I have always been a big fan of The Pig and everything their 8 locations has to offer. Having stayed at The Pig in Brockenhurst, Harlyn Bay and Southampton this one is definitely my favourite so far! The Pig on the Beach is located above Studland Bay in Dorset and has breathtaking views overlooking the sea. Oosing English charm with it being set in a stunning country house it did feel like a set from a British movie!
Location 9/10: We loved the location and the drive down was stunning as we queued in Poole to get on to the ferry (although this took a very long time!). Located perfectly to be able to walk to the beach and Old Harry Rocks it was a lovely getaway for a 2 night stay. I think this was the perfect amount of time as there isn't a lot to walk to so if you are after a relaxing retreat where you can do a cliff walk and go to the beach then it is ideal!
Room 8/10: I booked one of their comfy rooms which overlooked the sea which was delightful. The bed was super cosy as per usual for The Pigs and I love a good fluffy robe so I can always fit in my holiday afternoon nap! My only couple of negatives were the bathroom was quite small and the light wasn't great when getting ready. Also it had little nooks which meant for my tall husband he had to keep crouching!
Dining 8/10: So as we went in the Summer they had an outdoor bar on the lawn which was so nice to sit out on their deck chairs and enjoy a gin & tonic! They had the most gorgeous flatbreads that we had on both days and also enjoyed some of their 'piggy bits' snacks whilst we played monopoly deal (our favourite card game!). Dinner was also fabulous but those flatbreads really stood out for me! Breakfast was nice but not my favourite compared to other hotel experiences and service was super slow! There was a lovely pub as well that we went to called the Bankers Arms Inn and highly recommend!
Value for money 8.5/10: The comfy rooms were priced at £239 but this did not include breakfast which was an extra £13.50pp for continental or £18.50pp for cooked as well. I think given the room size, location and view it was worth the money but if it included the breakfast too as on top is a little pricey!
Extras: Spa treatments available to book in one of their sheep huts. No dogs allowed to this one but is baby/child friendly!
THE GETAWAY GUIDE FEELING 9/10: Ok so rating this a 9! As I said it was my favourite Pig so far as I loved how British it felt, the view and the laidback style of the property. This is very much a Summer stay in my opinion as it doesn't have as many cosy rooms inside as some of the other Pigs and is very much all about their outdoor space which is simply fabulous! We have booked the Pig in the South Downs for April and at Combe for August, will let you know if I end up with a new favourite...