Welcome to the Glen-Yr-Afon Blog

Christmas at the Glen-Yr-Afon

Posted on Tue 4th Dec 2018 at 10:44

lsquo It rsquo s beginning to look a lot like Christmas hellip rsquo Christmas is a wonderful and magical time of year and here at the Glen-Yr-Afon we really get into the festive season it rsquo s pretty fun putting up the decorations hellip The decorations are up Christmas lunches are planned special events are organized and we rsquo re all rearing to go Without a doubt the busiest time of year at the ...... More

The History of Usk

Usk has had an eventful past!

Posted on Mon 19th Nov 2018 at 08:30

Our little town has become increasingly well-known over the years This can be attributed to the success Usk has had in many competitions Competitions such as Wales in Bloom Britain in Bloom and most recently the Communities World in Bloom which was an international award ceremony held all the way in Alberta Canada Through the success of the Usk in Bloom committee Usk is also known as the lsquo Town of Flowers rsquo it rsquo ...... More

Planning Your Autumn Wedding

Lets use those warm tones!

Posted on Mon 12th Nov 2018 at 08:52

After the initial excitement of your engagement has had time to settle down you are probably thinking about planning your wedding the fun part Many couples these days choose to have a theme to their wedding these themes can be extremely varied and can range from something as simple as a colour theme to recreating your favourite movie just imagine a Harry Potter wedding hellip So why not theme your wedding after the season ...... More

A Guide To Writing The Perfect Speech

If you have a best mans speech to plan we have some tips for you!

Posted on Mon 5th Nov 2018 at 15:21

Planning a wedding speech can be a daunting task Picture this your best friend tells you they rsquo re getting married everyone rsquo s happy it rsquo s amazing news and then they ask you to give a speech hellip uh oh Some people are more than happy with this and have no problem standing up in front of a room full of people Others however may not be and will struggle with ...... More

Glen-Yr-Afon History

Posted on Thu 25th Oct 2018 at 13:00

Image above The Glen-Yr-Afon you all recognise today The Glen-Yr-Afon you see today has not always looked like this The hotel has had a dynamic past with some very eventful moments throughout its history So take a moment to get yourself a cup of tea and let us tell you all about it hellip As a business the Glen-Yr-Afon House Hotel is now years old as of opening its doors to the public ...... More

Halloween Events Of 2018

Be careful you never know whats lurking in the dark

Posted on Thu 4th Oct 2018 at 08:43

October has arrived and we re all getting that Autumn feeling so we thought we d compile a list of Halloween events taking place in South Wales this year You all still have plenty of time to plan what you would like to do and most importantly get those costumes ready Creepy costumes are encouraged for all these Halloween events so make sure you dress to scare We hope you all find something ...... More

Wedding Trends Of 2018

Take a peek at whats been popular this year!

Posted on Mon 17th Sep 2018 at 13:54

So far this year we have had a fantastic time with weddings at the Hotel Lots of happy couples have come and gone and with them some lovely wedding day ideas Here we have compiled some of the most popular choices for wedding days from this past year to get your wedding inspiration buzzing Flower Arches Kicking off this list is something that we are seeing increasingly more of at the Glen-Yr-Afon Flower ...... More

Visit Monmouthshire: A Walk Up The Blorenge

A Walking Route For The Blorenge Mountain

Posted on Fri 7th Sep 2018 at 13:42

Monmouthshire is filled with so many wonderful places to visit and things to do What better way to take in the Welsh countryside than a good old walk When staying with us why not use this guide we ve put together and go and try it for yourself Just bear in mind that you will need a car to get to the starting point of this walk from our hotel Image above Looking over ...... More

Blogging Behind The Scenes: Car Photoshoots

‘Lights, Camera, Action (ok maybe not action but definitely shoot)’

Posted on Mon 3rd Sep 2018 at 12:22

Now it is normally safe to say that no two days are ever the same here at the Glen-Yr-Afon A couple of weeks ago however was an exception and we ended up having not one but two car photoshoots here It was a pleasure to meet the owners of these fantastic vehicles and they were nice enough to let us take some lovely photographs of our own so all of you could see them too ...... More

Usk in Bloom: Champion of Champions 2018

‘Flowers, flowers everywhere’

Posted on Wed 29th Aug 2018 at 09:39

Competition Results - Wales in Bloom Winner of the Large Village Category with Gold - Communities World in Bloom Winner of the Small Internatonal Category - Britain in Bloom Finalist of the Champions of Champions Category and Gold medal The Usk in Bloom committee and their army of volunteers have been hard at work again this year These green fingered soldiers have been keeping the village well maintained and picturesque for ...... More

Top 10: Days Out With The Kids In South Wales

A great selection of fun days out to keep everyone entertained!

