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Discover things to do in Wye Dean

Activities for large groups

With plenty of interests catered for there is something for everyone whilst staying in one of our stunning holiday cottages based near Symonds Yat, Monmouth, Ross-on-Wye and Abergavenny.  Below are some ideas to inspire you to explore the area!

Fun for the familyDog relaxing on boat in the Wye Valley - Things to do

If you’re looking to keep the young ones occupied you can help them explore their creativityfind adventure, take a ride on Thomas the Tank Engine or explore a slice of history.

Good times with friends

The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley has much to offer when it comes to spending time with your friends. Whether you’re interested in visiting a brewery or vineyard and sampling their wares or exploring the countryside by hiring some bicycles, there’s plenty more opportunities to create those special moments to share with others.

Michelin Star restauraunts in the Wye Valley

If you’re a fan of great food prepared by chefs recognised for their quality with a Michelin Star then you’re in luck.  The Whitebrook is situated in the heart of the Wye Valley just south of Monmouth and has many awards. There’s also The Walnut Tree Inn where legendary chef Shaun Hill continues his tradition of distinctive and delicious dishes. Also a short journey away in Abergavenny is The Hardwick, recommended by Michel Roux jr as ‘My favourite Welsh restaurant’.

Group Activities

There are many places of interest that cater specifically for large groups. Fancy testing your outdoor survival skills together? Perhaps you want to relax with a round or two of golf or learn a new skill such as archery? If you have specific interests, why not get in touch with us and we’ll share our knowledge of the area to assist you in planning the perfect large group holiday and help you create a personal ‘things to do’ list.

Fishing holidays along the River Wye

The River Wye has a fantastic selection of fishing spots.  If your group are especially interested in going fishing together you can visit to locate the beats that suit you and then check the availability of our large cottages. 

Explore the rugged Forest of Dean

As one of the most beautiful and scenic places in the UK there are many trails, MTB and cycle paths to help you explore and find your own corner of this idyllic area. The Forest of Dean is rich with wildlife, read more about where you can find it see these creatures in their natural habitat.

Nature, Heritage and History

There is an abundant local history that is still evidenced with a number of places of to visit. From ancient iron mines that helped birth the industrial revolution, to medieval castles that played pivotal roles in history and living, breathing steam railways. The Wye Valley is also an Outstanding Area of Natural Beauty and has many natural landmarks such as Yat Rock and King Arthur’s Cave in Symonds Yat.

And for when it’s raining…

On those days when the outdoors doesn’t look like such fun there’s still many things to do indoors!  Just remember to pack your wellies!

There really is no shortage of ideas for things to see and do in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean.

Have a look at Wyedean Tourism site for even more attractions and activities.

Tell us about your favourite things to do!

If you choose to stay with us and find something amazing that you think everyone should know about, why not tell us on our Twitter or Facebook pages.  You and other members of your group can also share pictures of your holiday as we always love hearing how our guests have enjoyed themselves.

  • Long Barn

    Prices from £1,750.00

    This magical spacious eco barn in the Brecon Beacons sleep up to 20 guests in 8 stylish bedrooms with 6 bath/shower rooms, 2 lounges and 2 kitchens.

    • 8 bedrooms sleeps 20
    • Brecon Beacons
    • Hot Tub hire and Games area
    • Light and airy barn conversion
    • 2 Kitchens 2 Lounges
  • High Cloud Farm and Barn

    Prices from £1,900.00

    Restored from a run down farm house when bought by Christina Dodwell many years ago, it served for a time as her home and much of her personality and adventures have gone into the house and in the grounds. The openness and size of the farm with its many features almost encourage you to explore the world around you as much as she did and see what you can discover!

    • Dining table seats 24
    • 10 bedrooms sleeps 24
    • Large games room
    • Heated outdoor swimming pool
    • Covered hot tub
  • The Anchor

    Prices from £1,750.00

    Set in the heart of Lydbrook in the Forest of Dean and previously know as The Anchor Inn, this cosy village pub, which dates back to the 15th century, is now a charmingly converted holiday cottage designed as accommodation for large groups.

    • 7/8 ensuite bedrooms sleep 22
    • G/F room, sofa bed & bathroom
    • Dogs and other pets welcome
    • Covered Hot Tub
    • Dine 20 round one table
  • Lowe Farmhouse

    Prices from £1,750.00

    Idylllic rural hideaway on a traditional Herefordshire farm with it's own on site Activity Centre plus games room. 10 minutes walk to wonderful pub. Masses of space.

