If THE PIG in Brockenhurst is the country mouse, then this is its town mouse 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 faultless shabby 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 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 and then, at cocktail hour, jump into the hotel’s Land Rover for a free ride back to dinner at THE PIG. Back at The Wall for the night, you’ll be as happy as pigs in – er – manure.
Doubles from £135
+44 (0)23 8063 6900; thepighotel.com
THE PIG-in the wall is set in the old walls of Southampton; trot out of the hotel front door and follow the signposts along the third longest uninterrupted stretch of medieval defensive walling in Great Britain. With walls and buildings that date from 1180, every step you take feels like a step back in time.
If you’re staying at THE PIG-in the wall and fancy something a little heartier than our relaxed deli-dining, then you can jump into one of our Land Rovers for a transfer to our sister hotel THE PIG, tucked away in the heart of the New Forest National Park, only a 15 minute drive away.
WestQuay Watermark – brand-new to the city this year, the £80m+ WestQuay Watermark development is a only few minutes’ walk away. There are over 20 restaurants, a luxury cinema and a bowling alley in the complex.
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It’s set into the medieval walls of Southampton.
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