The Pig on the Beach – Studland, Dorset
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With its wacky profusion of turrets, gargoyles, stone casements and overlapping tiles on steep roofs, this enchanting 18th-century house will bring an instant smile to your face and memories of Hansel and Gretel. As for the views? You’ll be entranced, especially looking across the sheep-flecked fields and the sea to Old Harry Rocks. Built as a grand summer house, this Studland Bay delight is a much-loved seaside sibling in the drove of Pig hotels and it positively brims with charm. In addition to the usual conservatory restaurant and walled kitchen garden there are quirkily different bedrooms, including a charming shepherd’s hut with log fire and separate bathroom. There’s a happening outdoor bar with wood-fired oven, a private dining room in a dreamy thatched hut (complete with its own ice cream cart), and essential beach bags, mats, buckets and spades in every room. A thrilling, wildly popular hotel. For fun in the sun, and smiles on faces, you need look no further.
Doubles from £165
+44 (0)1929 450288; thepighotel.com