The Pig on the Beach

Studland, Dorset

Robin Hutson put the Pig in higgledy-piggledy with the most fanciful of his litter of porcine hotels (see index), set in a yellow seaside villa built in 1820 in romantic picturesque style, with gabled dormers, a turret and random roof line. More

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Robin Hutson put the Pig in higgledy-piggledy with the most fanciful of his litter of porcine hotels (see index), set in a yellow seaside villa built in 1820 in romantic picturesque style, with gabled dormers, a turret and random roof line. It stands on the reputed site of vanished Studland Castle, with views across Studland Bay to Old Harry Rocks, and the fairy-tale fantasy extends to two thatched dovecotes in the kitchen garden, each with a four-poster, one with its own beach hut. House bedrooms – from very snug, with countryside views, to ‘generous’, with a sea view, perhaps French doors to the grounds – are all in the group’s signature shabby-chic style, with bare floorboards and soft paint finishes. You can dine in the conservatory on dishes such as Dorset Horn hogget loin, wood-oven-roasted carrots, garden nettle and mint sauce, or go for wood-fired flatbreads on the terrace. On a sunny day, Guide insiders found the place thronged. ‘They were so busy we had a long wait for our lunch. When it came, the food was fine – fresh fish simply cooked, rich puddings.’ And, as ever, ‘friendly young staff keep things going’. (C and AR)

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, 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 £145–£389. Breakfast £10–£15, 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 2020 Good Hotel Guide