Find luxury private Wye Valley holiday cottages, self catering cottages and pets welcome holiday rentals. Book direct with the cottage owners and enjoy a cottage holiday to remember in a truly stunning area of Wales. Stay self-catering on the borderland where the Romans bathed, the pilgrims worshiped, the Normans settled, and King Arthur ruled. These days, it is a place where markets bustle, salmon leap, grapes ripen, and culture thrives. The area is much loved by canoeists, walkers, and mountain bikers and it’s easy to see why. A large portion of the valley is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is one of Britain’s most scenic and dramatic landscapes and home to a number of counties including Monmouthshire, Herefordshire, and Gloucestershire. Monmouthshire lies on the furthest south-eastern corner of Wales and is home to the towns of Monmouth, Abergavenny, Chepstow, and Caldicot. If you want to make the most of your time here, book a holiday rental for a short break or family holiday.
This beautiful part of Wales allows you to enjoy the picturesque countryside and hills to the maximum. Opportunities abound for hill walking, rock climbing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and abseiling. If you are an adrenaline junkie, try out white-water rafting and see why it’s so popular here. Other leisure activities you can try out include ...swimming, tennis, golf, badminton, horse riding, and gym facilities.
The Wye Valley caters for all ages and tastes. It has caves, museums, and historical buildings where you can learn more about the area’s interesting heritage.
There is also a selection of family attractions including a steam train and pottery painting.
The area has many art and craft centres where you can while away the hours shopping and browsing.
Home to castles, traditional market towns, stunning landscapes, and numerous family attractions, the Wye Valley is a gorgeous part of Wales. The area’s beautiful and diverse scenery is comprised of rolling countryside, wide open spaces, enchanting valleys, and magnificent waterfalls and caves.
If you love history and nature, take a journey on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal and see the park’s stunning scenery. It passes through the Blaenavon World Heritage Site showing off the area’s cultural heritage.
Wild moors, thick woodlands, and steep green hills are all part of the view. The canal settles on the hillside above River Usk at times.
There is something for every walker and the breathtaking scenery augments the area’s overall appeal. Bubbling from the slopes of Plynlimon and meandering up to the Severn Estuary, the river Wye flows through some of Britain’s most attractive and varied countryside. It is largely unpolluted and considered one of the UK’s top rivers for Salmon fishing.
If you are a canoeist, you will enjoy the slow flowing waters.
Usk is less than 10 miles from the M4 but feels like a world away. It sits on River Usk, one of the best salmon fishing rivers in the country. It is home to an 11th-century castle which forms a lovely backdrop for a romantic and picturesque garden. The town is known for its beautiful flowers and is a frequent winner of ‘Wales in Bloom”. As you visit Usk, go on a rejuvenating riverside walk or shop in one of the independent shops located in the town.
Set on the edges of River Wye, Chepstow is believed to be one of the first historic towns in Wales. It is home to a medieval castle that sits on a rock above River Wye’s swirling waters. The castle was built to stand guard over a major crossing point in Wales. It was established by William Fitz-Osben, a friend of William the Conqueror. It was constructed when castle building was in its infancy and has been improved throughout the centuries. It is among the few castles in Britain which trace the development of medieval military architecture from beginning to end.
Tintern is set on the west bank of River Wye approximately five miles north of Chepstow. It is very popular with tourists because of its ruined abbey and beautiful natural scenery. Tintern Abbey is Wales’ best preserved medieval abbey. It was built by Cistercian monks in 1131 and was rebuilt in the late 13th century by the master of the nearby Chepstow Castle. It flaunts a grand design and lovely architectural details. The abbey’s shell stands open to the sky and is an outstanding example of Gothic architecture. You will be captivated by the vast windows with delicate tracery and decorative detail displayed in the soaring archways, doorways, and walls.
Monmouth is renowned for its stone gated bridge which was built in the late 13th century. The unique bridge has been excellently preserved over the years and boasts a beautiful design. It is one of 3 such structures left in Europe. It was constructed mainly as a form of defense and has been changed in a few ways to become the way it is today.
The historic market town of Ross on Wye is set on a sandstone cliff overlooking a loop in River Wye. Its view is dominated by St Mary’s church which can be seen from many miles around. The church was built in the 13th century using red sandstone and has many interesting features. There is a viewpoint on the western side of the churchyard where you can stand and admire River Wye curving beneath the town.
400 years ago, Hay-on-Wye closed its castle gates. However, it still remains open to visitors who want to see what it has to offer. It sits between England and Wales in the town of Powys alongside River Wye. The River is one of the reasons visitors flock to the town every year. Hay-on-Wye offers picturesque views of the Black Mountains, the Wye Valley, and the Brecon Beacons National Park.