Burgh Island 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. Built in 1929, extended in 1932, the building is an interesting proposition for even the most experienced hotelier.
But, in April 2018, an investment group led by Office Space in Town (OSiT) acquired the property, marking the serviced office space provider’s first foray into the hospitality sector.
The ambitious co-owner of the hotel and co-founder of OSiT, Giles Fuchs saw the potential in the site and signed off on a multi-million pound renovation process, overhauling public areas, gardens, fine dining restaurant and bedrooms.
While the hotel remains operational, its new look is due to officially be unveiled in April with a spa and extra bedrooms planned for 2020.
Giles has ambitions to make the hotel ‘one of the world’s most sought-after destinations for many years to come’ and is promising something spectacular.
He says: “The extensive refurbishment and renovation 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.”
Entrepreneur Giles got his first taste of ownership aged just 21 when he had the guts to set up his own business, an estate agency in Northampton. From there his appetite has continued to grow.
He first founded Office in Town in May 2009 with his sister Niki, and is still very much involved in the business today – he as chief executive and his sister as managing director – focusing on creating both financial and business strategies for OSiT.
Burgh Island Hotel
Location: South Devon