The Pig at Harlyn Bay – Padstow, Cornwall
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‘Which is your favourite Pig?’ I am often asked. That’s a tough question because I love them all, but it’s the last in the litter that comes leaping to mind first. The latest hotel – just opened in time for this guide – is this brooding, mysterious beauty overlooking sweeping Harlyn Bay near Padstow. It’s another hit, with gorgeous, rich, dark, velvety interiors behind Cornish slate walls and heavy oak doors that were inspired, designer Judy Hutson says, by the stillness of Mark Rylance in Wolf Hall. Contrast these rooms with the airy bistro and the separate Lobster Shed restaurant, lawns strewn with wooden easy chairs and wild flowers, and a clutch of wonderful wagons to complement the bedrooms in the house and sympathetic new Stonehouse wing. It’s a special place with a special atmosphere, and one that will be as pleasing in winter as it is in summer. Though only just opened, this Pig feels as if it has been there forever, with a burgeoning kitchen garden, two treatment huts, a great wine cellar and fabulous food from head chef Adam Bristow.
Doubles from £175
+44 (0)345 225 9494 ; thepighotel.com