Burgh Island is a small, privately owned island off the coast of south Devon. It has a magnificent hotel which has been restored to its former Art Deco glory, and it costs an arm and a leg to stay there! But for a very special occasion, it would be on my list of possibles. You can visit the island and walk around and explore. There's also a pub called the Pilchard Inn where you can rest and have a drink.
The island is accessible on foot when the tide is out, but has a unique means of getting there when the tide is in - a sea tractor. I went to the island several years ago by sea tractor - it's a quirky vehicle. The island is reputed to be the setting for one of Agatha Christie's mystery novels - "Ten Little N*gg*ers" (a very un-pc title, which I gather has now been changed to "And then there were none"), She had a large country house nearby, by the River Dart.
When I was there in the autumn of 2012, the sun was setting and it was cold - but picturesque. Here are some photos.
|The island with the sun setting behind it. The hotel is on the left and the inn on the right|
|The sea tractor returing to the mainland beach|
|Sea tractor nears the mainland slipway....|
|....and then makes the return journey|
|The sun sets behind the island|