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Restoring The Grove

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Since 2007 extensive restoration works have taken place at The Grove in Pembrokeshire in order to transform and improve dilapidated areas of the site.

The Grove is located in the heart of the Welsh countryside and comprises a small luxury hotel, an award-winning restaurant and four stone cottages. The site is surrounded by a beautiful landscape and provides the ideal getaway for guests and holiday makers.

Prior to the work taking place, The Grove was a derelict country house that had been left empty for 8 years. The grounds at The Grove had overgrown, rot had set in around the windows and doors and the roof was in desperate need of repair. Outbuildings were also in need of restoration.

In order to return The Grove back to its former glory an ongoing scheme of restoration works was implemented which included extensive internal and external redevelopment works alongside major landscaping.

One of the most recent works on the site has been the construction of an extension to the main hotel. The extension has been built to provide eight additional en-suite guest rooms and features concrete retaining walls, Sedum roofing and brickwork cladding. Improvements have also been made to the kitchen and dining areas to improve facilities, whilst the lounge, bar and associated storage areas have also been overhauled.

Additional work to the main hotel building has included the restoration of numerous fireplaces, extensive decoration works and the installation of new paving to the front terrace. Thirty-five reclaimed radiators have also been repainted and plumbing works have taken place in the building.

Outside of the hotel, improvement works have taken place on the outbuildings, including the redevelopment of the Longhouse building. Excessive vegetation was stripped back from the Longhouse and the roof and sections of wall were removed before the structure was rebuilt.

Throughout the ongoing redevelopment of the site The Grove is the project manager and main contractor, whilst Acanthus Holden is the architect. The Grove is also working with many local tradesmen and craftwork specialists.

The Grove is one of Wales’ most luxurious venues and is set within 26 acres of grounds. The site combines a relaxing and welcoming stay with high-quality dining and is the ideal venue for weddings, meetings and those wanting to escape the rat race.

The hotel boasts 12 stunning guest rooms within the main building, whilst four traditional stone cottages located within the grounds also offer a place for guests to rest their heads. Each cottage features traditional oak beams, wood burning stoves and country oak kitchens and all of them are furnished with local artwork and luxurious Zoffany and Melin Tregwynt furnishings. Bathrooms include cast-iron baths and underfloor heating.

The Grove’s restaurant – the Orangery – is listed in the Good Food Guide 2011 and has won a number of national awards, including AA Rosettes and Wales Tourism Awards. The restaurant serves modern British food sourced locally from fresh produce and provides guests with an intimate dining experience. The Orangery is surrounded by wildflower meadows and offers a magnificent picturesque setting.

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