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The Glorious Landscapes of Pembrokeshire

See some of the Loveliest Gardens of West Wales including performances by London Festival Opera

  • 30 June 2019
  • History and Culture
  • Picton Castle

"I have been travelling through Wales for many a year, trundling along the M4 and ultimately on to the ferry ports of Pembrokeshire. But, only recently have I had the time to leave the main road and explore what lies beyond. What a delight it has been, the landscapes of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire are upliftingly beautiful whether you are exploring the hills and valleys or taking in the stunning coastal paths. It is every bit as beautiful as Cornwall, but crowd and traffic free.

With magnificent coastal scenery, endless skies, cliff edge castles and romantic churches it is without doubt one of the most extraordinarily wonderful corners of Britain. Added to this there are some splendid hill and coast gardens, in magical settings. Some are centuries old. Whilst others are relatively modern, developed with care, love and passion. It’s a landscape that has inspired poets and musicians through the ages and adding to our enjoyment during this escorted tour will be performances by London Festival Opera.

Our base for the five nights will be the truly exceptional Grove of Narberth Hotel, near Narberth, which we have taken over exclusively for the duration of our tour. For many it’s love at first sight, at the end of a long and lovely drive stands a gleaming white part Jacobean and part Victorian country house. Surrounding the hotel are twenty five acres comprising of woodland, lawns, meadowland and a kitchen and walled garden with the Preseli Hills forming a distant backdrop. But, what makes this hotel stand out is the care and commitment of the owners who have overseen a huge restoration of this grand and historic house as well as converting and erecting surrounding buildings. It has all been achieved with great taste and whether you choose to stay in the main house or in some of the nearby suites you will be impressed with the care and loving attention that has been shown throughout the twenty-six rooms. The good news does not end with the building. Diners travel many miles to experience the food created by Executive Chef Allister Barsby, utilising much of the hotel’s garden produce. This, combined with the warm welcome and professional service, makes the Grove the place to stay in Pembrokeshire.

Our itinerary has been planned to avoid long road journeys, concentrating on a relatively small but beautiful area of West Wales. It offers an intriguing mix of scenery, gardens, music and culture. The land of Dylan Thomas awaits, I hope you will be able to join us on this special journey to the treasure that is West Wales.”

An Introduction by Andrew Cochrane, Noble Caledonia Founder & Director.

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The Grove of Narberth

The Grove of Narberth

The Grove of Narberth is a privately owned luxury country house hotel nestled in the heart of the rolling Pembrokeshire countryside with stunning views of the Preseli Hills. At the Grove you can be assured of a warm Welsh welcome and a truly relaxing stay in real luxury combined with great food and friendly professional service.The Grove was bought in 2007 in a rather sad and dilapidated state. It is now a unique and intimate hotel with individually designed rooms and one of the finest restaurants in Wales.

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Itinerary

  • The garden at Dyffryn Fernant
  • Saundersfoot harbour
  • Medieval Laugharne Castle on the River Taf estuary

Day 1 - Swansea, Wales.

Transportation will meet us at Swansea Station from where we drive into Pembrokeshire to the Grove, our base for the next five nights. We enjoy afternoon tea at the hotel and later perhaps spend some time in the Grove’s four acre garden and 26 acre estate, for those who wish to stretch their legs there are some enchanting walks. Welcome drinks and dinner in the hotel.

Day 2 - Dylan Thomas House & Aberglasney Garden.

After breakfast we drive into Carmarthenshire to Laugharne, a charming estuary town where Dylan Thomas lived in the early 1950’s and the inspiration for Under Milk Wood. Visit his home containing much memorabilia and original furniture and his famous nearby writing shed. We then drive to Aberglasney, a house and garden with a history that dates back to the 16th century. The estate became uninhabited in the 1940’s and after years of neglect the house and garden were purchased by an American benefactor, Frank Cabot in 1995 and is now run as a charitable trust. The past 20 or so years has witnessed a remarkable restoration. We will take lunch on the terrace and then enjoy exploring the many garden rooms including the Walled Gardens, Pool Garden, the Cloister, Asiatic Garden and the Alphinum. We enjoy our first performance by London Festival Opera and return to our hotel for dinner.

Day 3 - Treffgarne Hall & Picton Castle and Garden.

After a leisurely breakfast we start our day with a visit to Treffgarne Hall, home of Martin and Jackie Batty. Stunningly situated on a hilltop with panoramic views, the handsome Georgian House provides a formal backdrop to the four-acre garden. Particularly attractive at this time of year will be the walled garden. See the large-scale sculptures, summer broadwalk, meadow patch, gravel garden and heather bed. After lunch drive on to Picton Castle, the historic home of the Phillips family. Explore the mature 40-acre garden which in mid-summer will be a riot of colour. Stroll through the Jungle Garden with the hot gingers and Canna lilies under the shade of banana trees, on to Peach Wood with its carpet of wild flowers and ferns and enjoy the spectacle of the Walled Garden, especially its roses. For those who wish there will also be a guided tour of the castle. Return to the Grove for dinner.