    • 10 Bedrooms sleeping 24
    • Dining Room seats everyone
    • 2 Kitchens, 2 Lounges
    • Hot Tub hire available
    • Lovely Games Room
  • Holly Tree House

    Prices from £1,750.00

    This charming Edwardian villa is set in the hills above Symonds Yat, overlooking the River Wye. With two lounges, a large dining room and patio plus covered, outdoor hot tub there is plenty of room here to relax and enjoy the sights and sound of nature all around you. An ideal pet-friendly cottage for large group holidays, Holly Tree House provides accommodation in picturesque Symonds Yat, offering an idyllic retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

    • 9 bedrooms sleeping 12 - 22
    • 8 Bath and Shower/Loos
    • Covered Hot Tub
    • Pet Friendly
    • 3 Pub/Restaurants walkable
  • Fairlea Grange

    Prices from £1,750.00

    This striking gothic townhouse in the heart of Abergavenny is full of character and features that have inspired one of cinema’s classic movies. Originally the childhood home of Ethel Lina White, a contemporary of Agatha Christie, it was she who wrote the original novel upon which the Alfred Hitchcock movie, the Lady Vanishes, was based. If you want your stay to evoke the atmosphere of one of these classic novels, this is the holiday home for you!

    • 10 bedrooms, 8 ensuites
    • Pets Welcome
    • Games Room
    • Covered Hot Tub
    • Near Brecon Beacons
  • River Wye Lodge

    Prices from £1,950.00

    This converted historic 18th Century Coaching Inn offers a wonderful outdoor space on the banks of the River Wye, with a nearby park and canoe launch and a short walk to local village amenities in Lydbrook. Indoors there’s more than enough space to sleep 26 in 12 bedrooms. 10 of the bedrooms have glorious views of the River Wye. The cottage has an accessibility ramp to the front door and the ground floor houses a wheelchair friendly twin room with an en-suite wet room.

    • 12 Bedrooms sleeping 26
    • Covered Hot Tub
    • Games Room
    • Dine 26 round one table
    • Twin disabled bedroom wet room en suite
  • Forest House

    Prices from £1,750.00

    Grade 2, 11 ensuite bedroom converted 4* Hotel sleeping up to 24 in the centre of Coleford, the heart of the Forest of Dean - Hot Tub, games Lounge , Dine Together, Bar. Off road walks and cycling from door.

    • 11 Ensuite bedrooms sleeping 24
    • Covered Hot Tub
    • Games Lounge and Bar
    • All Dine Together
    • Pet Friendly for 2 dogs
  • Orchard House

    Prices from £1,900.00

    The accommodation sleeps up to 24 people and is ideal for family occasions, birthday celebrations, reunions, and holiday breaks. You can walk through the fields into your own private woodland, bike on traffic free lanes, canoe or cruise the nearby River Wye, enjoy unlimited local activities and award winning pubs and restaurants.

    • 10 Bedrooms
    • 2 kitchens
    • Large TV Lounge
    • 8 bath and shower rooms/loos
    • Dine 24 in the dining room
  • The Manor on the Monnow

    Prices from £1,950.00

    On the bank of the River Monnow with it's own grounds, fishing, and swimming, hot tub and games room just a 10 minute walk into town, the Manor is perfect for town and country group self catering in the picturesque border town of Monmouth.

    • Games Room and Hot Tub
    • Fishing from riverbank
    • Wild swimming 100 yards
    • Galleried Hall with woodburner
    • 11 Bedrooms, 9 Bathrooms
  • Cedars House

    Prices from £1,900.00

    Cedars House is a lovely Georgian holiday home ideally located in the heart of the village of Whitchurch, in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, and sleeps 12 – 20 people.

    • Sleeps 12 - 20
    • 8 bedrooms
    • 5 mins walk to River Wye
    • 4 en-suite bathrooms
    • Walk to 3 pubs/restaurants
  • The Portland

    Prices from £1,900.00

    The Portland is a big holiday cottage that sleeps 12 – 22. It is a spacious Grade II Georgian House positioned in an idyllic village setting. On the cusp of three beautiful counties (Herefordshire, Monmouthshire and Gloucestershire) and close enough to offer great Symonds Yat accommodation.

    • Sleeps 22
    • 8 en-suite bedrooms
    • Hot tub available on request
    • 5 minute walk to River Wye
    • Grade II Georgian village house