THE PIG near Bath & Potting Shed Spa

Somerset, England

Features

  • Family Friendly
  • Fine Dining
  • Outdoors

To Do

  • Cycling
  • Hiking/walks

This is a real get-away location, truly rural, with quintessentially English views of this undiscovered part of Somerset.

Designed in the style that has become THE PIG’s signature, it features a greenhouse restaurant, a private room for dinner parties, 29 bedrooms and massage treatment rooms. The mellow country house is perfectly situated near Bath and Bristol.

The Spa

The Potting Shed

An original garden shed that has been transformed into a single treatment room with charming features such as the rake-turned-curtain rail.

Guests enjoy massage treatments using Bamford products.

Spa Products

To Stay

There are 29 bedrooms – Snug rooms overlook the Deer Park and courtyard, Comfy Rooms offer views over the Mendip Hills, Comfy Luxe Rooms are located in the Main House, Coach House or Garden Room, Hideaways are tucked away in the Kitchen Garden and offer two floors.

To Eat

The Greenhouse restaurant is the main hub for delicious all day dining. The Library with an adjoining bar is cozy and relaxed – with open fires it’s ideal for an informal snack.

Quaff a cocktail whilst watching the rugby at The Billiard Room or chomp on pizza at The Wood Fired Oven – perfect for dining al fresco on a summer night.


Facilities and Activities

  • Walks in the garden with the Head Forager to gather ingredients for the kitchen
  • Mendip Hills, wildlife and butterfly watching
  • Deer watching and pig petting
  • Running and walking trails
  • Nearby attractions include golf clubs, historic Bath, wildlife parks and museums
  • DVDs and board games
  • Beautiful cast iron benches are placed about The Pig’s gardens and the Courtyard and Greenhouse has some exterior seating ideal for the warmer seasons

For the Kids

If children are animal lovers then the resident Kunekune pigs will entertain them. There’s a great array of colourful Hunter boots at the front entrance available to guests, so no excuses for the young ones to not have a run around in the grounds.

There’s a kid’s ‘Piglet’ menu and also half sized portions are no hassle for the kitchen staff. Babysitting can also be arranged with a little notice.


Getting There

Hunstrete House, Pensford, Nr Bath, Somerset BS39 4NS

+44 (0) 1761 490490

Bristol Airport

If you’re coming from London trains can be booked for around £35 return per passenger if you book in advance on First Great Western. A taxi from Bath Spa station will cost you around £20 and takes 15 minutes.

Natasha EldredBy Natasha Eldred

The phrase ‘Shabby Chic’ is often mentioned when describing the new member of The Pig’s litter located just seven miles away from central Bath, but it’s anything but shabby. Tucked away in the Mendip Hills in rural Somerset, The Pig – near Bath, offers traditional English experiences that feel superbly grand, yet very homely.

Just an hour and a half train journey from London and a short 15-minute car ride from Bath train station, this Grade II listed Georgian home (Hunstrete House) offers the perfect place to stay for a mid-week or weekend countryside getaway.

The Potting Shed

The Pig’s spa is humbly set within two rustic potting sheds in the kitchen garden; the treatment room is laden with Bamford products and dimly lit.

The spa bed incorporates an electric blanket that ensures you feel snug as a bug. Throughout the summer months expect the spa experience to be extended outside for some quiet reflection, tea drinking and relaxation under the exquisite canopy of the white-cherry blossom tree.

The Treatment

The Signature Treatment is an indulgent 2-hour full body treatment. There’s a choice of three oils for the massage: camomile, rosemary and geranium. The Pig grows its own rosemary and after trying the rosemary infused vodka in their delicious signature Bloody Mary the night before it seemed the appropriate choice.

This treatment began with a gentle exfoliation using Bamford’s sugar scrub and concentrated on the body’s reflex points, whilst polishing the skin. After an interlude of three deep and revitalizing inhalations of rosemary essential oil the massage commenced. It started off with slow and soft movements and then moved up a notch incorporating long, flowing movements to work away any tension and bring about a state of relaxation very quickly. After the main areas were stroked and pummelled the massage focused on the intricate contours of the face and head. The treatment left me totally released of stress and re-energised.

Other Treatments

Jade hot and cold stone treatments, deep tissue, pregnancy massages, manicure, pedicure and Bamford rose facial.

To Stay

Elegantly designed with inviting décor of muted earth tones of white, grey and brown, and with country style wooden wardrobes, desk, drawers and armchairs the Comfy room is exactly that.

There’s a super cosy king size bed, donned in crisp white cotton and the bathroom has a walk-in monsoon shower, a refreshing selection of Bramley bathroom amenities and a fluffy bath robe to snuggle up in make bedtime a treat.

Room facilities include a flat screen TV, a digital radio, free Wi-Fi and a well stocked larder packed full of retro sweets (sherbet dips, cherry drops and fizzy flying saucers) as well as a Nespresso machine.

To Eat

The dining ethos is plain and simple with ingredients straight from the garden to plate. What cannot be grown in the pretty kitchen garden is sourced within a 25-mile radius. Chef Kamil Oseka heads up the kitchen, and works closely with his kitchen gardener and forager. Together they bring a varied and ever changing fresh menu to life with a robust British edge.

The Pig has one main Greenhouse restaurant, bustling in the evenings with guests and locals alike and a decadent private dining room. With several rooms including a library, billiards room and bar there’s plenty of welcoming spaces for a cocktail, coffee or a snack at anytime.

You simply should not be counting calories at The Pig; the food is just too good. Must haves include tasty Piggy Bits, home smoked salmon, the Somerset sprouting broccoli & smoked Godminster and the caramelised rice pudding that is half Crème brûlée and half rice pud, and if you have a particular chocolate craving the salted caramel chocolate pot is divine and really hits the spot.

There’s always a friendly sommelier on hand to guide you to the perfect tipple, be sure to ask, as the wine list is extensive.

Don’t Miss

To compensate for the gastronomic indulgence, you best be kind to your waistline and explore the several country rambles (maps available at the front desk). Borrow a pair of Hunter boots and step out of the door – you may come face to face with an impressive 80 old deer, most of which are stags.

A stroll around the house leads you to the two pet Kiwi Kunekune pigs – they’re very friendly and love a good scratch.