Day 4 - St Davids & Dyffryn Fernant.

Today will be a full but fascinating day. We start with a drive to the ancient capital of St Davids and take a guided tour of the 12th century cathedral, in 1124 Pope Calixtus II declared that two pilgrimages to St Davids were equal to one to Rome. We take lunch in the cathedral’s Refectory. In the afternoon we will visit one of the most beautiful and inspiring gardens in Wales. The six-acre Dyffryn Fernant is located between the Preseli Hills and the Irish Sea. Christina Shand began planting in 1996 on the most unlikely of land which she describes as ‘between a bog and a hard rock’, but some twenty years later a wilderness has been turned into a place of exotic beauty. The wide variety of environments and the plentiful sitting places invite you to take your time and view the garden from different angles and perspectives. Before leaving the garden we will enjoy tea and locally made cakes. Return to the Grove for our final performance by London Festival Opera and dinner.

Day 5 - Narberth, Manorbier & Saundersfoot.

Enjoy a morning relaxing at the Grove or use the arranged transport to visit the nearby town of Narberth, a delightful small market town. Here in the multi coloured Georgian and Edwardian high street there is a flourishing range of independent shops and galleries together with a Museum and award-winning cafes, pubs and restaurants. We leave the Grove in the mid afternoon bound for the nearby village of Manorbier and the idyllic 12th century Norman church. This is a stunning location with views across to the castle and sea. There will be time to explore the castle and take afternoon tea. Before leaving the village there will be an early evening visit to the private Norchard Garden, an enchanting small garden in a magical setting. And so to dinner at the award winning ‘Coast’ restaurant in the seaside village of Saundersfoot. A fitting place for our farewell dinner.

Day 6 - Swansea.

After breakfast transportation will be provided to Swansea Station.

  • Pembrokeshire coastline near Manorbier
  • Picton Castle

Dates and Prices

Prices per person based on double occupancy
30 June 2019 to 5 July 2019
Category Price
Superior Room £2645
Deluxe Room £2895
Junior Suite £2995
Cottage Garden Suite £3095
House Master Suite £3195
Garden Master Suite £3295
Superior Room for sole use £3495

Tour Reference Code: LAPEMBROKE

PRICE INCLUDES: Five nights hotel accommodation at The Grove of Narbeth on a bed and breakfast basis • Lunch on days 2, 3 & 4 • Afternoon tea on days 1 & 5 • Dinner at the Grove on days 1, 2, 3 & 4 • Dinner at ‘Coast’ on day 5 • Excursions as described • Two London Festival Opera Performances • Tour Leader • Guest Speaker • Group transfers.

Not Included: Travel insurance, meals other than those detailed.

Please note: The hotel does not have a lift and many of the rooms are only accessible by climbing a number of steps. We therefore do not recommend this holidays for those with walking difficulties.

The Grove of Narberth

The Grove of Narberth is a privately owned luxury country house hotel nestled in the heart of the rolling Pembrokeshire countryside with stunning views of the Preseli Hills. At the Grove you can be assured of a warm Welsh welcome and a truly relaxing stay in real luxury combined with great food and friendly professional service.The Grove was bought in 2007 in a rather sad and dilapidated state. It is now a unique and intimate hotel with individually designed rooms and one of the finest restaurants in Wales.

 
  • The Grove of Narberth
    The Grove, Narberth
  • The Grove of Narberth
    The Grove, Narberth
  • Lounge
    Lounge
  • The Fernery Restaurant
    The Fernery Restaurant
  • Superior Room
    Superior Room
  • Junior Suite
    The Grove, Narberth - Brambles
  • Cottage Garden Suite
    The Grove, Narberth - Angelica Suite
  • Gardens

    Gardens

    The Grove’s gardens offer a stunning visual treat throughout the year, framed by ancient oaks and towering beeches. The gardens are spread over four acres of the 26 acre estate which is beautifully located on a hillside overlooking rolling Pembrokeshire countryside. The rhododendrons introduce summertime and the flower borders then blaze into colour. The borders around the house and parterre on the front terrace are framed by formal box hedging with the beds filled with stunning herbaceous and perennial plants to provide interest throughout the year. The cottages enjoy a softer planting scheme with much higher densities of perennial planting together with flowering shrubs. The Head Gardener Jerry and his team are continually evolving the gardens. If you do come across him in the garden he would be more than happy to show you around and share with you some of his gardening tips.

  • History

    History

    The Grove of Narberth has an important local history that can be tracedback to the 15th century when the site was occupied by a ‘Ty Hir’ or Longhouse owned by the Bailiff of Tenby. The longhouse, “Bailiff’s Cottage”– which would have housed the resident family and their livestock – survives to this day, standing just apart from the main house. Next to the longhouse stands “Poyer’s Cottage” complete with inglenook and bread oven, and the original arrow slits. The architecture of this cottage suggests that it was possibly built in the same era as the longhouse.

