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.

Bridge Cottage ref: OD8

Penallt, Monmouthshire, Wye Valley and Area

£328-£734

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4 star rating
Bridge Cottage
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This detached, 19th century cottage, complete with wood-burning stove, is in a picturesque location in Monmouthshire.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Wagon House Cottage ref: HW7576

Llangwm, near Usk, , Wye Valley and Area

£511-£1151

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5 star rating
Countryside cottage with shared heated outdoor swimming pool, Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons easily reached.
  • Sleeps
    7
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

The Stables ref: W40538

Devauden, Wye Valley, Wye Valley and Area

£284-£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.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Willsbrook Lodge ref: HW7698

Raglan, Monmouthshire, Wye Valley and Area

£363-£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.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Cider Mill Lodge ref: HW7420

Brockweir, Monmouthshire, Wye Valley and Area

£442-£894

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4 star rating
Warm and welcoming lodge, with wonderful views over Wye Valley, and with own hot tub to relax in.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI