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).
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)
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.
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.