The Pig on the Beach

Studland, Dorset

With rooms in thatched dovecotes, a shepherd’s hut and an 'eccentric’ Victorian villa, Robin Hutson’s ‘whimsical’ seaside hotel is ‘wonderfully located’ and ‘very welcoming’. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

With rooms in thatched dovecotes, a shepherd’s hut and an ‘eccentric’ Victorian villa, Robin Hutson’s ‘whimsical’ seaside hotel is ‘wonderfully located’ and ‘very welcoming’. The main house, ‘a Gothic blend of Hansel and Gretel and Hammer House of Horror’, displays the group’s trademark artfully mismatched interiors: squashy sofas, stuffed birds, old portraits, red brocade lamps, a large coat of arms – a movie prop from Pirates of the Caribbean. The ‘comfy’ bedrooms range from ‘quite snug but beautifully designed’, to generous, with a super-king-size bed and freestanding in-room bath, via eaves rooms that suit a family. One contains a 17th-century woodcarving from a Portuguese palace. All have a monsoon shower, Roberts radio and ‘the best-stocked minibar I’ve ever encountered’. Staff are ‘attentive and charming’. In the relaxed conservatory restaurant, the locally sourced and home-grown 25-mile menu includes the likes of Fowey River mussels, Purbeck sirloin steak, pollack with Portland crab sauce. Wood-fired flatbreads are served on the terrace, spa treatments in a garden hut, sea views to Old Harry Rocks from the ‘lovely grounds’. ‘We will go back.’ (J and GM, IB, and others)

Hotel details

Address

Manor House
Manor Road
Studland
Dorset
BH19 3AU
England

Telephone

01929 450288

Bedrooms

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

Open

all year.

Facilities

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

Background music

all day in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

room only £160–£360. Breakfast £12–£16, à la carte £35. 1-night bookings refused 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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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide