The Island That Inspired Agatha Christie’s Murder Mystery Novels Goes On Sale

A 21-acre island retreat that inspired Agatha Christie to write two of her most celebrated novels — “And Then There Were None” and “Evil Under the Sun” — is on the market for $18.9 million. The sale of Burgh Island, off south Devon in the UK, includes Agatha’s Beach House, built for Christie on the cliff’s edge. During World War II, Burgh Island Hotel’s top two floors were damaged by a bomb, and despite being repaired, the hotel suffered a period of post-war decline. It was, however, restored to its former glory and continues to thrive today. Built in 1929, the 25-suite hotel also includes its own pub, the Pilchard Inn. The island also boasts a helipad, tennis court, a spa, and a mermaid pool. Two small holiday cottages and a wartime bunker will remain under separate ownership. At high tide, the island is cut off from the mainland, which means guests have to arrive by sea tractor.