owner at Burgh Island Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2014

Thank you for your charming review and it was our pleasure to welcome you here from Norway. The black tie thing is, indeed, one of our "things" and most guests embrace the dress code with open arms. It is, I acknowledge, a bit of a traditional thing and not to everyone's taste. However, we do find that almost all of our guests welcome the chance to experience a different era of elegance. It's also true that we get complaints from our black tie diners when more casual diners eat in the Ball Room. So it's a bit of a line for us to tread. Any readers feeling qualms about black tie in the evening should know a) it always makes you look good so please try it b) we have several sizes of dinner suit to hire on the spot in the hotel and c) we always offer private and romantic dining in The Captain's Cabin if a more relaxed evening is preferred.

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Reviewed 27 August 2014 via mobile

Had this bought me by a relative as a thank you present took my daughter incredible from arriving the staff are fantastic totally professional service first class the food was amazing the best lemon sole ever the entertainment was first class. Gary the cocktail was a delight and advised us on wines all in all a unique experience if i never return i have experienced something unique

  • Stayed: August 2014
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OwnerBI, Owner at Burgh Island Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2014

And thank you on our behalf to your generous and thoughtful relative who enabled you to join our guest list; it was our pleasure to welcome you and your daughter. Our fish is very fresh and very local - I'm glad you enjoyed the lemon sole - which Chef tells me comes in from Brixham day boats. I can only hope that this will not be a one off for you and we may welcome you at some time in the future.

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Reviewed 26 August 2014

Because our trip on the Orient Express was the only holiday that comes close to matching the glamour, sophistication and Art Deco ambience of Burgh Island Hotel. Our first visit was as a couple in 2010, this time we were accompanied by close friends, so it was a pleasure to see their enthusiasm as well. Also delightful to be recognised by Gary and the manager, and to be cosseted by the always smiling and helpful staff. Exemplary food and drink, and a small query over the condition of a bottle of wine dealt with in a most professional manner, by Gary, needless to say. Having enjoyed a splendid two days wafted along on a magic carpet of cocktails and black ties, we returned home on Sunday evening, but kept the dream going a little longer by watching the David Suchet version of Evil under the Sun!

Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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OwnerBI, Owner at Burgh Island Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2014

Thank you for your second generous review of Burgh Island. It's our luck that you have converted your wife to the charms of the era and we hope to see you many more times in the future. Now your faces and cocktails are imprinted in Gary's little grey cells you're part of an elite black book of guests and will, i hope, always feel at home with us. PS: if you love Noel Coward, you might enjoy our annual Valentine's Ball, hosted by "Noel" himself and friends.

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Reviewed 25 August 2014

Along with our two good friends we were deciding how to celebrate our 36th wedding anniversaries that are within 6 days of each other. Our friends having stayed at Burgh Island 4 years ago suggested that we also might enjoy this wonderful Art Deco hotel. So without any persuasion two suites were booked with the dates falling nicely in the middle of our two celebrations. What can I say, this is certainly a piece of heaven on earth, you immediately relax and forget the troubles in the world. With no television and no wifi or telephone signals you are in you own world, free to drift from luxurious breakfast to an evening of genteel cocktails and magnificent dinner. Thank you Andy and Ros for introducing us to this Wonderful hotel and thank you Burgh Island for making us feel so special.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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OwnerBI, Owner at Burgh Island Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2014

It was our pleasure indeed to provide a backdrop to your very significant anniversaries. I am happy that you were able fully to unwind in our time machine and simply enjoy each other's company - which, beyond anything else, is the point of a romantic get away. Thank you for your kind review.

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Reviewed 22 August 2014

This was a special occasion and we had been before and enjoyed it so much we couldn't wait to come again. our last visit had been in spring as few years ago so we were looking forward to the experience of visiting in summer. We were not disappointed, from the telephone call to the hotel to tell them we were waiting on the mainland to the 4 by 4 ride over to the island, the excitement takes hold and it is all fabulous. We took lots of books and the weather was good so relaxing on a reclining chair out in the sun was our idea of heaven. The sun must have gone to our heads, so much so that one of us was daft enough to try the mermaid pool and he met someone else daft enough to join him! Evenings are expected to be fun and formal and we did our best to join in. Gary's martini cocktails are amazing, but never have more than two! The staff did their upmost to make our visit really special and we can't wait to go again.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank SueandFran
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OwnerBI, Owner at Burgh Island Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

We're delighted that you returned after 4 years to sample our Art Deco delights again. It was really a pleasure and we remember your dip in the Mermaid Pool well ;) As Mae West said about cocktails (and Gary keeps this behind the bar as an aide memoire): "I'll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure." Hoping to see you both back soon for more flamboyant fun.

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Reviewed 20 August 2014

Long story short, communication breakdown arrived with no black tie outfit for restaurant . Panic ensued , daggers from family, holiday in tatters!!
But no The lovely Hugh , manager , went above and beyond the call of duty and somehow managed to cobble together for me not only a suit , but shirt , tie, shoes and I'm not joking socks!! I shall go to the ball !!
Thank you Hugh .
This really is a wonderful place which no website can do justice , with the sun shining I can't think of anything more beautiful anywhere

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Paul A
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OwnerBI, Owner at Burgh Island Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

Thank you for your kind words Paul. if you knew Hugh as we know Hugh! He's a one-man black tie expert and can conjure Fred Astaire from thin air. I think the traces of Art Deco star dust and moonshine can still be felt in your gorgeous review - and I'm not Hugh!

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Reviewed 19 August 2014 via mobile

Brilliant took my partner for her birthday.
Food brilliant
Garden suite just perfect
Weather awful
Cannot wait to return next year repairs to the outdoor pool should be complete.
There is not a great deal to do on the island but the surrounding beaches are wonderful.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank Andew S
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OwnerBI, Owner at Burgh Island Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

Andrew, thank you for your Haiku: we love.
Pleasure having you to stay in our Garden Suite. Weather awful throughout Europe this summer but cosy on Island! Mermaid Pool final approach deferred pending very, very exciting project that you'll love! Watch this space and come back to enjoy next year: I don't think you need much to do on the perfect escape but we can offer: table tennis, snooker, spa, salt water bathing, beach walks, tennis, croquet, real ale drinking and oyster eating on the Island as well as the Art Deco experience!

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Address: Bigbury-on-Sea, Burgh Island TQ7 4BG, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Burgh Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Burgh Island
Price Range: £195 - £285 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 25
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 
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Burgh Island Hotel Devon

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