Treatment rooms, kitchen garden, free WiFi throughout, Hunter wellies and brollies to borrow. In rooms: flatscreen TV, retro Roberts digital radio, larder (aka minibar) packed with local produce, Nespresso coffee machine and tea-making kit, Bramley toiletries. Guests staying in the Lookout also get use of the Pig's private beach hut on Middle Beach during their stay.
Each room has the same cosy, contemporary country-house style, with marble sinks, reclaimed floorboards and super-comfy beds. Most have soothing views – often of the sea. Comfy Luxe Rooms all have freestanding roll-top baths in their bedrooms. Generous Rooms have the most interesting period features: 14 has a four-poster bed; 15 has huge windows and a bath at the foot of the bed; and 16 has the largest bathroom, with an amazing sea view. The thatched 'dovecote' hideaways on either side of the kitchen-garden wall are pure romance for loved-up couples; and Harry's Hut, in the grounds beyond, offers a glamping experience in a pair of compact trailer cabins.
Set in a wild meadow, two treatment cabins offer simple facials and massages using organic Bamford products; book in advance.
Ramble-friendly beach shoes; swimwear if you fancy a dip; riding gear if you're a happy hacker. There's a selection of Hunter wellies and umbrellas to borrow in reception.
Accessible room options include the ground-floor Comfy Luxe rooms in the manor's new wing. A two night minimum stay is required at weekends.
Welcome. Cots for under-3s (£10 a night) and extra beds for under-12s (£20 a night) can be added to larger rooms (breakfast is an extra £5); and there are two pairs of interconnecting rooms. Babysitting is available via an external agency, from £10/hour.
All ages are welcome, but babies and older children will be most comfortable.
Larger room types can take an extra bed or a cot, and there are interconnecting rooms, but the pairing of Comfy room 22 and Snug Twin 23 is super for families with older children: the cute twin room is like a little boat cabin in the eaves.
There are lawns to romp on, DVDs to borrow, and plenty of colouring-in kit on standby. You have miles and miles of beautiful walks on your doorstep; and bigger kids might enjoy kayaking in Studland Bay, horse-riding or kite-surfing. The Swanage steam railway ride to Corfe Castle is fun: pop into the Ginger Pop Shop after for retro toys and lashings of ginger beer.
No pool, but the little beach is a five-minute walk away and perfect for strolling, splashing and sand-pie-making.
Families are welcome in the restaurant, where there are highchairs and special dishes for children on the Piglet's Menu; staff are very obliging and will bend over backwards to help if they can. There's a fridge in your room for storing milk and snacks (you might want to ask the hotel to remove a few of the sweetie options from the 'larder' if yours are curious and sugar-craving).
Available through a local agency, from £10 an hour (minimum booking: four hours). The hotel asks that you contact the agency direct, ideally a week ahead, to confirm booking details.
No need to pack
Cots, cot bedlinen, changing mats, highchairs, pens and paper and U-rated DVDs are all available to borrow at the hotel.