Home Grown Hotels has announced three new additions to its Pig Hotels portfolio, which will give the company a presence in every south coast county of England.
The £30m expansion will see new boutique hotels launch in Kent, West Sussex and Cornwall, with the openings scheduled for autumn 2018 and summer 2019.
Renovations are soon to start on developing the new properties, which once open, will take the total Piggy portfolio up to eight.
The first one to launch will be The Pig at Bridge Place, near Canterbury, due to open in autumn 2018.
Formerly Bridge Place Country Club, the building is a 16th century manor house just outside the historic village of Bridge in the Nailbourne valley and has played host to some iconic parties and gigs over the years, with Led Zeppelin playing there in the 1970s.
The building will be transformed to house seven bedrooms and a new-built coach house, outside the main building, will accommodate 12 bedrooms.
Seven ‘hop pickers’ huts’ will also be created from reclaimed materials on an island within the grounds.
A newly-restored gate lodge will offer a further two bedrooms, bringing the total bedroom count at The Pig at Bridge Place up to 28.
Eating-wise, the Coach House will feature a conservatory restaurant with open kitchen and a barn will be converted into a casual Kitchen Larder. Its derelict-chic style renovation will see walls lined with jars of preserved fruit and veg from the garden, and wood-fired cooking.
Next year, in West Sussex, the Grade-II listed Madehurst Lodge was acquired in 2017 and will open as The South Downs Pig in 2019.
Finally the Grade-II listed Harlyn House near Padstow in Cornwall will require chance of use consents to become The Pig at Harlyn Bay but is aiming for launch in summer 2019.
CEO of Home Grown Hotels Robin Hutson, who founded the brand seven years ago, is ‘thrilled’ to announce these exciting projects.
“We’ve had a great couple of years, with customers apparently loving what we do,” he says. “Occupancy is in the mid 90%’s in our rural locations and we know from our guests they want more Pigs. After searching far and wide for truly unique properties, we really are over the moon about our new Piglets in Kent, Sussex and Cornwall, and can’t wait to get started on this new phase of our development.”
Just like all the other Pig Hotels, the interiors will be headed up by designer Judy Hutson, and the kitchens and restaurants will be supplied by producers within a 25-mile radius.