Robin Hutson is the chairman and chief executive of Lime Wood Hotel Group and Home Grown Hotels (aka The Pig Hotels). He describes himself as a "boutique hotel entrepreneur".

The Pig opened in 2011 in the New Forest and became an instant hit. A more relaxed take on the country hotel, The Pig’s unique selling point was, and still is, its kitchen garden which remains at the heart of each hotel.

Founded by Robin (who created Hotel du Vin and launched Lime Wood), his wife Judy (who is responsible for the interiors) and David Elton, The Pig’s litter has grown to six, with more on the way. The hotels have won a fervently loyal following and a string of industry accolades.


Q: What would be your perfect day out in Dorset?

A: A long lunch at The Pig on the Beach in Studland.


Q: What are your fondest memories of the county?

A: Childhood holidays on the beach at Southbourne.


Q: What has been your proudest achievement?

A: Having a loyal team of Home Grown staff.


Q: Where do you get your inspiration from?

A: From keeping your eyes and ears open.


Q: What would be your favourite thing to do when you have a day off?

A: Fly fishing on the River Test or Itchen, with a simple BBQ and a nice glass of red wine.


Q: Where is your favourite place to eat in the county?

A: Hix Fish House at Lyme Regis for fresh fish.


Q: What three things do you associate with Dorset?

A: Beach, crab sandwiches, and I think there is a 1950s feel about the place.


Q: If you could summarise the county in one word what would it be?

A: Relaxed.