The Pig near Bath – Pensford, Somerset
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This may be just one of seven rural-themed Pig hotels, but its launch back in 2014 broke new ground for the group: a proper, grown-up hotel that has all the country house attributes (space, proportions, dreamy views), but none of the drawbacks (staid, formal, eye-wateringly expensive). It’s fun and glamorous without ever losing sight of comfort. ‘It’s The Pig on steroids,’ says owner Robin Hutson (though luckily not the price, which is the opposite of pumped-up). Once again Judy Hutson created the look: Belgian tiles, quirky wallpaper, velvet curtains, oil paintings and chandeliers, plus a wonderfully louche private dining room based on the Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet: ragamuffins feasting in a castle. As at all the Pigs, the kitchen garden is central and its abundant produce appears on your plate in the lovely conservatory. It’s a great venue for one of the Pigs’ fantastic Smoked & Uncut festivals, when you can take a room or glamp in a bell tent if the mood takes you.
Rooms from £170
+44 (0)1761 490490; thepighotel.com