Set in the heart of The New Forest, The Pig is a new style of country hotel. It’s a shabby-chic home away from home, but with five-star service you won’t get in your own living room. There are comfy sofas and roaring fires a-plenty, and a great many board games to keep you busy.
Although it’s sometimes described as a restaurant with rooms (and the food is incredible – almost all grown, reared or sourced locally), there are more hidden treasures than they let on. From impromptu lessons on how to flavour your own booze, to live music, and fly fishing, you’ll never be lost for something to do. The hotel is also the perfect base for good walks, but before you venture too far afield The Pig’s very own kitchen garden, fruit cage, and wildflower meadow orchard should be explored.
There’s also a large pond, and if you cross over the bridge, you’ll happen upon the ‘Potting Shed’, an original garden shed, transformed into a single treatment room. The Aromatherapy Associates products used in the Ultimate Luxury Facial transformed my dry, parched skin, while the tension-releasing facial techniques and soothing head, neck and shoulder massage worked so well, it felt like I swam back across the pond to the hotel.
Rooms from £135 midweek; £165 weekends. To book, call 0845 077 9494, thepighotel.com