THANK you to Mr Steve Palmer, Langstone, for his letter (August 31) in praise of Llanyrafon Manor.

It has given us an immense feel- good factor to have the manor publicly acclaimed. Since realising a dream in the restoration of this wonderful 16th-century, Grade II-listed manor house and the opening in June this year, we have had many visitors leaving excellent comments, and to read Mr Palmer’s comments in print was a wonderful surprise. We want everyone to come to share this historic gem in the heart of Cwmbran. It is open seven days a week from 10am until 4pm. Also, while you visit, enjoy the tranquil surroundings with light refreshments from the locally sourced produce served by friendly staff at the very special Raspberry Tea Rooms. Please telephone 01633 648562 for enquiries.

Mrs Ray Evans, chairman, Llanyrafon Manor Community Group