The Pig at Bridge Place

Canterbury, Kent

Once a music venue that hosted Led Zeppelin, this Grade I listed Jacobean mansion in ‘beautiful rolling countryside’ has been made over with a whole lotta love as the sixth of Robin Hutson’s rare breed country house hotels (see index). More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Once a music venue that hosted Led Zeppelin, this Grade I listed Jacobean mansion in ‘beautiful rolling countryside’ has been made over with a whole lotta love as the sixth of Robin Hutson’s rare-breed country house hotels (see index). Château-chic interiors are designed by Judy Hutson, with ‘lashings of wood panelling’ and a bar in deep burgundy, with ornate ceiling. Bedrooms, in the main house and annexes, range from very snug to a duplex suite in the old stable block, with views in four directions, a sitting room with log-burner, a bathroom with roll-top bath and monsoon shower. ‘Our spacious room had moss-green panelling, a comfortable sofa, a wood floor and a bath in an alcove,’ relates a Guide insider. Hop pickers’ huts have ‘a Little House on the Prairie feel’. In the greenhouse restaurant with its open kitchen, menus are big on produce from kitchen garden and glasshouse. Typical dishes might include foraged wild garlic risotto, Rye Bay brown crab, ‘delicious aged sirloin from Ireland’, one of the few products sourced from more than 25 miles away. The ethos is friendly: ‘Everyone, even a gardener, greets you as you pass.’

Hotel details

Address

Bourne Park Road
Bridge
Canterbury
Kent
CT4 5BH
England

Telephone

0345 225 9494

Bedrooms

29. 7 in main house, 12 in coach house, 4 on ground floor, 2 suitable for disabled, 2 family-friendly lodges, converted barn, and 7 hop pickers’ huts.

Open

all year.

Facilities

restaurant, bar/lounge, snugs, study, 2 treatment rooms, gardens, terrace, wheelchair access to the garden, gravel tracks round the property.

Background music

in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed, no charge for extra beds.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

room-only doubles from £195, singles/small doubles from £109. Breakfast buffet £12, cooked £16, à la carte £42. 2-night bookings only at weekends.