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Hotel Highlights

  • The beautiful Pembrokeshire coast with its secluded beaches
  • Luxurious and comfortable historic hotel
  • Castles to explore, Narberth’s pretty market town and local food to feast on

Overview

Beautiful country mansion The Grove Narberth sits alongside four cottages and a 15th-century long house built for mediaeval farmers and their livestock. Far more fit for king than cattle, the hotel itself is a recently renovated, regal blend of modern luxe and country charm, ideal for a romantic getaways or a special holiday with friends and family.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking The Grove Narberth with us:

A bellini each on arrival; GoldSmith members get a half-bottle of Billcarte-Salmon Reserve champagne

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at The Grove Narberth

30% off Suites or Junior Suites

Mid-week 3 for 2

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

20, including three suites.

Check–out

11am (non-flexible); check-in from 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $221.11 (£138), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast.

Also

For extra brownie points, surprise Mrs Smith with an in-room aromatherapy massage.

At the hotel

Gardens, library of books and DVDs, WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, free bottled water, telephone, cast-iron baths or rain showerheads, underfloor heating, Ren toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Treat yourselves with a stay at the John Pollard Seddon room, named after the architect who supervised the house’s extension in the late 1800s. It’s a bold pear green space, with aubergine purple cushions and a matching plump throw, overshadowed by a sculpted headboard that looks as if it’s been carved from the finest quality dark chocolate. All hail the bed: it’s a looming, majestic super king four poster, with bedposts carved in the same glossy cocoa wood that look like almighty, Lindt-coated asparagus tips. The bathroom boats a deep double-ended, cast-iron tub and a romantic fireplace; a dangerous combo designed for sinfully seductive soaping. For a more modest option, go for the Blue Room (which comes with an aqua and mother-of-pearl colour palette, as well as a king-size bed and views over the sweeping lawn) or the Hanoi Room (a chocolate and raspberry coloured confection, with silk curtains, Asian lacquered artwork and traditional wooden furniture).

Packing tips

Swimwear for the beach; walking boots for traipsing around forests and castles; some old classics to read in front of the fire; bedsocks or slippers for optimum cosiness.

Children

Welcome. The suites have sofa beds in the lounge and cots are available on request. Kids are welcome in the restaurant till 7pm; and babysitting can be arranged with a local nanny, at a cost of £8 an hour.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Sit amid the Grove Restaurant’s timber panelling and divide your attention between admiring the decor (ornate fireplace, elegant chairs upholstered in cream, caramel and gold striped velvet, fat milky candles romantically flickering, spotless white linen) and admiring the menu: head chef Duncan Barham’s creation. Expect top-notch modern British food from this acclaim-garnering eatery: hearty but elegant dishes such as roast lamb with carrot mousse, or hazelnut-crusted venison. Almost everything that features plate-side comes from either the kitchen garden or local suppliers (including cheese, honey, chutney, fish and faggots) and is freshly made in the kitchen. After dinner, linger over a Welsh cheeseboard, tucked up snugly by the sitting room’s open fire, with a glass of port in hand. The Garden Room is an orangery-style breakfast room with an outdoor terrace.

Hotel Bar

There's a cosy suite of hearth-warmed, wood-pannelled lounges downstairs – the perfect place to curl up on a sofa with a pre-dinner cocktail or nightcaps by candlelight.

Last orders

Breakfast, from 8am–10am; lunch, noon to 2.30pm; dinner, 6pm to 9pm (although you can arrange to have it later)..

Room service

None.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Rural chic, fit farm – think floaty florals, crisply ironed shirts, and obligatory glowing cheeks and wind-ruffled hair for both sexes.

Top table

Go for the window seats to soak up the beautiful garden views.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Dedicate an entire day to the great outdoors, with a ramble around the hotel’s surrounding woods and a picnic by the fortified ruins nearby (stock up on goodies from Ultracomida first). If you’re feeling deliciously lazy, stake your territory by the open fire with an old classic as your companion, read through the morning and have a little afternoon tipple after lunch, with your loved one lounging beside you on the voluptuous velvet sofa. If you’ve got the little ones in tow, banish boredom and tire them out nicely with a trip to Folly Farm (+44 (0)1834 812731), which, in addition to the obligatory cutesy pigs and chickens, has a funfair, outdoor play area, child-friendly woods and a zoo. If Mrs Smith has already exhausted the in-room spa treatments, send her to Simply Balance (+44 (0)1834 861454) for a spot of yoga, Pilates, spa-ing, gym and beautifying. An idyllic day of tee-ing off in spectacular surrounds can be had at Tenby Golf Course (+44 (0)1834 842978), which is ranked in the top five courses in Wales. Restless shopaholics should wander into Narberth and browse the little boutiques and galleries. Keen historians should make the trip to Pembroke Castle (+44 (0)1646 684585).