    Daniel Poyer a local gentleman, inherited the property in 1677. It is thought that the main house, originally a two storey masonry stone building together with the walled garden, was built by Daniel in the 1680’s. At around that time, historical coach route maps suggest that the Grove was an important stopping point for travellers on the journey west to St David’s.

    In 1874, John Pollard Seddon, a notable arts and crafts architect of his time, was instructed by the Lewis’s of Henllan to make ‘renovations and alterations’ to form a larger gentleman’s residence. This work extended the original Jacobean L-shaped house to provide a large hallway, new staircase, lounge, master bedroom and a library on the first floor landing. Seddon’s design is very much in a neo-Gothic style which has strong references to the early arts and crafts movement.

    The extension added a 3rd floor for servant’s accommodation. At this time, all the existing rooms were remodelled and ornate ceramic fireplaces, designed by Seddon himself, added to the rooms. These distinctive fireplaces and his unique arts and crafts joinery give the Grove interiors its unique character which delights so many of the visitors.

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    Surrounded by wonderful Pembrokeshire produce and the hotel’s own kitchen gardens, it is not surprising that The Grove of Narberth are very passionate about their food and drink. The restaurant is elegant with candlelit tables providing the perfect dining experience. Serving classic British food with a modern twist, the menu changes with the seasons, using produce from its own gardens. The team of professional staff work tirelessly to ensure that all they offer is of the highest quality served with real care.

  • Your Accommodation

    Your Accommodation

    The Grove of Narberth is made up of four buildings: The Main House, an enchanting house filled with many of the original period features that set the scene for a truly warm and comfortable stay in Pembrokeshire. The Bailiff’s Cottage, which is set just apart from the Main House, is the original building on the Grove. Built as a traditional longhouse it was owned by the Bailiff of Tenby in the 15th Century. Poyers Cottage is set just to the side of the main house and offers two delightful suites that are full of character and original features enjoying the benefit of small terraces overlooking the rear gardens. The Herb Cottages are set within the grounds just 100 yards from the Main House. The cottages all have sumptuous suites with stunning views of the Preseli’s hills.

  • Your room

    Your Room

    Every bedroom at The Grove is individually designed with luxurious furnishings and a modern touch. Delicate fireplaces and a sprinkling of art and antiques give a sense of place and time in this enchanting house. The rooms all include a flat-screen TV and free wireless internet, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and designer toiletries. All rooms have views of the gardens or rolling countryside, so that you feel you are in a truly special place.

    Superior Room: Six charming Superior Rooms available with five situated in the Main House and one situated in one of the Cottages adjacent to the Main House. Superior Rooms all have showers situated over the bath.

    Deluxe Room: Six delightful Deluxe Rooms available with three situated in the Main House and three situated in one of the Cottages adjacent to the Main House. The Deluxe Rooms have showers situated over the bath with some having a separate shower with a roll top bath.

    Junior Suite: Four splendid Junior Suites available with three situated in the Main House with separate showers and deep roll top baths. One Junior Suite is situated in one of the Cottages adjacent to the Main House with a separate sitting area and the bathroom has a shower situated over the bath.

    Cottage Garden Suite: Six luxurious Cottage Garden Suites available with five situated in Herb Cottages, a short stroll from the Main House. These Suites have been recently renovated by award-winning interior designer Martin Hulbert with a mix of modern and antique furniture and decorated with Welsh crafts. All Suites situated in Herb Cottages have luxurious bathrooms with deep baths and separate showers, in room safe, a mini-bar and some Suites have access to a private garden with patio and log burning stoves. One Cottage Garden Suite is situated in Poyer’s Cottage with its own private access directly through the Main House or via the private terrace area. This Suite has a separate sitting area with a double sofa bed, a log burning stove and the bathroom has a separate shower and deep bath.

    Garden Master Suite and House Master Suite: Two Signature Master Suites, one situated in the Main House and one situated in Herb Cottages, a short stroll form the Main House. These spacious Suites have been recently renovated by award-winning interior designer Martin Hulbert with a mix of modern and antique furniture and decorated with Welsh crafts. Both Suites have luxurious bathrooms with deep baths and separate showers and include a mini-bar and in room safe. The Garden Master Suite has access to a private garden with patio and a log burning stove.

  • Hotel Directory

    Hotel Directory

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    Please find below further details pertaining to the hotel or click on the booklet to download. 

    The Grove of Narberth is a privately owned luxury country house hotel nestled in the heart of the rolling Pembrokeshire countryside with stunning views of the Preseli Hills. At the Grove you can be assured of a warm Welsh welcome and a truly relaxing stay in real luxury combined with great food and friendly professional service.

    The Grove was bought in 2007 in a rather sad and dilapidated state. It is now a unique and intimate hotel with individually designed rooms and one of the finest restaurants in Wales. The Grove enjoys a beautiful setting in a glade surrounded by manicured lawns, flower borders, meadows and mature trees. The market town of Narberth with its boutiques and cafes is close by.

    AIR-CONDITIONING

    Air-conditioning is not available in any of the rooms. Fans are available upon request.

