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Hotel Highlights

  • Tasty hyper-local food
  • Acres of deer park
  • The potting-shed spa

Overview

There could hardly be a more enticing name for a restaurant with rooms. The Pig – near Bath hotel is the latest incarnation of the much-lauded boutique stays (The Pig and The Pig in the Wall) hailing from Hampshire. This third little piggy is the grandest and perhaps most succulent of them all: a honey-walled country house set in acres of Somerset deer park, with a bountiful kitchen garden where much of the scrumptious food is grown.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking The Pig near Bath 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

29, including two suites.

Check–out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $214.11 (£133), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates do not include the Continental (£10 each) or full English (£15 each) breakfasts.

Also

The Georgian house was built in 1820 out of honey-hued Bath stone; there’s a lot of history here. You’ll find portraits of former residents on the walls and pieces of period furniture dotted around the lounges. Housed in the potting shed, the spa is a more recent addition – the perfect hideaway for a blissful treatment using heavenly-scented organic Bamford products.

At the hotel

Treatment room, lounge, library, DVD library, greenhouse, acres of grounds, kitchen garden, smoke house, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, larder stocked with wine, snacks and sweets, Nespresso coffee machine, tea-making facilities, Bramley toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Spread throughout the main house, barn and gardens, the rooms have a natural feel – wood floors with cream walls, white linens and pops of greens, yellows and pinks on the chairs and cushions. You’ll find no paltry minibar here: the full-size larder is stocked with enough wine, savoury treats and retro sweets for an indulgent bedroom picnic. Rooms in the garden are wonderfully romantic, with their own entrance, a wood-burning stove and a small terrace with two chairs. Big Comfy Luxe room 8, on the barn’s first floor, has a large four-poster bed and a freestanding bath, and overlooks the chicken coop and deer park.

Packing tips

Leave your wellies at home, there are plenty to borrow. Green-fingered? Equip yourself with small plastic bags to bring home cuttings from the kitchen garden.

Also

The hotel is non-smoking. Rooms on the ground floor are better suited to mobility-impaired guests.

Children

Welcome. Extra beds (£20 a night) and cots (£10) can be added to some rooms. The hotel can recommend a local babysitting service.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Don’t be fooled by the gleaming counters and bustling stations: the heart of this kitchen is in its gardens, where most of the produce, from tender asparagus to zingy rhubarb, is grown. Head chef Kamil Oseka sources everything within a 25-miles radius: unfussy, seasonal feasts are whipped out from lake-fresh crayfish, smoke-house kippers and foraged wild onion, and served on bare wooden tables in the Victorian greenhouse. Piggy treats star here, of course. It takes a hardened soul to pass on the extraordinary Bath chap, a huge pork joint served with mandatory crackling and apple sauce. But fear not, veggie-lovers: the menu has whole patches of greens to fall back on.

Hotel Bar

Snag a deep leather sofa by the roaring fire; guests can have drinks and piggy bits (snack-sized odes to all things pork) in any of the cosy sitting rooms. Built around the builder’s bench used during the renovation, the bar serves cocktails and fruity mocktails, best enjoyed by the windows overlooking the estate.

Last orders

Breakfast is served 7am–10am (7.30am–10.30 am on weekends); lunch 12 noon–2.30pm; dinner 6.30pm–9.30pm. A lighter afternoon menu is available 3.30pm–5.30pm.

Room service

None.

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Dress code

Wellies and Barbours are never out of place at the Pig.

Top table

Tables near the front of the greenhouse have lovely views of the surrounding garden. In the summer, ask for a table on the patio to enjoy the sunshine and the appetising aromas coming from the wood-fired oven.

Local Guide

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The Pig–near Bath – Bath – UK
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Foodies would be forgiven for never leaving the hotel’s grounds: there’s much to learn from the team’s do-it-yourself, free-range approach. Corner Ollie, the head gardener, in the vegetable patch for top tips on producing prize-worthy peppers, pumpkins and peaches; take a peek in the smokehouse; watch the chickens pecking away happily in the sun. Hands off the pet pigs, though: they’re not for the eating.

Beyond the estate, there’s a picture-perfect patch of countryside to explore: Cheddar Gorge, the Mendip Hills and Leigh Woods, with their startling views of Clifton bridge, are all within a 30-minute drive. For more genteel pursuits, Bath’s Georgian streets beckon. The Assembly Rooms(+44(0)1225 477173) offer a glimpse of 18th-century fashionable life. Downstairs, the Museum of Costume (+44(0)1225 477789) displays a rotation of beautiful gowns, from shimmering sack-back dresses to that deep-cut J-Lo number. The Roman Baths (+44(0)1225 477785) are off-limits to spa-seekers; head instead to the Thermae Spa (+44(0)1225 331234), where you can safely experience the therapeutic hot spring waters.

