Local attractions and activities
Rowlestone Court ice cream parlour
Turn left out of the farm and it’s about a mile down the road on the right. Mary makes the most magical homemade ice cream using milk from Mark’s dairy herd. Their café has at least 16 ﬂavours of ice cream and several sorbets. There are also play areas, and woodland walks featuring some historic lime kilns. Open Easter–September, Weds–Fri 11.00–16.00 and Saturday and Sunday 11.00– 17.00. Also open Bank Holiday Mondays. Dog friendly.
Herfordshire and Monmouthshire are excellent place to explore the rivers by canoe or kayak, which can be hired at various places all along the River Wye including Glasbury, Holme Lacy (Lucksall) and Symmonds Yat. Half-day and full-day trips are available. Most routes include riverbank pub for refreshments, and a trip back to the start in a van (so you don’t have to paddle upstream!).
Golden Valley Llamas
Located just a mile away is Golden Valley Llamas. You can go llama trekking for 2 to 2.5 hrs for £45pp. This is an exclusive experience starting with bringing in your allocated llama and grooming it before heading through Ewyas Harold village and up to the common. That’s not something you get to do every day!
You could spend your whole trip visiting the area’s characterful churches!
However, if you just want to look up a few, don’t miss Dore Abbey, just 3 miles from Penylan. Built in 1147 this beautiful abbey is teeming with history and beauty. Hereford Cathedral is the grand home to the Mappa Mundi. Llanthony Priory is on the way towards Abergavenny and is a great place to explore. Local churches full of charm include St Peter’s Church, Rowlestone; Ewyas Harold; Wormbridge; and Kilpeck, with its infamous gargoyles.
There are a number of castles just a stone’s throw away (no pun intended). Our favourites include those at Longtown, Grosmont, Skenfrith, and Goodrich.
Kentchurch Court & Gardens
Three miles down the road is the beautiful Kentchurch Court & Gardens. This historic house dates back to the 14th century and has been in the Scudamore family for over a thousand years! The garden is peaceful and full of wonderful fragrance. There is also a little tea room with an honesty pot. This will sound strange, but the toilets are very grand!
Oldﬁeld Forge Experience Days
Six miles away is Oldﬁeld Forge Experience Days. This is a family run, traditional Blacksmith’s Forge with a variety of experience packages available.
If you’re up for a bit of action, then head to Kevin and his family to introduce you to the Viking Games! This involves traditional Nordic games including axe throwing, bullrings, archery, kubb, molkky and stige. Situated on the same site you will also ﬁnd Battlelands Painting Balling/Laser Clays. It’s just four miles from here.
The Hill Billy Gin School
New in 2021 is The Hill Billy Gin School. Our friends over at Black Mountains Botanicals invite you to make your very own bottle of gin. Book in advance and let them know you are staying with Ty Gwyn Holidays – hopefully they will be able to squeeze you in!