The Pig at Harlyn Bay – Padstow, Cornwall
‘Which is your favourite Pig?’ I am often asked. That’s a tough question because I love them all, but it’s the latest in the litter that comes leaping to mind first. The hotel is a brooding, mysterious beauty overlooking sweeping Harlyn Bay near Padstow. It’s another sure-fire hit, with gorgeous, dark, velvety interiors behind dramatic 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 rich and opulent rooms with the airy bistro and 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 last year, 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’s 25-mile menu.
Doubles from £175
+44 (0)3452 259494; thepighotel.com