As you approach this Grade I-listed Elizabethan manor down the mile-long drive, surrounded by meadows, it slips tantalisingly in and out of sight, building a sense of romance that’s utterly fulfilled on arrival. Always a special place, now it’s brimful of life, bonhomie and stylish informality, having become the latest – and most exciting yet – PIG hotel (see pages 00, 00 and 00). With the main bar installed in the historic Great Hall, the fun starts the moment you walk in. There’s a wonderful, double-aspect conservatory restaurant with bare wood floors, restored shutters and incredible views; cosy snugs with roaring fires; a bar with wood-fired oven in the ‘derelict chic’ Folly; huge raftered bedrooms in the attic; an atmospheric private dining room in the original Georgian kitchen and so much more. In the walled ‘infusion’ garden, two potting sheds are now delightful treatment rooms, beyond which lie 3,500 acres of lush Devonshire countryside. Close by are the wide open spaces of Dartmoor and the World Heritage coast. A total joy.
Doubles from £145
+44 (0)1404 540400; thepighotel.com
Underground in Tunnels Exeter. The passages have always fascinated local people, with stories of wars and sieges, plague and pestilence. They were designed to bring clean drinking water from natural springs outside the walled city, through lead pipes into the heart of the city… a local must see!
The Mason Arms in Branscombe with a pebbly beach or cliff walk beforehand to work up your appetite!
Darts Farm (Topsham) – A fantastic farm shop only 30 mins from THE PIG-at Combe where their focus is on food that is locally grown reared, baked or caught (just like our’s at THE PIG-at Combe). The home baked cakes and brownies are a favourite!
CLAIM TO FAME
The Folly, now an informal and rustic eatery in our grounds, was formally known as The Orangery, is a Georgian Pediment Glasshouse dating to 1787
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