Somerset, United Kingdom

The Pig near Bath

Rates from (ex tax)$170.99

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 (GBP162.50), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Country house with all the trimmings

Setting

Mellow meadows

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.

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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 $170.99 (£135), 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 (GBP162.50), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

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

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.

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 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 and Drink

Photos The Pig near Bath food and drink

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.

Dress Code

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

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.

Location

Photos The Pig near Bath location
Address
The Pig near Bath
Hunstrete House Pensford
BS39 4NS
Bath
United Kingdom

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.

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.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

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.

We loved

Beautiful setting and hotel, excellent food at dinner and lunch, perfect place to relax in both daytime and evening and great for instant access to countryside. Circus Cafe and Restaurant in Bath was excellent, in beautiful city location and reasonably priced.

Don’t expect

...Cheap, public transport from Bath (we got taxis both ways).

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Stayed on 31 Oct 2016

We loved

The whole place!

Don’t expect

To hear yourself think on a busy night in the restaurant.

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Stayed on 16 Sep 2016

We loved

The personal touch, healthy organic food fresh from the grounds and the shabby chic design. The gardens contain all the veg used in the food, these are great to walk around and go for a relaxing treatment in the potting sheds. The service, food and grounds were so good we didn't want to leave the hotel, but on the way home we went to Chedder Gorge which is 30mins away. The caves were ok although the audio tour did go on a bit. The cheese matured in the caves and cider brewed locally were delicious!

Don’t expect

It's not cheap, but worth pampering yourself.

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Stayed on 5 Sep 2016

We loved

The decor, the setting and the fantastic breakfast! Our girls loved the breakfast and exploring the grounds. The setting is beautiful and rural.

Don’t expect

A swimming pool or to be in the centre of things. 

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Stayed on 25 Aug 2016

We loved

The beautiful old building and the fantastic breakfast. Don't miss the kitchen garden, pet pigs, chickens and quails.

Don’t expect

Any vegetarian options on the dinner menu - if you don't want to eat meat then you have to ask them to make something specially for you.

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Stayed on 9 Aug 2016

We loved

The gardens, cosy lounges, fresh food

Don’t expect

A quiet dining experience - this place is very relaxed so voices carry

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Stayed on 3 Aug 2016

We loved

Location, great grounds and gardens

Don’t expect

The place to yourself on the smoked and uncut weekend

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Stayed on 28 Jul 2016

We loved

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

Don’t expect

Good wifi!

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Stayed on 29 Jun 2016

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!

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Stayed on 1 Jun 2016

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

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Stayed on 2 May 2016

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

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Stayed on 19 Apr 2016

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!

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Stayed on 19 Apr 2016

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!!

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Stayed on 15 Apr 2016

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 ...

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Stayed on 15 Apr 2016

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

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Stayed on 4 Mar 2016

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.

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Stayed on 15 Jan 2016

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.

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Stayed on 10 Dec 2015

We loved

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

Don’t expect

Formal settings

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Stayed on 3 Dec 2015

We loved

Its relaxed atmosphere.

Don’t expect

Lively music.

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Stayed on 19 Nov 2015

We loved

The welcoming ambience and roaring log fires.

Don’t expect

Side plates for your bread.

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Stayed on 12 Nov 2015

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.

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Stayed on 30 Oct 2015

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.

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Stayed on 23 Sep 2015

We loved

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

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Stayed on 13 Sep 2015

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.

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Stayed on 24 Aug 2015

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.

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Stayed on 21 Aug 2015

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.

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Stayed on 9 Aug 2015

We loved

The atmosphere, the food and the staff attentiveness.

Don’t expect

Not having to pay for breakfast

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Stayed on 27 Jul 2015

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.

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Stayed on 21 Jun 2015

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.

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Stayed on 22 Feb 2015

We loved

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

Don’t expect

The rate should include breakfast.

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Stayed on 21 Jan 2015

We loved

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

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Stayed on 24 Dec 2014

We loved

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

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Stayed on 14 Dec 2014