March 10, 2016
Our newest Pig, The PIG–at Combe nestled in the Otter Valley near Honiton, Devon, will open early July 2016 and we are now taking bookings!
Totally secluded, our mellow, honey-coloured Elizabethan gem is set in 3,500 acres of 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 and 15 mins by road to Exeter, over 1 hour to Bristol, and just over 3 hours to London!
But here we have come up with yet more ideas to ensure there is no predictability to this latest addition – this is no ‘cookie-cutter roll-out’. We instead have turned the traditional hotel layout on its head - here’s how...
- 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 banqueting room and formal drawing room - these have been knocked together to create a new restaurant where informality rules. There is no polished panelling, pelmets and fitted carpets; here 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, oversized tables and benches and lots of cigars!
- The attic floor in the main house (previously unused) is transformed into huge rafter bedrooms.
- The original Georgian stable block (also previously unused) is converted into quirky Horse Yard rooms retaining many of the original stable features.
- The original Georgian kitchen with its range and fittings becomes a private dining room with a ‘below stairs experience’ featuring Mrs Beeton’s recipes.
- The old laundry is turned around to feature its own private terrace and garden whilst the inside retains all original features and racks.
- Within the walled infusion garden, 2 Potting Sheds have been transformed into treatment rooms offering a range of Piggy massages.
- 2 thatched Devon longhouses in the grounds will provide additional private individual cottage style accommodation.
There’s a saying in Devon that ‘if you stick your finger in the ground it will grow’, and the kitchen garden will be the beating heart of the new addition. The difference here is there are 3 walled gardens - the vegetable garden, the herb garden and the infusion garden. As with the other PIGs, what cannot be grown in THE PIG’s kitchen garden will be sourced within a 25-mile radius.
Our Robin Hutson says 'we're really over the moon with the building progress at THE PIG-at Combe – outside we are busy planting and seeing new shoots in the kitchen garden, and inside whilst deformalising the space we are renewing every pipe and wire, stripping off layers of varnish, and scouring the country for quirky and unique artifacts. Combe sits well within the footprint of our other four locations. Demand has been very high for the existing properties and our guests want more PIG’s in more locations but we will only create them if we find exceptional sites like this – possibly the finest hotel building in this neck of the woods.’
Rooms will start from £145 per night and bookings for THE PIG-at Combe are now open.