    CHECK IN/CHECK OUT

    Check in time is from 3:00pm and check out is by 11:00am.

    COMMUNICATIONS

    If you wish to contact the hotel please call +44 (0) 1834 860 915. There is a phone in all bedrooms with access to an outside line. Outgoing call costs will be available in your room. You can make room-to-room calls free of charge (see section on Telephone Directory). You can contact the hotel by email at reservations@grovenarberth.co.uk.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    Your Tour Manager will confirm the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities the previous evening.

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, gluten free or low cholesterol, please notify the Reservations Department at Noble Caledonia. We will endeavour to accommodate your needs. Once checked in, please speak with the Maitre’D on your first night to reconfirm your needs.

    DINING AND DRINKING

    Fernery Restaurant

    The Fernery offers a truly intimate and exceptional dining experience. The Executive Chef, Allister Barsby, draws his inspiration from the Grove of Narberth’s locality, so you can expect the best of Pembrokeshire produce together with fabulous vegetables and herbs picked daily from the kitchen gardens. His dishes are elegant with exciting bold flavours and a distinctive modern British style.

    Opening Times:

    Fernery Restaurant is open for dinner daily between 6:30pm to 9:00pm.

    Artisan Rooms

    The Artisan Rooms offer a relaxed dining experience in stylish rooms overlooking the beautiful garden terrace. The menu has been inspired by the best of Welsh ingredients, expect grazing boards of Welsh charcuterie, artisan cheese, Welsh lamb and beef, and Pembrokeshire landed fish. The Artisan Rooms is the perfect choice for long lunches, relaxed dinners and a great Sunday lunch. In the summer months, guests are able to eat outside on the beautiful garden terrace.

    Opening Times:

    Artisan Rooms are open for lunch and dinner every day of the week Lunch 12:00pm to 2:00pm Dinner 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Breakfast

    Breakfast is served from 8:00am to 10:00am in the Artisan Rooms. If you require an earlier breakfast, please advise Reception 24 hours in advance.

    Afternoon Tea

    Afternoon tea is served from 3:00pm to 5:00pm each day. Bar and Restaurant Charges

    All bar and restaurant charges will be automatically transferred to your room account.

    Room Service

    The room service menu is provided in your room. Breakfast can also be served in your room up to 10:00am. Given the space constraints of this Grade II listed building, the hotel is unable to accommodate tables and chairs in all the rooms. Please note that a tray charge is applicable.

    DRESS CODE

    You may dress however you feel comfortable, whether it be casual, summery or smart.

    ELECTRICITY

    The voltage in the hotel is 240 volts.

    EMERGENCY PROCEDURE

    Reception is open from 8:00am to 10:30pm. In case of an emergency at night please dial 500 from your room phone or from your mobile call 01834 860 915 and you will be directed to the Duty Manager or Night Porter. In the unlikely event that an emergency should occur during your stay, we ask that you remain calm and follow the instructions of the staff. We request that as soon as you enter your room, you carefully read the safety instructions fixed on the inside of your hotel room door.

    END OF STAY QUESTIONNAIRE

    Your comments are important to us therefore we ask that you fill in the questionnaire sent with your final documents. We are always looking for ways to improve your holiday and in order to do this we welcome feedback from our guests.

    IRONING

    There are ironing boards and irons available in the Herb Cottage Suites, and in the rooms within Poyer’s Cottage and Bailiff’s Cottage. Ironing boards and irons for rooms within the main house are available upon request. Please ask at Reception.

    LAUNDRY

    A laundry service can be provided on request. Please contact Reception for a price list and form.

    LIFT

    Please be advised there is no lift in the property.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you check out, please check your hotel room to ensure you do not leave anything behind. If you discover you have left any items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia directly. Any unclaimed lost property will be held for three months and then donated to charity where appropriate.

    MINI-BAR

    All the Cottage and Garden Suites except for Bramble currently have a mini-bar/fridge.

    NEWSPAPERS

    Please let Reception know if you require newspapers. A complimentary national or local paper will be placed outside of your room in the morning. A small selection of daily newspapers are also available in the breakfast room. These can be found in the lounges later in the day.

    ROOM ACCOUNT

    All guests will have their own ‘room account’. This allows you to sign for any expenses and then settle your bill at the Reception Desk at the end of your stay. Prices are shown and charged in Pounds. Your room account can be paid by:

    • Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) • Cash (Pounds)

    ROOMS

    Every bedroom at the Grove is individually designed with luxurious furnishings and a modern touch. Delicate fireplaces and a sprinkling of art and antiques give a sense of place and time in this enchanting house. All rooms include a flat-screen TV with Sky and free wireless internet, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and designer toiletries. All rooms have views of the gardens or rolling countryside, so that you feel you are in a truly special place.

    Superior Room

    Six charming Superior Rooms available with five situated in the Main House and one situated in one of the Cottages adjacent to the Main House. Superior Rooms all have showers situated over the bath. Room sizes average 26 square metres.

