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Hotel Highlights

  • The freshest food from a 15-mile menu
  • Potting Shed for spa treatments by Lime Wood therapists
  • A country house hotel without the bad carpets

Overview

The Pig hotel in Hampshire has upped the bar on the country-house hotel: gone are the stuffy uniforms, paisley carpets and mismatched furniture, in is incredible local food, a relaxed, laid-back feel and effortless grandeur.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking The Pig with us:

A copy of either ‘Pig Keeping’ or ‘Wild Food’ – sweet little books published exclusively for the Pig

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

26.

Check–out

11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $352.55 (£208), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Breakfast is extra (£10 for Continental; £15 for cooked).

Also

There’s no spa at the hotel, just a Potting Shed at the bottom of the walled garden, where therapists come along from Lime Wood to administer treatments. Guests are also welcome to go and use the Herb House Spa down the road (it’s a 10-minute drive to The Pig’s sister property) for a small fee.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, treatment rooms, gardens, billiards table, tennis courts, bikes to borrow and a library of books and DVDs. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, mini larder with old-fashioned sweets and local snacks, and Sprout Out by Gilchrist & Soames products.

Our favourite rooms

For a freestanding bath tub, book a Spacious or above. The rooms in the stable yard are the most unusual, with original fittings from their days on the farm, and names to match: the Piggery, the Pig House…Some are split-level and have their own courtyard.

Packing tips

Each room has a handy book on topics such as gardening, pig rearing and hen keeping, as well as framed photos of herbs on the walls – leave the good-life guidelines at home, and learn from the experts here instead.

Also

There’s one room suited to wheelchair users. The restaurant at The Pig is extremely popular, so be sure to make dinner reservations when you book or you might not get a table

Children

Cots are £10 a night, extra beds £20 (for under-12s). A local nanny can be arranged with a week’s notice (£28 for four hours minimum). The restaurant serves smaller options for kids.

Eco‐friendly

There’s a walled garden and full-time forager on site, to ensure all ingredients are sourced as locally as possible – 95 per cent of the menu comes from less than 15 miles away.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The Pig’s restaurant is the feather in its hat, a glorious garden-y place with a conservatory feel – old wooden school chairs, plant pots on every table, foliage-covered trellises and a colourful mosaic floor. The menu changes suddenly, based on what the forager returns with each day, and much of the food comes from the on-site walled garden, smoke house and within the New Forest’s boundary lines. Everything's perfectly porcine, including a selection of ‘piggy bits’ (scratchings, chorizo and brawn) to start and a whole lot of other meat on offer. Outside, there’s a wood-fired oven cooking pizzas and flatbreads over the weekend. Breakfast is a banquet of boil-your-own eggs, delicious home-made granola and cakes, miniature pastries and hot food on order.

Hotel Bar

Drinks can be taken in the Drawing Room and Library, as well as the bar next to the restaurant – each room has lots of squashy armchairs, battered leather seats, mounted boar heads and stately oil paintings. The bar itself is an ornate, carved wooden number stacked with spirits. Try a glass of champagne with home-made elderflower juice.

Last orders

Breakfast is served between 7am and 10am; lunch is noon to 2.30pm; dinner is available from 6.30pm until 9.30pm.

Room service

None, but there’s a well stocked larder in every room, with hearty snacks including tomato biscuits and salami sticks.

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Dress code

Add some foliage to your ensemble to fit in with the ‘picked-this-morning’ theme.

Top table

By the window for a superior view of the grounds; those who like their tables a bit more curious will enjoy dining on the recycled mortuary slab out on the patio.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Take advantage of The Pig's location near fantastic fly fishing: the hotel works with Upstream Dry Fly (www.upstreamdryfly.com) to provide a day of tuition on a private estate lake, including a picnic prepared by THE PIG's chef, for £240. (A day's fishing without tuition costs £120.) Get out into the country air for a spot of horse riding, archery, falconry, tennis, cycling or rambling. The hotel can also arrange for the forager to take you out. Stock up on seasonal fruit and veg at Warborne Farm (www.warbornefarm.co.uk), a mile and a half east of Lymington. Visit the vintage cars at the Motor Museum in Beaulieu (www.beaulieu.co.uk) then walk along the river to Buckler’s Hard (lovely at high tide). Take the ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, then hop on an open-top bus to see the Needles.

