Why not make a day of it? Or longer? See Jonty Clark’s website for more of his wonderful illustrations. The relevant Telegraph article is here. Food & Drink Take a trip to Tintern, see the Abbey and have lunch or tea right next to it in The Anchor Inn Lunch is also available at The Piercefield or it may be possible to combine a garden visit and home made lunch or tea at High Glanau (see below) Where to stay the award winning – The Chicken Shed Gardens Wye Valley Sculpture Garden 15 minutes away. Featured in the English Garden (four pages AND front cover) – sculpture by Gemma Woods. Four acre plantsman’s garden, wonderful location overlooking the Wye. See blog post here. Dewstow Gardens and Grottos 25 minutes away. “A labyrinth of underground grottoes, tunnels and sunken ferneries. The rock gardens are made up of a mixture of real stone and faced stone using various forms of Pulhamite. A rediscovered Edwardian Wonderland. Open 10 am – 3.30 pm. High Glanau 15 minutes away. Another Arts and Crafts garden – Avray Tipping’s own home garden, restored by Helena Gerrish, also author of ‘Edwardian Country Life – the story of H Avray Tipping’. National Gardens Scheme Tredegar House 40 minutes away. Unusual restored 18th century formal gardens. I like them, but not fashionable.. Dyffryn Gardens An hour away. Improving? We hope.. Ridler’s Garden An hour and a half away. Definitely worth the trip if it’s open. National Gardens Scheme The National Botanic Garden of Wales An hour and a half away. Aberglasney One and three quarter hours away. Llanover Garden School 30 minutes away An improving garden and a garden school to improve you. Lunch and meet the Big Garden Names. Other Attractions Tintern Abbey 10 minutes away Ruined, I’m afraid. Tintern is also the home of the famous Tintern Philosophy Circle. Chepstow Castle 12 minutes away History! One of the oldest castles in Castle ridden Wales. Wye Valley 10 minutes away This website includes places to eat in Monmouthshire Wye Valley Walk 12 minutes away For the energetic. Forest of Dean 30 minutes away A world of its own, strange and slightly foreign. Monmouth 25 minutes away Sweet market town, with Waitrose AND local shops. Website full of information Chepstow Racecourse 10 minutes away A little light gambling…? Raglan Castle 15 minutes And Raglan – home of the sleeves, and once of the Lord Raglan who ordered the Charge of the Light Brigade Abergavenny 30 minutes Don’t forget the Food Festival – though you may have to come with a party if you want to visit Veddw at the same time: it’s in our groups only season. And for the sheer joy of the area as a place to visit, see here – a piece by Joan Bakewell.