The Pig at Combe

Gittisham, Devon

‘Down country lanes and a mile-long private drive’, this Elizabethan manor house is the Miss Piggy among Robin Hutson’s quirky country house hotels (see index). More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Down country lanes and a mile-long private drive’, this Elizabethan manor house is the Miss Piggy among Robin Hutson’s quirky country house hotels (see index). Like that porcine diva, it embodies fabulosity with a dash of irresistibility and a great big dollop of attitude. Choose a room to suit you, from a main-house double with a monsoon shower, to a rustic family suite in the stable yard, with king-size four-poster, freestanding bath and monsoon shower, bunks for the kids. Artfully scruffy interiors by Judy Hutson mix Zoffany fabrics with brocante finds from Paris, antiques and oil paintings. ‘Our comfy luxe room was one of the few twins with a bath not in the bedroom.’ There is a panelled bar with roaring fire, a ‘lovely dining room’ with a rococo plasterwork ceiling and mullioned windows. The menus of home-grown and local produce (from within a 25-mile radius) might feature Lyme Bay hake or 28-day-aged Dartmoor rump steak, or flatbreads alfresco in the ‘stunning and vast grounds’. One reader felt the food was ‘good but not special’ but noted that breakfast was ‘all home made with no prepacked items’. (MG, DB, and others)

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, no charge for extra beds.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

room-only doubles from £175, family from £305. Breakfast £10–£15, à la carte £35. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.