Monday, 15 August 2011

Burgh Island

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 hotel on the Island was the object of my desire for this visit. I have seen so may photographs and programs on TV featuring its sumptious 1920's interior. The sea tractor is used at high tide to transport visitors to and from the island when the tide comes in.
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".

11 comments:

Anna at the Doll House said...

Perhaps it's just as well. I seem to remember that the place is a hive of of visitors with murderous intentions.

Anna

Rosie said...

It is familiar from dramas like Poirot, isn't it? Looks wonderful, maybe one day your dream will come true and you will lounge on the terrace sipping tea from a china cup as you gaze out to sea:)

two bones and a bagle said...

Oh I have been there for afternoon tea - in my head - I have been across on the tractor though - a long time ago. Oh if only they would let me in.

Karen Roderick said...

We visited there last year and had a drink at the Pilchard, it was so cosy and it was raining outside, just lovely.

Faye said...

I have often sat on the beach and looked out at burgh island wanting to go over and visit it. It is something I will have to do!

Lyn said...

We very nearly went there for our honeymoon......still not got there will have to save the pennies...maybe a big anniversary?!
I love the Pilchard Inn though, the sign is great, very vintage!
xxx

Ellouise88 said...

Oh you are putting me to shame. I'm in Devon and have never been there!

Jackie, Erik, Jake, Drew said...

OMG I've just been catching up on your holiday blogs, can't pick which is my fav. love the photo's. You can't beat the sea as a background view. Although I do like my Yorkshire countryside backgrounds too! Can't believe the size of those scones. I think they should give you a full size jam jar! xx

Lisa said...

I would love a good snoop round it too. Fell in lvoe with it when I saw the movie Evil Under the Sun.
Lisa x

Denise said...

Oh my goodness, you're taking me to some lovely places I remember so well. Burgh Island and Bigbury on Sea, and that tractor. Great memories!

James Cook said...

Some great photographs of the island here! I have a particular fondness for Burgh Island and Bigbury on Sea in general, having been there on holiday ever summer as a child.