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Sugar Loaf above Crickhowell 

 

 

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Andy and Kirsty hope you enjoy this website.  We moved to South Wales in March 2009, into a 175 year-old red sandstone house with three acres of garden, orchard, woodland and sloping meadows on a hilliside above the lovely small town of Crickhowell.  After 'downsizing' acreage and altitude last year, we now live on the outskirts of Abergavenny where we have a solid 1930s house set in half an acre just outside the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park.  We can walk into the town centre in just over ten minutes, whilst still having access to the river and surrounding hills (including Sugar Loaf, above) from our front door. 

We lack the nesting House Martins and Swallows of our previous house, but we have plenty of other wildlife.  Apart from the usual garden birds, we have recorded Siskins, Goldcrests, Redpolls, Bullfinches and Blackcaps - and Hedgehogs (as well as wandering hens from a neighbouring garden!).  From the banks of the nearby Usk River, there are Dippers,  Goosanders, Wagtails, Kingfishers and even the occasional Otter.

Bullfinch

Apple blossom

House

Cherry blossom
 

Choisya blossom

Siskin

We lack the nesting House Martins and Swallows from our previous house, but we have plenty of other wildlife - including Siskins, Goldcrests, Redpolls, Bullfinches and Blackcaps, and Hedgehogs in the garden (as well as occasional wandering hens from a neighbouring garden!).  From the banks of the nearby Usk River, we see Dippers,  Wagtails, Kingfishers and even the occasional Otter.

Like Crickhowell, Abergavenny has plenty of amenities and a lively arts/crafts scene and, though not quite as 'intimate' as the Crickhowell community, the community here is a lively one.  Larger cultural and retail centres are available to us in Brecon or Hereford - and the cities of Cardiff and Bristol are an hour's drive or less away.  Our proximity to the major road and motorway network means that travelling to/from home is easy, traffic densities are generally low around here, and it takes only a couple of minutes to reach a dual carriageway that connects us to the M4 east and west, or to the M5 north and south.  Whilst not absolutely on the doorstep, we have a choice of airports or railway stations, depending on our final destination.  It is easy for us to visit other friends around the UK, and for them to visit us.  We love our new neighbourhood and surroundings but now that we don't need to spend quite as much time on 'grounds management', we are determined to explore more of Wales in the coming years.....

 

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You can contact us at: LMC@hillsandvalleys.co.uk  


Updated:  24 May 2017          
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