Good Hotel Guide Review
Fallow deer roam parkland around a part-Georgian house that has been converted into one of the Pig hotels in Robin Hutson’s Home Grown collection (see index). The lodge to a much grander house (of which a ruined arcade is all that remains), it received the customary shabby-chic make-over from Judy Hutson to create an air of informality, a world away from country house stuffiness. ‘The staff clearly enjoy their work and are enthusiastic about the concept,’ writes a Pig-fancying friend of the Guide. Atmospheric public rooms have ‘plenty of seating areas and a pleasant buzz’. Bedrooms range from cosy, in the main house and coach house, to The Apple Store, an absolute pippin, set over two floors, with wood-burner, freestanding bath and monsoon showers. Menus are a feast of local and garden produce; this Pig boosts the largest kitchen garden of the litter. ‘Gammon steaks were too salty, but we enjoyed hake and ray wing. Portions were enormous and the vegetables excellent.’ Breakfast hit the spot, with ‘a lavish buffet, the maltiest granola, fresh fruit, compotes and eggs from the estate’. (Desmond and Jenny Balmer, and others)
29. 5 in gardens, some on ground floor, 1 with wheelchair access and wet room.
2 lounges, bar, restaurant, snug, private dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, treatment room, kitchen garden, wild flower meadow, deer park, ground floor/garden areas wheelchair accessible.
all day in public areas.
all ages welcomed.
only guide dogs.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room £170–£359. Breakfast (continental) £12, (cooked) £16, à la carte £35. 1-night bookings refused weekends, Christmas/New Year.