Monmouthshire adventures

IMAG0454Last month, our neighbouring town, Monmouth, was voted the third best place to live in Britain. Much like Abergavenny, which ranked in the top ten last year, Monmouth has been recognised by voters for its friendly atmosphere, striking location and great local culture.

The Sunday Times described the Welsh market town as having ‘a charm of its own’, and we couldn’t agree more. Surrounded by Monmouthshire’s beautiful rolling countryside, it offers something for everyone – tempting many to make it their home, and also attracting holidaymakers, weekend visitors, or those just looking for a pleasurable day out.

Monmouthshire is a world of its own, with breath taking landscapes and an abundance of activities on offer. At Llansantffraed Court, we’re lucky enough to be located in the heart of this beautiful county and we have provided a few tips to make sure you and your family can make the most of it:

Hiring out our very own electric car, Tipyn, is a perfect way to explore Monmouthshire’s rural delights. Completely free to use by our residents, it’s a perfect way to explore the local sights and is also environmentally friendly as it runs on 100% renewable green energy.

Whilst out in ‘Tipyn’, you can discover the beautiful Wye Valley, which is on our doorstep. If you’re looking for some well-earned rest, you can also enjoy beautiful views whilst having a delicious afternoon tea of homemade sandwiches, scones and cakes, looking out onto our 20 acres of immaculate lawns.

After afternoon tea, you can go on a nature walk along our local footpaths or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you could try some horse riding, play golf, fish or hire bikes.

On a hot summer’s day, how about renting a boat or canoe on the River Wye? If you want to try something completely different, we’re situated near to a 4×4 driving school, a forest adventure centre and a hot air balloon base.

For the foodies amongst you, Monmouthshire is known as the food capital of Wales for a reason. With an abundance of locally sourced produce, award-winning vineyards and fantastic restaurants there’s plenty to tempt your taste buds. Our own restaurant was crowned ‘Best Small Place to Eat’ in the recent National Tourism Awards for Wales and we pride ourselves on delivering high-quality, fresh and seasonal dishes at a reasonable price. You can see more details on our restaurant here.

If you enjoy food festivals, our annual Abergavenny Food Festival was voted the ‘Greatest Event in Wales’ and has been described as the food festival equivalent to Glastonbury. Our own Head Chef Mike Hendry did a cookery demonstration there last year, and it is an experience that can’t be missed.

Aside from exploring the impressive food scene, the bustling main streets of Abergavenny and Monmouth offer a great variety of shops, from big brands to family-owned, independent businesses. Sticking to its traditional routes, Monmouth stills holds a popular market, selling a wide range of local produce every Saturday.

So, don’t limit your adventures to the British seaside or a Spanish resort, charming villages, wonderful scenery and historical sites are saturated throughout Monmouthshire, and you can’t get much better than that.