Glass enjoys a cosy English countryside retreat at the Pig Hotel, Somerset

THIS property from the renowned Pig Hotel collection promises no-frills country comfort – but is it worth the luxury price tag?

The hotel is a convenient 20-minute drive from Bath Spa station, nestled among the rolling hills of Somerset. In true countryside style, we were met with a cattle grid on arrival, and saw guests roaming the grounds in wellington boots. The 29-acre estate is home to a Grade II-listed country house, surrounded by wildflower meadows, a deer park, orchards and a garden brimming with vegetables.

Hotel entrance

A relaxed family feel is reinforced with design details like exposed wooden beams, sumptuous linens and communal nooks that are perfect for sipping cocktails and cups of tea. As for our room, it boasted a freestanding bathtub, a minibar kitted with artisan drinks and fluffy bath gowns. What more could you want?

One of the hotel’s 29 bedrooms

This cosiness continued throughout the hotel, with the billiard room and rustic dining area adding to the experience. Food plays a huge role at The Pig, and its “25-mile menu” champions locally sourced ingredients, with much of the crop coming from the on-site garden. 

We enjoyed a hearty vegetarian meal, paired with wonderful local wines chosen by our sommelier in candlelight. After a meal like that, we found ourselves engulfed in bed under layers of luxurious silky bedding and had the best night’s sleep before waking to the distant sound of hens clucking. 

Dining area

Overall, The Pig Near Bath is a sanctuary of elegance and charm, seamlessly blending countryside serenity with the allure of historic Bath. The dedication to sustainable and locally sourced cuisine, coupled with unparalleled attention to detail in the accommodations, elevates this property to a must-visit destination for travellers seeking a quintessentially English escape.

Whether you want a romantic getaway, a gastronomic adventure or a peaceful retreat from urban life, The Pig delivers on all fronts. 

by Katrina Mirpuri

Rooms start from £225 per night. 

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