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Agatha and us Some details from the archives of Burgh Island, South Devon


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t’s lucky that Dame Agatha Chris- tie was a frequent visitor to Burgh Island; if she were not, we would have had to invent her presence. Everything about the Burgh Island Hotel whispers Art Deco glamour and the period so often associ- ated with the crime writer’s most loved works. In fact, at least two were written here: Evil Under the Sun and And Then There Were None. Burgh Island is easily identifiable as


the location: from Pixie Cove (our Herring Cove) to the site of Jacobs Ladder (the cliffs to our Little Island) and our authentic sea water bath- ing pool with decking fit for Arlena to lie out on. Then there is the hotel itself...a masterpiece of clean, white modernist lines with the flourish- ing touches of decorative art in the Palm Court bar, reception and the Ball Room. This is the place where Oscar


The stairs to the Burgh Island Hotel Ballroom


Deutsch (of ODEON fame) barked indiscreet orders into the ‘phone in reception; where R J Mitchell came during his convalescence to observe the flight of seagulls and create his legacy aircraft, the Spit- fire; where Amy Johnson stopped off en route to open Plymouth Airport; where Edward VIII and Wal- lis Simpson escaped the public to conduct their romance in civilised secrecy; where Noel Coward came


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