Burgh Island Hotel - Mystery Events On A Tidal IslandBurgh Island  

This hotel was a frequent haunt of famous author Agatha Christie who set her novel, And Then There Were None, on a fictionalized version of the archipelago.

The hotel was finished in 1929, and throughout the 1930s, it played host to glamorous guests.

In World War 2, it served as a rest and recovery center for RAF personnel until the top floors were severely damaged. Then it fell into disrepair until it was restored in 2006 to its full Art Deco glory.

Due to its famous association, the hotel hosts regular murder mystery events and the annual Agatha Christie Festival. The location is on a tidal island cut off from mainland England at high tide.

You can walk there on foot or, when the tide is in, you can go by sea tractor where passengers ride on a platform while the wheels turn underwater.

Choose from a number of unique rooms styled after famous guests from the past. For example, there is an authentic 1930s billiard room or the delightful Mermaid’s Pool.


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Burgh Island on sunny day

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Burgh Island Hotel

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Entry gate

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The Agatha Christy Hotel

Burgh Island is famous for hosting celebrities throughout its history in one of the 25 rooms and suites. The Beach House that served as Agatha Christy's creative residence in the 1930s was named after her.

She spent her time staring at the pretty beach of Devon while brainstorming new mysterious murder plots.

Her time on Burgh Island was so fruitful that two of her novels, Evil Under the Sun and And Then There Were None, were written here.


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The back of the Burgh Island Hotel

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The Palm Court

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The Palm Court in Burgh Island Hotel

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View on the sea

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Vintage radio

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View from the room

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The Sea Tractor of the Burgh Island Hotel. During low tide, the hotel is easily accessible on foot. When the tide is high, the Sea Tractor comes to the rescue. One way ride costs £2.00.

Sea Tractor

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The original Sea Tractor was constructed in 1930 and the current, third-generation tractor dates from 1969, and it was designed by Robert Jackson.

The Sea Tractor in the water

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Sea Tractor deep in the sea

Sea Tractor in 1935, the original version.

Sea Tractor in 1935

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Burgh Island panorama

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The cliffs of Burgh Island
Burgh Island, South Devon TQ7 4BG, United Kingdom