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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 $180.99 (£116), 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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The Pig–near Bath – Bath – UK

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 Jessica Fellowes , Aristocratic author

Not quite the end of summer, and I needed one more holiday fling – a one-night stand to sate my desire for novelty and wine. Later, spreadeagled and facedown in my snowy-white feather-down pillow at The Pig near Bath, I knew I’d had exactly what I’d wished for. Rather like the time you spent all night eyeing up the Italian barman only to end up being beautifully ravished by the …
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The Pig near Bath

Anonymous review by Jessica Fellowes, Aristocratic author

Not quite the end of summer, and I needed one more holiday fling – a one-night stand to sate my desire for novelty and wine. Later, spreadeagled and facedown in my snowy-white feather-down pillow at The Pig near Bath, I knew I’d had exactly what I’d wished for.

Rather like the time you spent all night eyeing up the Italian barman only to end up being beautifully ravished by the waiter you’d dismissed as too wholesome, I didn’t at first think The Pig would be the scene of my concupiscence. There’s nothing naughty about The Pig at first sight – it is tasteful, hushed and carefully produced. The staff are all young, good looking and utterly well behaved: it’s like being in a house run by Kate Middleton’s cousins.

The country-house elements are all there, ticked off as if by a set designer for a period drama: gravel drive, Bath stone, oil paintings, countless lit fires, flagstone floors. There is a filmic quality, in that the ‘faux’ touches occasionally surprise: the panels of the billiard room turn out to be trompe-l’œil wallpaper; the walls of the private dining room stained by PG Tips not dramatically thrown goblets of mediaeval wine; the ‘distressed’ mantelpiece has had its corners worn down by sandpaper rather than years of being leaned on by distinguished sirs. At four o’clock in the afternoon the bar had the aroma of gin cocktails, with vintage coloured glasses jostling in the window, refracting the last of the sunshine. If only The Pig could stretch to hiring an actor to sit by the fire as Rowley Birkin QC, its work would be done.

In contrast to the light that floods the ground floor, the bedrooms are as seductively gloomy as you would hope – dark greys and browns in wood, felt and tweed cover the floor, bed and windows. Light switches and telephones are made of bakelite but the Nespresso machine is reassuringly modern, tucked away by the minibar (I speak as someone who recently packed and carried her Nespresso machine, plus frother, on holiday to Ireland). It’s the thoughtful details I like – the sliver of soap instead of a huge bar, the waffle dressing gowns instead of towelling.

But stylish and lovely though this all is, I’ve not yet shown you The Pigs raisons d’être. To see these, you have to step into the kitchen garden. As with every breed of this hotel chainette, the pride and joy is that the head chefs source every bit of the menu (apart, thankfully, from the wine) from within a 25-mile radius, and as much of it as possible comes from their own garden. It is cheering to see the gardeners at work, up ladders, driving quad bikes, skillfully pruning – sometimes all at once. There are paths that lead to nowhere, secluded benches beneath trees and a sunken pool now overgrown with pondweed. And even if you are a hard-bitten townie with carbon monoxide in your veins, you can’t help but enjoy watching the baby deer skip about the park next door. We stole blackberries off a nearby bush and fed the piglets, counted the black hens (46) and marvelled at the baby partridges. And as we admired their prances and snortling, we took no less joy from the fact that we immediately thought about supper. Which, in the country, is just as it should be. For all their special effects in the interior design, the kitchen at The Pig keeps it real.

Parked in front of a blazing fire, we summoned the sommelier, who was from further than 25 miles away, being one of the Middleton’s little-known French relations. He guided us carefully and thoughtfully through the many and varied options of their enormous wine list with vivid descriptions of vineyards, tannins and blackcurrant fruits; he was of course completely incomprehensible and when we asked him to point at something costing roughly £50, we chose that. It was delicious. Despite being a Tuesday night, the hotel was full – hip 30-somethings mainly, but a low beard count, which is a plus in my notepad – and the restaurant filled up even more, which meant that we weren’t able to sit down until 9pm. By this point we had read the menu approximately 48 times and changed our minds about what to eat 47 times. We sat in the ‘authentically reproduced Victorian greenhouse’, and tucked into at least one more course than is strictly recommended.

