The first to open will be The Pig – at Bridge Place which was formerly the Bridge Place Country Club, a 17th century manor house just outside the historic village of Bridge in Kent.
Set to open in May 2019 the hotel features a red brick façade and ornate Jacobean interior including large fireplaces, secret stairways and panelled rooms. A refurbishment of the hotel prior to opening will also create seven new bedrooms along with new bars and sitting areas.
Outside the main building a new coach house will accommodate 12 further bedrooms, while seven fitting Hop Pickers’ Huts will be created from reclaimed materials and will sit within the grounds. Each hut houses a double bedroom with bathroom and wood-burning stove. With a newly restored gate lodge offering two further bedrooms, The Pig-at Bridge Place will have a total of 28 rooms.
The coach house will contain a greenhouse restaurant with open kitchen. Next to that the old stables will contain two treatment rooms and one huge upstairs-downstairs rustic bedroom, with private terrace and quadruple aspect overlooking the kitchen garden and water meadows.
Robin Hutson, CEO of Home Grown Hotels, said: “We’ve had a great couple of years, with customers seeming to love what we do. Occupancy is in the mid 90%’s in our rural locations and we know from our guests and their invaluable feedback that they want more PIGs. After searching far and wide for truly unique properties, we really are over the moon about our new hotel in Kent.”
A further two Pig hotels, The Pig- at Harlyn Bay and The Pig – on the South Downs, will open in Winter 2019 and Spring 2020 respectively.