The historic Burgh Island Hotel off the coastline in Devon is to given a multimillion pound renovation as an investment group steps in to take over the property.
The property, which has been owned by Deborah Clark and Tony Orchard since 2001, is set to see a ‘renaissance’ as a hotel with the potential of a private members club and luxury spa created on the site.
The new owners are an investment group led by Office Space in Town (OSiT), one the UK’s top serviced office providers, with the deal marking the company’s first foray into the leisure and hotels sector.
The Grade-II listed Art Deco hotel and the island’s pub, The Pilchard Inn will be renovated over the next 12 months, with a design reminiscent of the property’s history during the 1920s.
The hotel has hosted many notable guests, including Agatha Christie – whose visits reportedly inspired some of her best-selling novels – the Beatles and Winston Churchill and has been used as a location for a number of films and TV series such as Poirot and Lovejoy.
The hotel sits atop its own tidal island just south of Dartmoor National Park and its location is cut off from the mainland twice a day, with guests transported to and from the island via a ‘sea tractor’ during high tides.
Giles Fuchs, co-founder and CEO of Office Space in Town, commented: “We are extremely excited to acquire Burgh Island, including its iconic hotel, which has been one of Britain’s most distinctive destinations for almost a century. Luxury tourism in Britain is booming, and we are delighted that our first investment in this sector will serve to enhance and ensure Burgh Island continues as a leading high-end travel destination. Once again, The Burgh Island Hotel will be known as it was in the fifties, as ‘the best hotel in the UK west of the Ritz’.”
Vlad Krupova, general manager at Burgh Island, commented: “The team at Burgh Island is delighted to be working with OSiT and their team to further improve the hotel’s amenities and continue the journey to further its rightful place as a national treasure as well as a top domestic and International leisure destination.”