Cowbridge dates back to the Romans and is an attractive place to visit and a fantastic place to shop and eat with a diversity and choice generally unexpected of a small town. Close by and set in the rolling countryside of the Vale the main tourist attractions are Dyffryn House and Gardens and Fonmon Castle.
Visitors flock to Cowbridge at all times of year to enjoy its quiet appeal. The High street is lined with boutiques, gift shops, wine bars, restaurants and inns. The Physic Garden provides a colourful, fragrant and tranquil oasis and gives a fascinating insight into the curative properties of plants. The annual food festival is held on the Sunday and May Day Bank Holiday weekend. The renowned Reindeer Parade is held on the last Sunday in November.
Just 3 miles from Bryn-y-Ddafad
Dyffryn Gardens, St. Nicholas.
The Grade 2 listed Duffryn House and Grade 1 listed Gardens are run by the National Trust. The finest surviving Thomas Mawson garden in Britain set in 55 acres consists of intimate garden rooms, a walled kitchen garden, formal lawns and seasonal bedding set against a backdrop of landscaped parkland. The house, a grand Victorian mansion overlooks the key aspects of the garden and is currently undergoing restoration. Manned by volunteer guides is usually open between 12 noon and 4pm during the season.
Just 6 miles from Bryn-y-Ddafad
Wales' oldest commercial vineyard. There are woodland walks,self guided vineyard tours, a restaurant and bistro,whilst food lovers can indulge in a course at TV chef Angela Gray's Cookery School
Welsh Hawking Centre, Barry
Home of over 200 Birds of Prey, daily demonstrations and falconry courses.
Tel: 01446 722166 to check display times
Barry Island Railway Heritage Centre
Train enthusiasts will love this collection dedicated to the age of steam.
Tel: O1446 748816
One of the few medieval castles still lived in as a home. Surrounded by beautiful walled gardens.
Open April-September / Tuesdays & Wednesdays only guided tours 2.p.m-5p.m. Gardens open 12 noon - 5 pm
Can be sighted from Bryn-y-Ddafad from our resident's lounge, sun lounge and our bedroom Castle View. Earliest part dates from 1100 AD. Not open to public.
St Quentin's Castle
Standing on a hilltop overlooking Llanblethian Village on the outskirts of Cowbridge are the ruins of the 14th C Castle, never completed but show it to be a fine example of a quadrilateral castle and is scheduled as a Monument of National importance open to the public following restoration work by Cadw.
Under the guardianship of Cadw this part castle, part Elizabethan manor is situated in fields south east of Cowbridge on the River Thaw.
St. Donats Church, Welsh St. Donats.
We do not know who St. Donat (or Dunwyd in Welsh) was. The earliest record of the church is in 1153. The church was restored in1891 and is in the Early English style with an ancient oak roof and a pre-Reformation Sanctus bell. Guests staying at Bryn-y-Ddafad can walk to the church (approx one mile) via the public footpath accessed directly opposite the house.