Holiday cottages in Welsh Newton are suited to visitors who want a peaceful base from which to explore the Brecon Beacons and the Wye Valley. This quiet village is surrounded by wild countryside and ancient sites, in the county of Herefordshire, near the border with Wales. Set amid rolling hills and woodland, it is a popular base among walkers and history enthusiasts. Scattered across the fields, woods and hills around Welsh Newton, there are more than 30 archaeological sites and many historic landmarks, including magnificent Pembridge Castle. It is claimed that Welsh Newton is haunted, with many reports of a headless horseman being seen on his way from St Wustan's Farm to the village. If your cottage holiday in Welsh Newton is in December, don't miss the ceremony to still the spirits at the ruins of St Faith's Church.
Take a stroll from your holiday cottage in Welsh Newton and you will pass rows of pretty cottages, an 18th century Parsonage house, old stone farmhouses and a pair of churches – the Norman church of St Mary the Virgin and a derelict Methodist chapel. Welsh Newton is near the western border of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where the lush ravines and wooded glades are a paradise for hiking, kayaking and horse-riding.
A short drive from Welsh Newton, the pretty village of Symonds Yat is home to a spectacular limestone outcrop which towers above the river, providing exceptional views of the surrounding countryside. The region is scattered with picturesque towns, such as Hay-on-Wye – famous for its annual literary festival – and Monmouth, a county town with impressive architecture and a maze of cobbled streets to explore. The Brecon Beacons and the city of Cardiff are close enough for day trips on self-catering holidays in Welsh Newton.