Much like its namesake, this country house – plonked in between Bristol and Bath – is tranquil, mellow and, er, beautiful, surrounded by green fields and woodland. The whole house is sure to induce interior envy – think cosy fireplaces, high ceilings and sofas perfect for splaying out on with wine/coffee/papers. Pretty tiles line huge walk-in showers, king-size beds and old-school phones in the 29 bedrooms.
If food's not your thing, you're doing life wrong. Even more so at The Pig, where ingredients are plucked from the hotel's own garden each morning (take a stroll around it to see spinach, apples and more). The restaurant is rustic and informal, and the sausage roll is one of the best we've tried, (and we've taken down many pastry and pork packages). In the meantime, check out the website for pork-inspired recipes, including ham hock and black pudding hash.
This summer the Pigs (there are now four in the family) are holding a series of festivals called Smoked & Uncut, featuring live music, glamping, food stalls and locally brewed ale and wine. Which sounds like our kind of thing.
Hunstrete House, Hunstrete, Bath, BS39 4NS; thepighotel.com
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Getting there: You can get to Bath Spa or Bristol Temple Meads from London Paddington for £71.20 return, based on off-peak journeys, with regular trains between the two cities.