A stylish Welsh townhouse in the heart of the picturesque and vibrant market town of Hay-on-Wye, known for its literary scene. The perfect base for outdoor adventures in the Wye Valley.

Key Features

Highlights

  • Dog-friendly
  • Enclosed Private Garden
  • Historical Building
  • Period Features
  • Wood Burner

At a glance

  • Town centre location near a fantastic selection of bookshops, galleries, delis, restaurants, cafes, and pubs
  • Luxurious toiletries provided for you are created on the owners’ lavender farm
  • Perfect base for walking, cycling and kayaking in the Wye Valley
  • About the property

    Before its transformation into a cool and quirky place for two couples or friends to stay, this historic townhouse was a pub for 200 years. It is one of the oldest buildings in the literary town of Hay-on-Wye and the facade dates to the 1700s, whilst inside, wonky floors and a narrow staircase to the attic add bags of original charm. You couldn’t be better placed for everything that the town has to offer from the renowned bookshops to riverside walks as well as independent shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants, galleries, artisan boutiques and a thriving weekly market. This is the perfect cottage for Hay Festival stays and year-round walking, hiking, and canoeing in the Wye Valley.

  • The space

    This spacious townhouse is split over four floors. Decor is a contemporary style with a personal twist. There’s a fascinating mix of handpicked furniture and art curated by the owners, an Oxford philosopher and an international journalist.

    On the ground floor is the stylish, open-plan, lounge/dining room which features sofas and chairs, a cosy wood-burning stove and a dining table and chairs for meals all together. You won’t be short of entertainment as there’s a Smart TV with access to Netflix and Amazon, a Bluetooth speaker and games including backgammon which is best played on the stunning hand-made board table.

    The living area joins the modern kitchen which is well equipped with everything you could need for carefree self-catering including a gas double oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer, coffee machine, dishwasher and washing machine.

    From the kitchen, there is access to a secluded courtyard with a fern garden that is set up with a table and chairs so that you can enjoy drinks alfresco, or meals created on the gas BBQ.

    On the lower ground floor, which was the pub’s beer cellar, there is a small study under a vaulted brick ceiling, plus a comfy second sitting room which doubles as an additional bedroom.

    On the first floor, there’s the master bedroom that has a super-king-size bed, a sitting area and an en-suite with a bath and a shower over.

    The second bedroom is on the attic level and features wooden floors and beams, as well as a double bed and a separate sitting room. Steps lead down to the modern shower room that serves the attic bedroom. (The tumble dryer is in the cupboard in the shower room.)

  • Guest access

    There is a key safe where you can access the key to the property for a self-check-in.

  • Sustainability

    If you'd like to offset the carbon emissions from your trip, get in touch and we can arrange this for a small fee.

  • Keep in mind

    Check-in: from 17:00
    Check-out: by 11:00

    Deposit: Bookings are subject to a non-refundable deposit of 30% of the booking value plus applicable booking fees with the balance payable 60 days before the date of travel.

    Accidental Damage Deposit: To maintain the highest standards in our properties, guests will need to pay a refundable Accidental Damage Deposit of £500 prior to their stay. An advance payment as detailed in the booking summary can be made to waive this requirement.

    Book with confidence: If your booking is affected by new Government travel restrictions which were not known at the time of booking, and you're legally unable to travel, we will arrange with the property owner to refund 100% of your holiday cost.

  • House rules

    • No smoking
    • No parties and events
    • Please keep noise to a minimum
    • One well behaved dog is welcome
    • Babes in arms and children over 12 years old are welcome

Amenities

Highlights

  • BBQ - Gas
  • Bicycle Hire Nearby
  • Child-friendly
  • Dog-friendly
  • Electric Bikes Available For Hire
  • Enclosed Private Garden
  • Garden
  • Historical Building
  • Luxury Toiletries
  • Modern Kitchen
  • Parking Nearby
  • Period Features
  • Pubs Within Walking Distance
  • Self Check-in
  • Shop Within Walking Distance
  • Stunning Countryside Views
  • Town Centre Location
  • Wood Burner

General

  • Bicycle Storage
  • Bluetooth Speakers
  • Coffee Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Gas Hob
  • Gas Oven
  • Hairdryer
  • Heating
  • Iron And Ironing Board
  • Kitchen
  • Outdoor Space
  • Private Entrance
  • Seating Area
  • Smart TV With Internet Access
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • WiFi

Experiences

  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horse Riding
  • Kayaking
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Pilates
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Wild Swimming
  • Yoga

Health & Safety

  • Fire Extinguisher
  • First Aid Kit
  • Smoke Detector

Collections

  • For Couples
  • Last Minute
  • New Properties
  • Small Cottages

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Location

Local Info

The neighbourhood

Everything that the small, beautiful market town of Hay-on-Wye, internationally known as the Town of Books, has to offer is on the doorstep and it only takes about 20 minutes to walk the town circuit. It’s a charming olde-world town that’s renowned for a legacy that is celebrated at the Hay Festival of literature every year in May, June and November.

Booth’s Bookshop is almost legendary and has a cinema with comfortable chairs where you can watch a variety of films. There are many more lovely shops, including a good butcher, baker and a deli, as well as independent cafes, pubs and restaurants, all just minutes away on foot. The Thursday morning market offers lots more local produce, along with stalls selling eclectic wares from antiques to handmade jewellery.

Hay-on-Wye is in the Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is a fantastic place for enjoying the great outdoors and adventures. Enjoy walks and cycling in the countryside (bikes can be hired in town), kayaking on the River Wye and horse-riding in the Black Mountains nearby.

If you feel like a drive, Nancy and Bill’s lavender farm is open to the public. It’s called FARMERS’ Welsh Lavender and is about 35 minutes away. The lavender season is from July to August, but whatever time of year you visit you’ll enjoy spectacular views in all directions. You will also be welcome to swim in their pond and have the opportunity to buy gorgeous balms and creams. There’s also the opportunity for wild swimming in The Warren Hay-on-Wye where the river meanders around a scenic meadow.

Getting around

While not essential, a car can be useful for exploring the wider area. Free parking is available at a car park which is a 5-minute walk from the cottage.

The nearest train stations are Hereford, 21 miles east and Builth Wells, 19 miles.

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