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Hotel Highlights

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

Overview

The little sister to Hampshire’s The Pig and the Pig in the Wall, The Pig – near Bath boutique hotel is the most stately of these charming restaurants with rooms. Housed in a honey-stoned country house, this Somerset stay is very fine indeed: there are acres of woodlands to explore, and the generous kitchen gardens grow much of the delicious food that will end up on your plate.

Smith Extra

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

A bottle of the hotel's own-brand wine, the Pig Hut rosé (a blend of syrah and grenache), in your room on arrival

Facilities

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The Pig near Bath – Somerset – United Kingdom

Need To Know

Rooms

29, including two suites.

Check–out

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

Rates

Double rooms from $273.71 (£208), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

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

Also

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

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.

Spa

Housed in the potting shed, the spa is the perfect hideaway for a blissful treatment using heavenly-scented, organic Bamford products. The hot- and cold-stone massage is an invigorating take on a favourite, or pick a facial, body polish or mani-pedi.

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 have developed their own range of fine wines in collaboration with Rhône winemaker Michel Chapoutier; the Pig Hut label includes three blends: a red, white and rosé. 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.

Children

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

Food and 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-mile 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 – Somerset – United Kingdom
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 , Aristocratic author

Rating: 10/10 stars
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 have to say about The Pig near Bath in the Guestbook below…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The decor, the food, the friendly staff and the conservatory

Don’t expect

Good wifi!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

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We loved

The ambience, the menu choices, the food, the staff, the setting. All was perfect!

Don’t expect

For the one night, everything was perfect!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

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We loved

Sitting in the cocktail bar in front of the fire. Bath is not far away so lovely for a day trip

Don’t expect

To not spend alot of money

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The style, the view, the garden. Don't miss a walk round the kitchen garden. 9/10

Don’t expect

Obsequious staff, or being called Sir/Madam

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

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We loved

The room. We had booked a 'Snug' and were pleasantly surprised by the spaciousness and comfort of the room, especially the bed. The Smith extra of gins could have been supplied with tonic! We would echo previous comments as to the abundance of places next to open fires to sit and relax.

Don’t expect

Breakfast to be included, a disappointment to me given the price. The food we felt let the hotel down. It was marketed as a restaurant with rooms, but, while the meal was of a decent quality it seemed to be nothing special and the main courses were smaller than the starters!

Rating: 6/10 stars

GoldSmith

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We loved

Everything about The Pig hotels! The Pig - near Bath is in a great location, only about 20 mins from Bath and is in the middle of such stunning countryside. The staff are amazing, so friendly and nothing is too much trouble. The food is excellent and the rooms are so luxurious - great for a weekend away, being totally lazy, spending the days in Bath or on long walks around the vicinity of the hotel ... they have got it totally right!! Locally I would recommend The Porter restaurant and The Loft cafe in Bath.

Don’t expect

I wouldn't change anything!!

Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Everything about The Pig hotels! The Pig - near Bath is in a great location, only about 20 mins from Bath and is in the middle of such stunning countryside. The staff are amazing, so friendly and nothing is too much trouble. The food is excellent and the rooms are so luxurious - great for a weekend away, being totally lazy, spending the days in Bath or on long walks around the vicinity of the hotel ... they have got it totally right!! Locally I would recommend The Porter restaurant in Bath.

Don’t expect

Nothing that I would change ...

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The comfy beds, amazing shower and friendly staff. Salt and Malt on nearby Chew Valley Lake is a fantastic place for fish and chips and to take a walk around the lake - reccomended to us by the helpful staff at the hotel. 

Don’t expect

Lively crowds, this place is very chilled

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

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We loved

The location – close to Bath to pop in for a visit, but deep enough into the countryside to feel like you're 'away from it all'. The team have mapped out a range of local scenic countryside walks for guests, most of which involve a pub stop en-route. The food was great – all local (most of the veg was home-grown), good quality and un-prententious. The service in both the hotel and restaurant was flawless. The hotel never seemed crowded, and there was always a spot next to an open fire for drinks before dinner.

