If North Cornwall was already spoiled for fantastic places to stay, the opening of The Pig at Harlyn Bay has doubtless raised the region’s hotel-cred even further. The Harlyn Bay offering is one of a group of seven Pig Hotels forming a collection of small lifestyle restaurants with rooms. Pig Hotels pride themselves on authenticity and informality of design, food and service, and Harlyn Bay is no exception.
Occupying a historic house with 16th-century origins with features from Medieval, Jacobean and Georgian times, the Grade II Listed mansion boasts sweeping sea views and is surrounded by almost five acres of gardens. It’s well situated, a short stroll from the village of Harlyn, and Constantine Bay beaches, while picturesque Padstow is just a short drive away.
From the moment you turn off the road and meander down the long driveway, there is an intoxicating sense that you are arriving somewhere special. Once inside, the cosy sofas and wood-burning stoves invite you to settle in and make yourself at home. In fact, it’s so lovely, you might not want to leave.
Interiors at The Pig are designed with flair and guest comfort at heart, with inspiration taken from the natural area surrounding the hotel. The main house has 11 generously sized bedrooms, many with sea views. Each comes with either a shower or bath (or both), some with freestanding baths in the bedrooms. A further 15 bedrooms are situated in the Stonehouse, built with Delabole slate in the Cornish tradition. For those looking for something a little different there are a four exceptionally comfortable and picturesque Shepherd’s Huts.
As with each of the Pig Hotels, the kitchen garden is the beating heart of Harlyn Bay and has been lovingly restored. What cannot be grown in the kitchen garden is sourced within a 25-mile radius of the hotel, meaning menus are fresh, clean, seasonal and delicious.
The Pig at Harlyn Bay also has The Lobster Shed. The food here comes from the wood-oven and local charcoal-fired grill, so expect wood-roasted fresh lobster, chargrilled meats, BBQed veggies as well as daily picked salads, fresh oysters, fresh crab with sourdough and ice cream sundaes. The drinks game is serious here too – local ciders and beers, Cornish sparkling wine and the Pig’s own rosé. The Lobster Shed’s signature ‘Lobster & Camel’ is not to be missed – a heavenly combo of lobster, triple cooked chips and local Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut.