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Warpool Court Hotel
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in St Davids
Certificate of Excellence
Chalfont St. Giles, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Back to fine form”
Reviewed 2 April 2013

We returned to Warpool Court after its Winter closure. We were a little apprehensive of the new arrangements for dining but need not have worried. Mark Napper is now in charge of the catering, having previously been at Warpool some years ago, and having a very successful career including his own highly-regarded restaurant.

The old Summer Lounge is now Mark Napper's Garden Restaurant, with 24 covers and an excellent menu. The old winter lounge is the reception area for the restaurant , with log fire and interesting paintings and personal touches. Mark is a skilled chef with an obvious passion for his food. The home-made bread is his speciality and was wonderful, especially the sun dried tomato.Served with Welsh butter, we would have been happy to eat just this! There were several choices of Starter, including amongst others Solva crab salad, excellent soup, smoked salmon and mackerel salad, plus vegetarian option.

Main courses came with appropriate vegetables in generous amounts, and beef medallions with hand cut chips and a pepper sauce was beautifully done. Sourcing local produce, Mark's fish dishes were excellent and Whiting fillet in Panko crumbs with a minted pea puree and hand cut chips was the best we had had in a long time, being a wonderfully fresh, thick fillet cooked to perfection. The menu changes regularly and there were new dishes each day during our stay, and again included a good vegetarian option.

Deserts were equally enjoyable, with the Bara Brith bread and butter pudding instantly becoming a favourite. Delicious ice cream, panna cotta and other dishes featured. Chocoholics are catered for too, and the cheese board featured local cheeses.
Coffee with home-made fudge and mints completed a very enjoyable meal.
As Mark's restaurant is run separately, you may find it easier to pay for meals as you go each evening. Wine and bar is added to the hotel bill.

Mark is also responsible for breakfast, and smoked haddock with poached egg was a great start to the day, although a mysterious half hour wait did occur one morning. We look forward to our next visit.

Room Tip: Room 4 has the best view of the bay.The hotel hot water tanks are behind one wall, so it can get war...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hereford, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 October 2012

We stayed at this venue for the second time. It was very comfortable, with all the country house comforts you might expect. The food was outstanding - including pre dinner 'amuse bouche'. The views from the sea view rooms were superb, and it is definately worth paying more to wake up to a view like that across the wide, stunningly beautiful bay. We were offered a discounted upgrade to the skomer room, but it was a bit too pricey for us, in particular as we planned to be out walking most of the time so would not benefit from it. But, if you want somewhere special, and don't mind the cost, that has to be the room to have. One day maybe.... Our room was a C rated, with a lovely sea view. The one issue was a chair in front of the wardrobe. I'd have preferred one chair, not two, and a small stool to use for the dressing table, if this had not been a bit irritating the room would have got a 5. Tried the pool on last vist but not this one, and the only downside is you have to walk via the dining room to get to it as it's not in the main hotel building. You can borrow tennis racquets and play on the spacious courts, or play croquet. The history of the place is fascinating, and the heraldic tiles painted by a former owner adorn some of the fireplaces. We walked coast, had fabulous autumn weather, saw seals playing in secluded coves, and seal pups. St Davids is a lovely, city, lots of art shops - and surf shops! Where else would you get that mix? Well worth a stay.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Poona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2012

We spent 5 nights this week at this hotel. The hotel is good, the room we had, while comfortable, could have had a better view. But, the food, oh that made up for the lack of view !! There were enough choices in each course and since we were part of a group of 15 everything on the menu was tried by someone...and it was always good. The staff were attentive but not intrusive.
The hotel is a short walk from the St David's Cathedral and the town. Not much to do in town but the walks along the coast are fun. Luckily for us the weather was excellent all through the week.
My only grouse is: we could have been assigned a room with a sea view considering we had booked well in advance and the hotel knew we were coming from halfway around the world !

Room Tip: Ask specifically for a room with a sea view because it was not offered to us as an option.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Cornwall
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Reviewed 14 October 2012

Having read some of the reviews on here after booking a room for me, my partner and our dog I was concerned.

