The newest Piggy in the litter will open its doors less than a year from now.
Formerly Bridge Place Country Club, The Pig at Bridge Place has been undergoing a substantial refurbishment since being acquired by Home Grown Hotels, the parent company to the hugely-successful Pig brand of boutiques.
The 17th century manor house, three miles south of Canterbury, will be the sixth addition to the portfolio and will be home to a total of 28 bedrooms, with period features such as large fireplaces, secret stairways and panelled rooms being retained.
Seven bedrooms will be housed in the main building, with 12 further bedroom accommodated in a coach house, while seven hop pickers’ huts will be created from reclaimed materials and will sit within the grounds.
Each hut houses a double bedroom with cosy bathroom and wood-burning stove.
A newly-restored gate lodge offers two further bedrooms.
The Coach House will contain a greenhouse restaurant with open kitchen, with two treatment rooms situated next to that the Old Stables.
Also located here will be one upstairs-downstairs rustic bedroom with private terrace and quadruple aspect overlooking the kitchen garden and water meadows.
CEO of Home Grown Hotels Robin Hutson is ‘thrilled’ to be working on this exciting project. “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.”
The renovations will be overseen by acclaimed designer Judy Hutson, whose signature style has given The Pig its brand of effortless, laid-back chic.
There are currently five PIG hotels; The Pig, the Pig-near Bath, the Pig-on the Beach; the Pig-at Combe and the Pig-in the Wall.
The Pig-at Bridge Place will open in May 2019; The Pig-at Harlyn Bay will open in winter 2019 and The Pig-on the South Downs will open in spring 2020.