Turning into the long pea graveled lane, the soft and steady crunching of the polished stone underneath the tires of the taxi announces the arrival in the countryside of England, specifically on this particular journey, Canterbury in Kent.
With the hopes of visiting the countryside with each visit to England, and knowing last September, I would be traveling in the spring of 2022 to England, I began a leisurely exploration of accommodation for only one or two nights in a welcoming inn that was situated near an RHS or National Trust garden I wanted to explore (of which there are oodles, so the options were plentiful thereby making the accommodation search vast).
Letting go and not feeling to be in a rush as the world was still quite slow to travel, it happened later in September when I was reading through the weekly Weekend edition of The Financial Times, a review of The Pig in South Downs was shared, and it captivated my desire for country luxury and traditional décor paired with delicious local fare.
Discovering that there are eight Pigs located around the English countryside, I selected The Pig at Bridge Place as it was a 30 minute drive from Sissinghurst Castle Garden (take a full video and photo tour of our visit of the garden here). Located on the outskirts of Canterbury in Kent, the train ride from London was only 57 minutes on a high-speed train, and after two days in the city, we were in the southeast countryside of England, and staying in luxurious and cozy accommodations.
Upon making reservations months prior, (you will need to pay in full to hold your reservation, but it is absolutely worth it- most hotels in larger cities only ask for your payment information to hold, but do not charge your card), i chose two different types of rooms – one for myself and one for my mother, The Pig kindly put our rooms on the same floor – the fourth-ish (or top as the first floor is split). Each had their own bathroom, and each a beautiful four-poster bed with windows overlooking the grounds.
Arriving early as we wanted to bop out to Sissinghurst for the day, we dropped off our luggage, and secured a cab to take us to the gardens where we stayed and explored for the entire afternoon (I will be posting a detailed photo and video tour of Sissinghurst Castle Gardens later this week – you can watch the video tour now in May’s A Cuppa Moments w/Shannon chat if you are a TOP Tier Member). I had originally secured a rental car, but as it was Easter Monday we would be picking it up, no rental car companies were open, and since we were only staying one night in the country, I elected to pay for the taxi to take us to the garden and then back to The Pig which actually cost less than paying for a rental car for the same amount of time (about £80-90 each way).
When we did return after our visit to the gardens, our luggage had been taken to our rooms, and upon settling in the radio had been turned to a classical music station, the tea kettle complete with teas and coffee were available to be made and savored and the room beckoned its guest to slow down and just savor.
I immediately opened the windows to let the birdsong in, and as the water was heating up, I toured my room and all of the details.
I have many photos to show you, but first take the video tour as an introduction to The Pig at Bridge Place in Canterbury.
I have compiled many of my photos and all the videos (be sure to turn the sound on as you listen as you will be able to enjoy the birdsong as well in real time that I experienced it) in this near eight-minute video below. A short ad will run before it begins, but once it does, I do hope you enjoy and discover the vast calm, beauty and welcome of The Pig at Bridge Place. (If you have an ad-blocker, you will need to disable it, then restart your browser in order to watch the video below.)
About The Pigs
The history of The Pigs begins in 2011 with a determination to live and eat and escape to the country with sustainability in mind. Each Pig utilizes its own garden on the grounds of the renovated building thoughtfully and creatively decorated by Judy Hutson, wife of co-founder Robin. Each kitchen and restaurant to which both guests and the public are invited only use produce that they can grow themselves in the kitchen garden or sourced from within 25-miles.
Each Pig puts the kitchen garden at the heart of its accommodation, so in taking a couple of walks through the garden, it was wonderful to see what the garden was growing this time of year. By celebrating the seasons, guests also come to realize what they too may want to explore in their kitchens should they live in the neighborhood or surrounding area, as well, it reminds all guests that flavorful food depends upon seasonality and appreciation of the evanescence of its availability.
