The Pig at Combe

Gittisham, Devon

The Empress of Blandings among Robin Hutson’s Pig hotels (see index), this honey-stone Elizabethan manor house in the Otter valley is reached by a mile-long carriage drive. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

The Empress of Blandings among Robin Hutson’s Pig hotels (see index), this honey-stone Elizabethan manor house in the Otter valley is reached by a mile-long carriage drive. ‘A beautiful house’, with rococo plasterwork, mullioned windows, fireplaces and panelling, it has been filled by Judy Hutson with antiques, paintings, Paris trade-fair finds, Zoffany fabrics and signature rustic-chic pieces. Readers’ ‘comfy luxe’ bedroom had a ‘long, narrow bathroom with freestanding bath at the window, and a walk-in shower with an amazing drench head’. Many have an in-room roll-top bath. The Horsebox, in the old stable, has the original stall partitions. A Guide insider loved the ‘drawing rooms, all with roaring fireplace, and magnificent hall turned into a striking bar’ but a regular reader felt ‘there was a faux air about the hotel’. However, ‘the 25-mile menu shows impressive commitment to local sourcing, as does the beautiful kitchen garden’. Meals in ‘the lovely dining room’ feature local venison, Lyme Bay fish and home-grown produce by the bushel. ‘Breakfast was terrific.’ (Michael Gwinnell, David Birnie, SR)

Hotel details

Address

Gittisham
Honiton
Devon
EX14 3AD
England

Telephone

01404 540400

Bedrooms

30. 10 in stable yard, 5 in 
cottages (2 for family), 3 rooms suitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

bar, 2 lounges, restaurant, Folly (communal dining), private dining rooms, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, spa treatment rooms, 3,500-acre grounds, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room £175–£389, family £309–£399. Continental breakfast £12, cooked £16, à la carte £35, set menus £22.50–£28.50. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.