Neil Kedward and his partner Zoe admit that they got into the hotel business somewhat by mistake. Neil, a former management consultant, and Zoe Agar, a former relationship manager with American Express, came across Grove by chance in 2007 while visiting family in Swansea.
They made the brave decision to offer on their first visit to what was a derelict residential property. The development project to turn the derelict house into a luxury boutique country house hotel began at the start of the banking crisis which presented quite a challenge for the two newcomers to the industry.
Grove of Narberth has since gone from strength to strength growing every year since opening employing 50 staff. Today it is renowned as one of Wales’ leading country house hotels, complete with 26 bedrooms and a 3 AA Rosette restaurant. It has received numerous awards and accolades over the years. Most recently being named Good Hotel Guide ‘Welsh Hotel of the Year 2016’ and in 2015 they were named Pride of Britain Hotels’ ‘Hotel of the Year’.
The couple have continued to look for opportunities to grow the business and in April 2014 opened Coast, Saundersfoot, a beachfront restaurant which is run by acclaimed head chef Will Holland previously from La Becasse in Ludlow. In 2015, Coast was named ‘Best Restaurant in Wales’ by the AA.
2016 has seen Neil and Zoe announce numerous exciting developments. Spring will see the unveiling of six new luxury suites designed by leading interior designer Martin Hulbert, his first project in Wales. Most recently the pair unveiled plans to open a new beachfront restaurant overlooking Oxwich Beach on the Gower Peninsula. The pair prides themselves on creating fabulous teams that love hospitality.