We enjoyed a wonderful dinner, I ordering sole and my mother a fish stew that she absolutely loved. The service and encouragement to stay and enjoy, with no rushing out the door was greatly appreciated and after two hours of dining, we were both melting. The dessert punctuated a delicious and satisfying meal.
Breakfast was continental, but not just any continental. I wish I would have brought my phone to capture pictures of the two long tables of artisan breads, fruits, oats, pastries, freshly soft or hard boiled eggs, milks of all varietals. My appetite was more than satiated upon selecting items to begin a full day of both returning to London and enjoying the theatre and a lovely late lunch that was planned in the city before we returned home the following day.
The Pig at Bridge Place
A four-story Queen Anne manor house with 29 rooms is located just outside the historic village of Bridge, three miles south of Canterbury. It took us all of 10 minutes from the Canterbury-West train station in our cab to arrive. Upon arriving, it was Easter Monday, so the grounds were bustling with guests concluding their long weekend stay; however, when evening arrived, the grounds were quiet, and Tuesday morning as well. However, the Monday evening, the Coach House (the main restaurant) was full with guests savoring their seasonal fare.
One detail we didn’t have time to take advantage of was the spa offerings at what is quaintly named The Potting Shed. Scheduling massages, facials and many other relaxing treatment, the sheds are adjacent to the primary building next to the garden and the shed where they grow their own mushrooms. Most certainly, a stay at The Pig is one that will be rejuvenating, nourishing and restful.
Now, let’s talk about the décor. To say I felt at home understates my glee and comfort upon stepping into The Pig at Bridge Place. So much of my beloved decorating aesthetic derives from the English cottage decor and the regality, yet beckoning comfort of the English countryside. From upholstered furniture, hardwood floors adorned with rugs and seagrass, to high ceilings, art and whimsy, and plush bedding and sitting areas. Of course, being prepared for any moment the rain my come – wellies and brollies at the ready, as well as the proximity and engagement of the garden is necessary, and The Pig did not miss a beat. Judy Hutson, the co-owner and interior designer behind each of The Pigs mixes and matches expertly – welcoming antiques and pairing alongside seemingly disparate objects that magically work. She gave a worth-reading interview with House & Garden UK (as well check out this accompanying article from H & G that shares 10 Decorating Ideas from The Pig and How to Recreate Them) a couple of years ago explaining how she approaching décor, and she also goes into great detail in The Pig’s first book (seen below) which I had the chance to peruse while staying there. The Pig just released their second book, both of which include recipes and details of the ethos that guides their approach.
Now let’s explore more images captured during my stay at The Pig:
Below are all of the images captured beginning with my room which is one of their larger rooms named Comfy Rooms.
Sitting Rooms (five in total) located on the main entrance floor
A row of wellies in all sorts of sizes welcomes guests as they walk through the front wooden door.
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Bourne Park Rd, Bridge, Canterbury , CT4 5BH, UK
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23 thoughts on “Take a Tour of The Pig at Bridge Place: My Recent Stay in Canterbury”
The Pigs are so quintessentially British. It’s all about the food and being ‘ comfy. If you like music festivals then they have restarted them this year. You must have felt like Queen Shannon in that four poster. I am feeling that you felt a luttle bit at home?xx
Thank you for the beautiful tour — was wonderful to feel almost like you were there, relishing the experience. Terrific inspiration. So glad you had a wonderful trip and were able to enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes, and textures of Paris and London/Kent! Thank you for ‘bringing us along.’
Wow, what an amazing place. I love places like these, something interesting to check-out everywhere you look. Thank you so much for sharing. I took lots of notes and hope that one day soon I can go for a visit too. Emilie
What a lovely place…thank you for taking us along. I could imagine myself curled up on one of the teal couches with a good book to read or with a good friend for a chat. The sitting rooms looked perfectly cozy!
I can certainly understand why you enjoyed your stay so much. It looks like a great side trip from London in such a beautiful rural setting! Thank you for taking us on a tour. Enjoyed the bird song, too. ???
Lovely place! Thanks for the video. I really enjoyed the “walk” through the different spaces. The sitting rooms look absolutely inviting. I could imagine hours and hours of reading in one of those comfy sofas… And what an impressive bed. 🙂
Lovely, thanks so much for the tour, Shannon! I would imagine it provided you with plenty of inspiration. I loved all the lovely little multi-colored glass what-nots arranged on shelves against those glorious windows. Beautiful space. XO Rona
Glass looks wonderful when you can display it in a window, doesn’t it !
The light from the window enhances the colours beautifully.
Happy Monday Rona , from a rainy UK (I’m late reading the posts this week ?)
x Anne x
A bit of rain sounds absolutely wonderful right now, our temps are already hovering between 30-33C, so please feel free to send some our way(Louisiana USA)!? Wishing you a happy Monday and a lovely week as well Anne.? XO Rona
Rona, I always appreciate and enjoy your comments and engagement with TSLL community. When you noted you are in Louisiana, I had to reach out. My mother grew up in Louisiana, so I always say I am a bit Southern at heart.
Jane, OF COURSE you are Southern! You can’t help it, you were raised by a Southern Mama, that distinct combination of grit, gumption, and grace who always wore her lipstick no matter what. Why, we’re practically related. I did not grow up in Louisiana but both my mother and father have very deep roots in the north central parishes, especially Catahoula Parish. And if you know where that is, we are DEFINITELY related.?
Rona, my mother grew up in Beauregard Parish, so are definitely related! Your comment brought joy to my day! ?
Thank you for sharing, Shannon.
I’m so glad that you and your Mom enjoyed your stay , even though it was so short .
How did you sleep in the Elizabeth four poster bed ?
How many stories it would be able to tell !
x Anne x
Elizabethan , not Elizabeth ?
Thank you for sharing all of this Shannon!! It is just so beautiful and warm and inviting! I just love the outside of that place, the brick is awesome. Really wonderful you and your Mom got to go on that trip. What great memories to treasure! I bet Norman was very happy to have you back home!
This looks just lovely. Honestly, I hope you got a recipe to recreate that dessert at home. It looks fabulous and I imagine it was quite rich.
What a glorious place, and what a glorious tour you’ve given us. LOVE that four-poster bed: I’d be pressing all the carvings to see if one might unlock a secret niche with something wonderful hidden inside — a treasure map, a love letter, who knows (& yes, now you ask, I do have a rather active imagination). All your room needed was a couple of cats to make it truly perfect (sorry, Norman).
What a surprise to see your dessert served on the same plate style as my mother’s pattern. I think it is Royal Albert-Moss Rose. I love to think that you and your mom got to enjoy such a trip together. The location of the Pig sounds quite ideal for visiting the nearby gardens and then relaxing back at that amazing countryside setting and hotel. Thanks for the video and photos!
Shannon, this post was lovely. I especially appreciated the video tour. There is so much inspiration to incorporate British touches in my own home — from the bathroom to the grounds. So glad you enjoyed your stay!
Gorgeous post Shannon. I thoroughly enjoyed the video tour – the sun setting (?) beyond the bridge outside was stunning and the view from your bathroom window breathtaking.
Being British and loving the countryside I know of The Pigs but have never had the opportunity to stay. We’re visiting Cornwall in late summer and hope to get to one for lunch (alas they don’t allow dogs inside the hotels and waffle will be travelling with us so a stay is out of the question on this occasion).
I am savoring every British post. I really appreciate all of the detail you’ve highlighted, thank you
Thank you for stopping by Jody and for saying hello. ?
This post is absolutely delightful. The detailed description of your arrival brought me absolute joy. Those simple details added to your arrival are so charming, and elevate the entire experience. Thank you for sharing a gem such as the Pig as these special places, really enhance your trip.