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Wye Valley Holiday Cottages
A range of Wye Valley self catering cottage properties and holiday accommodation. They're situated in counties such Monmouthshire and Herefordshire and are available for bookings throughout the year. Visit the sites for news of availability and discounts.
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- 15 Wye Valley holiday cottages
, with a further 150 in the Monmouthshire and Hereford regions. All properties are inspected and graded according to location, amenities and standards - they range in price from £300 to £1300 depending on season and property size.
- A small collection of Wye valley cottages including about 25 properties in Herefordshire. Booking prices for seven day breaks are between £570 and £1200, depending on season. There's also a selection of cottage properties in nearby Monmouthshire.
- 70 holiday cottages in Herefordshire, some of which lie within the Wye Valley. Most of their collection are traditional properties such as farm-building conversions and period cottages. Weekly booking rates are as low as £189 in some cases.
- Around 50 holiday cottages in Herefordshire and Shropshire. Some are located within the Wye Valley region with many collecting awards for standards. Most are of the traditional variety.
Wye Valley is situated on the border of England and Wales and is a region of outstanding natural beauty. Covering 45 miles and located south of Hereford, its landscape is one of the most picturesque in the UK. This was recognised in 1971 when it gained an AONB designation to become a protected area.
The Wye Valley is spread over three counties: Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire. To the North lie the impressive Black Mountains
which give way, as one travels south, to the softer rural valleys around Newport and Chepstow. In addition to tourism, agriculture remains an important industry in the area.
Through the landscape of streams and wooded hills, flows the River Wye, the fifth longest in the country. Its waters prove popular with water-sport enthusiasts, fisherman and pleasure-boaters. The Wye Valley also proves a natural habitat for a range of rare animal and aquatic species such as the Horseshoe Bat and the Whitebeam - it has three, internationally recognised, Special Areas of Conservation.
The Wye Valley also has an intriguing history, vividly illustrated through the wonderfully preserved Tintern Abbey. The 12th century Goodrich Castle
is also impressive and remains largely intact. Standing three stories high, it looks over the Wye Valley towards Symonds Yat. For more details about Wiltshire visitor attractions, including visitor times and admission prices, see the guide that follows.
Wye Valley visitor attractions
This section includes information about top tourist attractions, places of interest and historical sites of importance in the Wye Valley. Entry prices and visiting hours are detailed and links provided where possible.
A variety of water-sport activities can be arranged on the River Wye. The Monmouth Canoe Centre
, hires out canoes and kayaks and also offers guided excursions around the region. Prices for boat hire range from £35 to £45 depending on the type of craft and numbers. Go Ape Adventure Course
proves very popular and features a tree-top obstacle course consisting of ladders, tarzan swings and zip slides - pre-booking is essential.
A number of centres also provide horse-riding services, such as Llanthony Riding and Trekking
at Court Farm - both short excursions and longer riding holidays can be arranged. Cycling also provides a novel way of exploring the region - there are a variety of companies that hire bikes out such as Pedalaway
. Rates are between £7 and £25 for half-day hire.
Food and drink
The Clytha Arms in Abergavenny, run by a husband and wife team, is ideal for cider enthusiasts - it's one of the pubs used in the Welsh Cider Festival
and serves its own cider, as well as a number of real ales such as Double Dragon. The whisky and gins are also local and are produced at the nearby Penderyn Distillery.
The Raglan Arms
, Llandenny is also a noteworthy watering-hole and serves traditional pub food from a small menu - a selection of English and Welsh cheeses are also sold in addition to local beers and bitters. For fine dining, visit the Stonemill and Steppes Restaurant
in Rockfield. British and French cuisine is served in a former 16th century barn that has been tastefully renovated to include original features, such as oak beams and vaunted ceilings. Children's menus are available and fixed price courses are between £14 and £19.
The Walnut Tree Inn
is also renowned for its food and has received three AA rosettes for its quality. Set in the Black Mountains, it specialises in contemporary British cuisine, served in an unpretentious, informal atmosphere - children's menus are also available.
History and Culture
Tintern Abbey is one of the most impressive monastic ruins in the country and dates back to the 12th century. Opening hours are 9am to 5pm and entry is free. Goodrich Castle
is also well-preserved. It boasts a fine collection of medieval buildings as well as an excellent visitor centre, which houses a small exhibition detailing the life and history of the Castle. Opening hours are 10am to 5pm during high season.
Chepstow Castle, overlooking the River Wye
, is also worth visiting and dates from the mid-11th century - it is one of the oldest surviving examples of a stone fortification in Britain. Tickets are around £3.60 and opening times are 9am to 5pm.