The Pig near Bath

Pensford, Somerset

There’s nothing bland about a Pigling. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

There’s nothing bland about a Pigling. ‘We had a great time,’ say Guide insiders after a 2019 visit to the third in Robin Hutson’s burgeoning litter. ‘They get the experience just right.’ Taking a lead from mother Pig in Brockenhurst (see entry), this Georgian manor house with deer park has been tarted down in the shabby-chic style that is somehow so ‘smart and classy’. Praise for the ‘sheer enthusiasm of the young, well-trained staff’. A ‘memorable meal’ brought ‘delicious grilled hispi cabbage’, heritage carrots with aïoli, from the ‘mostly picked this morning’ section, ‘gurnard and mussels, a chargrilled pork tomahawk – a massive but tender chop’. Wood-fired flatbreads on the terrace are an occasional summer treat. Breakfast brings ‘pastries, home-made granola, big jugs of the freshest juice, compotes and fruit galore, eggs to boil from the estate chickens’, many cooked dishes. All bedrooms have a monsoon shower; ‘comfy-luxe’ rooms have a freestanding bath, also. The two-storey Apple Store, a former shed in the kitchen garden (the heart of the operation) with wood-burning stove, monsoon shower and bath, is an absolute pippin. (Desmond and Jenny Balmer, LH and JF, and others)

Hotel details


Hunstrete House
BS39 4NS


01761 490490


29. 5 in gardens, some on ground floor, 1 with wheelchair access and wet room.


all year.


2 lounges, bar, restaurant, snug, private dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, treatment room, kitchen garden, wild flower meadow, deer park, ground floor/garden areas wheelchair accessible.

Background music

all day in public areas.


all ages welcomed.


not allowed, except guide dogs.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


room £170–£340. Breakfast (continental) £12, (cooked) £16, à la carte £35. 1-night bookings refused weekends, Christmas/New Year.

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Our bedroom was huge, more chic than shabby; excellent bathroom as usual. At the dinner we enjoyed the fish though portions were enormous. The home-grown vegetables were delicious. Breakfast is still outstanding. The public rooms have plenty of seating, always a pleasant buzz, excellent service. The staff remain the best element of the Pig group. A telling factor is the demographic of the guests; toddlers to golden oldies during our visit. - Desmond and Jenny Balmer - February 2020
How does The Pig manage to attract so many helpful, efficient and industrious staff? And they seemed to be enjoying their work. - Andrew Butterworth - January 2018
A beautiful building and fabulous kitchen garden. Large, comfortable bedrooms - not sure about the bath being in the bedroom, but I suppose this is how it has to be nowadays - but there was marmalade at breakfast ! Shabby chic style - which means quite expensive these days. The dining conservatory is like many modern places - noisy ! Stone floors, brick walls, wooden tables with old metal chairs. An atmosphere place. Rooms are expensive and breakfast is extra (£15); the food is reasonably priced by comparison. Very busy - trendy ! - Bill Wood - October 2017

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide