Burgh Island has always had a fascination for me. It's one of those rare combinations of natural beauty and human endeavour that creates something greater than the sum of its parts.
This delightful little island off the Devonshire Coast, which at times is only accessible by the intriguing Sea Tractor, acts as a plinth for a small Art Deco hotel which, from certain angle, looks like a land-locked ocean liner – particularly at night if you look across the bay from Bigbury.
Although the hotel has enormous period charm and its interiors will make you think you've just walked into an Agatha Christie thriller (she used to stay here and they made an episode of Poirot here too) it has some distinctly un-deco features. For instance, it seems to have the poop deck and captain's quarters of a 19th century frigate stuck to one side.
If you walk up behind the hotel right to the top of the 26-acre island there's an old observation post from which the views are truly sensational. You'll also see a wide range of flora and fauna, moths, butterflies, animals and birds at any time of year.
What pulls it all together though is an almost tangible cloak of nostalgia. You can almost see some of the balcony scenes from Noel Coward's Private Lives being enacted here with Laurence Olivier and Gertrude Lawrence. You can imagine the glamorously dressed, cocktail-fuelled celebrities dancing till dawn before zigzagging their Bugattis and Bentleys across the beach on the way back up to Mayfair.
Of course, this could equally apply to today's guests. But something makes be think they'd have done it with a bit more style back in the 30s.
We are a family business that works closely with the artists to ensure that our customers receive wonderful pictures at affordable prices.
Original paintings and framed prints are usually only available for collection from the Gallery, although we can deliver in person within a 15 mile radius of the gallery by arrangement.
On this site we have tried to provide as much choice as possible, but we are happy to quote on and supply pictures in bespoke sizes where feasible.
How long before we dispatch your print?
Some of the most popular prints are usually available for despatch within 48 hours.
If we do not hold the specific print you're after in stock it will be despatched as soon as we have been able to order one from the various craft printers used by our artists, or from the artists themselves.This seldom takes longer than a week.
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Within the UK, to keep things as simple and cost-effective as possible, we offer delivery by first class post which is organised by Post and Packing.
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How will your picture be packed?
All mounted prints are wrapped in cellophane bags and packaged using stout card and bubble wrap.
Framed prints and poster prints
Sadly due to the increasing instances of breakages in transit, we are no longer offering framed prints or originals by post. Please contact the gallery to discuss alternatives.
Poster prints will be rolled in acid-free tissue paper and inserted in a large diameter, stout cardboard tube with plastic end-pieces.