The Pig in the Forest

A shooting lodge in the New Forest is home to the mother Pig, the first of Robin Hutson’s small but growing chain of family-friendly Pig hotels (see index). More

Contact details

Beaulieu Road
SO42 7QL
01590 622354

Hotel information


31. 10 in stable block 
(100 yds), some on ground floor, 
2 lodges and a cabin in the garden, 
1 suitable for disabled.


all year.


lounge, library, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, 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.


all ages welcomed.


not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


room £155–£395. Breakfast £10–£15, a la carte £35. 1-night bookings refused at weekends, Christmas, New Year.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

A New Forest shooting lodge hosts mother Pig – the first of Robin Hutson’s expanding chain of family-friendly Pig hotels (see index). It sets the tone with shabby-chic public spaces, a relaxed vibe and ‘delightful staff who really make the place’. ‘They couldn’t have been more helpful with our baby.’ Smaller, tastefully neutral rooms have a walk-in monsoon shower, larger ones a freestanding bath as well. Family rooms have a bunk for children, a log-burner. Cosy lodges in the grounds sport timber-clad interiors. In 2018 Guide inspectors found their room ‘expensive’ given the lack of space and storage, and the ‘ridiculously small bedside tables’. However, in the high-ceilinged dining room, extending into a plant- and herb-filled conservatory, the cooking is ‘truly outstanding; original without being pretentious’. Menus include foraged ingredients and produce from the ‘huge, wonderful’ kitchen garden, with plenty for vegetarians, fish fanciers and carnivores alike – perhaps Romsey lamb breast and cured neck, garden lettuce, blackcurrant leaf oil. The breakfast buffet’s ‘huge choice’ is ‘truly a feast’, while cooked dishes ‘sound tempting’. ‘We are such fans.’ (Anna and Bill Brewer, and others)

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The Pig in the Forest
Beaulieu Road
SO42 7QL

Guest comments

'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
'We stayed in the gorgeous forest cabin, beautifully warm, extremely cosy. The huge bed was the comfiest we’ve slept in, and we enjoyed our own wood-burning stove and the roll-top bath next to the window. The food was exceptionally good; breakfast the best we’ve had at a hotel. We were struck by the professionalism and friendliness of the many young staff. There were three gorgeously designed public rooms. Clearly a real family destination; lots of young children with their parents around. This added greatly to the relaxed atmosphere. ' - Anna Brewer - December, 2016
'We were utterly charmed.. A log fire was burning in the covered courtyard even on a summer’s day. The house is gorgeous rusticity inside and out. There is plenty of space in which to lounge. A great place for kids, with so many things to hold their interest. The atmosphere was easy. The young, often local, staff are so amenable and unflappable. Our family room was enormous, with a large bed and plenty of storage space. The conservatory restaurant is warm and animated. Breakfast has a generous buffet. ' - Astella Saw - July, 2014

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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide