Burgh Island is a small, tidal island off the coast of South Devon, only 20 miles from Dartmouth where Papilionaceous is based. It is home to one of the UK’s oldest pubs, the 13th century Pichard Inn, as well as the stunning Grade II listed Art Deco, Burgh Island Hotel.
Although not far from home, staying at the hotel felt as if we had been transported to another world, stepping back in time to the ‘golden era’ of 1920s and 30s elegance, luxury and glamour. Transport to the island is via sea tractor when the tide is high, adding to the sense of adventure and escapism from the real world for the duration of our stay.
We spent the afternoon exploring the island’s coastal paths, look out points and secluded lagoon known as the Mermaid Pool. Next, a leisurely frame of snooker in the hotel’s billiard room followed by tea and cake at the Beach House suite with friends – a place where fellow local, Agatha Christie used to stay whilst writing her crime novels.
Then the process of ‘dressing for dinner’ began.
The Fruity Metcalfe room in the main hotel is home to the stunning, original 1920’s bathroom suite, complete with double aspect window, balcony and sea views. A mirrored wall made dressing and adjusting evening wear easy, while the deco bedroom furniture provided the perfect home for our evening finery.
A black tie dress code for dinner in the Ballroom was the wonderful excuse to indulge in Papilionaceous silk ribbons in various guises: Albert Thurston limited edition silk braces, custom made bow ties and of course the new range of silk ribbon boutonnière which were worn both as a button hole and to customise a silk evening gown.