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A peaceful hamlet tucked away in the Brecon Beacons National Park

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Llanthony Priory

Nestled in the Vale of Ewyas, in the eastern corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park, is the picturesque hamlet of Llanthony. Delight in peace and tranquillity whilst admiring the spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

If you’re feeling more active, the area is popular for hillwalking, horse riding and mountain biking. The Offa’s Dyke Path, a 177-mile long walking trail, passes above Llanthony on the ridge which forms the border between Wales and England.

Any visit to this beautiful part of Wales should include the impressive and evocative ruins of Llanthony Priory. Remotely set in the wildness of the Black Mountains, these haunting remains are all that survives of one of the greatest buildings of medieval Wales. Built in the early 12th century it was one of the many magnificent buildings of Wales to be attacked during the rebellion of the great Welsh Prince Owain Glyndwr. The ruins have been left to crumble for hundreds of years and the awe-inspiring scene has inspired many artists including J.M.W. Turner.

Offa's Dyke Path

For a particularly extraordinary view over the Wye Valley and the Brecon Beacons, head to Hay Bluff just under seven miles away at the northern tip of the Black Mountains. On a clear day, nine counties of Wales and England can be seen so don’t forget to bring your camera.

The bustling market town of Abergavenny is only ten miles away and is a mecca for foodies, with its annual Abergavenny Food Festival and a wide variety of restaurants, pubs and cafes serving fantastic local produce. Rich in heritage and history, you are spoilt for choice with the castles, medieval mansions, Roman remains and standing stones to explore. It also has the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal on the doorstep, one of the most attractive and peaceful waterways, following the line of the wonderful Usk Valley.

Those with a passion for literature should head to Hay-on-Wye, a charming market town renowned for books and bookshops. Only twelve miles away from Llanthony, there is no shortage of good places to eat and drink, plus a wealth of antique shops and galleries.

“Enjoy a peaceful and scenic escape surrounded by the beauty of the Brecon Beacons National Park”

You don’t have to look far for a castle to discover with the grand ruins of Abergavenny Castle just a short walk from the main shopping area of the town. It sits alongside a restored early 19th century hunting lodge, which houses a fascinating collection of artefacts and several exhibitions throughout the year. The imposing, late medieval fortress of Raglan Castle certainly has the ‘wow’ factor and can be seen for miles around the countryside with its dramatic towers. Then there’s Chepstow Castle, a Norman fortress built on rock above the River Wye and the oldest surviving stone-built castle in Britain.

If you’ve been inspired to visit this captivating part of Wales, have a browse of our Llanthony cottages and start planning your perfect getaway.

While you’re there

Offa’s Dyke Path

Follow this National Trail through changing landscapes with amazing wildlife watching opportunities.

Hay Bluff

Take some incredible photographs of the views over the Wye Valley and Brecon Beacons.

Stargazing

The Brecon Beacons National Park is an International Dark Sky Reserve so make the most of the clear dark skies and enjoy some stargazing.

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