Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom

The Grove Narberth

Rates from (ex tax)$149.67

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP145.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Romantic country pile

Setting

Pembrokeshire hillside hollow

A romantic country pile near the Pembrokeshire coast in Wales, the Grove Narbeth hotel – with its stately mansion, 15th-century long-house and four charming cottages – fits its aesthetic to its picturesque surroundings. Of course, everything has been fully renovated to balance country charm and modern luxury. Don't forget your swimsuit, either, as the region's beaches are within easy reach.

Smith Extra

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

Facilities

Photos The Grove Narberth facilities

Need to know

Rooms

20, including three suites.

Check–Out

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

Rates

Double rooms from $149.67 (£121), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP145.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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 board games, WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV with Sky channels, free bottled water, telephone, cast-iron baths or rain showerheads, underfloor heating, Noble Isle 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 has 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 staff can provide details of local babysitters.

Food and Drink

Photos The Grove Narberth food and drink

Top Table

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

Dress Code

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

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, overseen by executive chef Allister Barsby. Expect top-notch modern British food from this acclaim-garnering eatery: hearty but elegant dishes such as Welsh lamb with broad bean fricassée, or hazelnut-crusted roast cod. 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

Order an in-room feast from 8am to 9.30pm; start your day with the traditional farmhouse breakfast, order Welsh rarebit for afternoon nibbles, and pick from the restaurant's à la carte menu in the evening.

Location

Photos The Grove Narberth location
Address
The Grove Narberth
Molleston, Narbeth, Pembrokeshire,
SA67 8BX
Wales
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.

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

The hotel's sister restaurant Coast Saundersfoot (+44 (0)1834 810800, http://coastsaundersfoot.co.uk), by Coppet Hall Beach, has a way with seafood; the tasty local spread includes crab from Little Haven, Caldey Island lobster and Milford Haven squid. 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 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. Narberth-set PlumVanilla Café (+44 (0)1834 862762, www.plumvanilla.com) is as sweet as its name, with floral tablecloths and a smattering of plant-pots – the cosiest environs for their superb sandwiches, salads and decadent cakes.

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.
 

Reviews

Photos The Grove Narberth reviews

Anonymous review

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.

We loved

Everything. Visit the grocery of the village of Narberth.

Don’t expect

The sun on a foggy day, but you can find everything else.

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Stayed on 27 Dec 2016

We loved

Beautiful rooms, great food and great service. Beaches nearby were fantastic.

Don’t expect

...A lively crowd.

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Stayed on 7 Aug 2016

We loved

The location, food and service. Very helpful staff. We had lovely weather which enabled us to sit on the terrace with our Bellinis in the evening and order our meal at leisure. We visited Tenby and Saundersfoot, preferring the latter which was less populated. Watch out for the tricky public Car Parks!

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Stayed on 9 Jun 2016

We loved

The hotel. Lovely. Such friendly staff

Don’t expect

They were unable to cater for someone on strict diet. No veg by themselves available!

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Stayed on 30 Apr 2016

We loved

The hotel and the staff. One of the best hotels we have ever stayed in.

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Stayed on 29 Mar 2016

We loved

The food was exceptional. Alastair the head chef is a man going places. Staff very friendly and great service! 10/10

Don’t expect

Everything extra

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Stayed on 12 Mar 2016

We loved

We loved this hotel and will stay again!

Don’t expect

Lively nights.

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Stayed on 30 Dec 2015

We loved

The setting, the quality, and the serenity

Don’t expect

To be kept busy (unless you want to be!)

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Stayed on 28 Oct 2015

We loved

the cottages are perfect for families

Don’t expect

a hipster vibe

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Stayed on 23 Oct 2015

We loved

The beautiful room, stunning scenery, cocktails, restaurant and breakfast.

Don’t expect

To be offered your Smith extra on arrival - we had to ask/remind them later on when we went for dinner.

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Stayed on 30 Aug 2015

We loved

Lovely helpful staff, beautiful views, great food, very comfortable bed. Gorgeous hotel; the staff were a delight and had none of the 'it's not my part of the ship' attitude that can characterise other places. There were quite a few under 6yrs children running about the place which didn't make for the most restful of atmospheres - it was at times more akin to something like a toddlers house party. However the hotel sensibly insisted that they ate before 7 and were then disappeared. On the second morning they brought us breakfast on a tray and were very kind and accommodating about allowing an extra hour before checkout. The vegetable garden is very impressive and the overall attention to detail is also something we appreciated ( bath salts in the bathroom, Turkish delight before bed). The restaurant is quite formal and a tad hushed, but this depends on guests rather than the hotel? The food was excellent - inventive without being overly flashy - and we were very impressed with the wine list tho' sommelier is spelt wrong on the menu or in the early pages of the list. In person the sommelier was very informed and helpful, a discerning addition to the team. Given the minor caveats above we would definitely return. Narberth is a delightful small town and lunch at Ultracomida was something special. We wish all at the Grove every success, they have put in a huge amount of effort and investment and it deserves to be enjoyed by others.

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet if you get a room off the main staircase. Staff didn't address the undesirability of children running up and down the stairs shouting 'hurry up I am coming down / up ' at an hour when some holidaying adults were interested in neither. It's an old building and so mod con insulation is very difficult. Every tread on the central staircase echoes with creaks worthy of a sound effects department . I would suggest an interior door /heavy curtain between the bedroom and entrance corridor to Seddon - it would help to deaden the staircase racket. ?Seddon is a juniour suite and very fine and comfortable - lovely bathroom ( beware the overbath shower attachment will leak onto the floor whilst running a bath) , fab views. But I would definitely ask for a quieter room even if smaller next time, it is also over the main entrance and some guests like to slam the door when leaving . We tried to order breakfast on our first eve as we were being charged for it - but nobody picked up the phone from reception. So we didnt get any. 

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Stayed on 23 Aug 2015

We loved

The location. The staff. The rooms.

Don’t expect

The food was good but I didn't think quite that good to justify the prices. The same for the wine.

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Stayed on 16 Aug 2015

We loved

The very helpful and friendly staff, and the food.

Don’t expect

Lively nightlife.

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Stayed on 1 Aug 2015

We loved

The ambience and setting of the hotel, could not fault anything. Service, staff and food were excellent. A perfect place to relax and switch off.

Don’t expect

Any noise from traffic.

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Stayed on 1 Aug 2015

We loved

The Hotel and grounds were beautiful. Fantastic Staff and service with great attention to detail. Room service was especially good.

Don’t expect

Don't expect a pretentious atmosphere it's relaxed and quietly luxurious.

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Stayed on 29 Jul 2015

We loved

The room and breakfast were fantastic. Dinner is pricey but delicious.

Don’t expect

Our room was a little noisy due to kitchen extractor fan. My pregnant wife struggled to squeeze through the shower door!!

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Stayed on 20 Jul 2015

We loved

it all. Simple as that.

Don’t expect

any problems, issues or to have the need to complain.

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Stayed on 19 Jun 2015

We loved

The ambience of the hotel made you feel very relaxed and the fine food was superb. The staff were all very attentive and nothing was too much bother.

Don’t expect

A bad experience at this hotel!

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Stayed on 12 Jun 2015

We loved

The restaurant, the food and the wine and the magical atmosphere! Great service, kind and professional. Amazing food!

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Stayed on 16 Feb 2015