Good Hotel Guide Review
In a grove, indeed, surrounded by flower gardens, kitchen garden, meadows, with views to the Preseli hills, Neil and Zoë Kedward’s hotel is ‘a real haven’. A 17th-century house, remodelled in the 1870s, with Arts and Crafts Gothic interiors, it has ‘lovely public rooms and grounds’, writes a reader this year. Bedrooms are in the main house and cottages, including a 15th-century longhouse. They are of a high order, stylish, with original artwork, contemporary touches. Sage, in Herb Cottage, was ‘very comfortable with its own garden’. You can take tea on the lawn or by the fire in a panelled lounge, dine in the relaxed atmosphere of the Artisan Rooms (perhaps a plate of Welsh cheeses, a steak, roasted hake, risotto). The big change this year is the appointment of new head chef Douglas Balish, with a Michelin star under his belt, to preside over the fine-dining Fernery restaurant; we expect great things. In a report preceding his arrival, a reader described how the dining room service almost stalled one night. However, ‘housekeeping was good. Reception staff are cheery and helpful.’ You can order a hamper or rucksack picnic; the coast is a 12-minute drive away. (SH, PJ, and others)
26. 12 in cottages in grounds, 1 suitable for disabled.
3 lounges, bar, 4 restaurant rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky), in-room spa treatments, civil wedding licence, 26-acre grounds, ground floor wheelchair accessible.
in public areas.
all ages welcomed, no under-12s in Fernery.
allowed in some bedrooms and lounge, the Snug dining room.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £240–£650, D,B&B £368–£778. Tasting menu £94, set dinner £69, à la carte (Artisan Rooms) £40. 1-night bookings refused peak times.