Wye Valley

Dramatic limestone cliffs, national trails, extensive woodland

Stretching from the village of Mordiford just south of the City of Hereford to the rocky outcrops of Chepstow Castle and covering some 72 miles of the banks of the River Wye, the Wye Valley was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty (AONB) in 1971. Recognised as an internationally important landscape it has now been a protected area for almost 35 years.

Ross-on-Wye is the only town that actually lies within the AONB and it also forms an approximate boundary between the two very different types of landscape that predominate in the valley. To the north of the town the river meanders slowly over the lowlands of Herefordshire. The undulating sometimes steep wooded slopes around the villages of Woolhope, Fownhope, Mordiford and Brockhampton changes to a more gentle flood plain of rich agricultural land as it approaches the town of Ross-on-Wye.

To the South of Ross-on-Wye the scenery changes again into the spectacular and famous landscape of the Wye Gorge that stretch from the village of Goodrich all the way to Chepstow. The dramatic limestone cliffs of Symonds Yat tower above the river as it meanders through the steep wooded slopes of the narrow gorge and forms a huge horseshoe bend almost five miles long. Extensive woodlands cover the slopes and cliffs that surround the river and you can find some impressive viewpoints along the course of the river as it passes through Redbrook, Brockweir, Llandogo and Tintern on its way to the cliffs of Wintour's Leap and its tidal lower reaches.

Golfers are excellently catered for, with no less than 18 courses in the area, including the prestigious Celtic Manor Resort, where the Wentwood Hills course will be the host for the Ryder Cup in 2010.

Fans of the great outdoors will not be disappointed either. There are two national trails, and over 1000 miles of public paths a varying difficulty by meandering rivers, gentle hills, or the rugged Black Mountains. And if you have chance to relax a little why not try some local, homegrown produce in the local farmers markets, which feature closely in the wide variety of superior restaurants in the region.

The Decolette ref: HW7691

Rockfield, near Monmouth, Monmouthshire, Wye Valley and Area

£280-£561

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3 star rating
The Decolette
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A delightful apartment in a peaceful location with the Offa’s Dyke footpath on the doorstep, yet only 3 miles from Monmouth.
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  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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The Haybarn ref: RCHT55

Devauden, near Chepstow, Wye Valley and Area

£335-£842

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4 star rating
Part of a barn conversion, The Haybarn is in a stunning location with views over the Vale of Usk.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Wagoner’s Rest ref: HW7722

Llangwm, near Usk, , Wye Valley and Area

£430-£1083

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3 star rating
Enjoy shared use of an outdoor heated swimming pool during the summer months or explore the beauty of the Brecon Beacons and Forest of Dean.
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    7
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Green Duffryn Barn ref: HW7659

Newcastle, near Monmouth, Monmouthshire, Wye Valley and Area

£1072-£2697

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4 star rating
Converted barn with beamed interior and games room, stunning views yet close to Monmouth, with Raglan Castle nearby.
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    13
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Ruthlin Mews Cottage ref: OW7

Skenfrith, near Monmouth, Wye Valley and Area

£312-£817

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5 star rating
There is plenty to do close to this riverside property, including kayaking, exploring Welsh towns or salmon fishing.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Brambles ref: HW7658

Monmouth, Monmouthshire, Wye Valley and Area

£394-£985

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3 star rating
Ideal for year round holidays, this wonderful cottage is within walking distance of Monmouth, with Raglan Castle and Tintern Abbey nearby.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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    FRI

The Stables ref: W40538

Devauden, Wye Valley, Wye Valley and Area

£298-£835

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3 star rating
This 100 year old conversion is in a great location on the edge of Chepstow Park Wood.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Willsbrook Lodge ref: HW7698

Raglan, Monmouthshire, Wye Valley and Area

£365-£739

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4 star rating
Visitors can enjoy shared use of a swimming pool during the summer months as well as being close to many attractions for the whole family.
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Cwningfan ref: UKC427

Monmouth, Wye Valley and Area

£529-£1120

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4 star rating
Perfectly placed for exploring the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean, or enjoy a day at the races at Chepstow or Cheltenham.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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High Knowle ref: UKC1787

Monmouth, Wye Valley and Area

£1059-£2175

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5 star rating
This architect-designed house is the perfect place in which to enjoy a luxurious break, with its high quality kitchen, a large wrap-around garden and games area.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
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    FRI

Little House on the Priory ref: UKC578

Skenfrith, near Monmouth, Wye Valley and Area

£454-£993

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4 star rating
Featuring endearing views of the village of Skenfrith and a fantastic social space, this property offers quality accommodation in the heart of the tranquil Monmouthshire countryside.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Cedar Lodge ref: UK6015

near Caldicot, Wye Valley and Area

£315-£728

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3 star rating
A two bedroomed property close to both Chepstow and Cardiff, great for those wanting a mix of city culture and rural activities.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Bridge Cottage ref: OD8

Penallt, Monmouthshire, Wye Valley and Area

£328-£741

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4 star rating
This detached, 19th century cottage, complete with wood-burning stove, is in a picturesque location in Monmouthshire.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Willow Bach ref: UK6024

Portskewett near Caldicot, Wye Valley and Area

£296-£614

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4 star rating
This is an ideal, romantic retreat for a couple wishing to explore this interesting part of Wales with castles, racing, and the Forest of Dean.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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White Hill Farm Cottage ref: UK6393

Wonastow, near Monmouth, Wye Valley and Area

£397-£1311

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5 star rating
If you are looking for a luxury, spacious holiday cottage in a peaceful location with outstanding panoramic views, then this is perfect for you.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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    FRI