Saturday, 10 October 2009

Burgh Island and All That Jazz

As promised, here's a post all about our recent trip to our favourite getaway spot - Burgh Island. I'm going to take you on a little tour, so grab a Singapore Sling, put some jazz on the record player and follow me...

First things first. Leave the car on the mainland and, if the tide's out, hop into the Land Rover, dresses and tuxes in tow. (If the tide's in, there's the added adventure of going to the island on the sea tractor).

Once you enter these gates, the stresses of modern day life are left behind.

In through the doors...

...and check in at reception.

Then it's off to your room to see what fabulous decor awaits. We stayed in 'Christie' this time. Each room is unique, so it's the perfect excuse to stay lots of times and try them all out (this was stay number three for us)! Our bathroom was bigger than the bedroom, complete with roll top bath, Lloyd Loom chair and a wall of mirrors.

This was the view from our balcony. You can just see the sea tractor (bottom right).

You have to ring someone just for the novelty of using a Bakelite phone, complete with the lovely clunk noise it makes every time you turn the dial!

All of the furniture in the hotel is authentic. Every way you turn there's more Art Deco loveliness.

There are plenty of little touches for guests...from fruit, chocolates and sumptuous smellies, to board games, a billiards room and a croquet lawn.

If you walk back through the hotel's entrance hall...'ll find yourself in the magnificent Peacock Bar. The original dome was pretty much all but lost, but has been lovingly restored to its former glory. It's the best place to enjoy...

...afternoon tea! There was tea and scones aplenty too.

Take some time out to relax in the study...write some letters, go green with envy over the collection of gorgeous Art Deco ceramics, or even watch a spot of TV (films can be borrowed from reception!)

The collection of Penguin classics on offer give bookworms something to peruse.

Take a walk around the island...

...and stop off for refreshments at Burgh Island's own pub.

The Ganges room is actually part of an old ship. It's easy to feel like you're sailing to foreign shores when you sit in here!

There are nods to past guests all over the hotel, such as on this sheet of paper in the typewriter on the second floor. It says, "Please don't touch me! I don't really like it. In fact, I haven't been the same since Noel last used me in the thirties and then forgot all about me..."

Noel Coward, Agatha Christie and even the Duke and Duchess of Windsor have stayed here. Oh, the stories the hotel could tell if only it could speak!

Cocktails are a must when you stay at Burgh Island. Ask "McBar" to mix you a Shooting Tsar or Burgh Bramble. The black tie dinners are an occasion in themselves. Just don't eat too much the day before!

Burgh Island is such a magical place. If you're looking for a perfect getaway with a touch of decadence, then this is definitely the place for you!

Pip pip!


Purrfect Haven said...

Superb! I have had soup in the Pilchard Inn, but only fantasised about the Hotel - thanks for all the beuatiful 'insider' photos - it all looks wonderful. Lucky you!!

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Hello Katie
What a lovely post. I'd love to stay there but for some reason still haven't so far. It's just as I imagine it to be. I enjoy watching the Poirot which was filmed there.
I am going to go online and have a look at their website. I love these virtual trips on blogland, I certainly enjoyed yours! I have a bakelite phone at home, I love the ring! Although it is loud...
Isabelle x

Donna said...

How wonderful Katie, thank you for sharing. Looks like you had a fabulous time x

A Bun Can Dance said...

Wow! What an amazing place - you lucky things! Thank you so much for sharing your visit. It must be so wonderful to go there - I would feel the need for a suitcase full of authentic period clothes to wear whilst I was there, which unfortunately I don't have! Probably a good thing from the perspective of Mr Bun's wallet!
wishing you a very happy week (I'm penning the Queenly letter.....!)
Happy days
Denise x

Ticking stripes said...

Oh lovely - its on the list of things I have to do - some time. Fabulous for deco lovers...

Sarah said...

Oh wow, escapism and all that. Loved reading about Burgh Island and dreaming that I was there, with a trunk of clothes to match! Viva Vintage and Viva Deco!
Sarah x