Local restaurants

Call in at sister property Lime Wood on Beaulieu Road for a choice of two dining options: the whitewashed Scullery, and the more formal Dining Room (+44 (0)2380 287177) – the food at either won’t disappoint. At Beaulieu, tryThe Master Builder’s at Buckler’s Hard for lunch or dinner – this elegant rustic pub makes the most of the excellent local produce, turning a recent shoot’s venison into sausages and cooking up comforting Sunday roasts (+44 (0)1590 616253; www.themasterbuilders.co.uk). More locally sourced fare awaits at the Oak Inn on Pinkney Lane in Bank – seafood from Lymington in summer and game from within a five-mile radius in winter (+44 (0)23 8028 2350). For something more Continental, head to Franoi on the high street in Lyndhurst (+44 (0)23 8028 2745; www.franoi.co.uk), an Italian trattoria serving up authentic delights from Emilia Romagna.
 

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Wild woodland

The Pig

Beaulieu Rd, the New Forest, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7QL, United Kingdom

The Pig is in the middle of the New Forest, a mile from Brockenhurst, just around the corner from Lyndhurst and close to Beaulieu.

Planes

Southampton airport is closest, roughly 25 miles from the hotel. A taxi will set you back around £35.

Trains

The drive to the station in Brockenhurst, a major stop for both Virgin (www.virgintrains.co.uk) and South West Trains (www.southwesttrains.co.uk), will take five minutes. The journey from London Waterloo should take around an hour and 40 minutes.

Automobiles

Southampton is the nearest big town, easily reached in less than half an hour. There’s free parking at the hotel.

Other

It’s possible for helicopters to land on the lawn.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Mary Garvin , Hotel hound

It’s a rare weekend that Mr Smith and I are both at home in London. I tell him to drop everything, we’re heading to The Pig. It is understandable that Mr Smith looks confused: to say that we travel extensively, is an understatement. ‘Don’t you mean The Cow?’ he asks, referring to the Notting Hill pub and our local shellfish-showcasing kitchen-away-from-kitchen. &lsquo…
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The Pig

Anonymous review by Mary Garvin, Hotel hound

It’s a rare weekend that Mr Smith and I are both at home in London. I tell him to drop everything, we’re heading to The Pig. It is understandable that Mr Smith looks confused: to say that we travel extensively, is an understatement. ‘Don’t you mean The Cow?’ he asks, referring to the Notting Hill pub and our local shellfish-showcasing kitchen-away-from-kitchen. ‘No. We’re spending Monday and Tuesday at a new country-house hotel in the New Forest,’ I tell him. ‘We’re going to Hampshire on a quest of newness,’ I declare. ‘Pack an overnight bag. Be hungry. And get Brockenhurst up on a map.’ Mr Smith, a director by trade, loves direction and being directed. Or at least that’s what I tell myself when I blindly bark out orders prepping him for our lastminute escape.

Approaching Lime Wood hotel’s little sister late at night feels a lot like arriving at a friend’s home for dinner and a sleepover. That said, it is a friend who is significantly financially better off than us, with a wisteria-clad country pile complete with an old oak tree in the front drive, a walled garden out back, some pigs, a tennis court, and a spa shed. 

Oriental carpets, vintage wooden croquet mallets and oil paintings from yesteryear, backdropped by Farrow & Ball-toned walls, provide our first taste of the decor. Shelves in the sitting room are piled with books on animal husbandry and general DIY piggery (I make a note to pick up a copy of Highways & Byways of Hampshire to cure that niggling insomnia I’ve been experiencing). After a quick butcher’s of the look of the lounges, and a hello to reception, we make haste to the dining room. It’s the restaurant in particular that this blogging Cochonette is interested in.

Plotted up at a wooden table in the celebrated country-kitchen restaurant, we’re presented with the ‘25-mile menu’, which we savour excitedly, but having read on the website that the menu can change by the minute, we are also in a mild panic. The real-time system goes something like this: Garry the forager forages, Mike the gardener gardens, and James the chef chefs. And they work in cahoots so that we, the eaters, can eat. Like pigs. Local-and-seasonal creations could not come more inspired. Mr Smith kicks off our Dining Olympics with roast loin of New Forest venison served with roasted parsnips, curly kale and sloe sauce; I opt for the roast Beaulieu pheasant and late-season cepes with sprouts, chestnuts and wild mushroom sauce. Whizzing by in a whirlwind of homegrown flavours, soon enough our evening has us deliriously happy, fed and tucked up in bed. 

