The Pig – on the Beach is a beautifully restored 16th-century manor house nestled in a picturesque hamlet overlooking Studland Bay. Built in 1825 as a seaside home, the hotel exudes gothic fantasy, with multiple chimneys, mullioned windows, and gargoyles and a beautiful roofline of turrets and dormers in local Portland stone tiles. The gorgeously mellow country house features luxuriously appointed guest rooms, including three private hideaways and two suites, an award-winning restaurant with a kitchen-garden menu and private dining room, and two spa treatment rooms.
The hotel overlooks the broad sweep of Studland Bay, renowned for being the vantage point from which Churchill, Eisenhower, and King George VI watched troops practice the D-Day landings. The Pig – on the Beach is a short walk to a beautiful sandy beach.
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The Pig – on the Beach features cozy, contemporary country-house style guest rooms ranging from standard guest rooms to luxurious suites with spectacular ocean views. Guest rooms and suites vary in size and layout but feature twin, double, queen or king-size beds in crisp cotton, and luxurious comforters, and en-suite bathrooms with walk-in showers, soaking bathtubs, plush towels and bathrobes, and organic Bramley bath amenities. In-room conveniences include flat screen HDTVs, retro Roberts digital radios, fully stocked mini fridges and bars, Nespresso coffee machine and tea-making kits, and complimentary wireless Internet.
The Conservatory Restaurant offers a seasonal, daily-changing menu of creative and innovative cuisine, created from fresh, locally sourced ingredients and produce, including house-smoked meats, freshly caught fish and seafood and salads and vegetables from the adjacent kitchen garden. Food is served in a Victorian greenhouse conservatory at scrubbed wooden tables with vintage cutlery and paired with fine wines from around the world. The restaurant also offers a snacking menu which is served in the terrace garden during the summer months.
The Snug Bar offers a cozy spot for drinks with plush sofas, oversized armchairs, and rich wood paneling. The menu features a variety of local craft beers, fine wines, independent spirits and signature cocktails, which can be savored fireside in the lounge, on the outdoor terrace or the lawn.
Amenities and Recreation
The Pig – on the Beach offers award-winning dining at the Conservatory Restaurant and handcrafted libations at the Snug Bar. The hotel has an on-site spa where guests can enjoy massages and body treatments, and there are miles of hiking trails in the region. Hunter Wellington boots and umbrellas are on hand for guest to borrow, and a pretty kitchen garden supplies the restaurant with fresh produce. The hotel is a five-minute walk from a beautiful beach, and other activities include horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing, beachcombing, and riding the Swanage steam railway.
Attractions in this picturesque patch of Dorset include the Isle of Purbeck, which is packed with beautiful beaches, cliff-top coastal walks, postcard-perfect villages, and fun-filled adventures, scenic spots such as Lulworth Cove and Corfe Castle, as well as Bournemouth, Poole and Swanage. Knoll Beach offers excellent sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, and surfing, and Middle Beach is perfect for kayaking and kite-surfing. Visit the English Heritage-listed Studland Beach Second World War walk and the famous Harry’s Fort or stroll along the South West Coast Path which boasts spectacular views.
Manor House, Manor Rd, Studland, Swanage BH19 3AU, UK, website, Phone: 44-19-29-45-02-88