The Pig at Harlyn Bay
I’m sure there are those who don’t like Pig hotels, but I’ve yet to meet them, and I’m not sure that I’d want to either.
The Pig has quickly established itself as an integral part of hotel life in the southern counties of Britain, in much the same way that Firmdale Hotels have in London.
These hotels stand for something.
Of this particular Pig, owner Robin Hutson says, “This is amongst the very best coastal settings anywhere in Cornwall with immediate access to a beautiful and immensely sought after part of the North Cornish coastline with some of the county’s most celebrated beaches a stone’s throw from the hotel.”
The Pig at Harlyn Bay is one of Cornwall’s most historic houses with 16th century origins and plasterwork plus other features from Medieval, Jacobean and Georgian times.
This Grade II Listed mansion has far-reaching sea views from the first floor of the main house and sits at the end of a long driveway surrounded by almost five acres of gardens.
Just a short stroll from the village of Harlyn, Constantine Bay beaches and Trevose golf course, this Cornish gem is a fabulous addition to the existing collection of Pig hotels.
The front entrance of The Pig at Harlyn Bay leads into the Map Room where there are sink-in sofas and chairs and a cosy wood-burning stove.
Hang a left and guests find themselves in the bar and through the rear door of the Map Room, next to the main staircase, is the reception area.
The door to the right of the Map Room leads to the main restaurant which consists of three walk through rooms all full of Cornish character giving guests a real sense of place.
Further into the heart of the ground floor there’s a snug which sits opposite the hotel’s wine store and beyond that a private dining room that leads to a residents’ snug.
Upstairs in the main house the 11 bedrooms are all generous in size with many of them basking in sea views.
They come with either a shower or bath (or both) and some with freestanding baths in the bedrooms.
There are a further 15 bedrooms in Stonehouse, a separate building which sits to the left of the main house.
The rooms fall into recognisable Pig categories plus there is a Snug with terrace, a Little Look Out and Even Bigger Comfy Luxe.
Finally there are four large and extremely comfortable Shepherd’s Huts.
Several months before this hotel opened, I bumped into Robin Hutson and his wife, Judy, having breakfast in a Cotswold hotel.
They had spent the night in one of the guest Huts in the grounds of that hotel – perhaps for research purposes?
The Shepherd’s Huts at The Pig are charming and warm, and uniquely designed for comfort. They’re guaranteed crowd pleasers.
As with other Pigs, Judy Hutson designs each and every room in an informal style that guests have come to know and love.
No one room is the same and Judy skilfully incorporates details that are particular to that building’s soul and location – in this case the moody weathered stone building in the wilds of Cornwall.
As ever, the kitchen garden is the beating heart of The Pig at Harlyn Bay and this large garden has been fully restored.
Everything grown within the vegetable beds dictates the style of the seasonal menu.
At the end of the main kitchen garden are two Potting Sheds where guests can escape for mini spa treatments.
Finally, as a unique addition to this Pig hotel, there is a destination outdoor eating experience called The Lobster Shed.
This grill and wood oven kitchen is housed in a shed made from reclaimed materials.
On the terrace they serve local simple seafood dishes as well as flat breads and drinks.
With salty surfers returning ravenous from the beach, this new area comes complete with an outdoor shower.
A chance to freshen up before settling down to a delightful fresh fish lunch and a welcome glass of rose.
Photography: Jake Eastham