The Pig on the Beach

Studland, Dorset

There is a fairy-tale aspect with more than a hint of Hogwarts to this 1820s marine villa with a sandy beach at the bottom of the garden in a village that inspired Noddy's Toy Town. More

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There is a fairy-tale aspect with more than a hint of Hogwarts to this 1820s marine villa with a sandy beach at the bottom of the garden in a village that inspired Noddy's Toy Town. Hospitality wizard Robin Hutson had long coveted the property, with its jumble of towers and gables, which joined his Pig collection (see index) in 2014. Interiors were created by Judy Hutson for an imaginary great-aunt, an eccentric artist. Bedrooms, with a breezy marine palette, range from snug, with a countryside view, to spacious, with a sea view, super-king bed, monsoon shower and freestanding bath. A thatched ‘dovecote’ in the kitchen garden has a four-poster and (coo!) its own beach hut. ‘My first pig!’ writes a reader, who liked ‘such pleasing touches as a powerful shower and milk in a fridge’. Produce from the prolific kitchen garden appears in dishes such as rolled porchetta, garden greens and pickled rhubarb or Poole Bay ray wing with caper and parsley brown butter. On the terrace, sourdough pizza comes hot from a wood-fired oven. ‘I was blessed with brilliant weather and made full use of the chairs on the lawn and the beach.’ (David Sefton)

Hotel details

Address

Manor House
Manor Road
Studland
Dorset
BH19 3AU
England

Telephone

01929 450288

Bedrooms

28. Some on ground floor, 2 dovecote hideaways, Harry’s Hut and Pig Hut in grounds, 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

bar, lounge, snug, restaurant, private dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 2 treatment cabins, garden, EV charging, ground-floor public rooms and part of gardens wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

all day 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 £155. Breakfast £13.50–£18.50, à la carte £42. 1-night bookings refused at weekends, Christmas, New Year.

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Comments about The Pig on the Beach

Stayed in the Bothy which was wonderful and secluded, in the walled vegetable garden. Quite snug but beautifully designed and best stocked mini-bar I've ever encountered . Excellent staff and wonderful location. As the restaurant is very busy at the weekend it can get a little overwhelming for guests of the hotel, but there is a separate area for residents which was a welcome retreat. Loved the full breakfast -especially the white pudding and homemade granola - Danielle Hommel - March 2017

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Information from the 2022 Good Hotel Guide.