Llangovan is a small village in the county of Monmouthshire, in southeast Wales. It is surrounded by rolling hills, beneath the Trellech ridge, five miles southwest of Monmouth. On the eastern edge of Llangovan, a gentle brook marks the boundary of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a magnificent stretch of wooded glades, river valleys and ancient ruins, right on the border between England and Wales.
Explore the village from your holiday cottage in Llangovan and you will find a traditional community which time seems to have forgotten. There are no shops or cafes in Llangovan, only a scattering of pretty homes, making it the perfect place to unwind and savour a slower, rural pace of life. There are a number of historical landmarks in and around the village, including listed Llangovan Church, which is now closed and home to a colony of bats, and Court St. Lawrence, another listed building which was once the home of Sir Geoffrey David Inkin, the high sheriff of Gwent.
Llangovan holiday cottages are perfectly located for exploring the Wye Valley, a stunning area which stretches for 326 square miles, covering parts of Gloucestershire, Monmouthshire and Herefordshire. The river winds through a deep valley, where limestone gorges and wild ravine woodland have created a unique environment for hiking, horse-riding, cycling and water-sports.
Self-catering holidays in Llangovan would be incomplete without visiting a few of the area's charming villages and market towns, such as Monmouth, Symonds Yat and Whitchurch. The valley is scattered with ancient forts and castles which once played blood roles in disputes over the border between England and Wales, from the castles of Chepstow and Goodrich to the ramparts of Offa's Dyke. Tintern Abbey has to be one of Wales' most iconic landmarks. The shell of this graceful Gothic structure is open to the sky, in a tranquil setting near the banks of the River Wye.