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Hotel Highlights

  • The freshest food from a 15-mile menu
  • Potting Shed for spa treatments by Lime Wood therapists
  • A country house hotel without the bad carpets

Overview

In the middle of New Forest National Park and just outside the picturesque village of Brockenhurst, The Pig hotel is a country-house retreat that will change your image of what bucolic stays should be. Out with the stuffy uniforms, mismatched furniture and non-ironic chintz wallpaper and in with a laid-back feel, stylish colour palette, effortless grandeur and a wonderful porcine-heavy restaurant that uses only seasonal and local ingredients.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking The Pig 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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Need To Know

Rooms

26.

Check–out

11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $180.35 (£124), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Breakfast is extra (£10 for Continental; £15 for cooked).

Also

There’s one room suited to wheelchair users. The restaurant at The Pig is extremely popular, so be sure to make dinner reservations when you book or you might not get a table

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, treatment rooms, gardens, billiards table, tennis courts, bikes to borrow and a library of books and DVDs. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, mini larder with old-fashioned sweets and local snacks, and Sprout Out by Gilchrist & Soames products.

Our favourite rooms

For a freestanding bath tub, book a Spacious or above. The rooms in the stable yard are the most unusual, with original fittings from their days on the farm, and names to match: the Piggery, the Pig House…Some are split-level and have their own courtyard.

Spa

There’s no spa at the hotel, just a Potting Shed at the bottom of the walled garden, where therapists come along from Lime Wood to administer treatments. Guests are also welcome to go and use the Herb House Spa down the road (it’s a 10-minute drive to The Pig’s sister property) for a small fee.

Packing tips

Each room has a handy book on topics such as gardening, pig rearing and hen keeping, as well as framed photos of herbs on the walls – leave the good-life guidelines at home, and learn from the experts here instead.

Also

The hotel's connoisseurship extends to fine wines too: they've collaborated with Rhône winemaker Michel Chapoutier to create three Pig Hut blends (a red, white and rosé).

Children

Cribs are £10 a night, extra beds £20 (for under-12s). A local nanny can be arranged with a week’s notice (£28 for four hours minimum). The restaurant serves smaller options for kids.

Eco‐friendly

There’s a walled garden and full-time forager on site, to ensure all ingredients are sourced as locally as possible – 95 per cent of the menu comes from less than 15 miles away.

Food and drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The Pig’s restaurant is the feather in its hat, a glorious garden-y place with a conservatory feel – old wooden school chairs, plant pots on every table, foliage-covered trellises and a colourful mosaic floor. The menu changes suddenly, based on what the forager returns with each day, and much of the food comes from the on-site walled garden, smoke house and within the New Forest’s boundary lines. Everything's perfectly porcine, including a selection of ‘piggy bits’ (scratchings, chorizo and brawn) to start and a whole lot of other meat on offer. Outside, there’s a wood-fired oven cooking pizzas and flatbreads over the weekend. Breakfast is a banquet of boil-your-own eggs, delicious home-made granola and cakes, miniature pastries and hot food on order.

Hotel Bar

Drinks can be taken in the Drawing Room and Library, as well as the bar next to the restaurant – each room has lots of squashy armchairs, battered leather seats, mounted boar heads and stately oil paintings. The bar itself is an ornate, carved wooden number stacked with spirits. Try a glass of champagne with home-made elderflower juice.

Last orders

Breakfast is served between 7am and 10am; lunch is noon to 2.30pm; dinner is available from 6.30pm until 9.30pm.

Room service

None, but there’s a well stocked larder in every room, with hearty snacks including tomato biscuits and salami sticks.

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Dress code

Add some foliage to your ensemble to fit in with the ‘picked-this-morning’ theme.

Top table

By the window for a superior view of the grounds; those who like their tables a bit more curious will enjoy dining on the recycled mortuary slab out on the patio.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Take advantage of The Pig's location near fantastic fly fishing: the hotel works with Upstream Dry Fly (www.upstreamdryfly.com) to provide a day of tuition on a private estate lake, including a picnic prepared by THE PIG's chef, for £240. (A day's fishing without tuition costs £120.) Get out into the country air for a spot of horse riding, archery, falconry, tennis, cycling or rambling. The hotel can also arrange for the forager to take you out. Stock up on seasonal fruit and veg at Warborne Farm (www.warbornefarm.co.uk), a mile and a half east of Lymington. Visit the vintage cars at the Motor Museum in Beaulieu (www.beaulieu.co.uk) then walk along the river to Buckler’s Hard (lovely at high tide). Take the ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, then hop on an open-top bus to see the Needles.