Local restaurants

There’s no shortage of cosy country pubs in this Somerset corner. A 10-minute drive away in Chew Magna, the Pony & Trap never disappoints (+44 (0)1275 332627). This Michelin-starred haven’s menu reads like a meat-lover’s dream: smoked bone marrow, local venison and dry-aged beef are paid due respect in tempting daily dishes and pub classics. Loyal locals and visitors carve their names in the log-lined wall at the Carpenter’s Arms in Stanton Wick (+44 (0)1761 490202). Cornish fish, West Country beef and seasonal local game are dished up in comfort food such as battered Pollock with chunky chips and duck confit with bubble and squeak. If you’re visiting Bath, book a table at Smith gem The Bath Priory in the hills overlooking the city (+44 (0)1225 331922). Michelin-starred chef Sam Moody’s tasting menu is a seven-course feast set in an elegant dining room; expect rare-breed beef, gently roasted turbot and liberal use of truffles.

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The Pig near Bath

Hunstrete House, Pensford, Bath, Somerset BS39 4NS, United Kingdom

Set in acres of woodland and deer park, the Pig – near Bath is in a quiet corner of Somerset, conveniently close to Bath and Bristol.

Planes

The nearest airport is Bristol International, about half an hour’s drive from the hotel, which has good connections to UK and European airports. From London Heathrow, the 90-mile drive should take just under two hours.

Trains

Bath Spa station is a 20-minute drive from the hotel. The city is fairly well connected with links to destinations across the country; First Great Western runs hourly services between Bath and London Paddington.

Automobiles

A car can be handy to explore the rolling Mendip Hills. The hotel is a short drive from the A36 and the M4; driving from London should take just over two hours.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this country-house hotel in Somerset and unpacked their plant cuttings and wellies, a full account of their luxury gastronomic break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick postcard from Th…
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The Pig near Bath

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this country-house hotel in Somerset and unpacked their plant cuttings and wellies, a full account of their luxury gastronomic break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick postcard from The Pig – near Bath…

A word of warning: before any visit to the Pig – near Bath, make sure you work up an appetite. It would be sacrilege to stay here without sitting down for at least one meal in its pretty Victorian greenhouse of a dining room. Consider the provenance: nothing used in the kitchen has been sourced further than 25 miles from this laid-back country house in Somerset, ensconced in acres of deer park and wild meadows – in fact, most of the produce comes from the kitchen garden, a glorious stretch of vegetable patches, greenhouses and fruit cages where all manners of fresh leafy things are grown and picked the morning before they hit your plate. Consider the trimmings: foraged in the lake, cajoled in the experimental poly-tunnels, smoked to burnished amber in the smokehouse. And, finally, consider the pigs: the very finest local specimens star on the menu in the guise of sausages, crackling and formidable joints. Need we mention the rooms? They are lovely of course, with antique floorboards, crisp linen and deep Victorian tubs, and, for those who tire of days of running around the Mendip Hills or the cobbled streets of Bath, there’s even a bed in the potting shed for a soothing spa treatment.
 

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 near Bath's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The setting was beautiful, with working kitchen gardens that guests were freely able to access. The extended conservatory dining room served wonderful locally sourced produce. Breakfast and dinner menus had lots of variety (we didn't have an opportunity to try lunch). Staff members were all courteous and knowledgeable, working well as a team. It's a great base from which to explore North Somerset, with plenty of a National Trust properties in the area. Room 16 at top of stairs was beautifully decorated and a great space for a four-night stay. There's a great cocktail menu. I liked everything about this place.

Don’t expect

I was unsure about the service charge added to dinner bills every evening. It's understandable for non residents but for I thought it a bit of an imposition for guests staying.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the large room, comfy bed, rolltop bath, great views, décor, food, excellent massage, beautiful surroundings and location.

Don’t expect

We came down late and missed breakfast, and there seemed to be no alternative on offer, only coffee.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is an excellent hotel, with great décor and attention to detail. We enjoyed a fantastic meal in the restaurant - what a lovely experience.

Don’t expect

We stayed in one of the Garden rooms, which to me was a little on the dark side.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is a very relaxed country house with a buzzy restaurant and great setting.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

It was just so idyllic, quiet and peaceful. The Apple Store hideaway bedroom in the grounds alongside the kitchen garden was gorgeous. The vegetables and fruit being grown are amazing and taste delicious in the restaurant. We had lunch, dinner and breakfast there. Staff members are smiley and helpful. We'll definitely be going back!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The spacious room and gorgeous roll-top bath in the room. Sitting in the bath in Room 8 you get a beautiful view out of the window but keep your privacy! The tuck-shop-style minibar/larder was a nice touch and not over priced. The food in the restaurant was delicious. The staff were incredibly accommodating to us when I suffered a pregnancy-related lightheaded hot flush mid meal and were happy to move us to the comfy and breezy library for dessert, even bringing free sorbets to help me cool down!

Don’t expect

I would've preferred larger water glasses in the rooms, and the restaurant seating is in-keeping with the aesthetic but not very comfy!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The service is exemplary, the setting idyllic, the food delicious. I think the fact that they have made this almost an exact copy of the Pig in the New Forest is really interesting, especially if you have been there!

Don’t expect

Being an old building, the hotel has floors that can be very creaky: we were in Room 5 and it was noisy when people upstairs were moving about. I felt breakfast should have been included.

Rating: 10/10 stars