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Review: 32 Townhouse, Narberth

(December 01, 2016)

Review: 32 Townhouse, Narberth
Arberth, Sir Benfro

32 Townhouse, Arberth

32 Townhouse, ArberthWe have often visited Narberth, or Arberth - it's right on the Landsker Line, so you takes your choice - while staying in nearby Tenby. This beautiful little Pembrokeshire town has an excellent range of independent retailers, antique and vintage shops, delis and lifestyle stores, and a wonderful award-winning museum.

Wandering around the lovely Georgian market town makes you want to stay longer...  and now you can. We were delighted to find a new boutique style hotel had opened this summer in the heart of Narberth: 32 Townhouse. Right on High Street, the hotel has eight beautifully situated rooms and has been graded 4 star, which is no surprise.

What first struck me when I began research for our stay were the beautiful images decorating the somewhat small and limited website – something I would suggest they should expand to show more of what the hotel undoubtedly has to offer.

Beautifully decorated both outside and in, you just know this is somewhere you would enjoy staying. I booked a two night stay on a bed and breakfast basis (£125 per room, per night, at the time of booking), having our evening meal on the first night at the hotel itself (as reviews on Tripadvisor are mostly positive) and our meal the second night at the The Grove, nearby (my partner's favourite restaurant).

32 Townhouse, ArberthOn entering the delightfully dark and stylish reception area, we were greeted warmly.  The staff are predominantly quite young, but please don't let that put you off as we found them very genuine, warm and welcoming during the whole of our stay – not to say interesting (one young lady is a fire-artist in her spare time!).

Decor throughout is either in keeping with, or subtly compliments, the Grade II listed status of the late Georgian building. Richly coloured walls, decorated with vintage gilt frames and framed architectural drawings (believed to be the owners work), together with high quality lighting fixtures and sumptuous chairs and chaise to lounge in, delighted my inner interior designer. I sent images to my friend who is an interior designer in Spain; he loved the place, just as expected!

Private parking is just behind the hotel (a rarity in Narberth). Don't fancy driving? Narberth station is about ¾ mile away, easily walkable, with no horrendous hill to climb. We stayed in a room on the first floor with a fine view overlooking the main street and Narberth Town Hall, complete with the infamous clocktower... and bell. The bell chimes every hour, on the hour, throughout the day and night. Mention has been made of this in reviews, and I recall seeing something in the news about silencing the bell during the night (the suggestion was not successful). If you are a light sleeper, you may be better off requesting a room at the rear of the hotel. But I can honestly say that the bell did not disturb our sleep at all, even though it can be heard (faintly) in the room. Perhaps 32 Townhouse's cocktails helped with that.

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The room (ours was described as a 'medium' – two other options are called 'small' and 'tiny') was spotlessly clean, with excellent quality bed linens, comfortable bed, and well presented bathroom with bespoke toiletries.

A link to 32 Townhouse's medium rooms is here.

32 Townhouse, Arberth
View of High Street from the bar

Dinner was well presented and served. To start I had carpaccio of venison and my partner the goats cheese tartlet, and for the mains I had the butter roasted chicken (with frites) and my partner had the fish pie with a cheese topping, accompanied by cauliflower cheese.

No 32 Townhouse 6The current menu, which changes regularly, can be viewed by clicking on this link:

Regrettably, we had no room for desert.

The next evening, when dining at The Grove, we had cocktails in the downstairs lounge before leaving in the taxi. The cocktails were excellent and it was such a thrill to see them being made, fresh, before your eyes. New cocktails were being designed and trialed by the staff, with some modern and exciting cocktails being created – which I am sure are now featuring on the ever changing cocktail menu.

Breakfast the first morning was served within a reasonable time, but maybe having more than one member of waiting staff would be advised as we had quite a wait on the second morning for coffee, with breakfasts following sometime afterwards. It's not something that bothered us particularly but it may be an issue for other guests, especially if they were checking our early to go on to other locations straight after breakfast (this is something that has also been mentioned on Trip Advisor).

I mention this by way of advice, rather than criticism, as this place is almost perfect and so near the 5 star hotels we have stayed in. So, very, very near.

32 Townhouse makes a chic and sophisticated spot to dine and offers something a little different in this part of Pembrokeshire. Tenby is less than 11 miles to the south, so just a moderate taxi ride away.

We will certainly be visiting again and cannot recommend this lovely venue highly enough.

Claire Meredith, December 2016

32 Townhouse
32 High Street
SA67 7AS

Phone/Ffôn: 01834 218338

More hotel and restaurant reviews by Claire Meredith:


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Junction 28, Newport
; March 2016
Y Talbot, Tregaron; September 2015

Manorhaus, Llangollen; June 2015

Ty Croeso, Crickhowell; December 2014

Ruthin Castle Hotel, Rhuthun; September 2014

The Manor Town House, Fishguard; June 2014
Llandeilo; December 2013
Tenby / Dinbych-y-pysgod; September 2013
The Old Chemist Inn, Saundersfoot
; September 2013

The Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd
; September 2013

Gwesty'r Emlyn Hotel, Newcastle Emlyn
; June 2013

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; June 2013
Lake Vyrnwy Hotel; December 2012

The Drawing Room, nr Builth Wells; December 2012
3 Pen Cei Guest House, Aberaeron; June 2012
Escape 5* B&B, Llandudno; June 2012
The Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd; June 2012
Photographic study of Myddfai; February 2011
The Crown at Whitebrook; February 2011
The New White Lion, Llandovery; February 2011
Ty Mawr Mansion Country House, Cilcennin, Lampeter; December 2009
George Thomas Hospice 'Style In the City' event; May 2009

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