Posted on Tue 28th Aug 2018 at 12:10

It s not long left before the school holidays have finished so you probably want to make the most of the remaining time If you think you ve visitied everywhere and are falling short of ideas then look no further we rsquo re here to provide you with a handy list of attractions here in South Wales to get you and your children out and about to enjoy the remainder of the ...... More

Usk Town Council Reindeer Parade

Sunday 2nd December 2018

Posted on Wed 22nd Aug 2018 at 12:26

quot Twas the night before the afternoon tea when all through the hotel not a creature was stirring not even a mouse quot Well a mouse may not be stirring but the Reindeer taking part in the Usk Reindeer Parade this year will be Christmas may still be a few months away but it is the perfect time to think about planning fun and tasty activities for those cold winter months This ...... More

Usk Show

Saturday 8th September 2018

Posted on Tue 21st Aug 2018 at 15:14

Ahh the Usk Show what a fantastic day this always proves to be and we are very happy to announce that it will be returning again this year on th September All the way back in time since the Usk Show has been held on the second Saturday in September every year The show is run by the Usk Farmers rsquo Club and is one of the biggest and without a doubt most popular ...... More

Abergavenny Food Festival

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September 2018

Posted on Tue 21st Aug 2018 at 00:00

On Saturday th and Sunday th September this year Abergavenny will be hosting its annual Food Festival This event always proves to be super popular and is a great opportunity for a day out with the kids where you can sit back and relax with some tasty food and boozy beverages If you re planning on attending this event we have some brilliant accommodation rates currently available for Saturday th September specifically for the ...... More

Charity Vintage Tea Party

Charity Tea Party

Posted on Wed 5th Aug 2015 at 11:54

In the last month one colleague and one former colleague have both had close relatives who have undergone liver transplants at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Birmingham As part of our charity fundraising for it seems fitting that the next event we arrange should be in aid of the Children s Liver Disease Foundation ...... More

Velothon Wales Wedding 2015

Sunday 14th June 2015 and Velothon Wales day dawned!

Posted on Sun 14th Jun 2015 at 16:55

Photograph Treasured Photography Having only been made aware that the Velothon would result in prolonged road closures in March the team at the Glen Yr Afon House Hotel Usk faced a considerable amount of additional planning to make sure the day s events at the Hotel went to plan As a popular wedding venue ...... More

Walks in Monmouthshire

Enjoy walking in Monmouthshire

Posted on Thu 12th Feb 2015 at 20:20

Llandegfedd Reservoir is a Site of Special Scientific Interest with over two miles of footpaths and waymarked walks around its reservoir in South Wales Whether you are looking for a short stroll to a longer walk right around the reservoir there are plenty of points at which to stop and take in the beauty of the surrounding countryside You can pick up walking maps and suggested routes from the Visitor Centre - Dogs will be ...... More

40 years of service

Glen Yr Afon House Hotel celebrates its 40th birthday

Posted on Tue 18th Mar 2014 at 13:19

The Glen Yr Afon House Hotel in Usk will celebrate its th birthday on rd March - years to the day when it opened its ... More

Charity Donations

Charity Cheques presented

Posted on Mon 3rd Dec 2012 at 13:27

The Glen-Yr-Afon House Hotel held a presentation ceremony recently to donate funds raised at the Usk Show in September to local worthwhile charities A beautiful wooden dolls house kindly crafted and donated by Mr and Mrs Drew of Cwmbran was raffled at the Show by staff from both the Glen-Yr-Afon and its sister Hotel The Three Salmons raising a total of pound This years charities of choice were The Jane Hathaway Leukaemia Fund and Ethan ...... More

Best Wedding Venue in Wales 2012

Title retained in the 2012 Welsh National Wedding Awards

Posted on Mon 19th Nov 2012 at 09:23

Best Wedding Venue in Wales Retaining the title awarded in we are very grateful to those of our couples who voted for us and we very much appreciate the support of our customers who took the time to recognise the hard work of our dedicated team of staff Tim Strong General Manager at the Hotel said lsquo we are delighted to receive this award for a second year To be recognised at this level ...... More