    Deluxe Room

    Six delightful Deluxe Rooms available with three situated in the Main House and three situated in one of the Cottages adjacent to the Main House. The Deluxe Rooms have showers situated over the bath with some having a separate shower with a roll top bath. Room sizes average 30 square metres.

    Junior Suite

    Four splendid Junior Suites available with three situated in the Main House with separate showers and deep roll top baths. One Junior Suite is situated in one of the Cottages adjacent to the Main House with a separate sitting area and the bathroom has a shower situated over the bath. Room sizes average 42 square metres.

    Cottage Garden Suite

    Six luxurious Cottage Garden Suites available with five situated in Herb Cottages, a short stroll from the Main House. These Suites have been recently renovated by award winning interior designer Martin Hulbert with a mix of modern and antique furniture and decorated with Welsh crafts. All Suites situated in Herb Cottages have luxurious bathrooms with deep baths and separate showers, in-room safe, a mini-bar, and some Suites have access to private garden with patio and log burning stoves. One Cottage Garden Suite is situated in Poyer’s Cottage with its own private access directly through the Main House or via the private terrace area. This Suite has a separate sitting area with a double sofa bed, a log burning stove and the bathroom has a separate shower and deep bath. Room sizes average 40 square metres.

    Garden Master Suite and House Master Suite

    Two Signature Master Suites available, one situated in the Main House and one situated in Herb Cottages a short stroll form the Main House. These spacious Suites have been recently renovated by award winning interior designer Martin Hulbert with a mix of modern and antique furniture and decorated with Welsh crafts. Both Suites have luxurious bathrooms with deep baths and separate showers and include a mini-bar and in-room safe. The Garden Master Suite has access to private garden with patio and a log burning stove.

    SAFE

    If you have any valuables, please leave them with Reception who will put them in the safe. Both Master Suites and the five external Cottage Garden Suites all have a safe.

    SMOKING POLICY

    The Grove of Narberth has a strict no smoking policy, which meets the law against smoking in enclosed places in Wales. Smoking is only permitted outside in designated areas. We kindly request that smokers take the comfort of other guests into consideration.

    SPA

    Relaxing treatments can be arranged in the comfort of your own room. Please refer to the In-Room Spa brochure for details of all treatments that are available. To arrange, contact our Reception Team who can organise these for you. It is recommended to book treatments in advance to ensure availability.

    TOILETRIES

    All rooms are supplied with the following complimentary amenities: • Shampoo • Conditioner • Shower gel • Body lotion • Shower cap • Vanity kit

    WAKE UP CALL

    Wake up calls can be requested through the Reception.

    WALKING

    Guests often ask where they can go for a short walk from the Grove of Narberth. There is a 40 minute walk which will take you to an old Hill Fort with great views of Narberth and the Preseli Hills. Please ask at Reception for directions and a map. You are more than welcome to ramble around the grounds. Be sure to take a look at the Kitchen and Walled Gardens to see what the team are growing.

    WATER

    Water is available in bottles in your room, which is directly from the Grove of Narberth’s own private spring. The tap water is safe to drink and also from the spring. Please run the cold tap for 30 seconds if it is not cold enough.

    WI-FI

    Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

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  • Gardens

    Gardens

    The Grove’s gardens offer a stunning visual treat throughout the year, framed by ancient oaks and towering beeches. The gardens are spread over four acres of the 26 acre estate which is beautifully located on a hillside overlooking rolling Pembrokeshire countryside. The rhododendrons introduce summertime and the flower borders then blaze into colour. The borders around the house and parterre on the front terrace are framed by formal box hedging with the beds filled with stunning herbaceous and perennial plants to provide interest throughout the year. The cottages enjoy a softer planting scheme with much higher densities of perennial planting together with flowering shrubs. The Head Gardener Jerry and his team are continually evolving the gardens. If you do come across him in the garden he would be more than happy to show you around and share with you some of his gardening tips.

  • History

    History

    The Grove of Narberth has an important local history that can be tracedback to the 15th century when the site was occupied by a ‘Ty Hir’ or Longhouse owned by the Bailiff of Tenby. The longhouse, “Bailiff’s Cottage”– which would have housed the resident family and their livestock – survives to this day, standing just apart from the main house. Next to the longhouse stands “Poyer’s Cottage” complete with inglenook and bread oven, and the original arrow slits. The architecture of this cottage suggests that it was possibly built in the same era as the longhouse.

    Daniel Poyer a local gentleman, inherited the property in 1677. It is thought that the main house, originally a two storey masonry stone building together with the walled garden, was built by Daniel in the 1680’s. At around that time, historical coach route maps suggest that the Grove was an important stopping point for travellers on the journey west to St David’s.

    In 1874, John Pollard Seddon, a notable arts and crafts architect of his time, was instructed by the Lewis’s of Henllan to make ‘renovations and alterations’ to form a larger gentleman’s residence. This work extended the original Jacobean L-shaped house to provide a large hallway, new staircase, lounge, master bedroom and a library on the first floor landing. Seddon’s design is very much in a neo-Gothic style which has strong references to the early arts and crafts movement.

