Devon, United Kingdom

The Pig – at Combe

Rates from (ex tax)$247.82

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP225.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Honey-hued holiday home

Setting

Edge of Exeter

The Pig at Combe joins esteemed siblings in the New Forest, Southampton, Studland and Bath, and we think the others are going to love their latest family member. Walled kitchen gardens, a foraging philosophy and a regularly changing menu are at the heart of the restaurant, with rolling, horse-studded hills, university towns and the coast at Lyme Bay all on the horizon. The decor is cleverly mismatched, beds are super-size and sublimely comfortable, and inviting velvet armchairs are just waiting to be sunk into. Gardeners will love gaining tips from the grounds, including how many types of mint it’s possible to grow in one patch (answer: 12).

Smith Extra

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A bottle of the hotel's own-brand wine in your room on arrival

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

27, including four suites.

Check–Out

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

Rates

Double rooms from $247.82 (£188), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP225.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates do not include breakfast (from £10 an adult). Two-night minimum stay at weekends and bank holidays.

Also

The Pig takes its food and drink offering seriously and even the minibars aren’t safe: instead, they’re mini larders, stocked with all the homemade and local treats they could squeeze in, including some English sparkling wine, Otter Bitter beer from the brewery down the road, Devonshire fudge and Willie’s Cacao.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, bikes to borrow, wellies. In rooms: TV, DVD player, Nespresso machine and Bramley bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Even the aptly named Cheap & Cheerful rooms come with a king-size bed and the same artfully mismatched decor for which the group is famous for, but for something unique, it has to be one of the suites: we love the Horsebox for its original stalls separating the bed from the freestanding bath; and the Hayloft for its giant shower head, vaulted ceiling and wooden beams. For the best views over the valley, book Room 1 in the main house. The best-bathroom prize goes to the Laundry, which has circular copper bath tub big enough for two.

Spa

There are two Potting Shed treatment rooms in the kitchen garden, where guests can book Bamford massages, facials and other holistic treatments seven days a week.

Packing tips

You can leave your muddy wellies at home as the hotel has some you can borrow – but don’t forget the flat caps, Barbour jackets and riding crops if you fancy going equestrian, inspired by all the Arabian horses.

Also

There are two ground-floor Comfy Rooms that are suitable for wheelchair users and much of the communal areas are navigable for wheelchairs as well.

Children

All ages welcome; travel cots can be added to rooms and babysitting must be requested at least two days in advance and costs £10 an hour (minimum four hours per booking).

Best for

Babies and up.

Recommended rooms

The Family Suite, which has two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Meals

Children aged six and up are welcome in the restaurant, where there’s a dedicated menu, baby-changing facilities and highchairs.

 

Babysitting

Babysitting must be requested at least two days in advance and costs £10 an hour (minimum four hours per booking).

No need to pack

Travel cots, baby bed linen, highchairs, DVDs, puzzles and books can be borrowed on request.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

If there’s a group of you, book out the original Georgian kitchen with its working stove, handily now a private dining room. Otherwise, request the table by the double-height windows to get your fill of rolling Devonshire hills.

Dress Code

With their pink shirts, jeans and Converse, the staff are nailing smart casual – do your best to match them.

Hotel restaurant

The rooms do a lot to vie for your attention, but like with most of the other Pigs, it’s the restaurant that’s at the heart, with the same 25-mile-radius philosophy and menus based on whatever could be caught or picked that morning. Luckily, the sea is only eight miles away, so keep an eye out for the Lyme Bay catch of the day, as well as local cheeses and meat from Honiton’s best butchers. The Folly, in the former orangery, serves flatbreads cooked in a wood-fired oven.

Hotel bar

The kitchen garden is fair game for the barmen as well as the chefs; expect the cocktails in the Great Hall Bar – which has all the period features, paintings and panelling to live up to its name – to come with all sorts of horticultural flourishes (fennel-seed vodka, lemon and elderflower juice, or one of the 12 varieties of mint being grown on-site). The Pig Hut wines are also worth a try, made in partnership with a French vintner who really knows his stuff.

