Devon’s historic Burgh Island hotel will undergo its most extensive refurbishment since 1934 after £10 million renovation plans were approved by the local council.
South Hams District Council has signed off on the 10-year development plan, which will include the addition of 12 new ensuite bedrooms in the West Wing, the creation of a new bar and spa and the addition of a ‘cream tea hut’ available for guests to use.
The Chirgwin staff rooms will also be upgraded and new staff quarters will be added on the current site of tennis courts, with an “earth shelter” building hidden by landscaping sensitive to the “island’s topography”.
The hotel says the new developments will be carried out with sustainability in mind.
Giles Fuchs, owner, commented: “I am so excited to announce this 10-year development project to ensure that Burgh Island hotel’s reputation as one of the most glamorous and luxurious in the world is maintained and that its unique heritage and architecture is protected.
“Most importantly, this major development places our amazing and valued staff at the heart of our business by providing them with high-quality accommodation and the potential of a life-long career at Burgh.”
District councillor Bernard Taylor added: “I would like to congratulate the officers who dealt with this application. It is a sympathetic development that fits not just to the hotel but also the island. It is an iconic building and we need to keep it running.”
Earlier this year, Burgh Island hotel announced plans to increase the footprint of its staff accommodation, in response to a lack of affordable housing and rental properties in the local area.
The hotel was originally built in 1929. It is located on a private island off the coast of Bigbury-on-Sea and at high tide, can only be accessed by sea tractor.