Local restaurants

Call in at sister property Lime Wood on Beaulieu Road for a choice of two dining options: the whitewashed Scullery, and the more formal Dining Room (+44 (0)2380 287177) – the food at either won’t disappoint. At Beaulieu, tryThe Master Builder’s at Buckler’s Hard for lunch or dinner – this elegant rustic pub makes the most of the excellent local produce, turning a recent shoot’s venison into sausages and cooking up comforting Sunday roasts (+44 (0)1590 616253; www.themasterbuilders.co.uk). More locally sourced fare awaits at the Oak Inn on Pinkney Lane in Bank – seafood from Lymington in summer and game from within a five-mile radius in winter (+44 (0)23 8028 2350). For something more Continental, head to Franoi on the high street in Lyndhurst (+44 (0)23 8028 2745; www.franoi.co.uk), an Italian trattoria serving up authentic delights from Emilia Romagna.
 

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The Pig

THE PIG, Beaulieu Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7QL, United Kingdom

The Pig is in the middle of the New Forest, a mile from Brockenhurst, just around the corner from Lyndhurst and close to Beaulieu.

Planes

Southampton airport is closest, roughly 25 miles from the hotel. A taxi will set you back around £35.

Trains

The drive to the station in Brockenhurst, a major stop for both Virgin (www.virgintrains.co.uk) and South West Trains (www.southwesttrains.co.uk), will take five minutes. The journey from London Waterloo should take around an hour and 40 minutes.

Automobiles

Southampton is the nearest big town, easily reached in less than half an hour. There’s free parking at the hotel.

Other

It’s possible for helicopters to land on the lawn.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by , Hotel hound

Rating: 10/10 stars
It’s a rare weekend that Mr Smith and I are both at home in London. I tell him to drop everything, we’re heading to The Pig. It is understandable that Mr Smith looks confused: to say that we travel extensively, is an understatement. ‘Don’t you mean The Cow?’ he asks, referring to the Notting Hill pub and our local shellfish-showcasing kitchen-away-from-kitchen. &lsquo…
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The Pig

Anonymous review by Mary Garvin, Hotel hound

It’s a rare weekend that Mr Smith and I are both at home in London. I tell him to drop everything, we’re heading to The Pig. It is understandable that Mr Smith looks confused: to say that we travel extensively, is an understatement. ‘Don’t you mean The Cow?’ he asks, referring to the Notting Hill pub and our local shellfish-showcasing kitchen-away-from-kitchen. ‘No. We’re spending Monday and Tuesday at a new country-house hotel in the New Forest,’ I tell him. ‘We’re going to Hampshire on a quest of newness,’ I declare. ‘Pack an overnight bag. Be hungry. And get Brockenhurst up on a map.’ Mr Smith, a director by trade, loves direction and being directed. Or at least that’s what I tell myself when I blindly bark out orders prepping him for our lastminute escape.

Approaching Lime Wood hotel’s little sister late at night feels a lot like arriving at a friend’s home for dinner and a sleepover. That said, it is a friend who is significantly financially better off than us, with a wisteria-clad country pile complete with an old oak tree in the front drive, a walled garden out back, some pigs, a tennis court, and a spa shed. 

Oriental carpets, vintage wooden croquet mallets and oil paintings from yesteryear, backdropped by Farrow & Ball-toned walls, provide our first taste of the decor. Shelves in the sitting room are piled with books on animal husbandry and general DIY piggery (I make a note to pick up a copy of Highways & Byways of Hampshire to cure that niggling insomnia I’ve been experiencing). After a quick butcher’s of the look of the lounges, and a hello to reception, we make haste to the dining room. It’s the restaurant in particular that this blogging Cochonette is interested in.

Plotted up at a wooden table in the celebrated country-kitchen restaurant, we’re presented with the ‘25-mile menu’, which we savour excitedly, but having read on the website that the menu can change by the minute, we are also in a mild panic. The real-time system goes something like this: Garry the forager forages, Mike the gardener gardens, and James the chef chefs. And they work in cahoots so that we, the eaters, can eat. Like pigs. Local-and-seasonal creations could not come more inspired. Mr Smith kicks off our Dining Olympics with roast loin of New Forest venison served with roasted parsnips, curly kale and sloe sauce; I opt for the roast Beaulieu pheasant and late-season cepes with sprouts, chestnuts and wild mushroom sauce. Whizzing by in a whirlwind of homegrown flavours, soon enough our evening has us deliriously happy, fed and tucked up in bed. 

