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 thoughts 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 in the litter of PIG hotels’ (see The PIG near Bath and The PIG in the Wall) much-loved seaside branch and it positively brims with charm: the conservatory restaurant and walled kitchen garden, of course, but also the many original features; the quirkily different bedrooms, including ones fashioned from garden pavilions and, even, a shepherd’s hut; the happening outdoor bar with wood-fired oven; the private dining room in a cute thatched hut, complete with its own ice cream cart; and the beach bags, mats, buckets and spades in every room. A thrilling, wildly popular hotel: for fun in the sun, look no further. Doubles from £145.
Name to Know: Head chef Andy Wright, who has access to the freshest local fish, which always features on his refreshing menu.
See: The National Trust’s Corfe Castle reveals an amazing history and stunning views from amidst its ruins. Located just 4½ miles from Studland, a must visit.
Eat: A freshly wood-fired flat bread from THE PIG-on the beach wood-oven, sat on the terrace overlooking Old Harry Rocks.
Buy: A bucket and spade and explore the four-mile stretch of the golden, sandy beach of Studland bay with views out as far as the Isle of Wight.
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