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|
|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|
|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||Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared indoor pool, Balcony or terrace|
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.