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Privately-owned Glen-Yr-Afon House Hotel, set within an impressive Victorian villa, has 27 individually styled rooms and a two-bedroomed, self-catering cottage. Renowned as a weddings and celebrations venue, it has a good restaurant, a cosy bar and a spacious ballroom. Splendid afternoon teas are served in the lounge.

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Glen-Yr-Afon House is a just five-minute stroll from the centre of Usk and its shops, pubs and cafés, set back from the town's main through road and surrounded by three acres of grounds including sweeping lawns and cherry trees. It has a good restaurant and bar, and the rooms are nicely furnished and comfortable. Usk and Raglan castles, foodie heaven Abergavenny and Llandegfedd Reservoir for bird watching are close by, plus golf, walking and fishing.

By car: the hotel is 1 hour 40 mins from Birmingham, 3 hours from London and 3 hours 10 mins from Manchester. There is free parking.

By train: London Paddington to Newport takes 1 hour 40 mins. A taxi to the hotel takes another 20 mins. Book trains to Newport.

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Glen-Yr-Afon started life as a family home in 1868 and has been well-established as a hotel since 1974. Interiors are elegant and traditional but with a modern edge, with warm wood panelling, gold lanterns, pictures, quality wood furniture and antiques, and lovely stained glass windows. The atmosphere is very calm and friendly.


The hotel has welcoming, efficient staff, a large restaurant, bar, guest lounge, library and a big ballroom. Two rooms are licensed for weddings. Outside there are lawns and dining areas where lunch and tea can be enjoyed. There is an accessible room on the first floor, with a wet room, accessed by a ramp and the guest lift, and plenty of parking.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lounge
  • Garden
  • Ballroom
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


There are 27 individual-styled ensuite rooms, including family rooms on two levels with a double bed and twin beds, and a two-bedroom, self-contained luxury cottage. Décor features tasteful country and floral themes.

Room types: Standard Double, Standard Twin, Superior Double, Executive Double, The Lodge

Key amenities: ensuite with shower over bath, complimentary toiletries, TV, tea and coffee facilities, hairdryer, free Wi-Fi


Clarkes offers delicious food featuring fresh, local ingredients where possible, from bar snacks and room service, to light meals and à la carte dinners - like Gloucester Old Spot sausage casserole or monkfish and king prawn curry. There are vegetarian options, Sunday lunches and afternoon teas, too, and a good wine list.

Clarkes Restaurant: traditional British cuisine, light lunches, local produce, Mediterranean and Asian-inspired dishes. Open every day for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

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