Multi-million pound plans to refurbish Devon's iconic Burgh Island are revealed
Kindly contributed by Devon Live
One of Devon's most iconic landmarks, Burgh Island, is to receive a major multi-million pound refurbishment which coincides with its 90th anniversary.
The stunning holiday spot and art deco hotel on a 26-acre private island off the South Devon coast, which was once frequented by Agatha Christie, Noel Coward and Winston Churchill, was sold last spring to a London-based private equity hospitality investors Bluehone Capital and Marechale Capital. Last year they pledged to return it to its historic place as 'the best hotel West of The Ritz'.
Today it has been announced how Burgh Island Hotel will be restored and that its new look will stay faithful to its art deco heritage, but will deliver new standards of modern contemporary luxury. The hotel will re-open on February 20, 2019.
The major project will include the refurbishment and upgrading of all the public areas and kitchens, as well as extensive work in the surrounding gardens and landscapes.
Among the public areas being focused on is The Grand Ballroom which hosts the hotel’s formal and iconic fine dining restaurant, where wearing black tie and evening dress is a prerequisite, just as it was in the 1920’s.
A new lease of life will also be breathed into the Palm Court Bar which allows guests to enjoy both pre and post dinner cocktails and drinks.
There will also be a new addition to the dining offer at the hotel with the opening of The Nettlefold Restaurant, which will use only the finest local produce with a specialist fish focused menu.
The addition of further bedrooms and a spa is planned for 2020.
Renovations have already been completed on two of the hotel’s key features, The Beach House and the new Nettlefold restaurant in preparation for its opening in March.
The hotel’s refurbishment follows last year’s renovation of the island’s Pilchard Inn, which was established in 1336. This upgrade included establishing The Pilchard Café, and installing new kitchens.
The Pilchard now serves a lovely menu al fresco in the summer right on the beach or cosily in front of a roaring fire in the winter on your very own private island.
The renovation of Burgh Island will be carried out by highly skilled craft and tradesman, all local people from the surrounding areas of South Devon, will be working on the project and the building materials have all been sourced from the surrounding areas in a major boost for the local economy.
Giles Fuchs, co-owner, of Burgh Island, said: “To mark Burgh Island hotel’s 90th anniversary we are delighted to undertake such an extensive refurbishment and renovation which will be consistent with the hotel’s historic art deco design, but will deliver new standards of service and contemporary luxury.
"We want to continue to satisfy our current guests but also reach out to new generations who have yet to experience all the hotel has to offer. Both the island and the hotel are a treasured part of the Devon coastline and fantastic tourist assets for the country.
"By delivering such a major upgrade we want to secure the hotel’s future as one of the UK’s most iconic properties and one of the world’s most sought-after destinations for many years to come.”
Duncan Gray, managing director and co-owner of Burgh Island, added: “We take our ownership and stewardship of what is one of the British tourist industry’s most important assets very seriously. Successive generations have enjoyed the excellent service, outstanding facilities, fine dining and stunning views that the hotel provides, with guests including some of the world’s most major literary, artistic and political figures.
"Our aim is to ensure that the hotel remains faithful to its art deco heritage and offers the highest-standards of hospitality that today’s guests demand and that we are determined to continue delivering."
Agatha Christie used the Beach House as a writer’s retreat, which now boasts a stylish modern interior with sophisticated facilities and stunning sea views.
The previous owner of Burgh Island was Exeter hoteliers Deborah Clark and Tony Orchard who owned the island for 17 years - ever since they got married there, fell in love with it and bought it shortly afterwards.