The Pig in the Forest

Brockenhurst, Hampshire

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. More

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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)

Hotel details

Address

Beaulieu Road
Brockenhurst
Hampshire
SO42 7QL
England

Telephone

01590 622354

Bedrooms

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.

Open

all year.

Facilities

lounge, library, bar, restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, treatment rooms, kitchen garden, 6-acre grounds, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed, no charge for extra beds.

Dogs

guide dogs only.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

room-only doubles from £185. Breakfast £12–£16, à la carte £35. 1-night bookings refused at weekends, Christmas, New Year.

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Comments about The Pig in the Forest

What's most striking is the flexibility and initiative of the staff, many of whom look to be in their early 20s. They have excellent internal communication and have a lot of training in joined-up service. Every person we dealt with was exceptionally friendly and professional. This is what is the best about the place. And there's so much more besides that we love, from the comfiest bed in the world and the cosy treatments huts to the roaring fires and tasteful Christmas decorations.. - Anna and Bill Brewer - December 2019
Lots to recommend it - the animals, the beautiful, huge potager, the delicious and original cooking. Excellent bread at both dinner and breakfast. The lounges seemed a bit dark but there was plenty of outdoor seating. The young staff were excellent. Our room was small with limited storage but but had a big bed. - CR - July 2018
Another wonderful stay with our baby. The staff could not have been more helpful. They make the place - many of them quite young. - Anna Brewer - January 2018

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide