Explore Wye and Usk Valley, Wales

Holiday Cottages in Wales, by Veronica.

Brecon Beacons Holiday

This part of Wales has so much to offer in terms of a holiday destination, you can enjoy stunning scenery, explore endless historical sites from castles to ruins and take part in many outdoor pursuits and even watch the Welsh National at Chepstow!


Chepstow is the home of the only horseracing course in the Wales and holds regular race meetings including the Welsh National in December. This medieval border town, is home to Chepstow Castle, one of the oldest castles in Britain. Renting a holiday cottage near Chepstow gives you a great place to stay in Wales and explore this fascinating town. In fact, why not take a look at our latest addition to whichcottage which is based just outside Chepstow, Monmouthshire Holiday Cottage

Discover Monmouth
The most English of Welsh towns is Monmouth, a Georgian town that sits at the head of the Lower Wye Valley. Monmouth was the birthplace of Henry V, a fact celebrated by Agincourt Square in the centre of the town, and has been both English and Welsh over the centuries. Self-catering cottages near Monmouth are plentiful and many offer luxury holiday accommodation for a Welsh holiday.

The Literary Centre of Hay-on-Wye

This small town is known throughout the world of book collectors, as this is where they come to browse amongst the forty or so second-hand shops, with their hundreds of thousands of volumes. There is a title for every size of pocket and every age, and the highlight of the year is the Hay on Wye Literary Festival every May/June. If you want to rent a holiday cottage in Hay-on-Wye then there is a great selection of cottages to chose from.

Abergavenny, Newport and Usk

The Usk valley centres on the two towns of Abergavenny and Newport. Abergavenny is a useful base for walking in the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons with many self-catering cottages available. This northern part of the valley is known for its fine local produce including venison, lamb, beef, cheese, honey, and wine

The town of Usk, now much depleted, was once one of the largest in Wales and this is shown in the size of the castle ruins. Usk holds a regular, and very popular, farmers market every two weeks, and is a very busy place for fishermen – if you want a fishing holiday cottage near Usk then this is a great part of Wales for fishing.

On the edge of Newport is the Roman town of Caerleon, at one time the largest Roman garrison town in Wales. Archaeologists have uncovered a wide range of artefacts and buildings and these are shown off in an interesting museum. Newport, on the other hand, is much more modern having expanded from a humble fishing village to its present size during the industrial revolution. There is an ancient cathedral and a town museum, but it is perhaps better known for its rugby team.

There are some luxury holiday cottages to rent in the Wye valley and Usk valley – fabulous remote cottages near Abergavenny, isolated cottages in the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountain accommodation for a self-catering holiday, Chepstow cottages to rent for the races, luxury cottages to hire near Hay-on-Wye for the book festival, self-catering cottages near Monmouth – whatever kind of holiday home you are looking for in this idyllic part of Wales you will be able to find it at great prices.

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