10 Things Not to Miss This Summer At The Grove
19 July 2021 / 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 new 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. Get competitive
Come rain or shine, fire up your competitive spirit with our selection of games in the Potting Shed. Be transported back to your childhood with a whole host of nostalgic board games to choose from.
9. Experience Jimmy's in the Walled Garden
We are very excited that celebrated chef, Jimmy Garcia, is popping up in The Walled Garden for the summer with two experiences to choose from. Jimmy’s BBQ Club offers casual but delicious dishes that go down a treat after a day in the sun, whilst Jimmy’s Garden Table offers a truly unique fine-dining experience in the beautiful setting of Jemima’s Kitchen Garden.
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.