A LOCAL PINT: The Crown at Pantygelli is a good local pub just 15 minutes away, or try The Dragons Head in Llangenny, further down the River Grwynne and a great spot to watch the salmon leaping upstream in the autumn.
SMART GRUB: Monmouthshire is the food capital of Wales, the Walnut Tree Inn, 25 minutes away, has won a Michelin star and is perfect for a special meal. More laid back, although equally great food can be found at The Hardwick, Foxhunter, Nant-y-Ffin or Crown at Whitebrook...lots of choice and links to be found in our Things to Do pages, booking recommended.
PONY TREKKING: A great way to discover the hills, there is a trekking centre in Capel-y-Ffin, as well as in Llangattock.
CYCLING & WALKING: Directly out the door you'll find hours of trails to explore by foot or pedal. If you enjoy cycling, bring them all, cyclo-cross / MTB and road, as there really is something special for every day. Nearby MBT centre has trails running very close by to the cottage and there are is a large network of trails criss-crossing the surrounding forest, which is thoroughly enjoyable for adults and children alike. Bike hire is available in Abergavenny and Hay on Wye.
TOWNS: Abergavenny, The Gateway to Wales, with its castle, shops and restaurants is 20 minutes. The Cathedral cities of Brecon and Hereford, with the Mappa Mundi as well as Hay on Wye, with its famous Hay Festival, all make great day trips. Or nip into the lovely village of Crickhowell for a decent morning coffee.
HISTORY: St Issui at Patrishow is a lovely local church to visit, there is a forest trail through the woods which will take you there, it's apx 5-6 miles round trip walking, contouring most of the way along the hillside. Llanthony Priory has a pub within its walls and the three historic castles, Grosmont, Skenfrith and White Castle make a great day out exploring the stunning Monmouthshire countryside and Raglan Castle has a cafe and well worth a stop off, when heading out towards the Wye Valley. There are some lovely walking trails marked out along the way.