Good Hotel Guide Review
Known simply as ‘The Pig’ until it farrowed, the first of Robin Hutson’s growing family of Pig hotels (see index) occupies a hunting lodge in the New Forest. Here the breed’s signature shabby-chic style was established by Judy Hutson, who designed the interiors for an imaginary Great-Aunt Maud – a spacious sort, one feels, fond of her comfort and cocktails. It is ‘one of the best and most reliable hotels that we’ve stayed at’, say readers. ‘Ask the staff for something and it will always arrive.’ Everywhere there are lovely details, from vintage decanters to herbs growing in pots. The cheapest ‘snug’ bedrooms have a monsoon shower. There are hideaway suites in the stable yard, a forest cabin with four-poster and freestanding roll-top bath and monsoon shower room. You can have a drink in a cosy panelled bar, dine alfresco on wood-fired flatbreads from a double-decker bus. The restaurant menus feature produce from the kitchen garden, foraged in the forest or sourced within 25 miles. Maybe ramsons, garlic and potato soup and Beaulieu estate venison faggots. ‘All the meals were absolutely delicious and almost impossible to fault.’ (Anna Brewer)
32. 10 in stable block (100 yds), some on ground floor, 2 lodges and a cabin in the garden, 1 courtyard room suitable for disabled.
lounge, library, bar, restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, treatment rooms, kitchen garden, 6-acre grounds, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
in public areas.
all ages welcomed, no charge for extra beds.
guide dogs only.
Amex, MC, Visa.
room-only doubles from £185. Breakfast £12–£16, à la carte £35. 1-night bookings refused at weekends, Christmas, New Year.
Good Hotel Guide articles about
The Pig in the Forest
- The Express: Six great hotels in our beautiful national parks
- medium.com: Beautiful hotels in the New Forest
- USA Today: 20 of Britain’s best hotels for walking
- The Observer: 10 of the best hotels in Britain and Ireland
- USA Today: Luxury for less: 20 grand British hotels you can afford