Burgh Island Hotel: Burgh Island ---A Great Art Deco experience! P 1
It took us a long time but it was worth it. Once we had left our car in a mainland garage, a Landrover took us across the tidal sands (it's a tidal island) towards the hotel. The friendly staff, some of them Eastern Europeans and some British, looked after us so well!
The entire hotel is decorated in genuine art deco style ---wow!
Our suite, The Edystone, consisted of a bedroom, bathroom without shower, a lounge and a balcony. The furniture was amazingly elegant. From our French windows we could see the natural pool (great in the Summer) and beyond to the bay. There are no TVs except in the TV room downstairs.
Downstairs there are two large restaurants/function rooms, one for dinner and the other for breakfast & lunch. There is also a two tier bar with a grand piano, pool and swirling stairs.
A games corridor is open to guests: a very small gym, a large TV room/library, a billiards room with a full sized table and a beauty therapy suite.
For those who want to get just a little closer to the see there is the Pilchard Inn. This pub actually belongs to the hotel and one of the bars of this olde worlde place is for residence of the hotel. If you eat food in the inn it will have been sent down from the hotel, only 50 metres away.
We went at Christmas, for 5 nights. It cost us a lot ---about £3000 but a lot was included! There were pianists, singers, Carol singing, a visit from the Absinthe Fairy (Gary the fantastic bar man), b/w films, a bottle of bubbly upon arrival, our food and drink, an adults panto in which we participated (to a very limited extent) and costumes for the panto.
The food was good but the wine list disappointing.
Serice was excellent ---especially from Gary the barman from Scotland. He was chat away, with humour, about any subject.
Was it worth the money? Mmm... well the three grand included a £500 Christmas surcharge ---but then we did get lots of extras from that surcharge...
Would we go again? Yes...but we'd try it in the Spring or Autumn.
The photos will occupy several pages ---so watch out for them!