Saddleback, in the former stable yard, is our cosy second-floor room where we wake the next morning overlooking the walled garden and a fledgling orchard planted with varieties such as apple winter gem, golden delicious, Worcester pearmain and spartan. Which inspires me to have a nifty label for the interior’s look: ‘scrumptiously spartan’. Walls are adorned with mirrors and antique horticultural pressings from Société Botanique de France. Riffing on the rustic and retro theme is the natural sisal carpeting, a Roberts radio, an old-fashioned rotary phone and a collection of National Trust guides and other pastel-covered theme-appropriate books on topics such as pig and hen keeping (‘More insomnia suppressants,’ suggests Mr Smith). A claw-footed bath sits on a warm wooden floor next to a wonderful sage-green shower.

Rain throws a spanner at attempts to race around exploring the New Forest and spitting grey skies puts paid to trekking out to Hurst Castle or a bounce around bucolic Beaulieu. So we return to The Pig rejected by the inclement weather, but not defeated; spirits are soon revived as we bounce between bar and fireplaced velvet-sofa’d sitting rooms. Cocktails are elegant concoctions of homebrewed this and herb-infused that, and whipped up in a most glamorous apothecary that doubles as a library.

Drinking at 4pm on a Monday conjures carefree memories of the night before. As we step out of what was built in the 17th century as a groomkeeper’s lodge, and crunch our gravelly way to our room around the corner from the pizza-oven-flaunting courtyard, we are hit with an incongruous samba soundblast. On the speakers is a Central American cover of U2 it would seem: ‘I steeeeeel have nothing found what I is lurking forrrrrr…’ croons the singer. As Mr Smith swings me to the Latin/Irish beats I wonder what Garry the forager might have been looking for that afternoon. After a quick snuffle around the kitchen garden, and a hello to the resident porkers in the field below, we gravitate back to The Pig’s graceful glasshouse dining room for more grub. 

Supernaturally delicious garlic and garden-herb-butter-slathered wild ’shrooms on toast get the party started. Then it’s surf to share (Lyme Bay diver scallops with jerusalem artichoke purée, crones and golden beets) and turf to fight over (38-day matured, 16 oz T-bone steak from local Pennington Farm). A toffee russet-apple tartlet defeats us and we slope off to slumber as greedily as we pounced on dinner.

Sunshine blasts through the bad-weather bleakness for the morning of our departure. In the glass-roofed restaurant, the rays bring out the cheeriness of the colourful encaustic floor tiles in the plant-filled dining room. Local jams, honeys, cheeses, bread, and DIY boiled eggs make the farmhouse breakfast pretty enough to paint and leaves us with the best possible taste in our mouths. We collect our bags, and are nearly off, when Mr Smith spots an enormous wooden tree swing in the garden. A massive rainbow is visible above. As we take turns swooping back and forth and staring at the red-orange-yellow-green-blue-indigo-violet bow, I realise I have not felt quite so giddy-in-a-good-way in some time. Mr Smith looks at me and then at the sky and smirks, ‘Can you see what I can see,’ he asks, ‘or was it those wild mushrooms?’

The Guestbook

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BlackSmith

Stayed on we travelled with our 2 children

We loved

The food and friendly service!

Don’t expect

Modern decor or posh attitudes.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We loved the chilled out atmosphere, the service and the friendliness of the staff.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The friendly staff, gorgeous sitting room, country walks, kitchen gardens and the New Forest ponies.

Don’t expect

Top-notch WiFi.

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Cosy communal areas, log fires, great food and cocktails, beautiful location!

Don’t expect

Fast service, or peace and quiet; there is a near constant stream of people coming in and out of the hotel to get to the restaurant. Book ahead!

Rating: 6/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The restaurant for dinner. The service was excellent and it was good to see the kitchen garden and know you were eating fresh food. Everything sourced locally. All staff members were friendly and helpful

Don’t expect

Secure WiFi

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The food and the log fire

Don’t expect

A decent wifi connection

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Being there, as always. Nothing is too much trouble for the warm, generous and friendly staff who are committed to their task of running a splendid hotel. The food's very good as well!