    The extension added a 3rd floor for servant’s accommodation. At this time, all the existing rooms were remodelled and ornate ceramic fireplaces, designed by Seddon himself, added to the rooms. These distinctive fireplaces and his unique arts and crafts joinery give the Grove interiors its unique character which delights so many of the visitors.

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    Surrounded by wonderful Pembrokeshire produce and the hotel’s own kitchen gardens, it is not surprising that The Grove of Narberth are very passionate about their food and drink. The restaurant is elegant with candlelit tables providing the perfect dining experience. Serving classic British food with a modern twist, the menu changes with the seasons, using produce from its own gardens. The team of professional staff work tirelessly to ensure that all they offer is of the highest quality served with real care.

  • Your Accommodation

    Your Accommodation

    The Grove of Narberth is made up of four buildings: The Main House, an enchanting house filled with many of the original period features that set the scene for a truly warm and comfortable stay in Pembrokeshire. The Bailiff’s Cottage, which is set just apart from the Main House, is the original building on the Grove. Built as a traditional longhouse it was owned by the Bailiff of Tenby in the 15th Century. Poyers Cottage is set just to the side of the main house and offers two delightful suites that are full of character and original features enjoying the benefit of small terraces overlooking the rear gardens. The Herb Cottages are set within the grounds just 100 yards from the Main House. The cottages all have sumptuous suites with stunning views of the Preseli’s hills.

  • Your room

    Your Room

    Every bedroom at The Grove is individually designed with luxurious furnishings and a modern touch. Delicate fireplaces and a sprinkling of art and antiques give a sense of place and time in this enchanting house. The rooms all include a flat-screen TV and free wireless internet, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and designer toiletries. All rooms have views of the gardens or rolling countryside, so that you feel you are in a truly special place.

    Superior Room: Six charming Superior Rooms available with five situated in the Main House and one situated in one of the Cottages adjacent to the Main House. Superior Rooms all have showers situated over the bath.

    Deluxe Room: Six delightful Deluxe Rooms available with three situated in the Main House and three situated in one of the Cottages adjacent to the Main House. The Deluxe Rooms have showers situated over the bath with some having a separate shower with a roll top bath.

    Junior Suite: Four splendid Junior Suites available with three situated in the Main House with separate showers and deep roll top baths. One Junior Suite is situated in one of the Cottages adjacent to the Main House with a separate sitting area and the bathroom has a shower situated over the bath.

    Cottage Garden Suite: Six luxurious Cottage Garden Suites available with five situated in Herb Cottages, a short stroll from the Main House. These Suites have been recently renovated by award-winning interior designer Martin Hulbert with a mix of modern and antique furniture and decorated with Welsh crafts. All Suites situated in Herb Cottages have luxurious bathrooms with deep baths and separate showers, in room safe, a mini-bar and some Suites have access to a private garden with patio and log burning stoves. One Cottage Garden Suite is situated in Poyer’s Cottage with its own private access directly through the Main House or via the private terrace area. This Suite has a separate sitting area with a double sofa bed, a log burning stove and the bathroom has a separate shower and deep bath.

    Garden Master Suite and House Master Suite: Two Signature Master Suites, one situated in the Main House and one situated in Herb Cottages, a short stroll form the Main House. These spacious Suites have been recently renovated by award-winning interior designer Martin Hulbert with a mix of modern and antique furniture and decorated with Welsh crafts. Both Suites have luxurious bathrooms with deep baths and separate showers and include a mini-bar and in room safe. The Garden Master Suite has access to a private garden with patio and a log burning stove.

  • Hotel Directory

    Hotel Directory

    {MEDIA GALLERY DEFAULT}

    Please find below further details pertaining to the hotel or click on the booklet to download. 

    The Grove of Narberth is a privately owned luxury country house hotel nestled in the heart of the rolling Pembrokeshire countryside with stunning views of the Preseli Hills. At the Grove you can be assured of a warm Welsh welcome and a truly relaxing stay in real luxury combined with great food and friendly professional service.

    The Grove was bought in 2007 in a rather sad and dilapidated state. It is now a unique and intimate hotel with individually designed rooms and one of the finest restaurants in Wales. The Grove enjoys a beautiful setting in a glade surrounded by manicured lawns, flower borders, meadows and mature trees. The market town of Narberth with its boutiques and cafes is close by.

    AIR-CONDITIONING

    Air-conditioning is not available in any of the rooms. Fans are available upon request.

    CHECK IN/CHECK OUT

    Check in time is from 3:00pm and check out is by 11:00am.

    COMMUNICATIONS

    If you wish to contact the hotel please call +44 (0) 1834 860 915. There is a phone in all bedrooms with access to an outside line. Outgoing call costs will be available in your room. You can make room-to-room calls free of charge (see section on Telephone Directory). You can contact the hotel by email at reservations@grovenarberth.co.uk.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    Your Tour Manager will confirm the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities the previous evening.

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, gluten free or low cholesterol, please notify the Reservations Department at Noble Caledonia. We will endeavour to accommodate your needs. Once checked in, please speak with the Maitre’D on your first night to reconfirm your needs.