Saddleback, in the former stable yard, is our cosy second-floor room where we wake the next morning overlooking the walled garden and a fledgling orchard planted with varieties such as apple winter gem, golden delicious, Worcester pearmain and spartan. Which inspires me to have a nifty label for the interior’s look: ‘scrumptiously spartan’. Walls are adorned with mirrors and antique horticultural pressings from Société Botanique de France. Riffing on the rustic and retro theme is the natural sisal carpeting, a Roberts radio, an old-fashioned rotary phone and a collection of National Trust guides and other pastel-covered theme-appropriate books on topics such as pig and hen keeping (‘More insomnia suppressants,’ suggests Mr Smith). A claw-footed bath sits on a warm wooden floor next to a wonderful sage-green shower.

Rain throws a spanner at attempts to race around exploring the New Forest and spitting grey skies puts paid to trekking out to Hurst Castle or a bounce around bucolic Beaulieu. So we return to The Pig rejected by the inclement weather, but not defeated; spirits are soon revived as we bounce between bar and fireplaced velvet-sofa’d sitting rooms. Cocktails are elegant concoctions of homebrewed this and herb-infused that, and whipped up in a most glamorous apothecary that doubles as a library.

Drinking at 4pm on a Monday conjures carefree memories of the night before. As we step out of what was built in the 17th century as a groomkeeper’s lodge, and crunch our gravelly way to our room around the corner from the pizza-oven-flaunting courtyard, we are hit with an incongruous samba soundblast. On the speakers is a Central American cover of U2 it would seem: ‘I steeeeeel have nothing found what I is lurking forrrrrr…’ croons the singer. As Mr Smith swings me to the Latin/Irish beats I wonder what Garry the forager might have been looking for that afternoon. After a quick snuffle around the kitchen garden, and a hello to the resident porkers in the field below, we gravitate back to The Pig’s graceful glasshouse dining room for more grub. 

Supernaturally delicious garlic and garden-herb-butter-slathered wild ’shrooms on toast get the party started. Then it’s surf to share (Lyme Bay diver scallops with jerusalem artichoke purée, crones and golden beets) and turf to fight over (38-day matured, 16 oz T-bone steak from local Pennington Farm). A toffee russet-apple tartlet defeats us and we slope off to slumber as greedily as we pounced on dinner.

Sunshine blasts through the bad-weather bleakness for the morning of our departure. In the glass-roofed restaurant, the rays bring out the cheeriness of the colourful encaustic floor tiles in the plant-filled dining room. Local jams, honeys, cheeses, bread, and DIY boiled eggs make the farmhouse breakfast pretty enough to paint and leaves us with the best possible taste in our mouths. We collect our bags, and are nearly off, when Mr Smith spots an enormous wooden tree swing in the garden. A massive rainbow is visible above. As we take turns swooping back and forth and staring at the red-orange-yellow-green-blue-indigo-violet bow, I realise I have not felt quite so giddy-in-a-good-way in some time. Mr Smith looks at me and then at the sky and smirks, ‘Can you see what I can see,’ he asks, ‘or was it those wild mushrooms?’

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Pig's Guestbook below.

 

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is a perfect place to relax and forget about the real world – have a walk through the forest, a massage in the Potting Shed, a pre-dinner drink in the drawing room and a relaxed meal at the restaurant and the world is good.

Don’t expect

It's torture if you have a nut allergy because all the wonderful flapjacks and muselis, etc, at breakfast contain nuts. More nut-free options would be appreciated.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the amazing room (Stable), relaxing and peaceful atmosphere, lovely courtyard and gardens, and delicious rustic food.

Don’t expect

Continental breakfast should be included in the room price; free water in the rooms would be appreciated.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the Pig was perfect. The staff was caring and nothing was too much trouble. The surroundings are beautiful, and the big comfy bed was amazing!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the food, the fires, the pigs, the walks, the huge beds, the bacon, the eggs and the apple juice.

