Burgh Island Hotel in Devon has submitted plans to significantly expand its offering after seeing record demand this summer.
The 1930’s Art Deco hotel on the famous island off the coast of Dartmoor National Park, has unveiled plans to add 11 new bedrooms, increasing the number of guest rooms by 50%.
If given the go ahead, the expansion would also include new staff accommodation and the renovation of the historic Pilchard Inn pub on the 24-acre site.
The facilities would help cater for the rise in demand experienced over the last year, which saw occupancy reach 97% throughout June and August.
Reports also suggest the hotel is booked up with limited availability until 2022.
Burgh Island Estate was acquired in 2018 by an investment group led by Office Space in Town (OSiT), and headed up by Giles Fuchs.
The island, its cottage and pub, built in 1929 and extended in 1932, is cut off from the mainland twice a day, with guests transported to and from the island via a special sea tractor.
The development will be undertaken in partnership with Jonathan Rhind Architects and Avalon Planning & Heritage, both based in Devon.
Giles Fuchs, owner of Burgh Island Hotel, said: “Everyone at Burgh Island is extremely excited about this development, which will only serve to further enhance the estate’s unique heritage and expand its offer for guests. We very much look forward to welcoming members of our community to the consultation, and eventually to bringing the first visitors to the newly developed site.”
Penny Brown, managing director of Inntelligence, said: “This development is the latest and most exciting chapter in the history of Burgh Island’s evolution.
“The increase in capacity has been carefully devised so that it blends gently into the existing construction, maintaining the intimacy and magic of the guest experience. We will continue to remain faithful to the art deco origins and I am sure that the planned changes will further cement the hotel’s position as one of the most unique and iconic in the UK.”