Piglets Boutique B&B

If you book direct through our website, you will receive a bottle of house wine of your choice or Prosecco as a leaving present with our compliments

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An oasis in the heart of the Essex countryside, an hour from London, 30 mins from Cambridge and Stansted

We are extremely lucky to live in a remarkably unspoilt corner of the English countryside with the three counties of Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk just 5 miles from us (for those old enough to remember, the BBC TV programme, Lovejoy, was filmed all around here in the eighties). The area is steeped in history and still retains its rural atmosphere and farming community - probably why the area consistently appears in the 'best places to live in the UK' reports - we do hope you will become a new fan also following your stay with us.

What you can expect from your stay at Piglets

As the name suggests, Piglets used to be a piggery and home to some 450 Wessex saddle backs and large white pigs; this however ceased in 1968 and the building became a craft workshop producing the World's finest board games (which is still undertaken on site - more later) and then it became a family home. In 2019 after two years of planning and building it became what it is today, a unique luxury boutique B&B. The ethos here is to provide you with facilities that you would expect from a five star hotel but with a feeling of being at your home in the country and part of our family for a few days. With our aim to make your stay with us as relaxing as possible, Piglets is for grown ups only, so sorry no under 18's or pets are allowed. Our food is home cooked and uses local suppliers wherever possible and we even have a fully licensed bar. There is a eco-friendly natural swimming pond, a gym, extensive gardens and patios, lovely walks and plenty of places to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. We are totally independent and owner run - you will just see Chrissie, Max and our housekeeper, Nicky and of course are two rescue dogs; Hamish and Harry!

Rural charm

We are extremely lucky in Wimbish to have more public footpaths than any other parish in Essex, which start directly opposite Piglets across our country lane. There is even a hidden graveyard, a thoroughfare that offered 'the toffs' an alternative route to the manor avoiding the highwaymen on the main road (our Hempstead bedroom is named after the neighbouring village where the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin was born). We have a wellie library, Ecuadorian ponchos, Brigg umbrellas and walking maps for you to borrow, some of which end in pubs!

OUTSTANDING PROPERTY WITH CHARMING HOSTS
We loved our stay here in the English countryside. The property is spacious and comfortable with plenty of great rooms to relax, read and drink in. The breakfast was completely delicious. Chrissie and Max are charming hosts. This was special in every way. Thank you both:-)

Historic local towns & villages

Piglets sits between two historic towns; the larger Saffron Walden just 5 miles away is one of the few surviving country towns which still has its market plan intact. Gone are the pig, cattle and poultry markets but we still enjoy a general market on a Tuesday and especially on Saturdays. The town aside from hosting Cromwell during the English Civil War, offers a plethorea of architectural gems, from Tudor to Victorian. It is also host to many an independent trader and has art galleries, a musuem and the ruins of a Norman castle plus two mazes. Just 4 miles to the south of us lies Thaxted a pagen stronghold with a historic connection to Morris Men. The magnificent guild hall dominates Town street with the huge parish church looming behind and the famous Thomas Webb windmill off to the west. Smaller than Saffron Walden, it still has much to offer by way of individual shops, the home of Gustav Holst, who wrote The Planets there and a number of hostelries. It also has an annual arts festival every summer. Nestling around us are beautiful villages (many are included as bedroom names at Piglets) and in particular the stretch towards Lavenham and Long Melford in neighbouring Suffolk includes the charming villages of Cavendish, Clare and Stoke by Clare. And just 15 minutes away lies one of the prettiest villages in Essex, Finchingfield.

AMAZING B&B
Very close to Saffron Walden which is great to wander around too. I just wish we’d booked for two nights rather than one!
Polly Hain
Jan 2020

Relax and unwind

At Piglets we have tried to create a place where one feels just as happy relaxing with a good book and a glass of wine or using our many facilities - invigorate yourself with a swim in our natural swimming pond after enjoying a sauna or indulge in a game of Snooker or Billiards on our full size table or battle over a game of Whiff-waff as our Prime Minister likes to call table-tennis. Of course there are always the pub favourites of darts and table-football, or perhaps a session in our mini gym will help keep your fitness levels up to the max? Or pull on a pair of wellies from our boot room library and enjoy a walk in the surrounding Essex countryside. Or you can simply lay back on a sun lounger by the pond or find a spot on our Mediterranean style patio and let your thoughts wander...

