The Kymin is a hill overlooking the town of Monmouth & the Wye Valley in south Wales.
It features two landmark buildings, an 18th-century Georgian banqueting Round House and a Naval Temple.
The Grade II listed Round House was funded & built during 1794-96 by a group of local gentlemen, (the Monmouth Picnic Club) who wanted a weather-proofed place to meet at their favourite beauty-spot. This impressive, but small building simply houses a kitchen downstairs and a banqueting apartment above.

The nearby Naval Temple, completed in 1801, has round plaques or medallions, celebrating 16 of our greatest British admirals and victories of the time. When Admiral Horatio Nelson visited in 1802, he commented that: “it was not only one of the most beautiful places he had ever seen, but, to the boast of Monmouth, the Temple was the only Monument of its kind erected to the English Navy in the whole range of the Kingdom.”

In modern times, the site now owned by the National Trust, hosts a variety of community activities and the occasional smaller, intimate wedding, (maximum 20 guests).
Ten counties can be seen from the Roundhouse: Gloucestershire, Monmouthshire, Glamorganshire, Breconshire, Montgomeryshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Radnorshire, Shropshire and Somerset. Part of the South Wales Originals photography series.

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