It’s not so new anymore but tucked away in a ridiculously beautiful corner of Dorset, we are still talking about THE PIG On The Beach.
When you have to book 9 months in advance for a hotel room, you expect big things – piglets running around the garden, turquoise sea for as far as the eye can see, locally grown produce from the garden turned into a fresh, exquisite dining experience, bathroom products you want to take home with you and a bed so big you can’t find the person lying next to you. Ok, so I’ve exaggerated ever-so-slightly – after some looking I did finally locate the person lying next to me and the piglets are nestled in their pool of mud at the bottom of the garden as apposed to trotting around your sun lounger but The Pig On The Beach really is worth the wait.
To Be Beside The Seaside
Whilst so many British seaside hotels seem to be half asleep, this one is a hive of activity. Not only does it seem almost impossible to actually book one their 23 bedrooms (which makes us want to go even more) but if you are planning on walking by for a hot chocolate in front of the fire and a nosy around the kitchen garden, you might want to think again. At the height of the busy season, they can turn away passers-by every 5 minutes… in fact, they now have a doorman just for the job.
After a short ferry ride over the water and a drive through the rugged landscape, my phone signal was dwindling and I had never been more pleased. 3 hours in a car and we had arrived at our weekend retreat. Our room was huge! It’s all about room 16. Although we decided to save the shower that drenches you and the roll top bath with views over the bay for our return and go on a blustery walk to Old Harry Rocks – about a 20 minute walk over the headland which you can extend for as long as you want. The scenery was stunning. It’s a must-do to stretch your legs.
Bubbles and Jazz
On return the bath was run, the vintage Roberts radio was turned on and the complementary products were lathered on before heading downstairs to the potting shed for dinner. Surrounded by herbs, watering cans, quirky crockery and a sublime wine list, we had hit a good place.
The next morning we left the hotel and it couldn’t have been more of a mistake. We went coasteering. Yup, coasteering. It was about 5 degrees and consequently thought it’d be fun to get in wetsuits and jump into the sea. I won’t go into detail but the moral of the story is that we just shouldn’t have left our room!
Easily reached by weekending Londoners it’s part of the already successful litter of Pig Hotels. This little piggy as a result is luxurious and modern, yet cosy and unique with an old fashioned charm.
Go in summer. The live music nights and outdoor pizza oven is a winning combination.
Book. Book now. Go tomorrow (people do cancel last minute so it’s always worth a call) or be sure to plan in advance. Did I mention our sunset stroll along the beach and massage in a shepherds hut…
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Take It From Us
- Best Room: 16. It’s big (generous room category) and you can have a bath overlooking the sea.
- Rates: From £180. Breakfast £10 (light) £15 (cooked) per person
- Check In: 3pm
- Check Out: 11am
- What to Wear: Country and cosy. If you are brave, bring swimwear – you are after all on the beach. Some people did dress up for dinner but if I were you, i’d just keep it low-key. Packing lightly? There are a selection of hunter wellies at reception for residents to borrow.
- Activities (inc. spa/tennis/sport/walks): Walk the clifftop coastal walks and pretty beach, massages in the shepherds hut. Kayaking, coasteering, sailing, horse riding, kite surfing also available through local companies
- Best Local Attraction: Old Harry’s Rock walk around the headland.
- How to Get There: Car is the best option if you are there for 2 nights or more so you can explore the area. Plenty of on-site parking. It is a 3 hour drive from London. Trains from London take about 2 hours and a 20 minute taxi from the nearest station, Wareham (South West Trains).