For general interest some background to the hotel. It was built in the 1920s in an art deco style by the Christy family, who still own a lot of the land locally. They took advantage of the view across the superb beach of Saunton Sands, which has seen Vikings, a tsunami and was repeatedly invaded by the American Forces in preparation for their part in the D-Day invasions.
During this period, the hotel was seconded for the war effort, serving as a military school and hospital. It was bought as a very run-down property in 1970 by the current owners, who have spent a great deal of money restoring it to its former glory: the art deco restaurant is modelled on the Titanic and is a great feature.
In 1987, Pink Floyd had photos for their new album, A momentary lapse of reason’ taken on the beach, with 700 Victorian hospital beds fully made up on the beach; however, being Devon it promptly rained so they took them back in and did it again the next day.
In more recent times, surfing in the area has rejuvenated the tourist industry and drawn people to the area. The Burrows, which the hotel overlooks, is a world biosphere with some unique flora and fauna (and a great golf course).