The Pig

Location Brockenhurst

Postcode SO42 7QL

Telephone 01590 622 354

££-£££

Why we love it...

The first of the Pig hotels

The Place

In its earlier incarnations, we thought this place useful only as a benchmark for the sort of establishment we didn’t want in the guide – it was one of hundreds of nothing-special, quite old-fashioned country house hotels. But now that Robin Hutson, creator of the Hotel du Vin chain and one of Britain’s most inspired hoteliers, has practised his magic on the place, the result is hard to ignore. In fact, following its opening in late 2011 it has been booked almost solidly.

Robin Hutson’s wife Judy did the interior. It’s quite a contrast to the controlled, Georgian exterior: a set piece of shabby-chic with touches of anarchy. The conservatory-dining room is the big draw: an imaginative, light-filled space, with a wonderful tiled floor, pots of herbs on wooden boxes lining the outside windows, and on every rustic table; comfortable chairs and spot-on colour scheme of sludgy greens and chalk-greys. Over the corridor in the drawing room shabby-chic reasserts itself even more emphatically. The floor boards are distressed, and ‘damaged’ plasterwork on the walls reveals areas of brickwork beneath – only it’s not damaged, it’s trompe l’oeil. The bedrooms are countrified and truly comfortable.

Don’t leave without a stroll through the walled kitchen garden, where they grow some, but not all of what’s eaten in the dining room. It’s a design triumph in its own right.

We’d much prefer that breakfast was quoted in the room price, instead of starting at £10 extra per person, but still, for the money charged The Pig is exceptional value, in fact it could set a new standard in the mid-price country hotel scene.

See all the other PIG hotels: THE PIG in the wall (Southampton), THE PIG near Bath (Somerset), THE PIG on the beach (Dorset) and THE PIG at Combe (Devon).

The Essentials

Price Band ££-£££
Rooms 26; 16 in the main house, 10 in the stable yard; all with monsoon showers. Most have larder cabinet, flat screen television, DVD player, views. Family rooms have a log burner or a freestanding bath.
Food breakfast, lunch, dinner
Facilities restaurant, lounge, bar, spa treatments at 'The Potting Shed', vegetable garden, guided walks, local cycling, outdoor tennis courts, forest foraging, pigsty with pigs
Children welcome
Disabled no special access
Pets one dog-friendly room

To Book

Contact Robin Hutson
Call 01590 622 354
Email info@thepighotel.com
Website www.thepighotel.com/brockenhurst/

Good To Know

Address Beaulieu Road, Brockenhurst SO42 7QL
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The Location

Find this place: in own extensive grounds, in the heart of the New Forest but close to Brockenhurst (mainline rail from London Waterloo); ample private car parking

What's nearby: Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Bucklers Hard; Lymington quay and market; New Forest wildlife centres and other visitor attractions.