But what a nice surprise from the moment we arrived to the moment we left.

Friendly. Nice rooms. Spotless. Great food. Attentive.

A perfect romantic break for us.

It has a traditional style, but not faded or chintzy. It is a country hotel which does its job brilliantly.

It is more than a chain hotel in a city centre location, but they don't have the views, the grounds, nor the small number of rooms that mean you get a very personal service.

I know where I would rather stay.

well done to all the staff.

Room Tip: The counrty view rooms still have stunning rooms, and ask for a discount - it never hurts.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Swansea
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2012

This hotel has one of the best bedrooms I have ever stayed in with regard to size, view decor and bathroom. Fully modernised. Downstairs is a different picture, dated, quaint and old county hotel. This would not be a problem if the price reflected this but it does not. The hotel advertises a pool. This is not attached to the house but across the lawn covered by what appeared to be a giant greenhouse. Not quite what is on offer for a similar price in the area.
We had dinner for four and here the hotel excels itself, the best meal I have eaten in a long time in a hotel. It was a shame there were not more diners to give the large dining room more atmosphere. Breakfast again was delicious. The staff were polite and helpful but it agree with other reviews that it would be nice mot have all members of staff with a good grasp of English or Welsh.
Good hotel but overpriced, if it pricing was more competitive it might find itself fully booked.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2012

My wife and I stayed here to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary, on a three night promotion – because we had stayed at this hotel for our honeymoon.
The hotel is located just outside St Davids in its own grounds and is well positioned for undertaking coastal walking - which, on the right day, is stunning and also for walking in to the village (city!).
The entry to the hotel is at the rear where the car park is located and the front overlooks the sea with intervening fields.
This is an old well maintained building with ‘character’ - not a modern purpose built hotel which tend to be ‘sterile’.
We stayed in a family room – even though there were only the two of us – because that was all that was available at a price I was willing to pay. This was so that we could have more than one bed. We prefer twin beds when staying away and on this occasion my wife anyway was suffering from a damaged shoulder and had been having disturbed nights.
Because of that we had a larger room than normal. This was located at the rear of the hotel, which actually suited us because that was where we had stayed all those years ago – not in the exact room (but almost) and obviously one which had been added in the intervening years.
The promotion was for three nights B&B and two nights dinner - so for dinner we opted for the first and last nights enabling us to make a judgement on whether or not the meals were ‘worth it’. Well in the event we added the middle third night because we felt that the food was very good and well worth the money. The breakfasts were also of a very good standard and plentiful.
Staff – whether front of house, bar / restaurant or housekeepers were great – friendly but professional and the service was excellent..
I know we were on a nostalgia trip but we both felt the stay had been really worthwhile exceeded expectations and left us feeling that we should go again - soon.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Gex
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Reviewed 22 September 2012

We returned to this lovely area of Wales after 20 years and everything was as it was- amazing views of the coast from the bedroom window, excellent food in the restaurant, good service (although some of the waiters are difficult to understand at time), very good breakfasts, pleasant gardens, lovely attentive receptionists..... I highly recommend this place; it is good value for money for such stunning surroundings with coastal walks as beautiful as that 5 minutes from the hotel.
I know that we will return.

Room Tip: Choose a room with a sea view. Well worth the extra cost.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Warpool Court Hotel
Address: St Davids | Pembrokeshire, St Davids SA62 6BN, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Pembrokeshire > St Davids Peninsula > St Davids
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in St Davids
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Warpool Court Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Warpool is set in 15 acres of extraordinarily peaceful, prime, private coastal land with direct footpath access to the Pembrokeshire Coast. Guests have exclusive use of our covered, heated swimming pool open from mid-April until the end of September. There is an all-weather tennis court available at all times for our guests. Swimming pool towels and tennis equipment are provided without charge. There are ample terraced lawns, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the sea views or for taking a beverage or tea in a quiet corner. There is a lawned area for croquet and separate fields for kite flying, golf putting, throwing a frisbee or essential dog exercise. Most importantly, a mown swathe from the garden through the land to the south enables visitors to link to a footpath to the coast - perfect. ... more   less 
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