If you think country house hotel means cashmere twinsets and Laura Ashley floral prints, think again.

The Pig, on the fringes of the New Forest, is the kind of place where a battered old Clio is parked next to an Aston on the driveway.

The vibe is relaxed - even the staff wear jeans and Converse trainers - and the decor is artfully styled to look like no effort went into it at all: mismatched glassware, flea-market furniture and stacks of beaten-up vintage suitcases set against earthy, Farrow & Ball-ish greys and greens.

Rooms come in Snug, Comfy and Spacious varieties, but the whole place is really about the walled kitchen garden and the restaurant in a Victorian greenhouse that dishes up its produce (anything not from the garden is sourced within a 25-mile radius).

After you are well-fed, Hunter wellies are on hand for a tramp through the countryside, or join the hotel's resident forager to discover some of the forest's bounty that ends up on your plate come dinnertime.

Then get comfy in one of the battered leather chairs by the bar for a different taste of the outdoors, from the drinks trolley of garden-infused vodka: rosemary, chilli or elderflower anyone?

WOW FACTOR With a name like The Pig, you expect breakfast to be top-notch and The Full Pig-out won't disappoint.

GO: Double rooms cost from £129 www.thepighotel.com.