The Pig – in the Wall – Southampton, Hampshire
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If The Pig – at Brockenhurst is the country house, then this is its town house cousin, just 20 minutes away in Southampton, charmingly embraced by the city’s defensive walls. It’s gorgeous, affordable and makes a great choice for a hassle-free short break, easily reached by train. Hole up in one of its faultlessly chic bedrooms with their retro radios, telephones and alarm clocks, rain showers and roll-top baths, superb beds, well-stocked fridge ‘larders’, bare floorboards, painted wood ceilings and pretty fabrics. In the morning, linger over pastries, cold meats, boil-your-own eggs and the peruse the morning papers in the Edwardian country style kitchen-cum-parlour. For lunch you can graze from the inviting deli counter, which acts as reception, too. Later you can do some damage in the West Quay shopping centre (if you dare) and then, at cocktail hour, jump into the hotel’s Land Rover for a free ride home to dinner at The Pig. Back at The Wall for the night, you’ll be as happy as pigs in – er – manure.
Doubles from £140
+44 (0)2380 636900; thepighotel.com