Burgh Island Hotel

Burgh Island Hotel Devon & Cornwall

Iconic hotel located on a private tidal island in South Devon


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Burgh Island Hotel is an iconic Devon landmark on its own tidal island and surrounded by golden beaches and silver seas. Built in 1929 extended in 1932 and now restored to its '30s glamour, step back in time for a retreat like no other.

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Sparkling Lazy Break - Cosy Double

From £231.60 pppn for a 5 night stay, to £310 pppn for a 1 night stay

Stay in a Cosy Double room and receive:

  • Chilled half bottle of Champagne in the room on arrival (value £36)
  • Exquisite 3 course dinner for two on the first evening (value £85 per person)
  • Full English breakfast daily
  • Lazy check out till midday

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  • Famous 1930s Art Deco retreat
  • Overlooking Bigbury On Sea and Bantham Beaches

  • The Mermaid Pool for natural sea water swimming

  • Choice of Restaurants

  • Spa treatment room and sauna

  • A pioneer in the Green Tourism movement.

  • Green Tourism Gold Award

Home truths

  • The majority of bedrooms do not have televisions, take a digital detox! Wifi is available (free of charge) in the hotel's public rooms, and a public television is available in the Library. Mobile phone reception on the island is limited.
  • The main resident dining experience in the Ballroom is a formal, black-tie affair - dress to impress! This means dinner jackets for men. More casual dining is available in The Nettlefold Restaurant.
  • The hotel is located on an island and therefore transport can be dictated by the tides, however the hotel are adept in managing this. Please be aware that weather and wind may affect your crossing times. You will be advised of the best times to cross in advance of arrival.

25 Bedrooms
Four Poster Bed
Internet Connection in Rooms
Dogs May Be Accepted by Prior Arrangement

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Burgh Island Hotel
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Good to know

Hotel check-in time:

3:30 PM

Hotel check-out time:

11:30 AM


Opening Times

Please contact the hotel directly to check availability for dining.

Dress Code

Please wear something glamorous and something that makes your visit special. Black tie and evening dress are absolutely de rigeur for all guests in the Ball Room. If you prefer a less formal evening, please ask to dine in the Captain's Cabin or The Nettlefold Restaurant, where the dress code is smart but not black tie.

Parking Facilities

There are garages located on the mainland in Bighbury on Sea, accessed by a code.  You will need to call the hotel on approach so that instructions can be given.  This will also allow the hotel drivers time to cross the beach to collect you and your luggage. 

Please note the Sea Tractor fare is included for residents

Disabled Access

There is a lift to 2 floors, however none of their rooms are suitable for wheelchair users or guests with mobility issues. The sea tractor requires approximately 10 steps to climb into.

The hotel has one Cosy Double room, one Suite and the Agatha Christie's Beach House with a walk in shower, please contact us prior to booking if this is required.

Child Policy

Children over 5 are welcome, a maximum of two children can be accommodated in the Grand Suite only. Children are not allowed in the bar or public areas after 7 pm but may use the Library and can dine in the Pilchard pub. Children are charged at £150 per child per night bed and breakfast. Children under the age of 13 can dine in the Pilchard pub only. 

Children 13 years old and above are classed as adults so would pay adult price on the offers. They are allowed to dine in the Ballroom.

Other Information

Art Deco

Art Deco Inspiration Burgh Island is widely regarded as one of the foremost places to see and experience Art Deco in Europe.

Art Deco is an influential visual arts design style that takes its name from the important 'Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes' which took place in Paris in 1925.  It became popular across the globe in the 1920s and '30s.  As a design style Art Deco represented a rejection of the organic, sensous motifs of pre-War Art Nouveau in favour of clean lines and ‘modern', often bright, colours.  It was largely made possible by new manufacturing techniques and increased access of the new middle class to luxury goods.  The boom in cinema audiences spread the message across the globe: glamorous living was accessible and had arrived!

History of the hotel

In the 1890s, the music hall star George H Chirgwin built a prefabricated wooden house on Burgh Island, which was used by guests for weekend parties.

The island was sold in 1927 to the filmmaker Archibald Nettlefold, who built a more substantial hotel in an Art Deco style that was in vogue at the time. By the 1930s Burgh Island had become one of the most popular hotels of it's time. Improvements and additions to the hotel were made during the 1930s, including the addition of The Captain's Cabin, literally the captain's cabin of HMS Ganges, a warship built in 1821 (and the last British wooden flagship in the Royal Navy).

In World War II Burgh Island's convenient seaside location meant the hotel was used as a recovery centre for wounded RAF personnel. During the conflict the top two floors of the hotel were damaged by a bomb and despite being repaired, it suffered a period of post-war decline after being converted to self-catering apartment accommodation. The hotel was restored to its former glory in the first decade of this century and continues to thrive today as a special place to visit.

Today Burgh Island is a Grade II listed building and one of the foremost examples of Art Deco style in Europe. Agatha Christie made Burgh her second home, writing two books while on the Island. Noel Coward stayed on the Island, originally for three days, but this turned into three weeks.

Dogs Policy

Dogs are welcome in the Artist's Studio room only, an additional charge is applicable. This room can accommodate 2 large or 3 small dogs. Please contact us if you wish to bring a dog and we will be happy to check availability for you. Dogs are priced at £25 per dog per night. 

Dogs are not permitted in the main hotel. Guests may dine in The Pilchard Inn with their dog.

Dogs are permitted on the main beach at Bigbury-On-Sea all year round.

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