Don’t expect

Breakfast until 10.30 means exactly that – there's no full breakfast available when arriving at 10.29.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the food, location and service.

Don’t expect

My mattress was bowing in the middle.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

It has the perfect set up for townies wanting a country weekend: comfortable rooms, delicious food, lovely surrounding area, maps and wellies available for walks, and really really good service. I loved all the different lounges and the outside area. And the salted caramel fudge was to die for!

Don’t expect

There was no body moisturiser in the rooms but otherwise it was nearly perfect!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the fantastic rooms, but the best thing about the Pig is the food, much of it grown on the grounds and expertly prepared!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The Pig is a wonderful country retreat that doesn't scrimp on style. Every inch oozes gorgeous design. The staff is super-efficient and friendly – nothing is too much trouble. We stayed in the one dog-friendly room, which had a snug lounge area complete with log-burning stove and well-stocked larder. Even the dog was spoiled, with her own bed in the entrance hall!

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is the best hotel in UK I have ever been to. Utterly fantastic. Special mention to Ian from the bar, who was great.

Don’t expect

WiFi did not work all the time in the room we were in (Old Spot). It was not a problem for two days, but might have been for longer.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Rooms were beautifully decorated and the restaurant was superb.

Don’t expect

Including breakfast would be better – it felt like everything was an optional extra, so a couple of things like free papers, etc, could be good.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the location in the New Forest; the garden with animals and vegetables; the friendly helpful staff; the rustic but comfortable rooms; and the best of local food served by knowledgeable staff, cooked superbly.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We really liked the relaxed atmosphere. The sitting rooms were wonderful, comfortable and relaxed but stylish. The staff were fantastic and without being in your face were always available and helpful and delightful. The very comfortable snug room, which we were worried might be too small, was lovely, and really comfortable bed. Food was delicious, and menu changed on each of the two nights we were there. Impressive!

Don’t expect

The mirror in the bathroom was ridiculously small and too far away from the basin, so impossible to use for shaving or make up. The drinks in the bar were very weak! Otherwise, no criticisms.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the laid-back atmosphere, professionalism of the staff, attention to detail, food… everything was perfect.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the friendliness and professionalism of the predomiantly young staff, and the beautiful room and view, along with lovely setting. There was good food, quirkily served, and a good bar and gardens with outside space in abundance.

Don’t expect

The wine prices were too high.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The grounds and the room were delightful. We took our dogs with us and they were very well catered for with dog bed, bowls and treats. The courtyard is also a lovely space to enjoy a wood fire in the evening or coffee in the sunshine in the morning. The breakfast was outstanding and the strawberries were amazing!

Don’t expect

The wine:unfortunately we didn't have a good experience with this which was really disappointing as we had been at Limewood a few weeks prior to the Pig and the wines were excellent.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The welcome we received was great and the service throughout our stay was very good. The room was called 'snug' – well, it was spacious enough for us! The bed was very comfy and large, and the food was top class. Breakfast was amazing; we didn't want to go home! I visit their walled veggie garden; I was very envious! I would visit again in a flash!

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the relaxed atmosphere and country feel. There are reat walks locally and the hotel provides wellies for the mucky treks. Food very good and the secret recipe breakfast granola is to die for! We have visited the Pig twice with our baby, once when he was two months old and again when he was six months old. Each time we had a room near enough to the restaurant so our video monitor worked and we could put him to bed and go down to dinner.

 

Don’t expect

While the menu is unusual, it doesn't change during the week so if you stay a few nights and eat in, you may end up ordering the same dishes. A nightly special might be a good idea to give a bit more variety. We thought the dinner menu in their sister hotel, Limewood, offered a bit more.

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This place has the wow factor from the moment you pull up the drive. Everything has been very carefully and tastefully done. It has a special treat feel about it but is very relaxed and laid-back at the same time. The grounds and vegetable gardens are beautiful and definitely worth a leisurely walk around. 'Shabby chic' comes to mind when describing the hotel and furniture, etc, in the nicest possible way. Definitely worth a visit for a special treat. Already decided we want to visit again in the winter when the log fires are sure to be raging away. Mr & Mrs Smith have done it again... Thank you!

Rating: 10/10 stars