We chose this hotel for our 25th wedding anniversary on recommendation. After I had booked I was disappointed to see some less than favourable reviews on trip advisor but stuck to our guns and were so pleased we did. Those other people must have been very unlucky as this hotel has everything one could wish for ( other than a ban on small children which would make it perfect). The grounds are immaculate .There is a swing and a hammock slung from large cedars which make lying in the sun watching the wildlife a highlight.
The breakfasts and dinners are delicious and the whole ethos of their food is that 95% of all the produce is produced within 25 miles of the hotel which ticked boxes for us. I loved watching the chef pop backwards and forwards to the kitchen garden throughout the afternoon gathering produce for the evening meal.
The staff seem to really enjoy working there although I heard a male waiter wasn't too keen on the choice of pink shirts for the waiting staff!
We really liked the conservatory where the meals are served...shabby chic it certainly is with terracotta pots of herbs on the tables instead of flowers- lovely touch. It is a shame that people don't dress up at all even for dinner but as I seem to be out of touch with the current trend perhaps that will appeal to most .
The robes in the rooms are gorgeous as are the choice of toiletries throughout the bathrooms in the hotel.
There is a lovely lounge with great books and fires to sit by. We also liked the courtyard with the wood fired oven which serves delicious pizza and flatbreads. It also closes at 10pm which limits the noise to the bedrooms surrounding the area in the main house.
My one niggle ( other than the standard of modern parenting which isn't their fault!) is the charge for the bike hire £8.50 a day. I would have thought this could have been absorbed by the hotel for £199/night .
We both want to go back in the autumn to experience lazing around the wood fires reading, walking in the forest and going on trips with the resident forager to learn how to pick wild food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pig is a bang up to date take on a new style of home grown, 26 bedroom country house hotel and what that needs to be today - original, relaxed and sitting comfortably within its environment. It's really a restaurant with rooms. This is a place that is all about the walled garden and everything is driven by the gardener/forager and chef - they grow and find the food - the chef then makes the menu. The style is home grown in every way - breaking the mold of designed hotels, daring to be comfortable in its own skin, working with what it has and recognising what is good about that. It won't be perfect, it will be warm, relaxed, comfy, interesting, and homely with muted colours, a bit shabby chic and evolved rather than interior designed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Pig Hotel Brockenhurst
- Hotel Whitley Ridge
- Whitley Ridge Brockenhurst
- The Pig Brockenhurst, New Forest