Good Hotel Guide Review
Innovative hotelier Robin Hutson turned to pig husbandry in 2011, alchemising this New Forest hunting lodge into the mother of his still-growing family of Pig hotels (see index). ‘It has lots to recommend it’, not least ‘the huge grounds, beautiful, huge vegetable garden, fields with chickens, pigs, sheep and horses’. Interiors, styled by Judy Hutson, established the public rooms’ trademark shabby-chic look, perhaps a stuffed fish, vintage decanters, pot-herbs, mismatched chairs. Bedrooms, all soothing neutrals, earth tones and botanical prints, are found in the main house and stables, ranging from ‘snug’ (‘the big bed took up the space’) with monsoon shower, to the Pig House, with kitchenette, log-burner, showers, bath, via ‘comfy-luxe’ with shower and freestanding bath, lodges and cabin. The kitchen garden, the engine of the operation, supplies ingredients for such dishes as Beaulieu Estate pheasant, Puy lentils, purple sprouting broccoli; South Coast pollack, parsnip purée, chorizo salsa. ‘The very pretty, large conservatory dining room was packed and noisy, but service was excellent from delightful young men and women.’ The breakfast buffet is ‘a feast’. (A and BB, C and AR)
31. 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, 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.
guide dogs only.
Amex, MC, Visa.
room £160–£420. 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
- 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