Welcome to the Glen-Yr-Afon Blog


Spring has sprung!

Posted on Thu 30th Mar 2023 at 08:46

Picturesque surroundings and a Star Gold rating from Visit Wales make Glen Yr Afon House Hotel the perfect setting for an excellent staycation in South Wales Built beside the river in the pretty town of Usk Monmouthshire our -bedroom hotel is privately owned family run and offers exemplary en-suite accommodation for everyone from business guests to holidaymakers Now Spring has sprung we have some special offers for that short break away in beautiful South ...... More

Real Weddings - Mr & Mrs Dyson

A super summer wedding for Mark and Donna

Posted on Wed 11th Jan 2023 at 13:34

Mark and Donna had their wedding ceremony in our Ballroom on Saturday nd July After many date changes due to the pandemic they eventually had their dream wedding day with us - celebrating with of their family and friends who travelled from all over the country to share their special celebration Donna s dress was so pretty - a knee length classic wedding dress - accompanied by the most stunning bouquet of black ...... More

Hospitality Job vacancies in South Wales

We are recruiting

Posted on Fri 1st Apr 2022 at 15:50

Housekeeping Assistant We are looking for a self-motivated individual s to join our busy friendly housekeeping team part time or up to hours Our housekeeping team are responsible for the thorough cleaning of the hotel bedrooms and public areas to ensure excellent standards of the cleanliness at all times As part of the team you will ensure that high standards of hygiene and tidiness are maintained throughout the hotel and assist in managing the ...... More

Self Catering Break in Monmouthshire South Wales

Our Stable Cottage is available for self-catering breaks in Wales

Posted on Mon 5th Apr 2021 at 11:54

We are pleased to announce that our Stable Cottage Lodge is available for self-catering breaks Nestling in the grounds of the Glen-Yr-Afon House Hotel it has all of the comforts of home Accommodation in the Stable Cottage is comprised of two bedrooms one with a full size double bed and one with two full size single beds Parking outside is plentiful Minimum of three days stay Book your ...... More

Socially distanced weddings in South Wales

Small but perfectly formed (and social distanced!)

Posted on Sat 12th Sep 2020 at 12:43

So there may be lots of questions Hopefully this will help updated on th November During the all Wales fire-break lockdown between rd October and th November wedding receptions are not permitted We have to close our doors so cannot host ceremonies either during this time When we re-open on th November we can hold wedding ceremonies up to in our spacious Ballroom and wedding receptions up to guests This maximum does not ...... More

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Weddings in Wales

Posted on Thu 19th Mar 2020 at 15:09

WEDDINGS UPDATE As of hrs on Saturday th August Wales will move into Alert Level Zero This means from hrs on th August there are no legal limits on the number of people who can meet including in private homes public places or at events In addition all businesses and premises may be open We have summarised below the position in anticipation of questions couples holding their celebrations here will undoubtedly have at this stage ...... More

Getting married in Monmouthshire

What you need to do to arrange your civil ceremony in Monmouthshire

Posted on Fri 13th Mar 2020 at 12:31

We are often asked about the process for booking a registrar for your civil wedding We are a popular wedding venue in Monmouthshire South Wales and work closely with the Registrar for Monmouthshire - located just up the road form the Hotel Hopefully this will help explain the process for booking the Registrar for your wedding in Monmouthshire How soon can I book the registrar You can make a provisional booking with ...... More

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