Driving into the acres of Somerset woodland deer park you can sense the homey feeling this lovely gem has to it. As parking our car and whilst walking towards the main entrance to the reception we were delighted by the lovely aroma of the fresh lavender that welcomes you. 2 pig statues seemed to be beckoning you to enter the main reception area.
Once inside you feel you are entering the family house where there are roughly about 15 pairs of Hunter wellies that you can borrow for walks during your stay. – very thoughtful indeed!
The first thing you see is a beautiful staircase, the small reception area really gives the sensation that you are not walking into a hotel but your home.
Immediately the lovely staff greeted us and enquired about our trip there. We quickly had a tour of the common areas. We walked past a gorgeous little terrace while being escorted to our room, with nice tables to sit outside and enjoy a hot coffee in the morning, an afternoon tea, read a book or even sip a glass of wine before dinner.
Our “Comfy Luxe” room #2 was simply stunning. It has a window with a garden view, an ensuite bathtub, a king sized bed, unvarnished wood floors, cream walls and country style wooden wardrobes, desk, chest of drawers and armchair.
The curtains matched perfectly the armchair and the cushions on the bed offering an inviting and calming ambience. Bramley Toiletries are available and surprisingly enough they had hair conditioner as well. There are also comfy bathrobes and slippers available. The rooms are well-equipped with an extensive minibar snacks and beverages you can indulge without having to leave the room, flat screen TV, coffee machine, and tea making facilities.
In the room there was a perfectly chilled Rosé wine with a very thoughtful note from Jess and the Pig Team. I kept this note as a souvenir as it is very sweet and caring just as all the staff at the Pig. The wine is a delicious Côtes Du Rhône Rosé wine that has a pig drawing, which was made by Robin’s (the owner) son.
The house was a family owned home until the 70’s. The décor of the hotel and everything inside from a lamp to the comfy leather sofas have been hand-picked by Robin’s wife and I can say that everything blends in to create a warm shabby-chic look with style and character.
There are three lounge areas next to fireplaces where you can sit and enjoy a drink and stare at the fire or have chat or play board games with your party, and a rustic bar room.
There are 29 rooms in total. Rooms in the garden looked very charming with private entrance.
They also have a lovely private room for dinner parties. This is a secluded amazing place to celebrate a special birthday, a small intimate wedding, an anniversary, to name a few. They also have a billiards room. Offering plenty of inviting spaces for drinks, coffee, or a snack any time of the day.
The Potting Shed Spa
Housed in the potting shed, the spa is the perfect hideaway for a blissful treatment using organic Bamford products. There are 2 rustic sheds trans
formed into treatment rooms that are dimly lit. I was lucky enough to have a tailored made massage to tackle mainly the whole back, neck and arms, perfect remedy for the tired mum that I can be! The lovely masseuse was very professional and caring.
I can say that the lovely massage left me energised and my pains and aches were gone.
From their signature treatment to reflexology their lovely therapists will make your stay so much more relaxing. As for me it has been an unforgettable massage! Just what I needed and doctors can’t recommend!
First of all I would love to explain a little of the vibe you have as you enter the Victorian greenhouse dining room with its bare wood tabletops and mismatched cutlery and plates. It is a beautiful environment where natural light is coming in through the greenhouse area giving the whole dining area a romantic touch. The buzz and people are super nice, friendly and relaxing – they don’t have a dress code – simply come in as comfortable as you want!
Knowing in advance that they are famous for their “25 Mile Menu” gives you the assurance that the food will be nothing but amazingly fresh and delicious. Now you most likely will be asking yourself what does 25 Mile Menu means?!? It means that, the produce comes either from their walled kitchen garden and what cannot be grown there it will be sourced within 25 miles. The cuisine is British simple garden food and be sure that it will depend on what the Chef and gardener deem in perfect ripeness reassuring you that whatever you order will result in fresh and seasonal scrumptious food. They even have their own Smoke House where they smoke their salmon with a blend of local Heavenly Hedgerows honey, white pepper, lemon sea salt and oak.
We had dinner reservations for 7 pm. We were invited to have a bubbly first at the beautiful garden as we were so lucky to have the perfect summer evening -sunny and with a lovely breeze. We were delighted with some of their “Piggy Bits” we had the Hock Eggs & Colman’s Dressing, From the “Fishy Bits” we had the Potted Salmon on Toast and from the “Garden Bits” we had the Crispy Oyster Mushrooms – my favourite by far.
We then went inside to have our dinner at the dining area. Their menu at the back is illustrated with a local map showing where the ingredients come from naming the person who grows/makes/takes care of and how many miles away they are from the premises – loved this informative menu.
We selected from the Starters the Newlyn Bay Blonde Ray Wing [Insert picture: Newlyn Bay Blonde Ray Wing ] with brown shrimps, capers and wild chives which was nicely garnishes with edible flowers a simple delight and the Ray meat was cooked to perfection, for me the best I have ever tried! We had from the Garden, Greenhouse & Polytunnel (Mostly Picked this Morning) section the Globe Artichoke Pappardelle with pickled fennel, toasted oats & Sheeps Rustler and we couldn’t resist to try the Isle of Wight Tomato Salad with walnuts and Nettle Pesto very refreshing.
From the Mendips Section, we decided to try the Wiltshire Wood Pigeon with Heritage beetroot and garden currant sauce and the Texel Cross Lamb Rump grilled cucumber and hay smoked mash very tender. We couldn’t resist to order the Crispy Tabacco Onions from the Garden Sides section a must have.
The wine list is enormous so, we decided to go ahead with the recommendations of their excellent sommelier Max. He paired each of our starters and mains with the perfect selection of wine.
We shared their cheesecake with berries compote – perfect to end a lovely meal.
My little one went for their lovely children’s menu with 1 Piggy (referring to the meats selection) Breaded chicken, for the 1 Deer (referring to the carbs) he went with Buttered Mash and for the 1 Bee (referring to the veggie selection) he went with steamed greens.
They have a breakfast Table, served with Tea, Coffee or a Virgin Mary and you can help yourself to everything there is on the table which includes, luxury granola, with a selection of cereals, energy bars, homemade compotes, seasonal fruits, banana pecan loaf, local cheese board, assorted pastries, local ham, eggs laid by the local hens or how they will describe “0 miles” and fresh breads. There is also the possibility to go for a cooked breakfast and the Breakfast Table or a smaller version of the Breakfast Table.
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.
THE PIG-near Bath is truly a one-of-a-kind experience not to be missed. Children are welcome and this is by far a great destination for a stayaction with them. Extra beds can be added to the room for (£20/night) and cots (£10/night). The hotel can also recommend a babysitting service. My toddler enjoyed so much running around the garden, looking at the pink pigs as well as Truffle and Lucy (although I must say they were both sleeping and we heard how they snore which was maybe much more interesting and funny) they have a Beehive, deer herd, free-range chickens, quails, to name a few. Children really feel welcomed even at their cosy lovely restaurant during dinnertime!
Now that I have been to my first Pig experience, I can’t wait to try them all. There are 5 Pig hotels. The original Pig in Brockenhurst, the New Forest, opened in 2011; the Pig in the Wall (Southampton), the Pig on the Beach, in Studland, Dorset, the Pig at Combe, near Honiton in Devon – and the group (which is co-owned by Jim Ratcliffe, the billionaire chief executive of Ineos chemical company) has just announced that it’s spending £30 million on a further three Pigs to be opened in Kent, West Sussex and Cornwall.
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.
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.
Huntstrete House, Pensford, near Bath, Somerset BS39 4NS, England.