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The Grove of Narberth, Narberth, Pembrokeshire
The Grove of Narberth has gradually evolved over the past decade or so to become the top country house hotel in Pembrokeshire. Sitting in 26 acres of grounds, the unusual property - a mix of Jacobean, Georgian and Arts and Crafts features - is exquisitely decorated with a blend of antiques, modern art and iconic Welsh artefacts. Bedrooms are spread over the main building and old cottages in the grounds; the most desirable are designed in a swish and seductive contemporary style. The Grove's excellent food, overseen by chef Douglas Balish and served in two restaurants - one formal, the other more relaxed - is a very big draw.
The Grove's grounds, which include woodland, meadows, a very active kitchen garden and a walled garden, are lovely and well worth exploring.
Narbeth is found in Pembrookshire, Wales, close to the Cleddau Estuary.
By car: around 2 hours from Cardiff, 4 hours from Birmingham and 5 hours from London. There is free parking on site.
By train: There are direct trains to Carmarthen Station from Cardiff Central (1 hour 45 minutes) and Manchester Picadilly (5 hours). The hotel is a 30-minute drive from Carmarthen Station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The Grove is great for couples or families looking for an indulgent break in the countryside, with fantastic food as one of the prerequisites. We love the Welsh references, such as love spoons and Welsh rugs in the lounges and chunks of coal under a tabletop in the bar.
Service & Facilities
The reception is well stocked with board games, along with maps and suggested walks for all over Pembrokeshire. Dogs are welcome in some bedrooms, a section of the Artisan Rooms restaurant and the grounds for an additional charge of £20 per night. There's even a dog dining menu.
- Wheelchair accessible
- Pet friendly
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Our favourite room is the Daniel & Elizabeth suite, a vaulted and romantic attic space with a four-poster bed - like all the suites its mini-bar is complimentary. There's also the rustic-chic Herb Cottage suites, a hundred yards from the main house which are great for groups or families.
Main house rooms and suites, cottage suites
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with The Goodwash Company toiletries, TV, free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities
Food & Drink
We love that the honey you eat comes from the hotel's own hives, and much of the fruit, veg and herbs from the kitchen gardens. The Artisan Rooms' cheeseboard, a selection of up to nine Welsh cheeses served with home-made chutney and honey mustard, is delicious.
The Fernery: three AA Rosettes. Formal fine dining, modern British cuisine. Open for dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Five course tasting menu £69, seven courses £85.
The Artisan Rooms: relaxed, simpler dishes. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Mains from £18.
Lounge & Bar: comfortable, bar food and cocktails. Food served 12-6pm. Plates from £9.