The Pig on the Beach

Studland, Dorset

A higgledy-piggledy 19th-century marine villa with a jumble of towers and gables gazes across Studland Bay to the chalk stacks of Old Harry Rocks. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

A higgledy-piggledy 19th-century marine villa with a jumble of towers and gables gazes across Studland Bay to the chalk stacks of Old Harry Rocks. A kind of Pigwarts, it is a magical addition to Robin Hutson’s Pig hotel collection (see index), cleverly styled by Judy Hutson. Her beautifully mismatched interiors contain a 17th-century Portuguese woodcut here, a red brocade lamp there. Bedrooms, with maybe a chandelier, bare floorboards and soft paint finishes, range from snug, with countryside views, to spacious, with in-room roll-top bath, monsoon shower room and sea view. More fanciful are shepherds’ huts at the bottom of the garden, and thatched dovecotes in the kitchen garden, which is the lifeblood of the place. You can sink into a comfy sofa by a blazing fire, eat flatbreads from a wood-fired oven in the sunshine, or dine in the sea-view conservatory with wooden tables and potted herbs (‘very informal, no two chairs alike’). The locally sourced food includes such dishes as Cornish sardines, with Isle of Wight tomatoes and garden monk’s beard, or pork loin from the hotel’s Saddlebacks. A path leads down to the beach.

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, 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 £145–£389. Breakfast £12 (continental), £16 (cooked), 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