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Apt 16 Burgh Island Causeway

Certificate of Excellence 2014


Excellent 5/5 Score from 15 reviews

Bigbury beach at high tide

Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

16 Burgh Island Causeway is a luxury two bedroomed, two bathroom, self catering apartment, located in Bigbury On Sea Devon. This first floor Apartment is situated on the beach facing the iconic art deco Burgh Island Hotel where Agatha Christie wrote and filmed Evil Under the Sun. Apartment 16 is in a designated area of outstanding beauty, on the South West Coastal Path. If you are looking for stunning sea views, breathtaking landscapes and fresh air then book to stay at Apartment 16. Complimentary membership of our Leisure Club is included for the duration of your holiday - indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna and gym (*age restriction applies). Five star Gold Award attained after inspection by Quality in Tourism. This is a truly stunning Apartment with every need catered for. Leave the car behind and spend a week enjoying the beach and fresh air - England at its best!

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Bigbury on Sea
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Exeter, Nearest railway: Totnes, Exeter or Plymouth
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
Pool Shared indoor pool
General Central heating, TV, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Shared indoor pool, Balcony or terrace
Access Parking

The West Country region


Bigbury's most famous landmark is the iconic Burgh Island, which overlooks the beach itself. The Burgh Island Hotel was built in 1929, extended in 1932 and since 2006 has been completely restored to its 30's glamour. The beauty and intrigue of the island has drawn many famous visitors here including Edward and Mrs Simpson, The Beatles, Noel Coward and Agatha Christie who wrote two of her novels here. The island is accessible at low tide, when the waters reveal a causeway that links it to the beach. However even when the tide is in, you can still reach the island by hitching a ride with the infamous and popular Sea Tractor.


The early history of the island is unclear, however it is mentioned in early records and on maps as St Michael's Island. Later the name changed to Borough Island, eventually being corrupted to Burgh. As late as 1947 an Ordnance Survey map refers to the island as Borough Island. In 1908 a postcard produced by Stengel & Co Ltd of London referred to it as Burr Island. A map published in 1765 shows "Borough or Bur Isle".

It is believed a monastery was established on the island, most of the remains of which may lie beneath the current hotel. The ancient Pilchard Inn may have started life as the guest lodgings for the monastery.

A small, perhaps transient, population of fishermen occupied the island following the dissolution of the monastery, specialising in pilchard fishing. There are the remains of a chapel a-top the island, which was later became a "huers hut" - a place where fishermen would make a "hue and cry" call to inform other fishermen of shoals of pilchards. During this period smuggling, wrecking and piracy were common, benefiting from a natural barrier for half the day.

Fears of German landing forces using the island as a beachhead during World War II resulted in the area's fortification with anti-tank defences as well as two pill boxes, positioned on either side of the causeway. An observation post was also established on the summit to monitor the coastline.



Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Bigbury on Sea beach is ideal for family holidays. Dusted with sand and lapped by shallow waters, the beach offers safe fun for groups particularly if you've got children in tow. In addition, Bigbury on Sea beach is dotted with rock pools, so there's plenty of creepy-crawly entertainment for budding marine biologists. The beach is popular with families and there are a number of facilities and activities available if you're seeking a bit more excitement on your holiday.

Bigbury on Sea beach has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag in recognition of the beach's excellent standards, particularly its efforts to make the beach accessible to everyone. In addition to good disabled access, Bigbury on Sea beach also provides Beach Wheelchairs for those with mobility requirements.

There's a wide and varied selection of water sports available if you prefer more of an adrenaline rush. If you want to try something different from the usual bodyboarding or surfing then windsurfing and kite-surfing are gaining popularity here, with hire facilities located right on the beach.

To give you some peace of mind, there are lifeguards present at Bigbury on Sea beach during May to September and the beach also has a first-aid room.

The beach has good facilities including a café that specialises in selling organic and local food. Its 'surf 'n' turf is one of the best in the area and makes good use of locally sourced ingredients to create a delicious platter that everyone will enjoy.

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Review 1-10 of 15

25 Aug 2014


"Great apartment"

A lovely place to stay: the apartment was well kitted out with everything you need (and more) for a great holiday. The children especially enjoyed the play station, DVDs and telescope! The balcony is a great place to enjoy the sunset! And The setting is great with the beach being so close as well as the indoor pool and cafe.

15 Jun 2014


"Beautiful apartment in great location. Perfect family holiday!"

Stayed here with my husband and two young children. We were very impressed with the level of Customer service received not only from the owner herself, but also from Helpful Holidays and the staff at… More

Thank you so much for your kind words. We are looking forward to having you back to stay with us next year

30 Apr 2014


"What a perfect place for our holiday, loved it."

Wonderful apartment in a fabulous location. Burgh Island is simply a lovely place to take a holiday. Will never tire of the view. Apartment 16 is spacious and comfortable. Everything you could possibly need is provided. Loved it all, even the not so great weather!

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review. We hope to welcome you back again in the future, kind regards Wendy

5 Mar 2014


"What a lovely place to stay and relax!"

We stayed at number 16 in February 2014 and can only say what a fantastic appartment this is, everything about our holiday was excellent. The weather was a bit 'stormy' but as we had such a … More

27 Jan 2014


"Beautiful apartment in a fantastic location"

As soon as I stepped through the door I could not help but notice the attention to detail was exceptional. The apartment is decorated and maintained to the highest possible standard, whilst saying thi… More

20 Jan 2014


"A stunning apartment in a beautiful location"

This apartment takes your breath away from the moment you arrive. The views of Burgh Island and the beach are absolutely spectacular. The apartment is pristine with an interior that is incredibly stylish and luxurious yet, so comfortable with everything you could possibly need for the perfect break away. So much attention to detail has gone into this apartment including gorgeous lights, artwork, furniture, wonderful towels and very snuggly duvets. There was tea, cookies and even pre-stamped postcards to send home!
The complex has an indoor pool and Jacuzzi which were impressive both during the day and at night when all lit up. The onsite coffee shop / bar is a great place to share a drink with friends and the staff there were very welcoming and helpful.
We had a delicious curry at the Pilchard Inn on one evening which has stood since the 1300's.
On the Saturday we had a very unusual but entertaining black tie dinner over on Burgh Island at the unique hotel which is steeped in history and mystery and an experience I would thoroughly recommend.
There are lots of walks along the coastal paths around this apartment and the beach being so close is just fantastic. I had a wonderful weekend here with friends but it felt like longer because it was so relaxing. I would definitely love to return and can't speak highly enough of apartment number 16!

Thank you so much for such a detailed review. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and had a relaxing weekend. I look forward to welcoming you back again

20 Jan 2014


"Stunning apartment - we were blown away!"

Thank you for a wonderful stay at your stunning apartment. We were so impressed with the very high standard of decor and the amazing views! Great attention to detail and some lovely and unexpected treats including the complimentary cream tea!

A fantastic stay and would highly recommend to anyone looking for a wonderful weekend/week away in a fab location!

20 Jan 2014


"great apartment in a fab location"

Just spent a weekend at the apartment, what a place! The accommodation is better than in the 5* hotel, attention to detail is superb, bedding and beds are super comfortable, the whole place oozes style and quality! The view from the window is simply mesmerising. We had a great weekend and I would highly recommend this apartment to my friends and family.

Thank you so much for your feedback. I hope to welcome you back again in the future.

7 Jan 2014


"Top quality throughout and awesome attention to detail"

We have stayed at several apartments in this block over the past five years and they are all of a high standard, but this one just takes the biscuit. The location is magical, with stunning views no m… More

Thank you so much for your kind review. I am delighted to hear that you had such an enjoyable stay and we hope to welcome you back again in the future.

10 Oct 2013


"Simply Stunning......."

This apartment is beautiful. It compliments it's location perfectly and is a very relaxing place to stay. At the end of the day, having spent it on the glorious beach....kayaking around the islan… More

Thank you so much for your review. It is much appreciated. Look forward to welcoming you back again in the future

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