The Pig in the wall

The Pig in the Wall – Southampton, Hampshire

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If The Pig – at Brockenhurst is the country house, then this is its town cousin, just 20 minutes away in Southampton. Charmingly embraced by the city’s Medieval defensive walls, it’s gorgeous, affordable and makes a great choice for a hassle-free short break, easily reached by train from London. Hole up in one of its faultlessly chic bedrooms with their retro radios, telephones and alarm clocks, rain showers and roll-top baths, superb beds, well-stocked fridge ‘larders’, bare floorboards, painted wood ceilings and pretty fabrics. In the morning, linger over pastries, cold meats, and boil-your-own eggs, and peruse the morning papers in the Edwardian country-style kitchen-cumparlour. For lunch, you can graze from the inviting deli counter, which acts as reception, too. Later, you can do some serious damage in the Westquay shopping centre in Southampton (if you dare) and then, at cocktail hour, head back to The Wall for a delicious dinner of freshly-prepared salads, hearty plates (such as Pie of the Day) and sweet treats, where you’ll be as happy as pigs in – er – manure.

Doubles from £170

+44 (0)2380 636900; thepighotel.com

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The Pig in the Wall
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