Grove of Narberth in Pembrokeshire has appointed Louise Barber as general manager of the hotel, as the owners Neil and Zoe Kedward plan to concentrate on growing their hospitality portfolio.
The new appointment comes following the recent opening of six new luxury suites at the hotel, taking the number of rooms to 26.
Neil and Zoe will now step back from the day to day operations of the hotel to focus on the wider strategic challenges that face the growing hospitality group, which now includes the acclaimed Coast restaurant and Kiosk café in Saundersfoot plus the newly-opened Beach House restaurant in Oxwich on the Gower peninsular.
Barber first joined the Grove in 2013 on the management team and has since held a variety of roles including revenue manager, head of reception and reservations and recently duty manager.
She said: “I’m really excited to be taking on this new role. It’s the first time the hotel has had a general manager in place so it’s an exciting opportunity for me. Grove really is a special place filled with special people and it’s a privilege to be given this role to lead such a fabulous team of hospitality professionals.”
Neil Kedward, owner of the Grove said: “This is an important stepping stone for Grove of Narberth and we couldn’t think of a better person to take on the reins. We needed someone who has the capability, energy and commercial awareness to run a large and thriving hotel. Like Zoe and I, Louise hasn’t come from a traditional hospitality background but her natural charm and intelligence sets her apart.”