Good Hotel Guide Review
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the opening of Robin Hutson’s mother Pig, in a New Forest hunting lodge, and it seems ‘on better form than ever’, writes a trusted reader after an annual visit. With food sourced from its bountiful kitchen gardens and within a 25-mile radius, this first Pig saw the creation of the smallholding’s signature rustic-chic style (for other Pigs, see index). Judy Hutson designed the interiors for an imaginary Great-Aunt Maud, an easy-going old bird and a bit of a tippler to judge by the wide choice of libations in the bar. Choose a bedroom in the main house or the grounds – perhaps a forest hut with floor-to-ceiling windows and private terrace, or a cabin with four-poster, in-room bath and monsoon shower. Wherever you stay, service is ‘excellent’: ‘What’s most striking is the flexibility and initiative of the many young staff.’ The food is ‘truly outstanding and original without being pretentious’, say Guide insiders. As well as dishes such as Salisbury veal with hazelnuts and pickled shallots, there are plenty of options for vegetarians. (Anna Brewer, and others)
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.
guide dogs only.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room £185–£499. 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