    DINING AND DRINKING

    Fernery Restaurant

    The Fernery offers a truly intimate and exceptional dining experience. The Executive Chef, Allister Barsby, draws his inspiration from the Grove of Narberth’s locality, so you can expect the best of Pembrokeshire produce together with fabulous vegetables and herbs picked daily from the kitchen gardens. His dishes are elegant with exciting bold flavours and a distinctive modern British style.

    Opening Times:

    Fernery Restaurant is open for dinner daily between 6:30pm to 9:00pm.

    Artisan Rooms

    The Artisan Rooms offer a relaxed dining experience in stylish rooms overlooking the beautiful garden terrace. The menu has been inspired by the best of Welsh ingredients, expect grazing boards of Welsh charcuterie, artisan cheese, Welsh lamb and beef, and Pembrokeshire landed fish. The Artisan Rooms is the perfect choice for long lunches, relaxed dinners and a great Sunday lunch. In the summer months, guests are able to eat outside on the beautiful garden terrace.

    Opening Times:

    Artisan Rooms are open for lunch and dinner every day of the week Lunch 12:00pm to 2:00pm Dinner 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Breakfast

    Breakfast is served from 8:00am to 10:00am in the Artisan Rooms. If you require an earlier breakfast, please advise Reception 24 hours in advance.

    Afternoon Tea

    Afternoon tea is served from 3:00pm to 5:00pm each day. Bar and Restaurant Charges

    All bar and restaurant charges will be automatically transferred to your room account.

    Room Service

    The room service menu is provided in your room. Breakfast can also be served in your room up to 10:00am. Given the space constraints of this Grade II listed building, the hotel is unable to accommodate tables and chairs in all the rooms. Please note that a tray charge is applicable.

    DRESS CODE

    You may dress however you feel comfortable, whether it be casual, summery or smart.

    ELECTRICITY

    The voltage in the hotel is 240 volts.

    EMERGENCY PROCEDURE

    Reception is open from 8:00am to 10:30pm. In case of an emergency at night please dial 500 from your room phone or from your mobile call 01834 860 915 and you will be directed to the Duty Manager or Night Porter. In the unlikely event that an emergency should occur during your stay, we ask that you remain calm and follow the instructions of the staff. We request that as soon as you enter your room, you carefully read the safety instructions fixed on the inside of your hotel room door.

    END OF STAY QUESTIONNAIRE

    Your comments are important to us therefore we ask that you fill in the questionnaire sent with your final documents. We are always looking for ways to improve your holiday and in order to do this we welcome feedback from our guests.

    IRONING

    There are ironing boards and irons available in the Herb Cottage Suites, and in the rooms within Poyer’s Cottage and Bailiff’s Cottage. Ironing boards and irons for rooms within the main house are available upon request. Please ask at Reception.

    LAUNDRY

    A laundry service can be provided on request. Please contact Reception for a price list and form.

    LIFT

    Please be advised there is no lift in the property.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you check out, please check your hotel room to ensure you do not leave anything behind. If you discover you have left any items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia directly. Any unclaimed lost property will be held for three months and then donated to charity where appropriate.

    MINI-BAR

    All the Cottage and Garden Suites except for Bramble currently have a mini-bar/fridge.

    NEWSPAPERS

    Please let Reception know if you require newspapers. A complimentary national or local paper will be placed outside of your room in the morning. A small selection of daily newspapers are also available in the breakfast room. These can be found in the lounges later in the day.

    ROOM ACCOUNT

    All guests will have their own ‘room account’. This allows you to sign for any expenses and then settle your bill at the Reception Desk at the end of your stay. Prices are shown and charged in Pounds. Your room account can be paid by:

    • Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) • Cash (Pounds)

    ROOMS

    Every bedroom at the Grove is individually designed with luxurious furnishings and a modern touch. Delicate fireplaces and a sprinkling of art and antiques give a sense of place and time in this enchanting house. All rooms include a flat-screen TV with Sky and free wireless internet, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and designer toiletries. All rooms have views of the gardens or rolling countryside, so that you feel you are in a truly special place.

    Superior Room

    Six charming Superior Rooms available with five situated in the Main House and one situated in one of the Cottages adjacent to the Main House. Superior Rooms all have showers situated over the bath. Room sizes average 26 square metres.

    Deluxe Room

    Six delightful Deluxe Rooms available with three situated in the Main House and three situated in one of the Cottages adjacent to the Main House. The Deluxe Rooms have showers situated over the bath with some having a separate shower with a roll top bath. Room sizes average 30 square metres.

    Junior Suite

    Four splendid Junior Suites available with three situated in the Main House with separate showers and deep roll top baths. One Junior Suite is situated in one of the Cottages adjacent to the Main House with a separate sitting area and the bathroom has a shower situated over the bath. Room sizes average 42 square metres.

