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A family home in a quiet rural setting, just a mile away from a small market town on the border between Wales and England.
Monmouth https://www.visitmonmouthshire.com/is an old market town and voted one of the top 10 places to live in the UK. It has a number of successful independent shops, bars, restaurants and two theatres. Monmouthshire is a foodie's heaven with a number of Michelin star restaurants a short drive away. The vibrant and multicultural cities of Cardiff https://www.visitcardiff.com and Bristol https://visitbristol.co.uk/ are 45 minutes drive away and Birmingham https://visitbirmingham.com/ can be reached within an hour. London https://www.visitlondon.com/ is a three hour drive. The nearest beach is a 50 minute drive. There are two rivers in Monmouth, one of which you can enjoy boat rides, rowing and canoeing: https://www.monmouthcanoe.co.uk
Read about Monmouth’s rich history which dates back to Roman times here: https://www.monmouth.gov.uk/monmouth-town
For an active family there is plenty to do and see. The Brecon Beacons National Park http://www.breconbeacons.org/ (where South Wales' highest peak can be found) is an hour away but there are plenty of mountains closer for those that enjoy hiking, mountain biking or trail running. The Wye Valley (an area of outstanding beauty) is a 20 minute drive away. Walkers and cyclists will enjoy the easy access to the Offas Dyke path https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/offas-dyke-path and the Peregrine Path https://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/peregrine-path (reward yourself with a drink and bite to eat the The Saracens Head http://www.saracensheadinn.co.uk/ in Symond’s Yat https://www.royalforestofdean.info/wye-valley/symonds-yat.shtml and look out for King Arthur’s cave http://www.wyenot.com/doward.htm). The Forest of Dean is also within easy access (20 minute drive).
We have a family home built in the 1980s with four bedrooms; a master bedroom with ensuite, a double bedroom and two single bedrooms. There is a family bathroom and separate downstairs toilet. We have a generous sized living room and separate dining room. There is a full equipped kitchen with a separate utility room. We are in the process of modernising the house so some rooms are still 1980s... a work in progress! There is a front and back garden, the latter has a patio with a large table and chairs, parasol and chiminea and also a trampoline. The immediate neighbourhood is quiet with views of farmland and mountains (Black Mountains http://www.blackmountainswalking.co.uk/the-black-mountains-magic towards Abergavenny http://www.abergavenny.org.uk/ on outskirts of Brecon Beacons National Park).
There is a bus stop a short walk away which goes to the centre of Monmouth town (a mile away) where there are plenty of independent shops, bars and restaurants as well as a supermarket, leisure centre and theatre. There are countryside walks from the doorstep.
The nearest airports are Bristol and Cardiff (both 52.6 miles). Birmingham Airport is 78 miles.
- 2 Adults
- 2 Children
- 2 Exchanges made
- Deputy Head Teacher
- Educational Psychologist
- House Type: House
- Environment: In the country
- Bedrooms: 4
- Bathrooms: 2
- Sleeping Capacity: 6
In my house
- Pets - Not allowed
- Small children - Allowed
- Home exchange
- Free internet access
- Central heating
- Toys and games
- Washing machine
- Clothes dryer
- Terrace or deck
- Park / playground
- No smoking
- Car necessary
- Use/Exchange of car
- Pet care wanted
Our Destination Wish List
- Open for all offers
- United States
- New Zealand
- Vienna, Austria
Nearest Airport: Bristol - 52.6 miles
- Monmouth Golf Club (0.8 km)
- Supermarket (2.0 km)
- Peregrine Path (1.9 km)
- Monmouth Rowing Club (1.9 km)
- Kymin (2.7 km)
- Llandegfedd Lake (23.2 km)
- Mallard's Pike Lake (14.1 km)
Monmouth is a small market town nestled between two areas of outstanding beauty; the Brecon Beacons National Park (where you can climb South Wales' highest peak - Pen Y Fan) and The Wye Valley (home to deer, wild boar, beavers and other wildlife). There is plenty to do and see for an active adventurous family, food lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, walkers, cyclists, runners, bookworms and those who enjoy culture. For book lovers, a visit to Hay on Wye is a must (33 miles, 1 hour in car). https://www.solosophie.com/hay-on-wye-book-town-wales-guide/
The vibrant cities of Bristol and Cardiff are less than an hour away in the car. Birmingham is also easily accessible. There is no train station in Monmouth, however you can get a local bus to Newport http://www.newport.gov.uk/en/Leisure-Tourism/Visit-Newport/Visit-Newport.aspx train station (30 minutes drive) and embark on a direct line to London Paddington (90 minutes). Monmouth has excellent links to the M4 and M5 motorways. Although it is possible to travel by bike and public transport within the locality, it would be advisable for access to a car to experience all that the area has to offer. A car can be available as part of the exchange - either our C1 or our Vauxhall Insignia (depending on whether we are using our car to travel). We have two child seats for the car (one seat with a back and another backless booster seat).
Here are a selection of our favourite places to eat:
Here are our favourite cultural places to visit:
https://cadw.gov.wales/daysout/raglancastle/?lang=en (Raglan Castle)
https://www.solosophie.com/hay-on-wye-book-town-wales-guide/ (Hay on Wye 'town of books' and home to a book festival)
https://museum.wales/cardiff/ (Cardiff Museum)
https://cadw.gov.wales/daysout/tinternabbey/?lang=en (Tintern Abbey - 25 min drive)
Some beautiful places we like to visit:
https://www.forestryengland.uk/symonds-yat-rock (Yat Rock, 20 minutes by car - can also be cycled along Peregrine Path).
https://www.forestryengland.uk/mallards-pike-lake (30 mins by car, 14 miles) Good for picnics, walks and cycling.
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sugarloaf-and-usk-valley/features/skirrid-fawr - A mountain visible from our home - you can find a good circle walk of this mountain detailed here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sugarloaf-and-usk-valley/trails/skirrid-fawr-walk-a-mountain-of-mud-and-myths
https://www.visitwales.com/holidays-breaks/winter/welsh-waterfalls (a little further to travel but there are some beautiful waterfalls to visit).
Good family places to visit locally:
https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/newport-wetlands/ (A wetlands nature reserve 30 mins by car)
https://www.raglanfarmpark.com/ ( A farm park with animals, outside space and all weather play areas). 20 mins by car.
https://www.forestryengland.uk/beechenhurst (Park, cycling, woodland, trails, cafe) 25mins by car.
https://butterflyzoo.co.uk/ (Butterfly zoo - nice warm place to go in the winter!) 10 mins by car.
https://www.wmsp.co.uk/ (Safari Park - 1 hour drive).
https://www.bristolzoo.org.uk/ (Bristol Zoo - 1 hour).
- Deputy Head Teacher
- Educational Psychologist
- Boy - Age: 6
- Girl - Age: 10