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

Address

Hunstrete House
Pensford
Somerset
BS39 4NS
England

Telephone

01761 490490

Bedrooms

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

Open

all year.

Facilities

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.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed, except guide dogs.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

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

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