You could happily settle in, by the cobbled courtyard of the former Beaufort Arms (where Nelson stayed in 1802), and forget the car. Admire the Norman Monnow Bridge and the eclectic Museum. Browse the shops, book a meal, take in a show at the volunteer-run Edwardian theatre, find bric-a-brac, crafts and a street food market around the corner in the stately Shire Hall.
Heading into the countryside on foot or by boat is easy too: follow Offa’s Dyke Path down the gorgeous Wye Valley or deeper into Wales via White Castle to the Black Mountains – and you can canoe to Symonds Yat from the town boathouse.
Back at your studio, relax in front of the electric wood-burner with a book – maybe one of Louise’s translations – or watch passers-by through the lofty living room window; the courtyard gate is closed at night so it’s peaceful. And if you don’t feel like making breakfast it can be delivered.