Welcome to the Glen-Yr-Afon Blog

Job Vacancies

Posted on Tue 10th Sep 2019 at 12:44

Do you want to work for an award-winning wedding venue in the Monmouthshire countryside This family run hotel has been a popular choice as a wedding venue since and we currently have the following vacancy Applications are invited for a part-time Kitchen Porter Duties include pot-wash general cleaning and vegetable preparation Weekend and evening work is essential To apply please send CV or letter of interest to Mr T Strong General Manager Glen Yr Afon ...... More

A Trip to Downton Abbey!

Posted on Mon 2nd Sep 2019 at 11:52

On the th August we held another successful trip to Highclere Castle to go behind the scenes of the lsquo Real Downton Abbey rsquo The trip allowed visitors to explore the castle and beautiful gardens and see many of the settings from Downton Abbey as well as learn more about the history of the castle itself The castle is currently home to the th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon but it was previously converted into ...... More

May Weddings

Olivia and Robs May Wedding

Posted on Tue 16th Jul 2019 at 14:47

Olivia and Robert celebrated their wedding reception with us on th May They arrived in style in a vintage car from their wedding ceremony They chose a gorgeous dusky pink colour theme perfect for the spring weather Olivia had a minimalist yet beautiful bouquet of ivory roses while the bridesmaids also had dusky pink flowers in their bouquets Olivia and Robert chose our Ballroom for their special day The room was beautifully laid with ivory ...... More

Outside wedding ceremonies

We had great fun on a sunny day in May, experimenting with some fabulous new ideas and options for couples wanting to hold their wedding ceremony in our beautiful grounds

Posted on Wed 29th May 2019 at 12:42

So the day arrived Whilst outdoor wedding ceremonies have been in the planning here for some months on a lovely day in May we woke up to the most glorious sunshine which meant we were able to go ahead with our photoshoot for wedding ceremonies in our lovely grounds We have been asked for a long time about the possibility of being able to use the grounds for wedding ceremonies and now in ...... More

Weddings in Usk, Monmouthshire

We have been very busy with lots of Easter weddings.

Posted on Mon 29th Apr 2019 at 10:15

Gemma and Chris had a fabulous day with us celebrating their wedding on th April From the day they came to view the hotel they had firm ideas about how they wanted their day to be Gemma arrived in style on a dry Spring day with our beautiful blossom tree looking at its very best They chose a beautiful coral colour theme for their older bridesmaids with the younger ones ...... More

Sunday Lunch in South Wales

A Sunday lunch thats different for many reasons

Posted on Mon 1st Apr 2019 at 15:44

So last weekend we held another busy Mothering Sunday Lunch - covers and satisfied customers Today we ve been reflecting as we always do on the success of the event which takes a lot of planning and attention to detail We are very used to busy Sunday Lunches here - our Clarkes Restaurant is nearly always full as regular customers tell us there are many reasons why they wouldn t go anywhere else ...... More

Usk Open Gardens

Posted on Fri 29th Mar 2019 at 10:59

On the last full weekend of June - Saturday th amp Sunday th - around of the private gardens in Usk are open to visitors am- pm to raise money for local charities People travel long distances to experience this event and we are delighted to offer accommodation for those wishing to take advantage of staying the area The hotel is located just a short walking distance from the town ...... More

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 1st December 2019

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