Last year as part of our Honeymoon we spent a wonderful few days at The Pig near Bath Hotel. After discovering that there were more members to The Pig family, we decided to try another one for our 1st Wedding Anniversary. Mini stayed with Nanny and Grandad for the weekend and they had lots of exciting things planned such as a cinema trip to see the new Peter Rabbit movie.
The Pig at Combe is located near Honiton, Devon, and took us just over two hours to get there from home. We did however, stop on the way at The Clarks Village near Glastonbury for a rare opportunity for some child free shopping. If you haven’t visited I’d recommend a trip if you’re in the area for some great treats and discounts.
Upon arrival at The Pig at Combe we admired the beauty of the hotel, amongst the stunning scenery, whilst travelling up what I am sure must be one of the longest drives possible. After checking in we were shown to our room with a quick tour of the hotel on our way. We both fell in love with our room which was situated on the side of the hotel and opened directly onto the beautiful gardens.
Our room had a huge king size bed that looked directly out onto the gardens. My favourite feature was the stunning roll top bath that sat at the bottom of the bed, which provided a great luxurious soak with the Bramley bubble bath provided. There was also a separate bathroom with a very spacious walk in shower, with again more deliciously smelling Bramley products.
The room comes completes with a well stocked “larder” of drinks and delicious treats including pig themed snacks and organic chocolate. Mr Mack was also impressed with the TV that was totally hidden within a gold mirror on the wall.
The ethos of The Pig hotel chain is to provide a high end luxury experience but with a very relaxed and informal feel. The hotel has its own kitchen garden growing many of the ingredients served, anything that can’t be grown or sourced directly from the hotel is locally sourced within a 25 mile radius.
The hotel is set within acres of beautiful woodland, the staff are more than happy to provide details of walks and there is a huge pile of Hunter wellies that guests can borrow in all colours and sizes. If you prefer too explore on wheels rather than foot, there are also bicycles that can be borrowed from the hotel.
Food is taken very seriously at The Pig and definitely didn’t disappoint. We ate in the hotel restaurant on our first evening. We started with a selection of homemade breads and piggy crackling, which was a delicious, indulgent treat. For mains Mr Mack chose the venison which was cooked beautifully and I chose the pork tomahawk, which was absolutely huge but so flavoursome and well cooked. We’d also ordered a side of triple cooked chips and cauliflower cheese to share which worked well with both our meals. We were defeated and couldn’t fit in any dessert, although the selection looked amazing, we decided to retire to the drawing room to let our food settle.
The hotel has a number of lounges as well as the drawing room with comfy chairs and sofas
dotted around roaring fires. There is also a great selection of games, we decided to play Scrabble whilst sipping on cocktails. The drinks menu is extensive and the bar staff are knowledgeable and will happily conjure up anything that’s not listed on the menu. The bar is stocked with bottles upon bottles of vodka and gin flavoured in house with fruit, flowers and herbs grown in the garden, some more experimental than others.
Breakfast the following day was another gastronomic feast. The one negative is that breakfast isn’t included in the price of the hotel stay, which seems a bit mean spirited but we were expecting this after our stay last year. For £11 per head you get unlimited hot drinks and access to the breakfast table, which is overflowing with cereals, homemade granolas, pastries, breads, fruit, yoghurts, preserves, ham, cheese and eggs. You can pay extra to order a hot breakfast from the menu however, we were more than happy to dive into the breakfast table both mornings and left stuffed and very satisfied with the offering.
Nothing is too much trouble at The Pig, which is what should be expected at this level of high end hotel, however, you are genuinely made to feel at home and relax into the surroundings. Unfortunately we didn’t get much chance to explore more of the outside scenery as the snow started to fall on Saturday and continued to fall heavy until Sunday morning. It just meant that we spent time cosied up by the fires, playing games and watching movies in bed, a great weekend of child free, indulgent relaxing.
We woke up on Sunday to quite a covering a snow, the grounds looked beautiful dusted in white but we couldn’t believe the difference to the bright blue skies we’d arrived to a few days earlier.
We had booked to go to River Cottage HQ for Sunday lunch as an anniversary treat however, they made the decision to cancel the event due to the snow, which was a shame but obviously need to keep people safe. As the snow was coming down quite thick and fast at this point we decided it was best to start our journey home, although there would have been worse places to have been snowed in at than The Pig.
You can book a stay at The Pig directly through the hotel website however, we booked through Mr and Mrs Smith Hotels as you always get a little treat from them, at The Pig we were given a bottle of their own brand rose wine in our room. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and left feeling full of delicious food and relaxed and rested ready to go to collect our bundle of energy from Nanny and Grandad’s. There are also more hotels due to open under The Pig chain over the coming year so I guess that means we will have more options to explore for our wedding anniversaries in coming years.