The Pig at Combe

  • WT Travels
  • europe europe
  • September 2020

Nestled in the Arabian horse studded verdant countryside of Devonshire, England, The Pig at Combe is a rural Elizabethan 3,500 acre topaz walled country manor retreat.

It is complete, with civilized afternoon tea served by manicured butlers in a room replete with velvet sofas, a roaring fire, gilt mirrors, and a 19th century oil painting of the manor that looks as if it jumped from the pages of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights.

With all the the amenities and exceedingly more charm than most five star hotels, this country estate surrounded by picture perfect English countryside makes the 1.5 hour train journey from London the perfect urbanite escape.

Tucked into a patchwork of hills and down a winding country lane surrounded by Robin Hood like woodlands, the first acquaintance with The Pig at Combe estate provides a glimpse into England's history of country house escapes for the elite of centuries ago. Juxtaposed British eclecticism inside the house and sublime horse-studded rolling hills outside the house are a modern toast to benefits of taking a time out in the countryside.

On the menu

A menu of “mostly picked this morning”, “piggy bites”, and large plates sourced in the nearby Otter Valley and Lyme Bay, provides a tasting of what is grown and sourced within 25 miles of the property.

Try the Recipe

The Pig at Home

This quintessentially English nut loaf appeals to both climate change advocates and beast eating carnivores (best not to admit purely vegetarian friendly before dinner).

Time Out

Within a grow it, catch it, forage it, or farm it within 25 miles philosophy, The Pig at Combe demonstrates how commitment to sustainability and food to fork is truly within reach. With woodlands filled with birds and beast,  and the sea eight miles away, the menus, right down to the addictive house smoked sea salt, provide culinary offerings in line with the finest dining experiences anywhere in the world. Supplemented with local English cheeses and the bounty of the manor's extensive kitchen gardens and mushroom house, eating at the Pig may be, well, quite piggy.

The Kitchen Garden Tour

Harvesting 365 days a year, the gardeners and chefs collaborate to develop menus showcasing seasonal bounty. Any excess fruits and vegetables are pureed, bottled, or infused behind the bar.


Tucked next to one of the kitchen garden's masonry walls is a quail coop--where there are ground nesting game birds, there are eggs. These tiny rich yolked speckled delights provide the manor with their signature afternoon bar snack: Peel & Eat Quail Eggs.

Outside the two treatment rooms—which have been converted from an old potting shed—is a walled infusion garden where guests can choose from a menu of fresh infusions such as nettle and lemon balm, rosemary and ginger, lemon verbena or sage and honey.

Beneath the established espaliered quince, apple, and plum trees it is possible, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, to imagine a simpler life in which everything you need is luxuriously found in your own backyard.