Last orders

Breakfast is served between 7am and 10am; lunch is noon to 2.15pm; dinner is between 6.30pm and 9.30pm. Food is served in the bar from noon until 9pm; drinks are available until 11pm.

Location

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Address
The Pig – at Combe
The Pig – at Combe, Gittisham,
Honiton
EX14 3AD
Honiton
United Kingdom

Planes

Exeter airport is a 20-minute drive away. The airport is served by Skybus routes from across the UK, including the Isles of Scilly, Manchester and Jersey, as well as flights from European destinations with Flybe.

Trains

The closest station is Honiton, three miles away. Great Western runs services to this station from London Paddington and Waterloo via Exeter St David’s.

Automobiles

The hotel is 11 miles away from Exeter; the drive should take 20 minutes. There’s free parking when you arrive.

Worth getting out of bed for

The Otter Valley awaits: head to Seaton Wetlands for all the marshes, reeds, wildlife and trails you fancy along the River Axe. The Grade 1-listed, 18th-century Bicton Park Botanical Gardens are also nearby and equally spectacular. Antique lovers will find a haven in Honiton, which has a whole museum (the Allhallows Museum of Lace and Antiquities) paying homage to the collectible art form.

Local restaurants

Half an hour away by car in hilly, sea-washed Lyme Regis is a Hix Oyster & Fish House, serving all the sublime seafood you’d expect but with an especially advantageous setting. Try scallops with Monmouthshire chorizo and samphire, whole dressed crab and mackerel with gremolata, all caught locally. At the Axminster outpost of the River Cottage, feast on more fresh seafood, or go for either the carnivorous (veal burgers, rabbit ragu) or vegetarian options (seared Somerset halloumi, harissa-spiced feta flatbreads) – neither disappoint.

Local cafés

In Honiton, marvel at the miniature madeleines and other expertly baked goods on offer at Toast on the High Street.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

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 boutique hotel in Devon and unpacked their scones and clotted cream, a full account of their mini-break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Pig at Combe in Devon

The Pig litter now numbers five, but the newest baby couldn’t be further from the runt. Rescuing a grand Devon hotel from disrepair, the group has imbued its magic, resurrecting the honey-hued Elizabethan manor and transforming it into a faultless country retreat. The mismatched interiors – every chair, plate and cup is different – are homely and inviting, but as ever it’s the restaurant that steals the show. With the famous ‘25-mile radius’ and ‘literally picked this morning’ guidelines, the menu is a journey through the best of the south-west’s produce, with fish caught eight miles away in Lyme Bay and the finest Devonshire cheeses all making their way into mealtimes. Just as well that there are vast beds to retire to, bath tubs in most of the bedrooms and – in the unlikely event you get peckish – mini larders (as opposed to minibars), stocked with all the local produce they can hold. The Pigs just keep on getting better.

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 – at Combe ’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Flatbreads at the Folly, the extensive wine lists, the views across the grounds at sunset, the delicious 25 mile menu for dinner, and above all, the exceptional customer service. We had a wonderful time and cannot wait to book our next trip.

Rating

Stayed on 20 Jun 2017

We loved

The amazing family stable rooms, the fab breakfasts, the incredible customer service, the great location – surrounded by beautiful walks and close to the beach, the really friendly staff, cool bar, stunning cakes mid-afternoon, the flatbreads in The Folly at lunchtime, lazy afternoons in front of the open fires, the gorgeous food...we loved everything!

Don’t expect

Lively nights...

Rating

Stayed on 17 Mar 2017

We loved

The hotel and it's decor and buzzy atmosphere. Visit Beer, beautiful little fishing village.

Don’t expect

Formality.

Rating

Stayed on 18 Jan 2017

We loved

The setting, the food, the cosy fires, the gin, the showers, the beds, the swings and the gardens. Do the 6 mile walk around the estate to see the views and the piglets.

Rating

Stayed on 11 Nov 2016

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