Burgh Island

Burgh Island sits in pride of place across the water from Bigbury-On-Sea and is a must-visit for decadent afternoon teas, romantic escapes and celebratory occasions.

A famous Devon hotel

A private island, connected to mainland England only by a strip of sand where the tide comes in from both sides, it is best known as the home to Burgh Island Hotel – a 1930s gem frequented by Agatha Christie.

At high tide, the island is accessible only by its custom designed sea tractor, while low tide allows you to walk over or (if you’re a hotel guest), a smart four-wheel drive will escort you by prior arrangement. 

History, style and romance

The original art deco hotel is well known for encouraging guests to dress up in clothing befitting its founding era, to enjoy fine dining in the evening and a true sense of occasion. The views, the unique history and the enchanting style saw the hotel voted the “most romantic hotel in Britain” by readers of Good Hotel Guide in 2012. Unique details include their secluded Mermaid Pool – a seawater bathing pool formed from the natural rock formations.

Its illustrious guests have also added to its fame and reputation. Winston Churchill and the aforementioned Agatha Christie (whose summer home, Greenways in nearby Dittisham) both visited, the latter setting two of her novels on the island: And Then There Were None and Evil Under the Sun.

An ancient inn

In addition to the hotel, Burgh Island is also home to The Pilchard Inn in contrast to the lavish hotel, this 700-year-old pub is small and enchanting with many of its original interiors still intact. Perfect for a pint or fish and chips, it’s a heart-warming place to pop in and visit. Needless to say, you would be wise to check the weather and tides before heading off on your island adventure.