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. There’s plenty of pig, naturally, but also tender lamb, perfectly pink sirloin, flakey plaice. We ordered sides until the waitress begged us to stop: crispy tobacco onion, fresh steamed greens, even whole salads with heritage tomatoes, nettle pesto and the creamiest goat cheese this side of Heidi’s alpine bothy. I was finished off by a glass of Uruguayan pudding wine (no, me neither, but it's dead good – this being a term of technical appreciation the sommelier taught me) with mint mousse and chocolate ice-cream.

As I said, later, face down on the mattress, I realised I’d had everything I’d asked for.
 

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

I booked the hotel and restaurant as a birthday treat for my husband over the weekend. Everything was just so charming! We arrived mid-afternoon on Saturday with the plan of venturing out to Bath as the Xmas markets were on. Of course as soon as we arrived we knew we were not going anywhere but staying within the confines of the hotel. The staff are really welcoming helpful. We were shown to our room which was just lovely. They even had a personal Happy Birthday message from the Pig team for my husband. We decided to have lunch at the restaurant, which was just delicious! Everything was so tasty and fresh as its all locally sourced. The staff are very helpful in recommendations and making sure everything is to our needs. We then put on our wellies and went for a walk on the grounds. Saw the chickens, pigs, deers and also visited their vegetable garden. Just really relaxing. In the evening we started off with drinks by the log fire .where they served delicious cocktails. Dinner was simply divine. The bottle of the Pinotage complemented our meal nicely. As you can guess breakfast was wonderful and not to mention the coffee.I could have carried on drinking it for hours! My only regret is that I didnt book for a longer duration. However having said that even though it was for one night only we felt so relaxed rested. I know that was due to the beautiful surroundings, the attentiveness of the lovely staff and the yummy food. I would definitely recommend this to anyone and I hope to visit the Pig again soon. I know my husband thoroughly enjoyed his birthday treat so many thanks to the everyone at The Pig.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Design and decor. Helpfulness of staff.

Don’t expect

The food was quite ordinary when compared to the price, in my opinion.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

A wonderful hotel with excellent rooms – lovely shabby chic style, well appointed, big welcoming bed that hugs you to sleep and powerfull rainfall shower that blasts you awake! A wonderful location: blissful peace in the middle of nowhere, with rolling fields and lots of deer, and the gentle noise from the chickens clucking in the background. Wonderful food: unpretentious locally sourced food (a 25-mile menu) that tasted fantastic and was resonably priced. Of added interest is the walled garden where some of the vegetables are sourced – it felt good knowing it has been picked just outside the door. Wonderful service: all the staff we encountered were incredibly friendly and polite and could not do enough for you.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Everything about my stay was fantastic. The staff were helpful and friendly, the food was divine, I had a 'comfy room' and it was everything I could have wished for. I was very sorry that I was only staying for 1 night. There was a great choice of food and it was cooked superbly in the hotel restaurant. The room was spacious and comfortable with one of the best beds I have slept in whilst being away. There was a great sized bathroom with lovely towels and guest toiletries and it was in a beautiful setting.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The staff were all friendly and professional and the 'large comfy' room was light and airy.

Don’t expect

I found the service at dinner was too rushed (although the food was good and the service excellent, we found it too rushed between courses) and the bath in the bedroom is not for me/us.

Rating: 9/10 stars

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

The hotel had welcoming young staff, fantastic food from morning to night (we wished we'd been there longer to sample more of the menu!), comfortable beds, beautiful gardens to wander in, relaxing massages, wellies and maps for local walks, great bar and lounge area to just while away the hours whilst the rain poured down outside. The place to go to slow down life and recharge the batteries!

Don’t expect

All we wish was that "The Pig" wasn't so popular so it wasn't so hard to get a room here!

Rating: 9/10 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