One place that has been on my "list" for a long time is Burgh island which is joined by a causeway at low tide to the beach at Bigbury on Sea. So we went. The beaches in this part of Devon are difficult to get to - down very long narrow lanes, but they are worth the effort.
The old pub on the island is lovely too. This appears to be owned by the hotel.
However, whilst you are permitted to wander around the island, the art deco gates of the hotel remain firmly closed to non residents. And so my dream of lolling around on a Lloyd Loom chair, sipping a cuppa wasn't fulfilled, and with rooms ranging from £350-£600 per night it looks like it never will.
The young man laughed at me once more when I sighed over the "Forthcoming Events" and expressed a strong desire to attend the "Gershwin Extravaganza".