Self-catering holiday cottages near Chepstow in Monmouthshire, in the Wye Valley
Groups of walkers and ramblers regularly descend upon Chepstow and the Wye Valley bringing welcome trade to the various self-catering cottages, apartments and eateries.
Chepstow is a small but pretty market town with a 'touristy' feel contributed to by several gift shops, a museum, a crystal factory shop outlet. It's also famous for its race course which is located on the outskirts of the town. The star attraction is Chepstow Castle (Tel: 01291 624 065).
Chepstow Castle sprawls along the River Wye in a formerly strategic position on the Welsh English border. An imposing and large medieval fortress, its history dates back to 1067, soon after the Battle of Hastings. A certain William Fitz Osbern began the building by erecting the rectangular keep to secure newly won territories in the Welsh borders. The castle was built of stone with no preceding timber stage which was unusual at that time. Arrow slits were next added to improve its defences. Its design is typically Norman with a tall gate house and high curtain walls running between the towers. It was extended and improved over the years, beseiged twice during the Civil War, and later altered to accommodate cannon and muskets. It continued to be inhabited and used as a prison until about 1690.
Chepstow Castle is open to visitors every day, when the past is brought to life through an audio visual display, reproductions of medieval weapons, and life sized models. A pay and display car park is located beside the castle.
Other places to visit in the area:
Tintern Abbey - ruins of former Cistercian Abbey which display many fine architectural features
Castle Coch near Cardiff - fairytale Gothic style castle with conical turrets
Forest of Dean - extensive ancient woodland with sculpture trail, waymarked trails suitable for walking and cycling
Clearwell Caves - iron mining museum in the Forest of Dean (Tel: 01594 832 535)
Self-catering holiday cottages in and around the Wye Valley
Detached and set on the hillside in the heart of the Royal Forest of Dean, the Grade II cottage is a wonderful retreat surrounded by mature gardens on various levels from which to absorb the glorious views which are far reaching and take in the River Severn.
Harmony Cottage sleeps 9 and offers much warmth, charm and character with inglenook fireplaces, beams and flagstone floors at different levels. This property has central hearing and is ideal for family get togethers because it has a dining hall plus three separate sitting rooms affording much space.
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|Granary Cottage, sleeps 2-3, in Elton, near Gloucester
Granary Cottage is situated at the end of a quiet country lane at the northern extremes of the Royal Forest of Dean, in the small hamlet of Elton near Gloucester. The cottage was built in the late 17th Century and is set in the grounds of Upper Hall, a country farmhouse of the same period.
The cottage has been converted to a high standard with all modern conveniences whilst retaining the original character of the period. The cottage has a private garden with garden furniture, barbecue and ample parking for 2 cars. Perfect for touring the Cotswolds, Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.
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