Built as a home in 1929 by millionaire Archibald Nettleford, the Burgh Island Hotel was opened to the public in 1933. The 1930s were the heyday of the hotel, but its guests have included Noel Coward, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Kirk Douglas, the Beatles and Agatha Christie, who wrote two of her novels there. In one of them, Evil Under the Sun, the action takes place on an island resembling Burgh.
In 1985, Tony and Beatrice Porter bought the island and spent several months restoring the hotel. It now has an authentic Art Deco interior, reminiscent of its days of glory.