10 Things Not to Miss This Summer At The Grove
23 May 2022 / Lifestyle / What To Do /
There are endless things to see and do at The Grove, especially during the summer. With so many hidden gems across our estate, we want to make sure you don’t miss out, so we caught up with Sally, our Front of House Manager, who shares her top 10 unmissable summer experiences…
1. Discover our wild meadow
Asher’s Woodland Trails have come alive with pretty wild flowers that were sown in April by our very own Estate Manager. Take a wander through the magnificent woodland – bird song will follow you as step through the winding paths – and stop for a photo opportunity at the wildflower meadow. The wild meadow has been created not only to provide a gram-worthy shot for our guests, but also to increase biodiversity by attracting butterflies, insects and birds – if you look closely, you may even spot one of our endangered mason bees.
2. Choose your favourite piece of alfresco art
Part of the beauty of our blooming Formal Gardens are the sculptures that sit amongst the spectacular views. Take a leisurely stroll and see which you find most inspiring.
3. Taste Jude’s ice cream on the beach
Balmy summer days spent lounging by the pool aren’t complete without an ice cream, or two. And, with our new Jude’s Beach Hut menu you’ll find it hard to pick just one flavour – from Gin & Tonic and Salted Caramel to classic flavours such as Mint Choc Chip and Strawberries & Cream.
4. Explore Jemima’s Kitchen Garden
Home to our chef’s freshest ingredients, Jemima’s Kitchen Garden is flourishing this year. We’ve welcomed a new family of pheasants, a new bee hive and an array of seasonal fruit and vegetables ready for our estate-to-plate menus. If any of our gardens team are around, they’re a fountain of knowledge!
5. Discover Tiger Woods Plaques on the Golf course
If you’re playing a round of golf, on the 9th fairway you’ll find 3 plaques each marking where Tiger Woods hit his approach shot during the 2006 WGC Amex Championship. It was on this hole that Tiger Woods famously hit an eagle 3 days in a row!
6. Uncover our newly refurbished Library
Recently re-designed by award-winning interiors studio, Martin Hulbert Design, the Library is tucked away in the heart of the Mansion overlooking the Formal Gardens. Come rain or shine, it is the perfect place to curl up with a good book.
7. Find our hidden bar
Enjoy a cocktail from our cocktail bar, hidden in the Lounges. We recommend Lemon Alone – perfect for summer – it’s light, refreshing and makes the most of our garden-to-glass ethos.
8. Take in a film at Everyman Secret Garden at The Grove
Calling all film buffs, from 15 July you’ll be able to enjoy the ultimate cinematic experience in our beautiful Walled Garden when you stay with us overnight or indulge in our dinner package. We’re excited to be teaming up with Everyman Cinema for the second time to bring all hotel residents unforgettable screenings of new releases, family-friendly favourites and iconic classics. Grab the popcorn, gather your loved ones close and get ready for a legendary cinema experience like no other!
Fancy an overnight stay for two at The Grove with dinner and a film at the outdoor cinema? Don’t forget to enter our competition!
9. Indulge at Verde Kitchen in the Walled Garden
We are very excited for the launch of Verde Kitchen, our Italian restaurant that will be popping up in The Walled Garden during summer. Inspired by the cuisine of Naples and Campania whilst championing the finest British produce and ingredients from Jemima’s Kitchen Garden, the menu offers a mouth-watering selection of freshly made pasta and Neopolitan-style pizza – a perfect choice on a balmy summer’s day. If we close our eyes, it almost feels like we’re on the sunny Tyrrhenian coastline…
10. Take a step back in time
Find yourself steeped in history as you step into our Mansion. Former home of the Earls of Clarendon and previous party house to Queen Victoria, sit back and take in the view that so many have celebrated before you. Did you know King Edward VII also made a fleeting visit back in 1909?
History is deeply rooted outside too. The tree standing tall above the terraces was once a sapling of just-discovered Black Walnut Tree gifted to Thomas Villiers by Captain Hook in the 1770’s.