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Photographer’s Insight- A trip to Hay on Wye

Wow, what a busy, busy couple of months I have had, shooting interiors, exteriors, Christmas PR shots in around the Brecon Beacons or assisting Paul and Michael. I have visited 19 properties or so from Hay Lane and Hay Court in the bookworm’s Welsh haven of Hay-on Wye to exteriors at Bedi Cottage , Bedi Studio  and the beautifully restored Penrhyn Barn   in the wide, open valleys of Llandovery and Llandeilo in the West Brecon Beacons.

Even when the Hay festival is not going on there is a lot happening from the weekly farmer’s markets on a Thursday which not only shows fresh produce, but also caters for those who love a bargain on furniture and vintage items. There are also pop up shops like The Old Electric Shop, vintages shops like the Hay Antiques Market Brilliant bookshops you can loose yourself in, have a coffee, afternoon tea or watch a cinema in like Richard Booth’s Bookshop and Cinema.

(Booth's Bookshop & Cinema) 

(Liz sunning herself outside Shepherd's Coffee and ice cream cafe)


(Shops in Hay-On-Wye. to the right of this photo above an old quirky bookshop called the Addyman Annexe is a really unique special cottage called Asleep in Hay which is also available on the Brecon Beacon Holiday Cottages Website)

(The Old Electric Shop)

I shot Hay Court and Hay Lane, both owned by a really lovely and personable lady called Sue, the owner of Authentically Welsh, a company that will deliver local and Welsh products in a hamper or direct to your door.

What I really liked about Hay Court was that it offered a contemporary take on Hay, sleek and cosy it had a private garden and private parking not far from the Globe  a great individualistic venue for art, literature, film and general food and drink.


(Hay Court- Hay-On-Wye)

Sue’s other property, Hay Lane, is down a beautiful picture box lane with cottages covered in baskets of hanging flowers. Offering a more traditional option, this cosy property is close to amenities and a place to get away from the commotion of the market and town center.

(Hay Lane - Hay-On-Wye)