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Burgh Island Hotel ploughs ahead with multi-million refurbishment and teases staggered launch

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The iconic Burgh Island Hotel off the coast in Devon is in the midst of a multi-million renovation process as it gears up to officially unveil its new look in April.

The hotel was acquired in April 2018 by 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.

Since then the property has been undergoing a refurbishment that has seen all its public areas and gardens upgraded, with the addition of new bedrooms and a spa planned for 2020.

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The Ballroom, home to the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, and Palm Court Bar will be central elements to the property’s appeal.

Renovations have already been completed on two of the hotel’s key features, The Beach House and the new fish eatery, The Nettlefold restaurant in preparation for its launch in April.

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.

Giles Fuchs, co-owner, of Burgh Island, commented: “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. 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. 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.”

The Grade-II listed Art Deco hotel has hosted many notable guests in its history, 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.

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