LUXURY IN THE COUNTRYSIDE
Rooms are well appointed, beautifully decorated and the bed so large and comfortable I didn't want to get out of it! They also have AC, and (sorry eco-warriors) it was bliss as the day was very hot. Breakfast was a delight with a really good menu to choose from. Also to enjoy is the cosy guest lounge, a TV area and numerous outside areas to sit and relax and let the world go by. Max and Chrissie have created a unique B & B with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and as I was travelling on my own I really appreciated their kindness and I will definitely be back.

Fully licensed honour bar

Now here our friends think we are mad...lay on a full bar and ask people to jot down what they have drunk! Well, what kind of World is it if you can't trust folk to be honest and our guest experience backs this up. We are not a big hotel group or a faceless entitiy, it is just Max and Chrissie welcoming you to their home for a few days in the hope that you will feel part of our family and fully immerse yourself in the Piglets experience which will leave you happy and relaxed as you would be in your own home. The fact that we have over 30 gins, pre-made exotic cocktails and masses of wine and other spirits for your to enjoy, has nothing to do with it!

TOP CLASS STAY
What a perfect stay! Can not fault. Luxury, such hospitable hosts, fabulous grounds and surrounding area, they’ve pretty much thought of every little detail to make your stay top rated, relaxing. Evening mixed fish/meat platter and the breakfast is delicious and home cooked - highly recommended, honesty bar is a lovely touch which is very well stocked. Overall a really great stay and will re- book when next down that way!

Slow home cooked breakfasts
and evening platters

We are passionate home cooks, who believe good food should not be rushed, unless absolutely necessary (we are happy of course to oblige our guests who have to be away on urgent business or the next leg of their journey by pre-ordering); so we refrain from asking you what you want for breakfast just as you finish your last mouthful of dinner!

Everything we cook to order and we hope that you will relax and unwind over breakfast and treat yourself to items you may not normally have time to enjoy in your daily life.

Complimentary spicy bloody or virgin Mary’s start the day off with a zing accompanied by piping hot Brittany pastries straight from the oven.

With a selection of fine teas; Lavazza Italian coffees; homemade granola, cereals and fresh fruit juices you will be ready for your home cooked breakfast which includes the classic ‘full English’ but without a triangular hash brown in site – local award winning farm sausages, black pudding and bacon. Or perhaps Arbroath smokies or an indulgent eggs Benedict might be more your thing…? All this is included in your room stay cost – even award winning smoked salmon from “the best smokehouse in the UK” according to Marco Pierre White without a supplement in sight!

We are proud to have been awarded the top food hygiene rating from our local authority. Many of our local and specialist food producers have Great Taste awards and some appear in the Top 50 Foods in Britain.

In the evening if you just want to chill in your ‘home’ for the night with a glass of wine and not worry about finding a restaurant and then arranging a taxi; you could just stay with us and enjoy a pre-ordered deli platter and relax in the guest lounge with a cocktail, a G&T from our gin library or select a bottle of wine for your dinner.

And in the winter, Chrissie offers a selection of “Winter Warmers” which include such comforting classics as chilli con carne, lasagne, curry (both meat and vegetarian versions available), fish or shepherd’s pie or a simple warming soup, or you coud share a baked Camembert with crusty bread and finished off with a fruit crumble, sticky toffee pudding or a lemon posset amongst other choices. 

AN AMAZING FIND
A great room, welcome, food and attention to detail... We called on the way to Chelmsford races, but equally handy for Stansted just off the M11. Only four rooms at present, but will be seven when Max and Chrissie have finished their work in progress. Awesome breakfasts and dont miss the evening platters. They are for sharing and one is ample for two people ! We will be back, what a fabulous change from the homogenised hotel chains...!

