Glyndwr Vineyard (across the road from The Cross Inn)
Glyndwr Vineyard is the oldest established, family run vineyard in Wales. Planted by Richard and Susan Norris in 1982, the estate comprises of some 6,000 vines grown gently south-east facing slopes in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan. The vines are grown on the traditional double Guyot system.
Richard and Susan are passionate about their wines and have won many awards. The vineyard is producing three white wines, a rose, a red and a vintage sparkling wine. The wines have graced many a fine table from European State banquets to the House of Lords.
Glyndwr Vineyard is proud of its environmentally friendly history, where chickens, ducks and wild pheasants roam free, hedges are left to grow wild to encourage birdlife and the wines are treated with organic material. The gardens have been open to the National Garden Scheme and there are ponds, woodland areas and old British apple trees. Amongst the gardens is situated the stunning Bed & Breakfast and underneath the farmhouse is the cellar, where the wines quietly mature.
Hazel Court Ponds (Half a mile from Cross Inn)
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TaskForce Paintball Activity Games Centre, Cowbridge (one mile from Cross Inn)
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Surfing (4 miles west of Cross Inn)
Llantwit Major beach is said by locals to be a good place to surf. One of the only decent right hand point breaks on the south coast. It works best between low and mid tide and when the swell is pumping it offers long workable walls, with the odd cover up section.
St Quentins Castle (half mile north of Cross Inn)
The Vale of Glamorgan has one of the highest densities of castles anywhere in the world - St Quentins Castle is one of four within 2 miles of the Cross Inn. Around 1102, Robert Fitzhamon, the first Norman Lord of Glamorgan bequeathed the lands of Llanblethian as a lordship to Herbert de St Quentin who is thought to have built the first fortification at the site of the castle. This initial construct was believed to have been a simple ringwork defence with timber walls, a bank and ditch. A rectangular stone keep was built in the late 12th century.
Cowbridge Physic Garden (half mile east of Cross Inn)
Need a quiet, relaxing, herbaceous respite? Cowbridge Physic Garden might be just the place. On a warm sunny day, relax and sit on one of the benches taking in the colour and fragrance of the gently swaying herby garden.
Llandow Circuit (two miles west of Cross Inn)
A race and rally school, the addition of a Go Kart track and some general testing kept the site ticking over until the owners took the plunge and resurfaced. With the help of the South Wales Automobile Club, he linked the runways to form a mile-long oval circuit and Llandow Race Circuit was created. The circuit opened in 1963 by Graham Hill.
Pant Wilkin Stables (two miles north of Cross Inn)
Tim Vaughan and his wife Abbi established Tim Vaughan Racing in the Vale of Glamorgan three years ago. Since then, they have invested £900,000 in the business for stabling facilities including a five furlong all-weather gallup and a schooling ground for jumping. They now have over 100 horses and this season have provided training facilities for 51 winners. A number of horses belonging to well known celebrities are stabled here.
The Heritage Coast (four miles west of Cross Inn)
The 14 miles of Glamorgan Heritage Coast extends from Gileston in the east to Newton Point in the west with a visitor and information centre at Dunraven Bay, Southerndown. It's aim is to conserve and protect the coast, while making the area more accessible for visitors. A coastal path runs along the cliff tops, joining the narrow valleys which lead to the sea. The Collugh Valley has a small beach and serves as a starting point for a number of walks. On the east side of the beach is a large Iron Age hill fort, Castle Ditches as well as others at Southerndown Point, reach from Boverton and at Nash Point further west.