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The Kymin, Monmouth

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The Kymin, or Kymin Hill, is a hill overlooking Monmouth, in Monmouthshire, Wales. It is located approximately one mile east of Monmouth, on the eastern side of the River Wye and adjacent to the border with Gloucestershire's Forest of Dean and England. The summit of the hill, about 800 feet above sea level, is known for its neo-classical monuments, built between 1794 and 1800. The site is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).The RoundhouseThe Roundhouse is a white round tower, in two storeys with a crenellated roof, similar to a folly. It was constructed in 1794 on the wishes and from the pockets of a group of Monmouth's gentlemen, the Monmouth Picnic Club or Kymin Club, led by Philip Meakins Hardwick. The subscription list was headed by the local landowner, the Duke of Beaufort, and eight Members of Parliament. The members of the Kymin Club were drawn from "the principal Gentlemen of Monmouth and its vicinity", and met each week "for the purpose of dining together, and spending the day in a social and friendly manner". They wished for a venue suitable for their regular meetings, dining and events, especially in the summer months. To this end it was designed and built with kitchens on the ground floor and a banqueting room above, with powerful telescopes fitted on the roof in season to fully take in the views. The house was made available, for a fee, for use by other appropriate parties.
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  • We dropped in on Kymin Hill on our way back from Pembrokeshire. The main building is only open from April through to October and the weather was not the most inviting, however you can see that on a wa...  more »
  • An historic site from which Roy can see five counties. Nelson came here with Lord & Lady Hamilton in 1798 to pay his respects at the curious Naval Monument. The nearby roundhouse was built - I believe...  more »
  • Great place to visit with a familly, lovely historic site and good views, thanks, NT.We would thoroughly recommend a visit.  more »