Good Hotel Guide Review
Everything proved to be hog heaven for Guide trusties on a winter weekend break at this Georgian country house in its own deer park. The Pigs are part of Robin Hutson’s Home Grown group (see index), of which ‘the enthusiastic staff remain the best element’, says our aficionado. Interiors are in the signature style of dog-eared opulence, with bare floorboards and chandeliers, good antiques and distressed, faded, pre-loved finds. ‘Snug’ and ‘comfy’ rooms in the main house and coach house have a monsoon shower; trade up to ‘comfy luxe’ for a freestanding bath, or to ‘big comfy luxe’ for a four-poster. Most unusual is the two-storey Hide, within the largest of the Pigs’ kitchen gardens, and with a wood-burning stove. Public rooms have ‘plenty of seating areas’ and ‘a pleasant buzz’. Home-grown, foraged and local ingredients feature on the 25-mile menus in the conservatory, in dishes such as wild garlic pappardelle, whole roasted chicken to share, wild garlic potatoes; roasted plaice, trombone spinach and chicken butter sauce. ‘Breakfast is outstanding’, with ‘freshly squeezed juices’, new-laid eggs from the hens. (D and JB)
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, no charge for extra beds.
only guide dogs.
Amex, MC, Visa.
room-only doubles £170–£359. Breakfast (continental) £12, (cooked) £16, à la carte £35. 1-night bookings refused weekends, Christmas/New Year.