Local restaurants

In Narberth itself, Diablo’s is a reliable cocktail bar and restaurant with sultry modern decor (all chandeliers and exposed brick), a relaxed atmosphere and a mish-mash Mediterranean menu (+44 (0)1834 869944; www.diablos.co). Half an hour’s drive from the Grove, in the close-to-the-coast village of Stackpole, The Stackpole Inn is a guidebook-favourite gastropub serving hearty home-cooked food and a fine selection of regional ales (+44 (0)1646 672324; www.stackpoleinn.co.uk). A 40-minute drive east of Narberth is the waterside The Swan Inn, Little Haven, a 200-year-old watering hole distinguished by its superb seafood and unbeatable ocean views (+44 (0)1437 781880; www.theswanlittlehaven.co.uk)

Local bars

Sample some real ales at the delightful Carew Inn (+44(0)1646 651267) in Carew, Tenby. The small and cosy pub is near the stunning Carew castle, Tidal Mill and Celtic Cross. There’s outside seating and a tempting food menu, bursting with bar nibbles and traditional pub mains, so you’re perfectly placed if you get peckish.

Local cafés

Cheese champions and dealers in gourmet-goodies from Wales, Spain and France, Ultracomida (+44 (0)1834 861491) deli and cafe on Narbeth High Street is a foodie’s fantasy made flesh, or should that be fromage? Beloved of locals, ramblers and sweet-tooths alike, the Boathouse tearoom (+44 (0)1646 672672) on Stackpole Quay serves up luscious lobster, moist mackerel and creamy crab in season.

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Pembrokeshire hillside hollow

The Grove Narberth

Molleston, Narbeth, Pembrokeshire, Wales, Pembrokeshire SA67 8BX, United Kingdom

Planes

The airport in Cardiff is 80 miles away.

Trains

The nearest station is Narberth, two miles away. Arriva trains operates services from here.

Automobiles

The nearest town is Tenby, 15 minutes away by car. The Grove has ample free parking.

Other

There's a helipad if you have a helicopter.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Oli Beale , Ad man and complaint-letter creative

I’ve just done nothing for three days. Absolutely nothing. It was glorious. Never before has such precious little generated so much activity in a man’s pleasure centre. But I’ve also discovered I’m an idiot. For many reasons – but the main being that I live in London and I never go to Wales. The Grove is in Pembrokeshire. It’s one of those places that when you t…
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The Grove Narberth

Anonymous review by Oli Beale, Ad man and complaint-letter creative

I’ve just done nothing for three days. Absolutely nothing. It was glorious. Never before has such precious little generated so much activity in a man’s pleasure centre. But I’ve also discovered I’m an idiot. For many reasons – but the main being that I live in London and I never go to Wales. The Grove is in Pembrokeshire. It’s one of those places that when you tell somebody you’re going they’ll hunch their shoulders, flap their hands and say “YOU… WILL… LOVE… IT!” Why has everybody been to Pembrokeshire without telling me? It’s like Ocado. Finally I try it, I love it and then I find out you’ve all been using it behind my back for years.

As we approached the Grove through the village of Narberth, it was as if I had been struck down with a platitude-inducing strain of Tourette’s. Words like ‘Wow’ and ‘Oooooh’ dribbled uncontrollably from my gaping mouth. The hotel is 15 minutes south of the middle of nowhere and it’s only a well-hidden road sign down a long driveway that ushers you in towards the large country house. A Georgian mansion, it is actually more like a rich friend’s parents’ house. The sort of house I occasionally went to a party at as a teenager and spent the whole night thinking about how angry their folks would be in the morning. On the way in I had a flashback, suddenly worrying they might be able to smell I’d been smoking.

The rural-deluxe interior reinforces the feeling that you are actually in a private property – one that belongs to somebody with great taste in furniture and art. A lot of the pieces are for sale including the paintings in the room, each piece of furniture appearing the kind that was once excitedly bid on at auction. Our white, French white-armoired room had cotton sheets so good it made me shudder at about the state of my linen at home. Then Mrs Smith went into the bathroom and started screaming. They have REN products. The howls were like ones that would be elicited if I had turned on the telly and discovered the adult channel had been left on. But of course the Grove wouldn’t have an adult channel. (And if they did it would be too much like watching porn at my parents’ place, forcing me to confront some terrible recollections of being caught doing just that.)

