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 Haybarn ref: RCHT55

Devauden, near Chepstow, Wye Valley and Area

£342-£866

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Part of a barn conversion, The Haybarn is in a stunning location with views over the Vale of Usk.
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Old Hendre Farm - Little Hendre Lodge ref: UK10262

Wonastow, near Monmouth, Wye Valley and Area

£367-£758

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A great property in a great location for those wanting to explore Monmouth, the Forest Of Dean and Offa’s Dyke.
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Little Coed Lliffos ref: UK6639

Shirenewton, near Chepstow, Wye Valley and Area

£239-£733

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3 star rating
Explore the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with its stunning landscape, fascinating history and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy.
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The Decolette ref: HW7691

Rockfield, near Monmouth, Monmouthshire, Wye Valley and Area

£286-£576

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3 star rating
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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Bridge Cottage ref: OD8

Penallt, Monmouthshire, Wye Valley and Area

£330-£769

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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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    2
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Old Hendre Farm - King Offa Lodge ref: UK10261

Wonastow, near Monmouth, Wye Valley and Area

£803-£1685

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With so much to discover in the surrounding area, this lovely barn conversion is the perfect base for relaxing evenings by the wood burner.
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Woodside Cottage ref: UK6501

Monmouth, Wye Valley and Area

£396-£1247

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4 star rating
This delightful property nestles in the picturesque countryside with a cosy wood burner and fantastic views across the hills.
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    2
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High Knowle ref: UKC1787

Monmouth, Wye Valley and Area

£1059-£2205

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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.
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  • Bedrooms
    4
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Wagoner’s Rest ref: HW7722

Llangwm, near Usk, , Wye Valley and Area

£439-£1113

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3 star rating
Not only a Wagoner’s Rest, also the ideal base from which to explore the Brecon Beacons and beyond. There’s even a shared pool.
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    7
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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Cwningfan ref: UKC427

Monmouth, Wye Valley and Area

£529-£1164

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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
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    2
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Little House on the Priory ref: UKC578

Skenfrith, near Monmouth, Wye Valley and Area

£0-£910

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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.
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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    3
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Riverside ref: UK10196

Tintern, near Monmouth, Wye Valley and Area

£397-£1064

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This lovely warm detached cottage nestles alongside the River Wye with a view of Tintern Abbey and walks along the river to pubs and eateries.
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    2
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Cedar Lodge ref: UK6015

near Caldicot, Wye Valley and Area

£323-£755

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A two bedroomed property close to both Chepstow and Cardiff, great for those wanting a mix of city culture and rural activities.
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Foxes Reach ref: HW7421

Catbrook, near Tintern, Monmouthshire, Wye Valley and Area

£481-£1237

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Delightful detached cottage with its own hot tub located in the heart of the Wye Valley, close to Tintern Abbey.
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  • Bedrooms
    4
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Willsbrook Lodge ref: HW7698

Raglan, Monmouthshire, Wye Valley and Area

£374-£759

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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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