An island and hotel in Devon that once inspired Agatha Christie has just entered the property market.
Regarded as one of the finest examples of Art Deco design in Europe, Burgh Island Hotel inspired Agatha Christie’s best-selling novel, Evil Under the Sun, featuring Hercule Poirot. The hotel was a favourite of the thriller writer, with one of the rooms even being named after her.
It has also been a popular escape for celebrities seeking seclusion, including President Eisenhower, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the Duke of Windsor, Wallace Simpson, and The Beatles.
The hotel was built in 1929 and boasts 25 en-suite guest bedrooms, three restaurants, a sauna and treatment room, billiards room, two-storey staff house with nine bedrooms, on-site staff offices, a helipad, and a mermaid pool — a naturally enclosed body of seawater for the ultimate swimming experience.
Nestled on the private island, the hotel is accessible by foot or car on low tide, or by a sea tractor at high tide. Like a slice of paradise, guests will have access to tennis courts, spa treatment rooms, and The Pilchard Inn — one of the UK’s oldest taverns, also included in the sale.
‘It is rare for a hotel of such character and heritage to come to the open market. Burgh Island Hotel is a stunning example of Art Deco architecture, it’s steeped in amazing history and provides guests with a sophisticated and unique experience,’ says Matthew Smith, Partner in the Hotel Agency team at Knight Frank.
‘In recent years the buildings have received considerable investment and operates as a thriving business which generated in excess of £6m turnover in its most recent financial year. This is a unique opportunity to acquire a truly iconic hotel that benefits from a number of value-add opportunities to further develop the trading performance, and will no doubt appeal to a global investor audience.’
If you want to take on a business challenge, it’s worth knowing the council recently resolved to grant planning approval for an additional 12 guest bedrooms and suites, and 13 staff bedrooms. According to Knight Frank, the hotel has a total annual revenue in excess of £6 million.
The island is currently listed for £15 million. For more information about the sale, contact Knight Frank.
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