I remember going around that area on day trips with my parents when I lived in Cardiff, and later with friends to occasionally visit one of the rural pubs. There are two places that spring to mind when I think of the Vale of Glamorgan, one is a village called Llancarfan, and the other is Dyffryn Gardens.
I really only remember Llancarfan for being a pretty village, and because the narrow country road crossed a ford which as a kid used to be fun as the water splashed all over the car as we drove through. The village is small, having a pub, as most villages do in Wales, and a church on the site of Saint Cadoc’s 6th century clas, which was the name for a native Christian church in medieval Wales. Various Welsh holy men studied here. In 2001, the population of Llancarfan was 736, so as you can imagine it’s a peaceful place to live.
I would love to live in a small village like that, tranquil, surrounded by nature, but with easy access to all the amenities of modern society, if and when required.