This may be just one in the group of five rural-themed PIG hotels (see The PIG at Combe and The PIG on the Beach) but its 2014 advent broke new ground: a proper, grown-up, country-house hotel that has all the attributes (space, proportions, dreamy views), but none of the drawbacks (staid, pretentious, eye-wateringly expensive). It’s fun and glamorous, though it never loses sight of comfort. ‘THE PIG on steroids,’ says owner Robin Hutson. Though not the price: the opposite of pumped up. Once again Judy Hutson created the look: Belgian tiles, quirky wallpaper, velvet curtains, oil paintings, 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 in the lovely conservatory. A great venue for one of the PIGS’ fantastic Smoked and Uncut festivals, when you can take a room or glamp in a bell tent if the mood takes you.
Doubles from £155
+44 (0)1761 490490; thepighotel.com
Enjoy exploring the ancient city of Bath, or walk off a long lunch across the rolling Mendip Hills, or visit the iconic and spectacular heights of the famous Cheddar Gorge.
Why not try some of our own Venison from the deer on the estate? Hunstrete Estate Venison and Pork Sausage Smoked Carrot Mash and Heritage Carrots is a favourite!
Smoked & Uncut food and music festival in the grounds is not your average English festival! More glamour than grunge, you can expect a line-up of handpicked classic and contemporary artists, home-made street food, local ales and the odd cocktail. Grab your tickets at smokedanduncut.com
CLAIM TO FAME
Previously known as Hunstrete House, the building is a Grade II listed and dates back to the 1820’s.
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