“Boutique country house hotel with restaurant, close to vibrant Narberth, rolling hills and stunning coastline”
You can stay in the Main House, the Longhouse or the Coach House. In the main house, all of the rooms and the suite have different designs but expect calm discreet colours, soft Welsh carpets underfoot, comfortable mattresses and crisp 400-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets. Furniture is traditional but feature wallpapers, Asian art and silk fabrics add boutique style. There's good wardrobe space. Bathrooms gleam with polished tiles and you get Noble Isle products, waffle bathrobes, flatscreen TVs and DVD players (plus a DVD collection in the library). You'll not find a minibar, but all rooms have a kettle with coffee and a selection of tea.
Within the Main House, the John Pollard Seddon Junior Suite (named after the architect) with its grand four-poster bed, deep purple sofa, covetable big bath and far-reaching views of the Preseli Hills, is a favourite. Of the Superior Rooms, we loved the Hanoi Room‘s subtle take on The East and the pretty Blue Room with its standalone white French armoire. The pale green Partridge Room, where we stayed, is slightly larger though cosily tucked away at the top of the house. Families can book the Daniel & Elizabeth Suite which has a separate sitting room with sofabed. The cheapest rooms, Classic Rooms, are just as comfortable but are smaller with shower only.
Since our visit, 2 outbuildings have been converted into additional rooms and suites. There are 2 newer Suites in the Coach House: Bramble has a super-kingsize bedroom, exposed masonry walls with original arrow slits and the original inglenook with a wood-burning stove. And Elderflower is set in the eaves, overlooking the south garden to one side, and the Preseli Hills from its lounge. Both suites have a cast-iron bath and can fit an extra 2 beds for children under 12, plus a baby cot.
The second outbuilding, a 15th-century longhouse, houses Superior and Deluxe Rooms with exposed oak beams and masonry walls. Beds are kingsize, baths are cast iron, and the Cwtch and Byre rooms both have a private terrace.
The dining room is intimate and charming. Log fires crackle and morning or evening, candles are lit on crisp white table cloths. It's a lovely place to dine. Cuisine is modern British fine dining but it's not too fussy. Menus change quarterly and the head chef is Peter Whaley, assisted by executive chef Allister Barsby.
At breakfast you can expect a simple buffet of fruits, yoghurts, and juices which they expand in high season. They'll also bring you toast and offer something cooked - maple porridge with buttered apples, thick cut bacon and sausages from the local farm, or eggs Benedict with Carmarthenshire ham.
For dinner we first chose from the menu in their snazzy back-lit bar then tested their interesting and reasonably-priced wine list. We rather liked the bottle of Lebanese Musar. For starters, we had a delicious cauliflower, bacon and truffle soup and a not too heavy duck liver, black pudding and apple mille feuille. For mains we couldn't resist the pork knuckle with lentil cassoulet - a huge portion of succulent meat with crispy crackling. Hearty fare indeed. Deserts included blood orange crepes Suzette and rum and chocolate pudding. Lunch pulls in the locals (mostly on Sundays) and guests tend to head out for the day.
If you fancy eating out, the owners recommend the Bridge Inn near Robeston Wathen. With wonderful foodie surprises in Narberth (including gourmet grocers Wise Buy), self-catering in the cottages is an enticing option.
Well-behaved children are welcome in the Main House and the Longhouse rooms
Of the rooms, the Suites are best for families.
Babysitting can be arranged locally with 3 days notice.
Baby monitors work between most rooms in the main house and the dining room
Baby cots, high chairs, baby baths, nappy bins and changing mats are available upon request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
In the hotel restaurant there are lots of high chairs and there is a children's menu available - it is asked that children under 12 dine between 6-7pm.
There are a few board games on the landing in the main house and outside, children can roam across the fields which are owned by the house.
Nearby there are some good family attractions: Folly Farm, Oakwood theme park and Blue Lagoon aqua land, as well as lots of toddler-friendly sandy beaches.