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 the much-loved seaside branch of the litter 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 (pictured). There’s a happening outdoor bar with wood-fired oven, a private dining room in a cute 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, look no further.
Doubles from £155
+44 (0)1929 450288; thepighotel.com
The golden sands of Studland bay that are only 3 mins from our doorstep, or Old Harry Rocks, the famous chalk formations that lie along the headland and mark the most easterly point of the Jurassic Coast.
Eggs from our hens for breakfast, Wood-fired flatbreads in the garden for lunch and home-reared pork and lamb for dinner.
A stick of rock in the nearby Victorian seaside town of Swanage.
CLAIM TO FAME
On the headland right by the hotel is World War II observation bunker, Fort Henry, where in 1944 Churchill and King George VI watched firing practice before D-Day.
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