The Welsh - English borderlands around Dean Valley Manor are steeped in heritage and history. Offa's Dyke - named after the 8th Century Mercian King who ordered its construction - runs up the Wye Valley from Chepstow in the south to Monmouth at the northern end and beyond.
There are numerous castles to be found nearby, including Chepstow, Goodrich and Raglan, and the majestic ruins of Tintern Abbey are just a few miles down river - a centre for the Cistercian order from the 1100s until the dissolution of the monasteries in the mid 1500s.
To the east lies the wooded expanse of the Royal Forest of Dean, a royal hunting forest since before the Norman invasion and a centre of iron-working since Roman times. Its unusual blend of nature and industry makes for a fascinating area to explore.