The longhouse – which would have housed the resident family and their animals – survives to this day, standing apart from the main mansion house. Next to the longhouse stands the coach house, which was originally used as a cottage .
It is thought that The Grove’s main two-storey house and walled garden were built in the 1680's by Daniel Poyer, who inherited the property in 1677. At around that time, historical maps suggest that The Grove was an important stopping point for travellers on the London to St David’s coach route. From the beginning of the 18th century the house was a family home for the Callen family. In 1874, the architect John Pollard Seddon was employed to make ‘renovations and alterations’, adding touches of neo-gothic arts and crafts design, plus a 3rd floor for servants accommodation. Seddon also extended the Jacobean L-shaped house to provide a grand hallway, staircase, lounge, master bedroom and a library on the first floor landing.
All the existing rooms were remodelled and fine ceramic fireplaces designed by John Pollard Seddon himself added to each of the 1st floor bedrooms, library, lounge and drawing room. It is these stunning and distinctive features that give The Grove its unique character today, and delight so many visitors.
If you have any historic information, for example, about the people who lived here, we would love to hear from you.