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10/04/2017: May in the Wye Valley and Usk Valley

History is probably better preserved in Wales than anywhere in the British Isles. We have castles, abbeys, stately homes and follies galore. You are never far from a site of historical interest in the Wye Valley. From Roman Settlements like Caerleon and Caerwent, through ruins such as Tintern, Runston Chapel and Llanthony Priory, to more martial installations like the castles at Chepstow, Caldicot, Raglan, Skenfrith, Usk and many more, there is a wealth of fascinating sites to visit.

May is also a great time to visit them. Many of the gardens that open to the public, like Llanover Gardens and Llanfihangel Court either begin their seasons in, or only open in May. The colours are at their most vivid as spring prepares to give way to summer and everything is in full bloom.

For oenophiles, there is a great choice of vineyards within a short distance of here, with White Castle, Parva Farm and Ancre Hill being closest. Sample the wide variety of great locally produced wines while there and take a boxfull of memories home with you to share with friends.

Staying at Garth Cottage places you ideally for all these attractions and making the most of the local experience that we have built up in over 30 years of welcoming guests here will make sure that you get the best out of the time that you spend in this beautiful area.

Call us now on the number shown above, or click in the header of any page to send us an email outlining your particular interests and we will offer you an itinerary that makes sure you miss as little as possible. Don't worry though, nobody could see all this area has to offer in one visit, so there will be plenty left to see next year and the year after.

To whet your appetite, this page on the Visit Wales web site details many of the attractions close to Garth Cottage.

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14/03/2017: Make the most of your holiday allocation thanks to Pope Gregory!

What you do on your holiday in the Wye Valley/Forest of Dean area is up to you. How much time you can spend doing it gets a bit of a boost from the calendar this year.

With the dates for Easter falling as they do, and the first of May also falling on a Monday, this year offers great opportunities for making the most of your time off work. By starting your holiday on Good Friday, then returning to work on May 2nd, you can take 18 days away, using up only nine days of your holiday allowance. That could mean two main holidays this year!

Spending some of the spring time in Garth Cottages comfortable, friendly bed and breakfast guest house can also work out to be great value too. Call us to check out the special deals for multi-night stays throughout April and May.

This is a great time of year to spend in this area too. Bordering the Forest of Dean, South Herefordshire and the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as we do, you don't have to go far in the spring to watch the beauty of nature unfolding her canvas of new life. Trees are budding, bees are buzzing and the spark of colours from the flowers in hedgerows and on banks igniting the blaze that will last all summer, almost before your eyes.

If you prefer an active break, the canoeing and water sports on the river Wye is in full swing by then, there is climbing, cycling, horse riding and miles of walking within a stone's throw of Garth Cottage.

You can be sure of good advice and finding the best local attractions too, as with over 30 years of welcoming visitors to Garth Cottage behind them, the family has amassed a wealth of information and contacts for all activities and pursuits. Just call Mark on the number shown or click in the header of any page to send us an email for more information.

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06/02/2017: March into Spring with an Early Break at Garth Cottage

March can be chilly and blustery, it can surprise us with an early spring. It can also be action packed and it is the time of year when the active pursuits in the Wye Valley, Forest of Dean and South Herefordshire really get going for the year. If you enjoy water sport, walking, cycling or generally just getting muddy in the beautiful scenery around here, now is a great time to book an early break.

While staying in the comfort of our family run bed and breakfast guesthouse, you are in easy reach of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, historic sites, cultural events and fascintating towns. With over 30 years of welcoming guests to Garth Cottage, we have built up a vast local knowledge of activities, events and places to visit. We can advise on all kinds of pursuits, making your stay here as active or as relaxing as you like.

Check out our calendar page for details of just some of the local events taking place in the next couple of months.

Our season starts in March, so to make sure of a room, give us a call on the number shown above or click in the header of any page to send us an email.

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