Britain is home to some pretty spectacular islands.

Some of these are large and well known, but others are pretty incredible miniature islands and outcrops of land.

Depending on the time of day, if you visit the beautiful seaside resort of Bigbury On Sea in South Devon, there’s a good chance you’ll see Burgh Island.

Burgh Island with the tide in South Devon

Burgh Island in its full watery-glory. Photo by Harriyot / Flickr / CC

It’s a tidal island that at certain points of the day connects with the beautiful beach at Bigbury, while during other times, is only accessible by boat or sea tractor.

Burgh Island Hotel Bigbury On Sea South Devon England holiday summer Brit Crowd Emily Wren

But the island is not the only thing that disappears…

The island itself is the famous haunt and hideaway of celebrities from a bygone era – including Noel Coward, Agatha Christie, and even former Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

They stayed at the rather glamorous Burgh Island hotel South Devon.

Built in the late 1920’s, it’s a stunning art deco inspired retreat that was closely linked with famous British crime author Agatha Christie, who often frequented the island and worked on her novels.

Burgh Island Hotel Agatha Christie Bigbury On Sea South Devon England holiday summer Brit Crowd Emily Wren

The hotel itself even featured in ‘And Then There Were None’.

Nowadays, after a series of renovations, the hotel is still open to the general public, where you can stay and relive the glamour of the 1920’s.

If you’re into art deco, this is one of the finest places to see it in Europe.

It’s even possible to stay in The Beach House, which was once a writer’s retreat for Ms Christie herself.

Today you can attend murder mystery parties and cocktail evenings.

Next door to the stunning hotel is The Pilchard Inn, a 14th century public house that’s been the local of choice for islanders as well as pirates and smugglers, over the centuries.

Pilchard Inn next to Burgh Island Hotel National Trust Bigbury On Sea South Devon England holiday summer Brit Crowd Emily Wren

It’s tiny inside with a lovely log fire, or you can sit outside on a sunny day and enjoy watching the tide go in and out.

One of the draws of the island is the fantastic opportunities to walk round and soak up the spectacular views.

If you get stuck during tidal change, there’s a rather unique way of returning to the mainland (which is around 250m away).

Sea Tractor next to Burgh Island Hotel National Trust Bigbury On Sea South Devon England holiday summer Brit Crowd Emily Wren

A beach tractor designed to take guests to Burgh Island hotel has been running back and forth since the 1930s, and it’s quite the experience – and equally as famous as some of the guests who have stayed at the hotel.

Before even venturing onto the island, you should grab a few moments to enjoy Bigbury On Sea.

The beach next to Burgh Island Hotel National Trust Bigbury On Sea South Devon England holiday summer Brit Crowd Emily Wren

This incredible beach shrinks and expands throughout the day – but the sands are beautifully white, and the sea inviting and the shallow bathing water and little rock pools make it the perfect place to visit with a small family.

The area itself is on a pretty and rugged part of the South Devon coast line, a short drive from Kingsbridge and Salcombe.

The beautiful little lanes open up to the first view of the island – and it’s pretty spectacular!

the view next to Burgh Island Hotel National Trust Bigbury On Sea South Devon England holiday summer Brit Crowd Emily Wren

It’s also a fabulous place to learn to body board or surf.

I went to visit the island on a rather blustery sunny summer’s day, and the beach itself was packed full of visitors enjoying the rather unique view.

If you’re in South Devon – make sure to check out this unique disappearing island and the beautiful beach that surrounds it.