Best B&B and Guest House of the year, 2023

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 following your stay with us.

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Chrissie has done it again – for the second year running she has won a bronze medal at the World Marmalade Championships!



2023 & 2024

Chrissie holding her two World Marmalade bronze medals
"Put quite simply this is Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons of B&Bs. Great hospitality, comfortable accommodation and wonderful home cooked food, all in superb surroundings. Well worth 5 stars – maybe even 6!"
There aren't enough superlatives to describe the piglets experience. Just go!
" It’s all about being the best: best location, best food, best ambience, best bed, best pool, best honesty bar, best games room, best peace & quiet, all because of Max and Chrissie, who are the best hosts! Everything is to their exceptional taste and standards. Stay at least two nights, and don’t bother going anywhere else. Disliked · Ridiculous question. N/A"
"From the moment we arrived to checkout Max and Chrissie could not have been more welcoming to their amazing Piglets B&B. Everything was 5 star. Special mention to the food, from the welcome cake to the incredible breakfast. Go and check this place out, it is an absolute gem."

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, a treatment or indulge in a game of Snooker or Billiards on our full size table or battle over a game of Whiff-waff as some like to call table-tennis. Of course there are always the pub favourites of darts and table-football, perhaps a session in our mini gym will help keep your fitness levels up to the max? Or imagine oneself in a corner of Provence and play a game of Péntanque on our competition size piste while sipping a pastis on our French patio. Alternatively pull on a pair of wellies from our boot room library and enjoy a walk in the surrounding Essex countryside. You could of course simply lay back on a sun lounger by the pond or find a spot on our Mediterranean style patio and let your thoughts wander...

"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."
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We are now taking bookings for the very popular AUDLEY END concert weekends which are in August and get sold out very quickly. Below are the first acts to be announced!

SUEDE with support from Johnny Marr and Nadine Shah, Thursday 1st August 2024

MADNESS with support from The Lightening Seeds and The Old Time Sailors, Friday 2nd August 2024

RICHARD ASHCROFT supported by Ocean Colour Scene and Tom Meighan, Saturday 4th August 2024

ELBOW – support TBA, Sunday 4th August 2024