The village of Llancayo lies near the banks of the River Usk, in the Welsh county of Monmouthshire. There are no shops here, only a scattering of historic homes surrounded by rolling hills, woods and farmland. Barely touched by tourism, it is an Idllyic base from which to discover the region’s river valleys, charming market towns and ancient ruins. On the doorstep of your Llancayo holiday cottage, you will find winding lanes and footpaths where long walks and wildlife-watching in the unspoiled countryside can be enjoyed.
This luxuriously furnished windmill in the countryside near Usk in Monmouthshire was built in 1813 and lovingly restored to create a large and quirky holiday cottage sleeping 12 close to the Brecon Beacons National Park. Pets welcome.
Two miles south of LLancayo, Usk is a charming town with a variety of shops, an 11th-century castle and exceptional salmon fishing in the River Usk. The Museum of Rural Life is well worth a visit, and beautiful woodland walks can be found at Wentwood, just outside the town.
Usk hosts a regular farmers’ market where you can buy fresh, quality produce, and there are many cosy old pubs including the New Court Inn. Self-catering holidays in Llancayo are perfect for visitors who are planning to explore the magnificent scenery of Southeast Wales. Many of the country’s most iconic landmarks are located within a few miles of the village, including Chepstow Castle, Tintern Abbey and Abergavenny Castle. Directly to the village’s east, the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is an enchanting stretch of wooded glades, river valleys and ancient ruins, right on the border between England and Wales.
The River Wye meanders through a deep valley, where the limestone gorges and ravine woodland are a paradise for walking, horse-riding, cycling and water-sports. The wild moors and hills of the Brecon Beacons National Park are nearby, while the city of Cardiff is a scenic 40-minute drive south from Llancayo holiday cottages, with great restaurants, shopping and historic architecture to explore.