Historic Hotel in Devon

Historic places to stay don’t get much more unique than the marvellous Burgh Island Hotel. 

The striking Burgh Island Hotel first began its journey of captivation and eccentricity in the 1890s when George H Chirgwin built a prefabricated wooden house for guests to use at weekends for lavish and incredible parties. 

Since then the island and the hotel has become one of the most unique and fabulous hotels in the UK inviting guests all year round for a historical hotel stay on your very own island getaway. With 25 rooms and suites, you simply will never experience magic like at Burgh Island.

Steeped in history

Burgh Island is one of the most unique and historic places in England to stay. The island was first used as a fabulous party venue in the 1890s when George H Chirgwin first built a prefabricated wooden house for guests. In 1927 the island was sold to Archibald Nettlefold who built a more substantial Art Deco haven that even made it into Vogue at the time. By the 1930s, Burgh Island was considered one of the most popular hotels of its time. 

In the Second World War, Burgh Island’s convenient coastal location allowed it to serve as a recovery centre for wounded RAF personnel. Today, Burgh Island is a striking Grade II listed building and one of the most exceptional examples of Art Deco style in Europe. Many literary icons have also found solace in our historic hotel. Agatha Christie made Burgh Island her second home, writing two of her books on the Island. Noel Coward also stayed on the Island, originally for three days, but this turned into three marvellous weeks.

Historic accommodation in Devon

Burgh Island is a truly historic hotel in Devon that has been famous for hosting extravagant Art Deco soirees and welcoming famous guests such as the Beatles, famous literary figures such as Agatha Christie and Noel Coward. Now, the hotel is home to 25 gorgeous rooms and suites fitting the hotel’s Art Deco theme. Each room is gorgeously decorated and boasts a wealth of facilities for lucky Burgh Island guests who love historic places to stay in England. 

Each room and suite at this historic hotel are uniquely themed. The Tony & B suite for example features a wealth of living space, a large lounge area, a private ground floor with sea views, a super king sized bed and an en-suite bathroom for a stay you cannot find anywhere else. 

The Grand Suites are luxurious and spacious with a double or king sized bed, striking sea views with a personal balcony, a large lounge area and an en-suite bathroom. 

Or perhaps spoil yourselves and travel back in time to the roaring 20s and 30s, staying in our famous Artist Studio. Above The Pilchard Inn, our Artist Studio is furnished in gorgeous antique style and perfectly private for a reclusive getaway gazing at gorgeous coastal sights. 

Our 25 rooms are exceptionally beautiful, unique and quirky, offering guests a truly remarkable experience on our private island haven.

The best historic place to stay in Devon

Burgh Island is a truly remarkable historic hotel in the UK. Nowhere else can you enjoy the reprise of the island’s privacy while also being inundated with a choice of fabulous things to do, see and eat. Burgh Island truly is a fabulous location with everything you could need for a remarkable island escape. 

On the island you have access to a choice of delicious dining experiences. Enjoy exceptional fine dining in our Grand Ballroom, dressing to impress and sipping on something classic. Alternatively, dine in our famous Nettlefold restaurant, trying incredible traditional British cuisine surrounded by sights of the coast. Or perhaps try the equally delicious The Pilchard Inn, a little island gem with over 700 years of history behind it. We also have afternoon tea available.

The hotel itself is home to an abundance of fabulous facilities. Our Ballroom hosts a selection of fantastic events, including murder mystery events, lavish dinners, and of course, balls where truly incredible attire is always required. If a grand event isn’t your style, sip on something delicious in our Art Deco bar, or perhaps explore the wider island and engage in a game of Croquet, Tennis or Snooker.

Ideally located in Devon

Historic places to stay in the UK simply do not get much better than Burgh Island and getting to us is incredibly simple. If you are reaching us by car simply search for us in Google Maps plus code 74J2+5M Bigbury-on-Sea, Kingsbridge. Upon arrival you will be invited on the iconic Burgh Island sea tractor. 

You’ll find everything you need on the island, including a wealth of activities and incredible restaurants, however Bigbury-On-Sea is also nearby with other local beaches and a golf course. 

If you are reaching us by train our nearest stations are Totnes, Ivybridge and Plymouth. And if you are reaching us by helicopter, please call and notify our reception beforehand to arrange your arrival.