Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom

The Grove Narberth

Rates from (ex tax)$238.47

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 (GBP220.00), 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 $238.47 (£183), 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 (GBP220.00), 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,
Wales
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

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Laura Snapes

Anonymous review

Ok, so I’m obsessed with city breaks. I like to walk 15 miles a day, gobbling up every bit of culture, architecture and atmosphere until my mind buzzes, my belly groans and my feet throb. Call it a classic case of millennial FOMO, or the mentality of someone for whom work has always come before wellbeing, but I find doing nothing extremely difficult. The Grove in Narberth, then, was going to be a challenge: a 19th-century mansion deep in south-west Wales, an hour from the nearest city…

But with the misty Preseli Hills in the distance, a manicured kitchen garden, and neat cream-coloured exterior, the Grove exudes therapeutic calm from the moment Mr Smith and I pull up one chilly Friday evening in March. I feel my guard dropping. One step into the lobby, with its muted tartan upholstery, soft panelling, and intoxicating wood-fire smell, and it dissolves altogether.

Originally, we’d intended to eat in Narberth on our first night, before trying out the Grove’s à la carte menu the next. But we’re so sleepy from the drive, and seduced by our surroundings, that we ask if we can switch our reservation. No problem at all, say the welcoming staff, who book us in to eat in a few hours’ time.

A concierge leads us up thickly carpeted wooden staircases and past paintings of the Grove’s grounds – a subtle, classy touch that continues throughout the hotel. With the twist of a rustic key, we enter into the warm embrace of the Hanoi room, where dusky pink curtains and runners contrast with subtle green cushions and wallpaper. The four-poster bed is a cloudy fantasy, though the elegant lacquered wooden frame squeaks so violently that it’s only fit for sleeping and reading if we’re to avoid red faces at breakfast.

Outside, rain is lashing down, ending our plans to explore 26 acres-worth of gardens. I sigh loudly that my running shoes will remain in my suitcase, but secretly I’m delighted: I’ve discovered the posh toiletries and a bag of homemade lemon and almond biscotti (Mr Smith confiscates them before I ruin my dinner). There’s no phone signal and, for once, I’m not interested in the wifi password. My only regret is not booking a massage in advance, as there are no therapists available at short notice.

Before dinner, we head to the lounge where the large sofa makes us feel like Borrowers toasting our feet by the hearty fire. The atmosphere is intimate, but the room large enough for couples to hold conversations without disturbing each other. Unused to the formalities of fine dining, I’m initially taken aback by the waiter’s attentiveness (and incorrect assumption that we’re married), but soon accept that this is dining as minimalist theatre. The potent parmesan and black olive arancini, and electric virgin mango Margarita, make it easy to relax and enjoy the show.

The classy dining area lies beyond a warren of corridors. As it’s out of season, there’s only a few other couples here (we being the youngest…) We pick from the à la carte menu – the produce is local; the presentation ornate. After the seriously good Preseli lamb and pork belly, and a touch of solemn service (the staff soften when we’re struck by an unexpected giggling fit), the peanut butter and jelly parfait makes for a pleasingly childlike dessert. Replete, we’re grateful that there’s only a dozen stairs between us and bed. We finally investigate the wifi, which is more than strong enough to stream our favourite Netflix shows.

On Saturday morning, the same dining room floods with light as we snack on superb pastries. Although the weather has improved, we contemplate spending the day indoors, reading the paper that’s been delivered to our door, but decide it would be a shame not to explore the Pembrokeshire coastline. We take a drive to Tenby, an all-too-rare seaside town that hasn’t been made over into a tacky resort. Crisp homemade fish finger sandwiches at the Mooring warm our bellies while the seafront – with its pretty multicoloured houses and swaying daffodils – is dramatically lashed by wind.

It’s a shame that our trip’s too short to mount a proper exploration of Narberth and its much-toted independent shops. But on Saturday evening, 32 Townhouse squeeze us into their cosy blue dining room for a first-class dinner. Back at the hotel, our room has been thoughtfully turned down (and – yes! – the biscotti replenished). I’m neither romantic nor fussy, but touches like this make me feel genuinely cared for, as do the staff’s bright greetings whenever we passed through the lobby.

It’s a cruel irony that as soon as you start relaxing on holiday, it’s time to head back to real life. So it is on Sunday morning, but not before our final breakfast: golden yellow scrambled egg and velvety smoked salmon on bubbly homemade crumpets (me); rich eggs Benedict (him), and a what-the-hell-we’re-on-holiday’s ration of pastries. Work seems a million miles away, and the tension in my laptop-addled shoulders is relinquishing. Not only has the Grove de-stressed me for one whole weekend, it’s made me rethink my entire approach to holidays. I could get used to this…

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

We had a wonderful stay. The room was comfortable and we loved the eclectic decor. The highlight was the food and service. Allister and his team in the kitchen and front of house were outstanding - the food matched that we enjoyed at Gidleigh Park when he was in residence and the service was attentive and friendly but not intrusive. We shall definitely return. A wonderful country house weekend-feel to our stay - even though it was midweek. We enjoyed Narberth - lovely to find a town with so many independent shops and restaurants. We will explore further next time we visit.

Don’t expect

Glitz and glamour.

Rating

Stayed on 21 Feb 2017

We loved

The staff were exceptionally pleasant as well as being very efficient and knowledgeable.

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Stayed on 13 Feb 2017

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

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