|The Burgh Island hotel, with the tide out. Note the blue sea tractor!|
The island is only an island at high tide. At low tide there is a causeway. You leave your car in the hotel's garage, and they send a Landrover to get you if the causeway is clear, or the sea tractor if the tide is in. The hotel has been using sea tractors since 1930. Day trippers wander across and the island's pub, the Pilchard, is jolly popular while the tide is out. There is a bar area especially reserved for locals and hotel guests, which made it easy for us to get a seat.
|Our living room - you can't see the splendid chairs.|
|Bedroom. I WANT THAT DRESSING TABLE!|
|The bar by day. It's lively by night. There's a fountain near where I stood.|
|We had a post-dinner whisky on the terrace under the stars.|
Before we went, I looked at reviews of the hotel on Tripadvisor and was rather startled by how patchy they were. Having been, and loved it, and met other guests who also all adored it, all I can imagine is that some of the reviewers of Tripadvisor have some sort of personal axe to grind. The staff were incredibly friendly (probably the best service I've had in any hotel ever), the rooms comfortable, the food delicious, and I honestly can't think of a thing to complain about. A couple of the other grizzles I noticed on Tripadvisor were about things like the bathrooms not having shower stalls and suchlike, to which I can only say, don't stay in an historic building if you want a 21st century interior. (This is a bugbear of mine; one of my favourite hotels in Seville is made up of a series of medieval houses in the oldest part of the city and I've seen people grumbling because it doesn't have a car park. Some people should be stuck in four-star hotel chains for eternity; hell has too much character for them...) Personally, I loved it.
|Mr Robot enjoying a pint of the Pilchard's own special beer.|