After unpacking, only a complete weirdo wouldn’t want to head straight to the drawing room to sit by the fire. Especially as you’re ambushed on the way with a wine list that has one carefully picked bottle for each type of grape. This is great, as normally scanning a wine list can mean that I’m concentrating more on the beads of sweat pouring down my ruddy face in anticipation of naïve-ordering humiliation rather than what producer to plump for.

Then, just as my polite Tourette’s kicked in again, something happened. It must have been that feeling that I was in somebody’s rich parents’ house. Trying so hard not to make a mess, my body rebelled. It’s a blur now, but everybody in that room must have watched me walk over to the luxurious, pale green sofa and calmly pour a glass of red wine over it. I remember the whole thing as if watching it from above. Shouts of ‘soda water!’ ‘salt!’ and ‘I’m so sorry about him’ were thankfully followed by an ‘it’s perfectly OK’. While the brilliant staff scrubbed away at my stains, we retreated to the bedroom.

I had embarrassed Mrs Smith. She sat on the bed annoyed. Thinking I’d cheer her up, I crawled up the expensive mattress towards her tossing a cream cushion aside in a playful yet powerfully masculine manner. Bull’s eye. The silk pillow hit my full glass of red wine on the bedside table. A team of engineers could not arrange for a small amount of liquid to be dispersed so evenly across so many surfaces. For the next half an hour it must have seemed like we were having the wildest time of out lives in that room. It was, in fact, the sound of me pounding the floor with a flannel while Mrs Smith moaned in agony.

In a bid to not ruin any more of this beautiful hotel, in the morning, we headed out. If you go to the Grove, get Neil to organise you a day out. He’s brilliant at it. We went to St David’s (Britain’s smallest city) where we watched a school sing carols in the Cathedral. We took the sort of bracing walk through Pembrokeshire’s soul-stirring countryside that after five minutes inspires claims about how much you’d like to walk the width of England. After 20, you’re holding yourself up with a bit of driftwood, sobbing and begging to a god you don’t believe in you’ll soon find a pub. We also went to two different supermarkets. I can confirm that the Spa in Narberth does not sell carpet cleaner but the unbranded mini-mart stocks the full 1,001 cleaning range and the guy behind the till has some excellent tips on getting red wine out of hotel carpets.

You’ll be pleased to hear that the stain-removal product worked and I managed to erase all traces of pinot. I owned up to the staff and they were amazing. We left feeling we now have family friends in Pembrokeshire. And I still drool when I think about the delicious local dishes in the restaurant. Malcolm, who runs the restaurant is brilliant. This is a man who can discuss local history and the X-Factor with equal knowledge and passion.

The best thing about our trip to the Grove? I now know this beautiful house full of friendly people out in the middle of nowhere is out there whenever I need it. And it’s by a village where you can get a perfect coffee, buy imported Spanish wine and pick up Joseph Joseph kitchenware or Barbour jackets from a boutique shop. I vaguely remember insisting I’d come back alone with a typewriter for a month and type away staring across the rolling fields, eating lamb and sipping wine from a straw in a plastic glass nailed to the table. It’s all a bit of haze now. That’s what you get when you spend three days drifting in and out of consciousness, opening your eyes only to guide a fork or glass towards your smiling mouth. And do the odd bit of upholstery daubing.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Grove Narberth's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel's quiet location with easy access to the coast and other local attractions, was great. I also thought the hotel restaurant was excellent.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This was hotel heaven. In every department – from the front desk to the waitress who served complimentary warm Welsh cakes and coffee on the terrace, the staff were delightful. Our room on the top floor, Templar, was gorgeous and quiet. The dinner (both nights) was excellent. This is cuisine for those who like their food beautifully presented with subtle and delicate flavours. The wine list is impressive with good, reasonable choices. We really wish the hotel the very best as they deserve to win awards and do very well. We'll be back, if we can ever get a room – I think The Grove will become increasingly popular. It's great in the summer and I think it would be cosy and welcoming in the winter, too.

Don’t expect

We thought about this and really can't think of anything the hotel could have done to make our stay better. Top marks.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Gorgeous food and wine. Friendly (but not too so!) staff.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel, the staff and our suite were lovely. The setting is stunning and one of the most beautiful places we've stayed.

Don’t expect

The food was very good. Our only issue is that, apart from two tasting menus (seven and five courses) the 'al a carte' menu was actually a three-course set menu for £49. While it's nice to have a large meal every now and then I did not want three courses on all three nights on my stay (the vegetarian options were also limited). It would be good if the hotel also offered a bar menu that included lighter dishes. This would also keep guests at the hotel – due to the lack of choice of menus we actually went out for dinner and lunch a lot.

Rating: 8/10 stars