Burgh Island Hotel


A favourite haunt of Noel Coward and Agatha Christie - sip cocktails in a domed bar, dance cheek to cheek in the ballroom...


25 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


When the tide is in this ocean liner of a hotel is stranded on its own island. It’s romantic here and filled with history so allow yourself to be whisked back to the pre-war days of Agatha Christie and Noel Coward – both of whom were regular guests.

Walk the coastline or spend idle days on the beach; there’s a private cove with turquoise waters – a natural salt water swimming pool. Return to the terrace at the Palm Court Bar for afternoon tea or a cocktail with glorious sea views. You’ll find a snooker room, table tennis and the library has TV.

Dress up properly for three-course dinners in The Ballroom where there’s usually a pianist or house band, although you can head for The Captain’s Cabin or Ganges Restaurant if you prefer to be more casual. In the morning, tea or coffee is brought to your room – a nice old-fashioned touch.

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We think you'll love

  • Getting there by sea tractor
  • The glamour
  • The sea views and private saltwater pool
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Home truths

  • There’s only a pub within walking distance
  • You do need to dress for dinner
  • No TV in the rooms


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends.
2 January to 12 February.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch from £16. Dinner included; non-residents £75. Afternoon tea £18.50. Sunday lunch, non-residents, £62.


Nightly price
from £440
Price includes dinner for two.
10 Doubles
From £440
3 Twin/doubles
From £495
12 Suites for 2
From £570


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The neighbourhood

Burgh Island is just off Bigbury-on-Sea, a coastal village in South Devon. At high tide, you’ll have to get here by sea tractor, a quirky vehicle specially created for the hotel that makes for a memorable journey. The South West Coastal Path passes the far end of the island so you may see the odd rambler but otherwise there are no shops here, and only one pub - a former fisherman and smuggler's haunt called The Pilchard Inn, which has curry night on Fridays.

Local points of interest from Burgh Island

  • Burgh Island Hotel has a magnificant location by the sea on its own 26 acre island. It is surrounded by a sandy beach and spectacular views over the sea.
  • It was a favourite place for iconic people like Agatha Christie, who wrote 2 of her books in the Beach House room, Noel Coward and other pre-War luminaries.
  • Beaches The hotel can be accessed in two ways: by hotel's own Land Rovers or unique Sea Tractor (when the tide is in).
  • In season, there is a mermaid pool for natural swim lovers.
  • Burgh Island Hotel is famous for it's Art Deco features and atmosphere.


Burgh Island

Most of the staff have been here for years - the manager for ten years, one of the barmen for 25 years - and the entire team make sure your stay is as special and memorable as can be.