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Devon is full of historical, natural and cultural interest, and on any trip here you'll have a great choice of accommodation to choose from, including hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses. These make it easy to get to whatever you're interested in seeing, whether it’s the naval dockyards of Plymouth, the ancient abbeys of Devon or the spectacular coastline. Burgh Island has some literary associations with the roaring twenties that you may find interesting.
Take a short walk at low tide across the sands from Bigbury-on-Sea and you'll easily get to Burgh Island, a trip back in time to the decadent 1920s and 1930s and a brilliant experience when you're based somewhere close by at a comfortable B&B or Devon hotel. The incredibly wealthy Archibald Nettleford constructed a grand hotel on the island in 1929 in the popular Art Deco style of the times and you can still see it today. It has a sea-bathing pool carved out of the natural rock and was a retreat for many famous figures. The Duke of Windsor stayed here and so did Noel Coward and Agatha Christie, who made it the setting for her novel Evil Under the Sun. The hotel is worth a visit to see its superb Art Deco contemporary fittings and the photographs of itself back in its heyday.
Apart from the Grade 2 listed historic hotel, Burgh Island is popular for its fine views and lovely walks. It is connected with the mainland of Devon via a long sandy beach which is covered by water at high tide, so be sure before you come to check when the best times are for getting across, to avoid disappointment. The kids will love a ride along Burgh Island shore on the famous 'beach tractor'. The remains of an old Huers hut dominate the island's skyline. This was a building from which the local fishermen could watch out for pilchard shoals and the views from the top are impressive. The island makes the perfect destination for a day away from your Devon hotel or B&B.