Island, which inspired Agatha Christie’s murder mystery novels, goes on sale for £15 million
A 21-acre island that inspired Agatha Christie to write two of her most celebrated novels is on the market for £15 million.
The sale of Burgh Island, south of Devon, includes Agatha’s Beach House, built for Christie on the cliff’s edge.
The island inspired the novel And Then There Were None, in which eight guests arrive and discover that they and their keepers are targets of murder. As suggested, no one leaves alive.
It also featured in Christie’s Hercule Poirot classic Evil Under the Sun, whose storyline revolves around a millionaire who ends up with a fake diamond.
This takes Poirot to an exclusive island resort frequented by the rich and famous. When a murder is committed, everyone has an alibi.
21 acre Burgh Island, which lies off the coast of South Devon, is on the market for £15 million
Part of the sale is an iconic Art Deco hotel where The Beatles stayed for a concert in Plymouth
Agatha Christie made the island her second home and it has a beach house to her credit
Burgh Island is located south of Devon and has a rich and varied history
In the Second World War, Burgh Island’s favorable seaside location meant that the hotel was used as a recovery center for wounded RAF personnel.
During the conflict, the top two floors of the hotel were damaged by a bomb and, despite repairs, it went through a period of post-war disrepair.
The hotel was restored to its former glory in the first decade of this century and is still thriving.
The property is dominated by the Grade II listed white Art Deco 25 suite Burgh Island hotel, built in 1929. The property also has its own pub, the Pilchard Inn.
A beach house where Agatha Christie wrote two murder mystery novels is part of the sale
Burgh Island has reportedly welcomed many famous guests, including President Eisenhower
Built in 1929, the hotel offers stunning views of the mainland and beyond
In addition to its own pub, the island has a tennis court, helipad and mermaid pool
In addition to rooms in the beach house and above the pub, there is a tennis court, helipad, spa and mermaid pool.
Two small cottages and a war bunker remain separate property.
At high tide, the island is cut off from the mainland and guests arrive on a sea tractor. At low tide, the island is accessible on a stretch of sand packed with vacationers.
Rumor has it that President Eisenhower and Winston Churchill met at the hotel before D-Day.
The Duke of Windsor and Wallace Simpson also reportedly visited, according to Knight Frank, the brokerage firm selling the property.
Burgh Island, off the south coast of Devon, has its own private beach
Burgh Island lies off the coast of Bigbury Beach, in south Devon
A highlight in the hotel is the round skylight
At high tide, the island is cut off from the mainland and guests arrive on a sea tractor
The island and hotel were purchased in 2001 for £2 million
It is believed that the Beatles stayed at the hotel before playing a concert in Plymouth.
The house has been featured in TV shows, including the 2002 adaptation of Evil Under the Sun.
In 1965 it was featured in the movie Catch Us If You Can.
The island and hotel were purchased in 2001 for £2 million before estate agent Savills valued the property at £8.
65 million in January 2018.
It was then sold for an undisclosed sum to Burgh Island Limited, registered in Corby, Northamptonshire.
The 25-bedroom hotel where Winston Churchill, Noel Coward and the Beatles previously stayed is up for sale
The property has more than two dozen rooms and there is room for further expansion
The iconic Burgh Island Hotel is part of the £15 million sale
The Burgh Island hotel is one of the finest examples of Art Deco design in the country
The company is ultimately owned by Office Space in Town Limited.
“It has been a real privilege to restore and improve the Burgh Island Hotel over the past few years,” said Giles Fuchs, one of the company’s directors. The times.
“I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved with this Art Deco icon.
‘Following the recent renovation and planning decision for further expansion and development of the building, the time has come to offer this magnificent property to a new owner, who can continue its legacy and take it to even greater heights.’
Last December, the island received planning permission for a four-story ‘Titanic’-style hotel extension to create 12 additional guest suites and two staff rooms, construction of a ground-level building for an additional 11 en-suite staff rooms, and extensions to The Pilchard Inn and Nettlefold restaurant.