31. 10 in stable block (100 yds), some on ground floor, 2 lodges and a cabin in the garden, 1 suitable for disabled.
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.
in public areas.
all ages welcomed.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
room £155-£395. Breakfast £10-£15, a la carte £35. 1-night bookings refused at weekends, Christmas, New Year.
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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