“So many places to visit within easy reach…the cake was much appreciated at the top of Pen-y-Fan!”
The Great Outdoors
Many of our visitors come here for the walking. The main footpath through the farm leads straight up to the summit of Sugar Loaf – a walk of about an hour. Paths branch off from this in all directions, and it is possible to explore the mountain and its foothills and valleys from a different perspective every day. There are OS maps provided for guests’ use, and we can suggest local walks – of any length to suit your energy levels – and pubs that might provide a welcome break and good food along your way! Being so close to the town it is easy to pick up all the main routes westwards into the Brecon Beacons, and north and east into the further reaches of the Black Mountains.
Other outdoor activities available locally include cycling, horse riding, climbing, and para-gliding. The Usk, Wye and Monnow rivers offer some fantastic spots for wild swimming fans – we can share some of our favourites with you. And if you’re lucky enough to coincide with winter snow, bring your sledge; you won’t even need to leave the farm to get some fast and furious runs!
Food Glorious Food
Abergavenny is a foodie heaven, with great local produce in shops and the market, and excellent restaurants in town and a few minutes’ drive away. Try The Angel Hotel for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or fantastic afternoon teas, Pizzorante for home-made pasta and pizza and The Cinnamon Tree for the best curry in town. Out of town are The Walnut Tree at Llandewi Skirrid and The Hardwick, and, a bit further afield, The Bull’s Head at Craswall, and the Felin Fach Griffin. And nothing can beat a wild swim in the Monnow behind Skenfrith Castle followed by lunch at The Bell!
The Food Market in Abergavenny is open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and there is a Farmers’ Market on the fourth Thursday of every month. This focus on food explodes in September when the town holds its annual Food Festival, and again for the Christmas Food Fair at the beginning of December.
Castles and Culture
South Wales is great castle country - Abergavenny’s is just a ruin but there are impressive remains down the road at Raglan and also at Chepstow, Caerphilly and of course Cardiff.
Abergavenny also has its own museum, but the jewel in that particular crown is the World Heritage Site at Blaenavon; several museums here celebrate the region’s industrial past, including the fabulous Big Pit mining museum.
There are wonderful churches - a walk in the Llanthony Valley taking in the ruined priory is a must - and Cardiff is less than an hour away for sport, theatre, galleries and shopping.
Sun, Sea and Sand
If your holiday isn’t complete without a day on the beach, the glorious golden sands and sparkling sea of the Gower beaches are just over an hour away….
Our area hosts a number of hugely popular festivals - Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival (May/June); Abergavenny Cycling Festival (July); Brecon Jazz Festival (August); The Green Man Festival at Crickhowell (August); Abergavenny Food Festival (September); Brecon Baroque Festival (October); and Abergavenny Christmas Food Fair (early December).