31. 10 in stable block (100 yds), some on ground floor, 2 lodges and a cabin in the garden.
lounge, library, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, Potting Shed spa, kitchen garden, 6-acre grounds.
in public areas.
all ages welcomed.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 room £155–£420. Breakfast £10–£15, à la carte £35. 1-night bookings refused at weekends, Christmas, New Year.
Good Hotel Guide Review
The first in the parcel of Pigs, sunning itself in the New Forest, this ‘relaxed, gorgeously rustic’ hotel remains a favourite of Guide readers. ‘You’re positively encouraged to chill out over books, drinks and board games in the stunning public rooms. And the staff are flawless – friendly and exceptionally well trained.’ Guests who stayed over Christmas had ‘a perfect stay’. ‘There was a real sense of festivity. With open fires burning in every lounge, the place couldn’t have been more enticing.’ Bedrooms of varying sizes are ‘beautifully warm and cosy’. ‘The huge bed in our forest cabin was the comfiest we’ve slept in. We enjoyed our own wood-burning stove, and the window-side roll-top bath looking into the woods.’ In the ‘attractive, buzzy’ conservatory restaurant, forager and kitchen gardener work with the chefs to create an ‘exceptional, adventurous’ menu. ‘We were blown away by the food, most notably a pigeon dish with dauphinoise potatoes and Russet apples, and pig’s cheeks with girolles.’ Bring the litter: ‘It’s clearly a family destination, which adds to the jovial atmosphere. We’ve booked to come back with the new baby!’ (Anna and Bill Brewer)
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