In and around Penallt

Ideal for walking, bird-watching, biking. star gazing or just getting away from it all.


The Dovecote is in the picturesque village of Penallt, near Monmouth in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB.) It sits on the side of a beautiful valley near the River Wye in Monmouthshire. Click here to view map of where The Dovecote is located.

There's lots to do in the area. It provides an idyllic base for some exceptional walking, cycling, fishing, canoeing and other outdoor activities. A renowned real ale pub is a ten minute walk down the lane

Great pubs and inns

We're lucky to have 3 great pubs within walking distance of The Dovecote - (if you don't mind a wee bit of a hike that is.) In order of proximity:


The Boat Inn

Their website says it all: real ales, real food, real fire, real live music - real pub. The Boat Inn is about a mile walk down the lane and well worth the visit. The beer garden is on stepped levels up the side of the valley alongside a waterfall and pool, with more seating on the river bank next to the old iron bridge over to England. Inside you'll find log fires and a warm welcome.

The Bell in Redbrook

Cross the iron footbridge and former railway bridge across the Wye from the Boat Inn and you'll cross the border from Wales into England and the villlage of Redbrook, with a fantastic local shop and post office and The Bell pub. "The first and last pub in England" stocks good ales and ciders (including Capsy Wennet pressed at the Dovecote's ciderhouse) and serves a cracking Sunday roast.


The Whitebrook (formerly the Crown at Whitebrook)

For a special treat, in neighbouring village Whitebrook (approx 5 miles away) you'll find a Michelin star restaurant serving original fine cuisine from locally sourced food flavoured with freshly foraged herbs and plants.

Excellent walks

There are scores of fabulous walks right from the Dovecote's doorstep and hundreds more a short drive away. Our walking-enthusiast guests tell us that the stunning views, abundance of wildlife and unspoilt beauty of Penallt mean that local walking is comparable with the best walks anywhere.


Follow the links below for some examples of local walks. We also have maps and guides in The Dovecote available for guests.


We're less than a mile from the Wye Valley Walk route


Walking Britain's recommended walks in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean


Information about walking in the Wye Valley AONB


Ramblers recommended walks within 10 miles of The Dovecote


Incredible wildlife

As you would expect within an AONB, you will find an abundance of beautiful and often rare flora and fauna during your stay. From the majestic fallow deer that skip out of the woods to the rear of the Dovecote to the buzzards and occasional red kite soaring above - the area is a haven for Wales's best-loved mammals and birds.


The hedgerows and meadows put out spectacular displays of wild flowers from Spring to Autumn. You can expect to see breathtaking carpets of snowdrops, welsh daffodils, bluebells, buttercups and other meadow flowers depending on the season and the flush of apple and pear blossom in the orchards is also a sight to behold.


Pentwyn Farm SSSI

Owned and managed by Gwent Wildlife Trust, this spectcular 11 acre reserve is a short walk away towards the main village of Penallt. Species found here include Green-winged Orchid, Yellow-rattle, Bird's-foot-trefoil, Cowslip, Early Purple Orchid, Common Spotted orchid, Twayblade,Knapweed (or Black Knapweed), Oxeye Daisy, Eyebright,Dormouse, Fieldfare, Redwing, Greater Butterfly Orchid.

Historic Wales


Many of the finest castles in Wales are in Monmouthshire and a short drive from Penallt. All of these castles are between 20 and 45 minute's drive from The Dovecote.


Raglan Castle


Chepstow Castle


White Castle


Skenfrith Castle


Grosmont Castle


Caldicot Castle


Llanthony Priory and the walks nearby are also well worth a visit

Castle Interior