Kate Atkinson

The Pig

Bath

by: Kate Atkinson

  • Why

    A jaunt to wreak havoc at an English country manor while celebrating my first time in London in four years, and catching up with an old partner in crime.

  • When

    August 2014

  • Who

    Myself and my BFF and favourite facilitator of low-brow banter.

Highs + Lows

  • The Penguin books in the rooms…in rainbow brights, they were a really brilliant finishing touch.

  • The setting – picturesque with herb gardens and frisky deers to boot.

  • The Potting Shed Spa - an isolated property is not complete without a spa.

  • Food, glorious food. The property (like all good country manors) really centres around eating, and library lounging.

  • Locale – it’s difficult to get to, being a little way away from Bath and Bristol, but you’ll find enough to do here to while away hours. Advised for those who want a break.

: 46/50
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Important Bits

  • Type

    Country manor, estate home.

  • Vibe

    Esteemed Georgian country house meets Downton Abbey.

  • Location

    Blissfully off the grid, this is the perfect stately British retreat. The hotel has beautiful kitchen gardens for the growing of seasonal ingredients, an extensive garden (with deer and fawn viewing a plenty) a greenhouse glassed in restaurant with an impressive chef’s table, a lounge, a library with every read you could ever want, a billiard room with a table that is easily the size of most people in Manhattan’s apartments, and more. Bath and its history and quaint British heritage are just a short drive away, but if you’re anything like us, you’ll sit in the lounge talking world news and reading aloud Russell Brand’s allegory to Robin Williams in the Guardian, whiling the day away with coffee, small talk and cryptic crosswords.

  • Rooms

    29

  • Music

    Soft piano music in the main space, a great accompaniment to our pork portions.

  • Year Opened

    2014

  • Designed By

    Overseen by hotel guru Robin Hutson, owner of The Four Pigs in the UK, and formerly behind Hotel Du Vin.

  • Pool/Gym

    No gym, but not needed what with all of the country air, rolling hills to tramp in and ‘Hamburger Hill’…a randomly located paintballing centre that is picturesque in the stunning surroundings. Yes, spa...The Potting Shed.

  • Restaurant

    Yes. The hotel’s restaurant is a victory. It had been four long years since I had last filled myself with pork belly and theirs did not disappoint by any means. Traditional English pub fare to fill the belly and make you want to sink into an afternoon coma with a great book. Would also recommend the XXX pizzas, a lunchtime favourite and great to soak up any red wine remnants or headaches from the night prior.

  • Bar

    Yes...lounge-like.

  • Wifi

    Yes, free.

  • Children

    Leave them at home. I’ll never say it’s advisable to bring rugrats when there’s a grand piano about. Controlling ourselves from playing it (and failing) was hard enough.

  • Price

    Pricey luxury, but fair for what you get.

In the Area

This is a row of 30 houses, all neatly lined up in a way you can only dream of. Built in the 1700s by John Wood the Younger, it’s Grade I listed and a great example of Georgian housing.

Royal Crescent

Royal Crescent, Bath, United Kingdom

This is a row of 30 houses, all neatly lined up in a way you can only dream of. Built in the 1700s by John Wood the Younger, it’s Grade I listed and a great example of Georgian housing.

Finding a picturesque paintballing park sounds mad, but the country walk there past deer, scene setting bales of hay, countless snappable Instagram pictures and abandoned tanks and other pieces that appear to be missing from Hollywood film sets is not to be missed. Regardless of your route, tramping and animal spotting is mandatory here. Plenty of bales of hay to roll on.

Hamburger Hill

Hamburger Hill, Westwood Avenue, High Littleton, Bath and North East Somerset, United Kingdom

Finding a picturesque paintballing park sounds mad, but the country walk there past deer, scene setting bales of hay, countless snappable Instagram pictures and abandoned tanks and other pieces that appear to be missing from Hollywood film sets is not to be missed. Regardless of your route, tramping and animal spotting is mandatory here. Plenty of bales of hay to roll on.

You can’t go to Bath without visiting the namesake thermal Roman Baths. The city was founded on hot springs and these ones go back to 70AD. Unfortunately, you can no longer get involved and have to settle for a look only.

The baths

Stall St, Bath BA1 1LZ, UK

You can’t go to Bath without visiting the namesake thermal Roman Baths. The city was founded on hot springs and these ones go back to 70AD. Unfortunately, you can no longer get involved and have to settle for a look only.

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The Pig

Hunstrete House, Hunstrete, Pensford, Bath BS39 4NS, UK

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