The Pig at Combe

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Combe, Devon The low­down An El­iz­a­bethan pile set in a lush, se­cluded land­scape. Best for Cou­ples and their kids who en­joy romps through the snow. The lat­est ar­rival in the group’s lit­ter of beau­ti­ful bou­tique ho­tels, The Pig at Combe of­fers a spec­tac­u­lar bolt hole in the heart of the West Coun­try. The El­iz­a­bethan manor house is sur­rounded by a 3,500-acre es­tate, but if that sounds a lit­tle too grand for your taste, don’t worry – it’s all about laid-back el­e­gance here. The en­trance sets just the right tone, as in­stead of a lobby, you walk straight into a glit­ter­ing, Santa-goes-glam cock­tail bar, com­plete with cosy so­fas. The 27 rooms fol­low the same rus­tic-luxe aes­thetic la­dled up with a dash of fes­tive style – su­per-comfy beds, roll-top baths and a ‘larder’ stocked with Christ­mas good­ies. The food and drink is lo­cally sourced – porcine recipes are a spe­cial­ity, but veg­gies are well catered for, with fresh sal­ads al­ways on the menu. One piece of ad­vice, though. Try to get back from your walks in good time to grab a spot by the fire­place. With a hot toddy in hand, it’s the only place to be. Book it Dou­ble rooms from £145 (thep­igho­tel.com)

CLOCK­WISE FROM THIS PIC­TURE The Pig ho­tel’s idyl­lic set­ting in the Ot­ter Val­ley; en­joy af­ter­noon tea in the stun­ning sit­ting room; the spa­cious Hayloft suite; pri­vate dining in the Ge­or­gian Kitchen; and the stair­well re­tains its El­iz­a­bethan flavour

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