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  • Protecting your Privacy and the GDPR
  • Wye Valley Naturals here at Tŷ Bryn
  • A happy 2018 from Nickie & Phil
  • Help us to make the Wye Valley road safer for all
  • We’re getting greener – Electric Vehicle Charge Point now installed
  • Thank you for our 2017 Award

Protecting your Privacy and the GDRP

There’s been so much talk about the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) leading up to the 25th May 2018, so we’ll keep it brief. We believe in trust and transparency and we’d like you to know that the information you supply when making a booking is held securely by our third party, GDPR compliant, online booking system FreetoBook. Except for basic check-in/registration information required by law (the Hotels and Immigration Act) we do not hold any of your information in hard-copy or on our own B&B systems, and your information is never shared with any other third-parties, unless legally required. We don’t use cookies on our website.

If you book through a third-party agency  – Booking, Hotels, Expedia – the information that you supply to them will come over to us and will be governed by Ty Bryn’s privacy policy.

Ty Bryn Bed and Breakfast Privacy policy – our own policy

FreetoBook Privacy Policy – Our online booking system company

Article: May 2018

Wye Valley Naturals here at Ty Bryn

Wye Valley Naturals Soaps

We are delighted to be stocking a selection of Wye Valley Naturals‘ Wild Soap for our visitors to purchase. Hand made in Brockweir (just two meanders down river from Tŷ Bryn) by Jon and Sarah, this lovingly crafted soap collection evokes the landscape and natural beauty of the Wye Valley. The ingredients are carefully sourced and where possible produced or foraged locally; honey from Jon’s bee hives, calendula from Sarah’s cottage garden, apple juice from their small orchard and elderflowers from the hedgerows. Steeped in a range of skin nourishing botanicals, they contain no palm oil or artificial preservatives and they smell absolutely gorgeous. For just £3.50 per bar you can return home with the very essence of the Wye Valley. Bliss!

And other goodies……

Also for sale here we have greeting cards from artist Susie Grindey with her colourful take on our local towns, villages and heritage sites, and local photographer Mike Longridge who beautifully captures the Monmouthshire countryside and her moods.

Also to purchase (or simply to browse with your feet up in front of the log fire) are copies of “Overlooking the Wye: A guide to the heritage of the Wye Valley“. This cleverly presented and light-hearted read (funded by the Wye Valley AONB and Heritage Lottery Fund) is packed full of archive materials that provide a glimpse of the Wye Valley through key periods of its fascinating history. It gives insights into the many industries, events and colourful individuals, including the Wye pirates, world famous poets, a trend-setting reverend and the last modern cave-dwellers of the Doward. At just £7.50 it provides a lovely memento of your stay and, of course, it is the ideal size to slip into your bag for your onward journey 🙂 Do visit Overlooking the Wye to learn more about the Wye Valley AONB’s superb heritage project (2008 – 2012), its achievements and legacy.

Article: March 2018

A happy 2018 to you all!

We would like to wish all our guests and friends a Happy New Year. We hope the year ahead brings good health and happiness to you all, and we look forward to welcoming you  to the Wye Valley in 2018. Best wishes, Nickie & Phil

Snowy path near Duchess Ride

Article: January 2018

Help us to make the Wye Valley road safer for all

Speeding is an issue on the A466 in Llandogo. Indeed vehicles have been logged at 60-70mph as if our village was a race track. Local residents are upset by it and I know that a number of you, our guests, have had to deal with speeding, aggressive, selfish drivers as you use the A466. Our road is also being used as a short-cut by HGVs well over the 18 tonne weight limit set at the Grade II listed Bigsweir Bridge.

We are petitioning Monmouthshire and Gloucestershire County Council’s to 1) introduce traffic calming measures and better road signs in our village, 2) stop HGVs illegally using the road and 3) reduce the A466 Chepstow – Monmouth to 50mph. We are appealing to everyone who loves the Wye Valley to support this cause by signing all three petitions. It only takes a minute. Here are the links:

Stop Speeding in Llandogo

Stop HGVs illegally using the A466

Reduce the A466 national speed limit sections to 50mph

And once you’ve signed up, please do spread the word, forward the link to your friends and family, share on social media and mention to everyone! Many thanks, Nickie & Phil (Llandogo Community Speed Watch Coordinator)

 Article: November 2017

We’re Getting Greener!

Sustainability and caring for our environment are core principles here at Tŷ Bryn. In 2014 we were delighted to attain a SilverTripAdvisor Green Leaders Award. We recycle, compost, seek to save water and energy and reduce our use of chemicals. We use energy efficient light bulbs throughout. We also look to reduce the air mileage of the food we provide our guests and where possible we grow our own, choose local, organic and/or fair-trade and choose products with zero palm oil unless it’s from a sustainable source.

This autumn we have teamed up with Monmouthshire County Council and Gwent Energy CIC to install an Electric Vehicle Charge Point (EVCP) for guest use (guests to provide own charge lead) as part of the Fully Charged Project. We are proud to be one of the first EVCP’s to be installed in the lower Wye Valley, providing guests with electric vehicles the freedom to journey to and around Monmouthshire, South Wales and beyond. For more information about the project and other local charge points visit Gwent Energy CIC website.

Of course there is always room for further green improvements, but rest assured we will continue to look into that.

Article: November 2017

Thank YOU for our 2017 Award 

We are over the moon to announce that we have been awarded a 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. This award is based wholly on the independent ratings of our guests written on TripAdvisor. We have retained this award for 4 years running now; an acknowledgement of the continuous hard work we put in to try to ensure a comfortable, relaxing and smooth stay for all our guests.This summer we were pleased as punch to gain our 200th review too.

We hugely appreciate the time and thoughts that our guests have given – it’s no small task when life is so very busy and everyone is clamouring for a review – so a heartfelt THANK YOU to you all. Nickie & Phil x

Article: September 2017