In and around Penallt
Here are some of our recommended things to do in Penallt and the surrounding area:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.