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Restoration

Breathing life back into Grove

The house and outbuildings had been left empty for many years. With gaping holes in the roof, and rotten, broken windows it was truly neglected. The Longhouse and Poyer’s cottage were particularly sad and needed to be rebuilt, while the grounds were overgrown with bramble and nettle.

Grove’s transformation has been thoughtful, sustainable and innovative, whilst carefully retaining its natural charm and traditional character. The long labour of love has been worth every second.

History

Back to the 15th century

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

History

A Pembrokeshire landmark

Daniel Poyer, a local gentleman, inherited the property in 1677. It is thought that the main house, originally a 2-storey masonry stone building, together with the walled garden, were built by Daniel in the 1680s. Historical coach route maps to St Davids from around the same time suggest that Grove of Narberth was already a significant Pembrokeshire landmark.
In 1874, John Pollard Seddon, a notable arts and crafts architect, was instructed by the Lewis’s of Henllan to make ‘renovations and alterations’ to form a larger 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 inspired the early arts and crafts movement.

The extension added a 3rd floor to provide accommodation for servants and all the existing rooms were remodelled. Distinctive ornate ceramic fireplaces, designed by Seddon himself, were added to the rooms alongside bespoke arts and crafts joinery that give Grove’s interiors its unique character.

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Grove seen past trees and grass
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