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.

Green Duffryn Barn ref: HW7659

Newcastle, near Monmouth, Monmouthshire, Wye Valley and Area

£1127-£2776

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Green Duffryn Barn
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Why not bring the whole family to Green Duffryn Barn where you can holiday together in style and make magical memories in Monmouthshire.
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  • Bedrooms
    5
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    3
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Yew Tree Barn ref: HW7737

Near Usk, Monmouthshire, Wye Valley and Area

£389-£1113

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Set in the heart of Monmouthshire close to the little town of Usk, ideal for exploring the Brecon Beacons and Offa’s Dyke footpath.
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Wagon House Cottage ref: HW7576

Llangwm, near Usk, , Wye Valley and Area

£650-£1344

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Wagon House Cottage offers ground floor facilities, making it an accessible place to stay for that much needed family get away.
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    7
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    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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  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    4
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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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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
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White Hill Farm Cottage ref: UK6393

Wonastow, near Monmouth, Wye Valley and Area

£401-£1373

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If you are looking for a luxury, spacious holiday cottage in a peaceful location with outstanding panoramic views, then this is perfect for you.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Bridge Cottage ref: OD8

Penallt, Monmouthshire, Wye Valley and Area

£330-£769

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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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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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    4
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Little House on the Priory ref: UKC578

Skenfrith, near Monmouth, Wye Valley and Area

£0-£910

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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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    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Ruthlin Mews Cottage ref: OW7

Skenfrith, near Monmouth, Wye Valley and Area

£312-£870

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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
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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