Here are what guests have said about their stay at Piglets

Fabulous Piglets!

Fabulous luxury B & B, great eye for details with lovely touches. Very impressively stocked honesty bar followed next morning by super breakfast. All food been carefully locally sourced with best sausage and black pudding ever! Will definitely be going back to see Max and Chrissie again once natural pool is warmer.
Nicola B
Jan 2020

Return visit

It was so good we went again! The owners bring understated 5 star creativity to every aspect of Piglets. It's just a delight to be surprised at every turn. It's a bit off the beaten track which brings that extra feeling of being away on a real holiday when you've only been there for 48hours! A bit chilly for a dip in the nature pool so another trip beckons when the weather warms up
Mark J
Dec 2019

Exceptional

Chrissie and Max are perfect hosts and made me feel so welcome. It was like staying with kind, generous and caring friends.My room was lovely, clean, a good size with a super comfortable bed, and was well-furnished with a homely feel about it. The sharing platters are huge and simply delicious. In a nutshell, I didn’t want to leave.
Steph (Booking.com)
Aug 2019

Wonderful welcoming stunning B&B!

Valentines Day Special. Total treat. Chrissie and Max pulled out all the stops to give us a really great time. Fabulous supper with a flight of wines, and then off-menu special breakfast in the morning, all cooked by the very talented Max. They are perfect hosts. Thanks guys!
Alan H
Feb 2020

Excellent value accomodation, handy for Chesterford Research Park

An exceptional place to stay if in the Saffron Walden or Chesterford Research Park area. A lovely breakfast with homemade marmalades and granola. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and would recommend to anyone.
Stephen
Oct 2019

This is an exceptional B&B

Our room was exceptionally well appointed with a very comfortable bed, lovely bathroom with large shower and just about everything else you could possibly need. Lovely welcoming hosts keen to meet your needs to make the stay an enjoyable and memorable one.
Jet481576
Jan 2020

Valentines treat

We stayed in Ashdon which was stylish, luxurious and immaculate. Wonderful deep bath, rainforest shower and possibly the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in. We had the sumptuous valentines banquet with wine which was exceptional and incredibly reasonable at £60 per head. It really is home from home and we were thoroughly spoilt Read less
Exploration638554
Feb 19, 2020

Packages and specials

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Thaxted Morris weekend special
29th & 30th May

Arrive for a weekend in the country on Friday 29th May to a deli platter of your choice, followed on Saturday morning to a Piglets breakfast to set you up for the day ahead – you will be given a map to explore the local pubs which host a different Morris Men troupe. Return to Piglets for home made cakes and tea and relax before a three course dinner. After-which we will take you to see the mesmeric Horn Dance in Thaxted as the celebrations draw to a close in Town Street at 10:15pm. A nightcap will be served at Piglets to send you soundly off to sleep followed by another hearty breakfast of your choice before departing on Sunday morning.  £395 per couple including platters, 3 course dinner and accommodation (win not included).

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Duxford 80th Anniversary Battle of Britain Air Show and unique insight into Pathfinder ORB. 19th/20th September

Heading for the air show? Why not beat the crowds and arrive on Friday night (19th September) and enjoy a relaxing evening at Piglets with a deli platter of your choice and then head off after a Piglets breakfast on the Staurday to Duxford (just 14 miles away) for the day, arriving back in time for tea and home made cake and then relax before a three-course evening meal. On display in the early evening will be Max’s father’s Operations Record Book (ORB) charting his missions as an elite Pathfinder pilot flying Mosquitoes in WWII.

After another hearty breakfast you can visit Duxford for a second day or travel home.  £395 per couple including platters, 3 course dinner and accommodation (wine not included).

PRE DUXFORD STAY
I stayed just 1 night at Piglets, prior to a day at Duxford. The rooms and environment are fabulous a real credit to Chrissie and Max who offered a very warm welcome. The attention to detail in the new annex is very impressive and special features such as ankle sensitive lights to save turning lights on at night are great. Breakfast was as good as the overall experience. Highly recommended.

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