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.

Raglan Retreat - The Suite

4 star rating

Raglan, near Usk, Wye Valley and Area

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£535-£1325

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Raglan, near Usk, Wye Valley and Area

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£535-£1325

Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Newton Lodge Cottages - Cider House

5 star rating

Welsh Newton Common, near Ross-on-Wye, Wye Valley and Area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£1699-£2195

5 star rating
Welsh Newton Common, near Ross-on-Wye, Wye Valley and Area

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£1699-£2195

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

Raglan Retreat - The Cottage

4 star rating

Raglan, near Usk, Wye Valley and Area

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£795-£1829

4 star rating
Raglan, near Usk, Wye Valley and Area

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£795-£1829

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Raglan Retreat -The Bolt Hole

4 star rating

Raglan, near Usk, Wye Valley and Area

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£535-£1325

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Raglan, near Usk, Wye Valley and Area

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£535-£1325

Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Newton Lodge Cottages - The Coach House

5 star rating

Welsh Newton Common, near Ross-on-Wye, Wye Valley and Area

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£2189-£2595

5 star rating
Welsh Newton Common, near Ross-on-Wye, Wye Valley and Area

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£2189-£2595

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

Steppes Farm Cottages - The Dovecote

4 star rating

Rockfield, near Monmouth, Wye Valley and Area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£0-£0

4 star rating
Rockfield, near Monmouth, Wye Valley and Area

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Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

The Stables

3 star rating

Devauden, Wye Valley, Wye Valley and Area

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£315-£1239

3 star rating
Devauden, Wye Valley, Wye Valley and Area

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£315-£1239

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Old Hendre Farm - Little Hendre Lodge

5 star rating

Wonastow, near Monmouth, Wye Valley and Area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£405-£1115

5 star rating
Wonastow, near Monmouth, Wye Valley and Area

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£405-£1115

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

The Old School Penallt

4 star rating

Penallt, near Monmouth, Wye Valley and Area

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£775-£1815

4 star rating
Penallt, near Monmouth, Wye Valley and Area

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£775-£1815

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

Yew Tree Barn

5 star rating

Near Usk, Monmouthshire, Wye Valley and Area

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£419-£1869

5 star rating
Near Usk, Monmouthshire, Wye Valley and Area

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£419-£1869

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

Ruthlin Mews Cottage

5 star rating

Skenfrith, near Monmouth, Wye Valley and Area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£329-£1065

5 star rating
Skenfrith, near Monmouth, Wye Valley and Area

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£329-£1065

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Castle House - Apartment 3

4 star rating

Chepstow, Wye Valley and Area

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£809-£829

4 star rating
Chepstow, Wye Valley and Area

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£809-£829

Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Steppes Farm Cottages - Owl Grove

4 star rating

Rockfield, near Monmouth, Wye Valley and Area

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£0-£0

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Rockfield, near Monmouth, Wye Valley and Area

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Rhewl Farm Barns - The Coach House

5 star rating

Shirenewton, near Chepstow, Wye Valley and Area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£0-£0

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Shirenewton, near Chepstow, Wye Valley and Area

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Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Potting Shed

4 star rating

Trellech, Wye Valley and Area

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£365-£719

4 star rating
Trellech, Wye Valley and Area

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£365-£719

Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0