The Pig, Hampshire
It’s fair to say that The Pig, in the New Forest, is better known for its focus on foodie treats, rather than opulent treatments. The former hunting lodge is the kind of place where you drink out of mismatched vintage glasses, eat locally-sourced delights on bare wooden tables, and help yourself to a pair of Hunter wellies to explore the pristine countryside. It’s very British and very, very cool.
And so, too, is its Potting Shed treatment hut.
Follow a winding path through the kitchen gardens (much of its produce you’ll be sampling at dinner) and past a lily-festooned pond and you’ll arrive at what essentially looks like a garden shed. It may not be grand but it more than makes up for it with an abundance of charm.
Inside, it’s warm and cocooning. The floorboards creak, the tiny window has a linen square of fabric hung on an upturned rake and the shelves are adorned with little oddities – such as blue glass bottles, antique tins and garden string. It may not be impressive enough for those who are used to sprawling spaces with therapists on tap, but nonetheless this laid-back approach has gone down a storm. Enough, in fact, for The Pig to have extended the treatment offering from just massages to a comprehensive range of reflexology, ancient stone massages, head massages and luxury facials, with products from Aromatherapy Associates and Bamford.
Whatever treatment you choose, the joy is that you can adapt each one according to how you feel that day. If your back is aching, then the focus will be on that. If your skin is dehydrated, then that will be sorted. Best of all, though, is hearing the wind through the cracks in the roof and feeling its whisper on your face, while wrapped up on a warm bed. It’s perfectly imperfect.
This article is part of a feature currently published in the July issue of Kensington & Chelsea Magazine, out now.