The Pigsty is really anything but. It’s stunning, both in itself and also in its location. We were lucky to be one of the first guests to stay, and it was perfect! Let me tell you more.
Hampshire glamping at The Pigsty
The Pigsty is precisely what it says, apart from that no pig has ever stayed here. It is a purpose-built self-contained holiday bolt hole that is designed to look like a pigsty. The reason being that the farm is located in Pitt near to Winchester on land once used to farm pigs. Rest assured though that, as clean as pigs are known to be, this is all staycation luxury. This newly opened glamping experience in Hampshire has been thought through exceptionally well by its owners and designers and really wants for nothing. If you’re looking for a secluded spot to hideaway, this is the perfect choice. It really is just you, your companion and a vast countryside view.
What impressed us most was the size and just how well it is put together. The front deck is the perfect aspect for sunset. We enjoyed a take away curry out there at the little table watching the sun go down. On a warmer night, there is a deck chair, it would be perfect in the summer to curl up under a rug on the deckchair with a book and a glass of vino.
Through the double doors and the space really opens up, believe me, it isn’t just wide angles camera lenses! There’s a little sitting area nook just inside the door with a warm lantern style lamp to make it even cosier. On the opposite side, a perfectly equipped tiny little kitchen with everything you need to be able to self cater for a couple of nights. The owners leave local coffee and honey and a few other breakfast basics to get you on your way too. There’s plenty of space in the fridge for champagne and glassware to suit all tipples!
The main feature of the interior is the luxuriously comfortable bed, and it’s undoubtedly hotel spec both in look and feel. Hop over the bed, and there’s an eye-catching roll top bath which is as good to use as it looks. And then hidden out the back, away from view, are two separate toilet and shower cubicles. There is just so much in the space, yet it so well thought out that it doesn’t feel in the slightest bit cramped. And I have to say the view across the fields out the back window is quite fantastic.
I particularly like the attention to detail that has gone into the design and layout. The wooden ceiling and walls give it a really warm yet rustic feel and soften the pitter-patter of the rain. The washbasin is of the style you’d expect to see on the farm. All the little products are made from produce grown on the farm. The colours are relaxing, and touches like the books, magazines and lights are all ‘just so’ and fit the character of the place. There are even USB charging spots on either side of the bed.
The location is excellent being just a 10-minute drive or 30-minute walk out of Winchester which has good train and road connections to London and the south-east. There are several pubs that are in walking (ish) distance, and I’m told that taxi’s and takeaways will deliver. The Pigsty is a wonderful glamping retreat with a feeling of complete isolation yet it is just moments from civilisation.
After sunset, it is pitch black, and the view of the night sky is sublime. The only real noise we heard during our stay was of roosting pheasants and grouse. There’s also plenty of excellent walks through the Hampshire countryside that start right from your door, and I can personally recommend the farm shop just down the road too. I have to say, living nearby and loving this area already, it is the perfect place for winter or summer.
This was our first night away from home without our baby, and I wouldn’t have picked anywhere else, and it was close to home too. It was peaceful and relaxing, and we could chill out and reconnect in an utterly luxurious setting! If you want to book, it’s on AirBnB, and I would rush to get a night as now that it is open for business I’m fairly certain there will rarely be a free night.
Read more about Anna’s stay at The Pigsty on her blog, Penelope, Parker & Baby.