It really is a stunning Autumn this year around here and yesterday was the perfect day to visit Tintern Abbey with my daughter, Alexandra. She is doing an art project on ruins and felt that Tintern would be the perfect place to do a little sketching, pastels and photography.
A remarkably complete Cistercian Abbey Church, founded in 1131, Tintern Abbey is located in a remote and striking setting. Neither of us was disappointed, the autumn trees were truly magnificent as we drove along the Wye from Monmouth and then added extraordinary colour as a back drop to the really very awe inspiring ruins of Tintern Abbey. I think we hit it just right, in time for the early afternoon sun which cast its ethereal light through the columns and arches of the transepts adding something mysterious to the remains of the huge building.
I would thoroughly recommend an Autumn visit to Tintern and an amble around the very pretty town of Monmouth, which is just 10 miles away. The drive from Gliffaes takes about 50 minutes.
We are still unsure as to when we can re-open. I think it will be around the 24th May.
Gliffaes will not be open for outdoor dining only – I am afraid the numbers don’t stack up for us.
Mark Drakeford, The Welsh First Minister has given no definitive date for the opening of indoor hospitality in Wales.
This matter is further confused by the local elections on the 6th May. If Labour is returned to power he tells us that he will be minded to consider the opening of indoor hospitality on the 17th May and I guess he will give us about a week’s notice taking us to the 24th May.
Online booking is available and reception will be staffed from 9am to midday from Monday to Saturday, so please do call us.
Thank you for all your support and we hope to see you in May and beyond.
James & Susie Suter and all the team at Gliffaes.