Combe House breathes romance. As you approach down the mile-long drive, surrounded by meadows, the Grade I listed Elizabethan manor slips tantalisingly in and out of sight. It has always been a special place but now it’s brimful of life, bonhomie and informal, stylish character, having become the latest – and most exciting yet – PIG hotel. With the main bar installed in the historic Great Hall, the fun starts the moment you walk inside. There’s a wonderful double aspect conservatory restaurant with bare wood floors, restored shutters and incredible views; cosy snugs with roaring fires; a derelict chic garden folly with wood-fired oven; huge rafter 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.
Name to Know: Alex Coutts, who keeps three of the kitchen gardens flourishing, which are the beating heart of any PIG hotel.
See: The ancient Jurassic coast. Enjoy bracing coastal cliff walks or just a day soaking up the sun on Branscombe beach.
Eat: If you are celebrating or just getting friends together, THE PIG-at Combe’s old Georgian Kitchen is the perfect private dining space.
Buy: The full cream tea that Devon is famous for, you are on holiday after all. Head to Sidmouth, the closest sea-side town to THE PIG-at Combe, for the best.
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