The PIG–at Combe nestled in the Otter Valley near Honiton, Devon, will open early July 2016 with bookings being taken now.
Totally secluded, the mellow, honey-coloured Elizabethan gem is set in 3,500 acres of lush Devonshire countryside, yet easily accessible - being 1.5 miles from Honiton, just off the A30 in the village of Gittisham. It is 8 miles from the south Devon coast, 15 mins to Exeter, 1 hour to Bristol and just over 3 hours to London.
This is no ‘cookie-cutter roll-out’. The key here is that we have turned the traditional layout of a hotel on its head!
The historic entrance and Great Hall have been converted to the main bar, completely changing the traditional arrival experience – head straight to the heart of the action in a house of fun not formality.
Gone is the formal lounge seating, replaced with a long bar, oversized sofas, and chairs to properly curl up in along with an inviting roaring fire.
Out goes the panelled and formal banqueting and drawing rooms to create a new restaurant where informality rules.
There is no polished panelling, pelmets and fitted carpets; instead it’s stripped back to signature bare wood floors and restored shutters. A restored principle double-height bricked up window brings light and incredible Devon views into the heart of the room.
The former dining rooms become snug and cosy sitting rooms leading off the bar for more chilling and quaffing by open fires.
The old garden folly is ‘semi-restored’ (meaning almost, but not really) giving us the new style descriptive of ‘derelict chic’. It creates an atmospheric indoor/outdoor bar and dining area with wood fired oven, tables and benches and lots of cigars!
When we open we will have 27 rooms, 17 in the main house and 10 in the stable yard.
The bedrooms in the main house are spacious and classic PIG style with far reaching views. The new additions here are the three rafter rooms in the previously unused attic spaces.
We will have 10 new stable yard bedrooms converted from the old stables and coach houses – these retain much of the original features, partitions and even flooring and tiling.
Within the walled infusion garden, two Potting Sheds have been transformed into treatment rooms offering a range of Piggy massages.
Our guests enjoy massage treatments using Bamford products.
The original Georgian Kitchen with its range and fittings will become a private dining room with a ‘below stairs experience’ featuring Mrs Beeton’s recipes .
This is genuinely a most unique dining experience and is suitable for parties of up to 14 guests.