Need to know
29, including four suites.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $246.61 (£196), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates do not include breakfast (£12 for Continental; £16 for cooked). Two-night minimum stay at weekends and bank holidays.
You'd never know from its bucolic setting, but Bridge Place had a period of rock 'n' roll rebellion when it was taken over in the 1960s and reinvented as Kent's hip-shaking hideout of choice. Led Zeppelin, the Kinks and Ben E King were among the notable names who played; you'll spy some original event posters in the bathrooms.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, two treatment rooms, kitchen gardens and outdoor dining, bikes to borrow. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, minibar with local favourites, and Bramley bath products.
Our favourite rooms
The bold four-poster bed with intricate floral carvings in the cosy Extremely Small room has some real Henry VIII grandeur to it (although he personally might have struggled to fit), fans of William Morris wallpaper will enjoy Coach House rooms and families are well served by the Pig Lodge rooms. For a bit of romantic drama, though, we're particularly smitten with room 2 (a Hideaway) and it's mezzanine bathroom, ripe for reciting Romeo and Juliet speeches down from the tub.
The nimble fingers in the potting shed are not of the soil-covered variety; it's home to two tranquil spaces with an extensive menu of soothing spa treatments using bespoke Bamford products. The two-hour Pig signature treatment is the ultimate when it comes to unwinding.
Don’t worry about wellies; the hotel has plenty. Do save case space for some local sparkling wine, though – you'll be spoilt for choice.
There are two rooms off the main courtyard that are fully wheelchair accessible. <br />So long as they don’t hassle the actual pigs, you’re very welcome to walk your dog in the grounds but they’re not allowed in the restaurant or rooms.
Most welcome. Travel cots can be added to rooms, menus can be adapted, babysitting is available for £10 an hour (must be requested at least two days in advance; minimum four hours per booking) and there are plenty of grounds to roam.