Don’t expect

Great WiFi connection – internet was a bit hit and miss.

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

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We loved

Loved the hideaway so peaceful staying in a little lodge in the kitchen garden but a short stroll away from the hotel and facilities. Amazing to see the beautiful fallow deer from the bathroom window. Loved the decor and atmosphere in hotel and the food is superb.

Don’t expect

A cooked breakfast included: we felt a Full English should be included in the room price. Also, the hotel  is slightly out of Bath for people who don't know the area, but great base for exploring the area.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

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We loved

The food, the laid back atmosphere and the rooms. 10/10

Don’t expect

Formal settings

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

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We loved

Its relaxed atmosphere.

Don’t expect

Lively music.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

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We loved

The welcoming ambience and roaring log fires.

Don’t expect

Side plates for your bread.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The Potting Shed for massages and facials; the food; the wonderful rooms; friendly staff

Don’t expect

Silver service waiting or speedy bar service. But friendly, enthusiastic waiting staff and a beautiful, relaxing environment and atmosphere.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Our first night off the plane from the states spent in supreme comfort and luxury, what a great transition into the UK. The hotel is a fabulous new concept in hotel design mixing the comfort of the old world recreated in the newly recycled vintage woods and paints. The result is one of casual comfort in fresh new translation, a nod to the past with a delight to the eye of the fresh design. Quality and care has been pored into this recreation. Our room, named The Hide, sat bound on one side by the aromatic herb and vegetable garden and an open field on the opposite side where herds of deer grazed peacefully. The room featured a remarkably well-situated deep bath tube with a view out across the fields and a separate shower big enough to swing around within. Bathrobes and slippers, soft classic music playing on a radio made to ease the jet lag. Drinks in the comfort of the newly decorated bar and dinner fresh from the garden and we were all set, Looking forward to staying in other hotels run by the same organization. I had read about this place in The New York Times and emailed them asking for advice about similar hotels in other parts of England and they were kind enough to reply. I am now following their advice and can only hope the rest of my visit in the UK goes as well. Their Internet was weak but the office was kind enough to print directions out for us. The staff truly understands the hospitality industry and was most gracious in every encounter.

Don’t expect

Internet coverage as the are located well outside of a town and may well not be wired for coverage.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

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We loved

Exceptionally well presented rooms, very stylish yet comfortable. Amazing and welcoming staff.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The design and decor of the hotel, the restaurant, the relaxed atmosphere, the gardens and freshly grown (and raised) produce. The staff were very accomodating. Relaxed cocktails in the library in front of the fire is a must. Definitely going back!

Don’t expect

Formal dress.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The whole experience, the staff were amazing and couldn't be more helpful, the room was beautiful and the food was delicious.

Don’t expect

Brilliant wifi, but that didn't bother us as nice to have a break from everything.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The ambience, the understated efficient service. The kitchen garden the pride in local food sourcing.

Don’t expect

Bright lights, late nights, or fast food.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The atmosphere, the food and the staff attentiveness.

Don’t expect

Not having to pay for breakfast

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

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We loved

The food was delicious, the bedroom was clean, comfortable and luxurious. The staff were very polite, well informed and helpful. It was the start of our honeymoon, and we were treated to complimentary champagne in our bedroom upon arrival which set the tone for our stay and we were overwhelmed by our visit and will be returning again.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

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We loved

High quality food and service but coupled with a very relaxing completely unstuffy atmosphere.

Don’t expect

It's Bath - you'll never be able to rely on the weather.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

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We loved

The room was fabulous, the food delicious and the staff were all so friendly.

Don’t expect

The rate should include breakfast.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

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We loved

The service was excellent with very happy staff, food superb hotel very clean.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

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We loved

The hotel was beautifully decorated – our room was stunning and very comfortable, and the atmosphere was relaxed.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

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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

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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

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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

We stayed here for our wedding night and the staff really went out of their way to make us feel special. Our room was very luxurious and it was all very reasonably priced in relation to the level of service and luxury. The food is also absolutely delicious.We wouldn't change anything, everything was perfect!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

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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