We fell in love with The Pig Hotel, tucked away in the stunning New Forest in Hampshire, straight away.
Mighty Spice Kitchen is all about exotic foods and far-flung destinations, but every now and then we think it is a great idea to see what’s on our doorstep. We did some investigating and found The Pig, a charming boutique hotel, set in a 17th Century hunting lodge, surrounded by vegetable gardens and farmlands. Inside is contemporary, with shabby chic furnishings and lots of very comfortable lounging areas.
There was something magical about this little hotel. Getting out of the city for a few days can be one of the best things ever; to relax, indulge and recharge, without mobiles, the tube or concrete. The Pig set the tone instantly and was just fabulous.
On arrival we were taken to our room on the first floor of the house. The hotel had 26 rooms in total; 6 in the main house and 10 in the stables. Our room was perfect – a huge bed with a cloud-like duvet and ginormous pillows, oversized armchairs and a fantastic bathroom.
After a long lie down, (well it had been a 2 hour drive,) we went downstairs to explore the beautiful house. We found a perfect drawing room, littered with papers and huge sofas. These sadly distracted us for a while and it was not until several tabloids and gin and tonics later that we ventured outside.
The grounds of the Pig Hotel were beautiful. Croquet sets were at the ready and if you fancied a walk in the forest (this is a highlight of this area, it is amazing) picnics were on hand.
The Pig is all about its food and they had a well-stocked walled vegetable garden and some very happy snuffling pigs. Head chef James Golding (le Caprice, Soho House New York) runs a fantastic kitchen, set in a vine-clad conservatory on the side of the house, overlooking one of the pristine lawns. The food was delicious. British, seasonal and simple, relying on the best ingredients prepared beautifully. We loved dinner and breakfast the next morning was an utter joy!
Rooms at the Pig Hotel start from £129
For more information visit http://www.thepighotel.com/