    Cottage Garden Suite

    Six luxurious Cottage Garden Suites available with five situated in Herb Cottages, a short stroll from the Main House. These Suites have been recently renovated by award winning interior designer Martin Hulbert with a mix of modern and antique furniture and decorated with Welsh crafts. All Suites situated in Herb Cottages have luxurious bathrooms with deep baths and separate showers, in-room safe, a mini-bar, and some Suites have access to private garden with patio and log burning stoves. One Cottage Garden Suite is situated in Poyer’s Cottage with its own private access directly through the Main House or via the private terrace area. This Suite has a separate sitting area with a double sofa bed, a log burning stove and the bathroom has a separate shower and deep bath. Room sizes average 40 square metres.

    Garden Master Suite and House Master Suite

    Two Signature Master Suites available, one situated in the Main House and one situated in Herb Cottages a short stroll form the Main House. These spacious Suites have been recently renovated by award winning interior designer Martin Hulbert with a mix of modern and antique furniture and decorated with Welsh crafts. Both Suites have luxurious bathrooms with deep baths and separate showers and include a mini-bar and in-room safe. The Garden Master Suite has access to private garden with patio and a log burning stove.

    SAFE

    If you have any valuables, please leave them with Reception who will put them in the safe. Both Master Suites and the five external Cottage Garden Suites all have a safe.

    SMOKING POLICY

    The Grove of Narberth has a strict no smoking policy, which meets the law against smoking in enclosed places in Wales. Smoking is only permitted outside in designated areas. We kindly request that smokers take the comfort of other guests into consideration.

    SPA

    Relaxing treatments can be arranged in the comfort of your own room. Please refer to the In-Room Spa brochure for details of all treatments that are available. To arrange, contact our Reception Team who can organise these for you. It is recommended to book treatments in advance to ensure availability.

    TOILETRIES

    All rooms are supplied with the following complimentary amenities: • Shampoo • Conditioner • Shower gel • Body lotion • Shower cap • Vanity kit

    WAKE UP CALL

    Wake up calls can be requested through the Reception.

    WALKING

    Guests often ask where they can go for a short walk from the Grove of Narberth. There is a 40 minute walk which will take you to an old Hill Fort with great views of Narberth and the Preseli Hills. Please ask at Reception for directions and a map. You are more than welcome to ramble around the grounds. Be sure to take a look at the Kitchen and Walled Gardens to see what the team are growing.

    WATER

    Water is available in bottles in your room, which is directly from the Grove of Narberth’s own private spring. The tap water is safe to drink and also from the spring. Please run the cold tap for 30 seconds if it is not cold enough.

    WI-FI

    Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

Travelling with You

  • Alan Mason

    Alan Mason NDT. F.Inst.G. Dip.Hort. M.CI. Hort. is one of Europe’s most experienced and best qualified garden designers and consultants. Having achieved the distinction of being the UK’s youngest head gardener at Bramham Park when still in his 20’s, and then Gardens Manager to the Queen's cousin Lord Harewood at Harewood House in Yorkshire - where he and his team elevated the gardens into the top ten most visited gardens in the country - he set up his garden design consultancy in 1987. He has since designed and created gardens for royalty and other leading public figures in the UK and France. Creating the gardens at Le Manoir du Hilguy for Holiday Property Bond, and at his own home, Le Manoir, Port de Roche in Brittany, brought Alan Mason Garden Design International success.

    During the 80s and 90s Alan also presented the long running ‘Gardens without Borders television programme, which featured gardens in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Holland.

    His French links continue, particularly in Brittany and Normandy, which have a similar climate and challenges to the UK. Alan is currently developing a beautiful riverside garden near Nantes, selected by the Ecole National Superiore d'Architecture de Versailles as representing the best of quintessential English garden design in the 21st century.

    Alan Mason is a founder member of The Professional Gardener's Guild and the founder of the Senior Garden Advisors consultancy group which brings the services of  top former Head Gardeners' from Stately Homes such as Chatsworth, Castle Howard and Harewood House to a wider public. Alan is also a judge of the show gardens at the prestigious Sandringham Flower Show and a garden design lecturer for The Royal Horticultural Society. 

    Alan Mason will be on the following tour dates: 30 June 2019 to 5 July 2019
  • London Festival Opera

    London Festival Opera

    We are delighted to be joined by London Festival Opera on many of our tours and cruises. We have long been associated with London Festival Opera and each year our music themed cruises grow in popularity. London Festival Opera have achieved a considerable reputation for presenting opera in palaces, castles, country houses, theatres, concert halls, embassies and private homes and gardens. Recent engagements have been throughout the UK, Europe and as far afield as Barbados, Marrakech and Moscow.

    Particular attention is given to the design and quality of our costumes which are as authentic as possible. Whether it is a period evening dress, such as Regency or Victorian to enhance a gala performance or a full production, the costumes will be of the highest quality and style.

    Bringing together artists from the major British opera companies including the Royal Opera, English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the company has a considerable reputation and has appeared in some of the world's leading venues including as a guest company in one of the Italy's greatest opera houses, La Fenice in Venice.

    London Festival Opera will be on the following tour dates: 30 June 2019 to 5 July 2019

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