Don’t expect

Too much fuss.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

That they knew it was our anniversary and every detail was perfect, a box of homemade biscuits and a card on arrival, a complimentary glass of champagne at drinks o'clock and two gorgeous piggy biscuits after dinner with 'happy anniversary' on them. We've stayed at the one in Bath too and both have been great for a bit of RR, relaxed country house vibe really helps you to be able to chill out quickly.

Don’t expect

To see kids running about…thank goodness.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The food, the staff, the location in fact it was just great!

Don’t expect

Wifi in the room

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The ambience was great, as was the food, staff and in fact everything about this hotel was fantastic!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The food, the laid back feel and the very helpful bar staff (home grown chocolate mint vodka was a first for me!) Our room, the Forest Cabin, was small but perfectly formed and very romantic with a log burner and bath tub in the room. The breakfast delivery was lovely and good value at 10 per person, a real treat.

Don’t expect

Quiet, romantic dining. The restaurant was packed at all times, even on a week night. It added to the atmosphere but some of the tables are very close to each other.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We absolutely loved everything; the atmosphere, the room (pig sty), the decoration, the location, the service, the food. Modern gourmet country done right! We travelled with an infant. The hotel was very accommodating and she had a brilliant time

Don’t expect

A full service spa. It's not what you're there for, and the pamper shed is charming, but it is a shed.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The decor, the oh so comfy bed. Freestanding bath, the service

Don’t expect

Great wifi.... In our room in the stable block we had virtually none unless we stood by the bathroom door

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The welcome, the service and the staff were helpful and friendly. Loved the decor and the feeling of space in reception.

Don’t expect

Brilliant food, it was good but I expected better.

Rating: 8/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The food, the decor, the lovely staff

Don’t expect

A full on spa, but a very sweet little shed with a limited but good selection of treatments.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Everything! Great hotel, lovely room, brilliant restaurant and bar, fab lounges and lots of open fires. There is nothing I could fault.

Don’t expect

My only complaint is that we couldn't get in the bar as it was so busy but we had our drinks in the lounge instead. Not really a hardship.

Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The service, food and room decor were all excellent.

Don’t expect

More space! The hotel gets quite crowded because there are a lot of people eating who are not staying in the guest rooms. 

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel is gorgeous, the grounds are stunning and the kitchen gardens are truly a delight. The staff were all very helpful, the bar cosy, the restaurant and food, excellent. I have already recommended The Pig to others.

Don’t expect

The internet was sporadic.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The Pig is everything that's right about the country - a laid back atmosphere, friendly staff, beautiful settings, lots of fresh air and local food.Apart from going for a walk nearby, there's really no reason to leave...

Don’t expect

Breakfast isn't included in the price (which I think most people expect now) and the walls are a little thin.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is a perfect place to relax and forget about the real world – have a walk through the forest, a massage in the Potting Shed, a pre-dinner drink in the drawing room and a relaxed meal at the restaurant and the world is good.

Don’t expect

It's torture if you have a nut allergy because all the wonderful flapjacks and muselis, etc, at breakfast contain nuts. More nut-free options would be appreciated.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the amazing room (Stable), relaxing and peaceful atmosphere, lovely courtyard and gardens, and delicious rustic food.

Don’t expect

Continental breakfast should be included in the room price; free water in the rooms would be appreciated.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the Pig was perfect. The staff was caring and nothing was too much trouble. The surroundings are beautiful, and the big comfy bed was amazing!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the food, the fires, the pigs, the walks, the huge beds, the bacon, the eggs and the apple juice.

Don’t expect

Breakfast until 10.30 means exactly that – there's no full breakfast available when arriving at 10.29.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the food, location and service.

Don’t expect

My mattress was bowing in the middle.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

It has the perfect set up for townies wanting a country weekend: comfortable rooms, delicious food, lovely surrounding area, maps and wellies available for walks, and really really good service. I loved all the different lounges and the outside area. And the salted caramel fudge was to die for!

Don’t expect

There was no body moisturiser in the rooms but otherwise it was nearly perfect!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the fantastic rooms, but the best thing about the Pig is the food, much of it grown on the grounds and expertly prepared!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The Pig is a wonderful country retreat that doesn't scrimp on style. Every inch oozes gorgeous design. The staff is super-efficient and friendly – nothing is too much trouble. We stayed in the one dog-friendly room, which had a snug lounge area complete with log-burning stove and well-stocked larder. Even the dog was spoiled, with her own bed in the entrance hall!

Rating: 9/10 stars