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Abergavenny is 5 miles. Market day is Tuesday and the indoor market in the Market Hall is worth a visit. The Market Hall also hosts a Bric and Brac sale on a Wednesday and sometimes on a Friday. The Art shop is very good for those who love painting, The Old Chapel coffee shop behind the Market Hall is excellent as is the Fig Tree in Neville Street, Cwtch and Luigi’s in Cross Street. These are independent and locally owned coffee shops. The Angel Hotel does nationally famous afternoon Teas and has an adjoining Bakery which sells excellent Croissants and sourdough bread.. St Mary’s mediaeval Church and adjoining Tythe Barn which also has an excellent coffee/lunch Shop as well as the Tourist Office should not be missed and has an exhibition of ‘Historic Abergavenny’. It has a cinema and two theatres, The Borough and the Melville and there is a performance most nights of the week

Crickhowell is a very pretty town and has an excellent Bakers/coffee shop. The famous Bear Hotel and the Table Mountain above it which is a very good walk, details from the Tourist Office next to the Clarence Hall and car park.

Hereford is a lovely city with a Cathederal which houses the ‘MAPPA MUNDI’ and some very pretty streets and new development on the old Market site. Hereford has the Courtyard Arts Centre where films and plays are shown several times a week. The Cathederal also host Concerts.

Hay on Wye is famous for its bookshops and is about an hours drive away. You could travel via the mountain road which is narrow and single track and probably best avoided on Bank Holidays and which takes you past Cwmyoy Church which leans both out from and into the hillside. It is Wales’s leaning tower of Pisa and is up to the right of the road to Llanthony Abbey, Capel y Ffyn and its beautiful little white washed Chapel, over Gospel Pass where the view is magnificent and drop down into Hay, returning a different way.

Brecon is a small Cathedral town with the Brecon Beacons as a magnificent backdrop and is a good base to start any walks in the Beacons. Brecon has a Theatre, Theatre Brycheiniog where there are performances each week.

Monmouth, the old County Town of Monmouthshire is 20 minutes away. It has a fine mediaeval bridge, the Nelson museum and independent shops.

The cities of Cardiff and Bristol are within easy driving distance.

Fantastic Christmas escape! We had the most fantastic Christmas break here. Julian and his family are charming and very welcoming. The cottage is very private with a separate car parking space and although visible from the main farmhouse, we felt utterly secluded. The ambient noise is very low and we slept so well (the bed is heaven). All the small details are thought of, the log burner was a real treat and made it feel very cosy. Abergavenny and Crickhowell only a short drive. Some fab walks and places to eat. Cannot recommend it enough, we hope to return soon!
Katie S