Burgh Island with sea in the background

Quirky Hotel in Devon, UK

Burgh Island is a spectacular UK quirky hotel in Devon, famous for bold Art Deco motifs, extravagant history and exciting events. You can find this UK quirky hotel surrounded by the  gorgeous South Devon coast. Burgh Island offers its lucky visitors exceptional views, fresh sea air and an enchanting and quirky place to stay in Devon you won’t find anywhere else. 


The hotel itself is a coveted Art Deco landmark, shrouded in history, culture and grandeur. This quirky luxury UK hotel was the previous writing retreat to Agatha Christie, poets, politicians and royal rule breakers to name a few. The wider south Devon area is truly fabulous with the coast lines nearby to explore, beaches to get stuck into, and delicious fresh and local foods.


Quirky accommodation in Devon

Since 1929 Burgh Island has been a popular quirky place to stay in England, for both famous and infamous guests. Guests have always joined us for rest, relaxation, peace, and of course fabulous parties within our extravagant walls. 


Within this UK quirky hotel you’ll have the choice of 25 unique hotel rooms and suites which bear the names of our historical guests and each boast unique and stylish decor. Join us for a stay in the iconic Beach House: the previous writing retreat of Agatha Christie and now an incredibly romantic place to stay nestled within the rock face and offering incredible panoramic sea views, outdoor hot tub and a truly remarkable private sun deck. 


Other suites include the fantastic Tony & B suite with a Super King Sized bed, large lounge and private dining space, and the perfect accompanying fluffy bathrobes. Our additional Grand Suites are charming and spacious, providing stunning sea views, personal balconies, and a great viewpoint to enjoy the wider island and all we have on offer at Burgh Island. 


Each of the rooms within our quirky hotel are extravagantly decorated with a unique style. Each room offers its own personality, voice and charm, as well as an abundance of facilities to ensure you have an unforgettable stay with us. Our rooms offer an unusual place to stay.

The best quirky place to stay in Devon

Quirky hotels in Devon don’t get much more fascinating than Burgh Island. A hotel steeped in history and excitement and a charming blast from the past. When you step foot into the grand Burgh Island Hotel you’ll be transported back to the party years of the roaring 20s and 30s. Join us for a foxtrot in our delightful ballroom and get thoroughly into the swing of things. Or perhaps opt for a drink surrounded by the beautiful island sights in our onsite bar. We also have some fabulous onsite restaurants including the delightful Nettlefold Restaurant and The Pilchard Inn showcasing menus of delicious local produce and fresh caught seafood for a classic British feast. 


The wider hotel is bold and breathtaking, following a quirky and lively Art Deco theme. Burgh Island is truly one of the most quirky places to stay with unforgettable amenities. You’ll be surrounded by the gorgeous Devonshire coastline, perfect for a spot of swimming, a beach day, or some exploration. Additionally, the hotel offers a selection of activities, including snooker, tennis and croquet onsite. If activity isn’t your thing and you’re looking for an excuse to relax and rejuvenate, we provide onsite wellness treatment facilities for a relaxing afternoon or morning alone or with company. 


While with us you also have the freedom to roam our grounds and gardens, as well as the wider island for a truly unique experience. From the moment you join us you will experience our unique charm. Our sea tractor will reliably transport you across the sea and to the doors of our quirky UK hotel.

Ideally located in Devon

Burgh Island can be found situated snugly away in the South of Devon, with the nearest towns being Bigbury-on-Sea and Challaborough. Arriving by car is easy, simply arrive at our Bigbury-on-Sea beach and our famous island sea tractor will provide transport to guests for the perfect first impression. If you are arriving by train, the nearest stations are Totnes, Ivybridge and Plymouth. Alternatively, if you’re flying into sunny South Devon, the nearest airport is Exeter and if you’re planning on making a grand entrance, please contact our reception to arrange helipad use. 


For transport when on the island we like to recommend the taxi company Hilton Ames Transfer to ensure all of our guests are safely looked after and receive the best experience possible when staying with us on the island.

Feel inspired and recharge

Artists and visionaries have always come to Burgh Island to feel inspired and to recharge. Today, guests enjoy tennis or a spot of croquet on the lawn, or might pop to the local golf course in Bigbury for a round or two. 


Inside the hotel there’s a billiards room with a snooker table and games, and of course, Burgh Island’s luxurious treatment room, offering a sauna and signature treatments. And where any hotel might have a pool, Burgh Island takes things a step further and invites you to make a memorable splash in its natural seawater Mermaid Pool, enclosed by the rugged rocks of the surrounding cliffs.

Stand-out hotel

Something else that makes this stand-out hotel unique is that whilst it is clearly synonymous with luxury, sophistication and style, Burgh Island is also one of the most pioneering eco-friendly hotels in Devon. 


Make the most of the Tesla EV charging points at the mainland station, savour the herbs irrigated by water from the island’s own borehole, and as you take to the dancefloor of an evening, know that the entire glitzy experience is being powered by solar array. 


Ideally located in Devon

Burgh Island is located just outside Bigbury-on-Sea in Devon, and easily accessed via road and rail, with closest stations in Totnes, Ivybridge and Plymouth. There’s also an airport close-by in Exeter. 

Bigbury-On-Sea itself is well worth a visit, located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You might enjoy a relaxing stroll along the beach, a spot of shopping in the quaint village centre, or go surfing off Bigbury Bay. Burgh Island is also located along the South West Coastal Path, with its 630 miles of picturesque views and is well known for its wildlife, heritage and history. 

For those seeking an unforgettable experience in an exclusive hotel like no other, there’s nowhere quite like Burgh Island. This incredible hotel is truly in a class of its own.