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Visit Hay Castle in the centre of town, recently restored and it features a museum and restaurant
The Hay Literary Festival takes place in May each year
Hay-on-Wye, also known as 'the town of books' due to the many interesting book shops available
Explore one of the many trails on your mountain bike
Enjoy the many watersports available on the River Wye
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24 / 27  The Hay Literary Festival takes place in May each year
25 / 27  Hay-on-Wye, also known as 'the town of books' due to the many interesting book shops available
26 / 27  Explore one of the many trails on your mountain bike
27 / 27  Enjoy the many watersports available on the River Wye

Swan Bank Cottage

Hay-on-Wye, Mid Wales
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Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / wood burner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Fishing on site / nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
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At a glance

  • A traditional terraced cottage set in a vibrant market town on the banks of the River Wye
  • Spacious open-plan living finished with an eclectic range of artwork and soft furnishings
  • Explore Hay-on-Wye with many local crafts, delis, cafes, and restaurants for you to enjoy
Property code: 91484

Stylishly designed from top to toe, this sweet cottage combines old beams and an inglenook wood burner with a chic, modern/retro vibe. Located in the heart of Hay-on-Wye, renowned as the town of books, it’s ideal for couples, friends or small families, plus a canine companion.

Traditional from the outside, this terraced stone cottage has an open-plan interior in which the glowing wood burner is the focal point. The compact kitchen at the far end is fitted with everything you’ll need to make stress-free snacks and suppers, and there’s a dining table for four by the window. Choose whether to relax on the sofa in front of the fire and Smart TV, or stroll into the delightful snug with its array of books and board games. On the first floor, reached by an open staircase, you’ll find two bedrooms, a king-size (with a memory-foam mattress) and a twin, sharing a spacious bathroom with a shower over the bath. At the back of the property, steps lead up to an enclosed garden, part of the open-aspect terrace, where there’s furniture for you to enjoy meals or drinks in the fresh air.

Spend time exploring the charming town of Hay-on-Wye where, as well as its enormous variety of book shops, you'll find intriguing boutiques, bohemian cafes and a variety of places to eat and drink. Visit its 12th century castle, now a centre for culture, arts and education, or stroll 0.5 miles to the Warren, a meadow by the river where you can picnic and swim. If you’re feeling more energetic, you can hire a canoe or kayak and paddle along the River Wye, cycle the quiet country roads or hike the Wye Valley Walk, the Offa’s Dyke Path and the Black Mountains.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 double and 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom with shower over bath and WC
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave and dishwasher
  • Utility area with washing machine and fridge/freezer
  • Wood burner (first basket of logs included)
  • Smart TV in lounge with a large collection of DVDs
  • Small, enclosed garden with table and chairs
  • There is a Ring doorbell in operation at this property so an owner may be able to view guests entering and leaving the property
  • On-street parking (subject to availability)
  • Storage for bikes at the rear of the property
  • Shops, restaurants and pubs 150 metres
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 1 dog allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £200 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £25. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

Claire Carro

This property is personally managed by Claire.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 15 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Michelle 9th February 2024

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Brilliant location. However the downstairs of the property felt cold with a large gap under the front door meant it was hard to heat. Wish we were aware of there being a ring door bell before booking as this !SELECTED!didn!ENDOFSELECTED!t make us feel comfortable.

Reviewed by Elizabeth 30th November 2023

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Ideal location just a few minutes walk from the middle of Hay-on-Wye. Great woodburner, plenty of space for a family of three or four, and amazingly comfy beds. The owner was really friendly and helfpul and gave us detailed information about the cottage, as well as some good pointers to get the most out of our short stay.

Reviewed by Paul 21st October 2023

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I was lucky to stay at this cottage for six nights in October with with my wife, son and a dog. The cottage is very homely and has everything you could need. All of us slept really well in the comfortable beds and enjoying cosy evenings Infront of the wonderful wood burner. The location was also spot on. A few minutes walk and we were either by theRead more river or in Hay on Wye centre with a range of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants. It was also a short drive into the Beacons. A perfect break. Hide

Reviewed by Lauren 22nd September 2023

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Swan Bank Cottage was a wonderful place to stay, only a few minutes walk from the middle of Hay and close to lovely walks along the Wye. The cottage itself was clean and comfortable, perfect for cooking, reading and working. The host was really welcoming and provided great thorough information that helped me get the best out of my stay. I'd recommeRead morend this property to anyone looking for a quiet getaway - would definitely stay again! Hide

Reviewed by Lizzie 8th September 2023

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We stayed for a week at the cottage. The location is perfect for exploring the area and there are some lovely walks/ places to eat and look round all in walking distance from the cottage! Parking was no issue and the owner provided lots of helpful tips/recommendations before we arrived. The cottage itself had really comfortable beds and was nicely Read moredecorated inside. I would really recommend this cottage for anyone looking for a relaxing and comfortable stay to explore this part of Wales. Hide

Reviewed by Helen 1st September 2023

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Great little cottage with everything you could need. Owner very helpful and on hand with advice. Great location for lots of lovely walks. Would definitely recommend this lovely little stay

Reviewed by Sarah 25th August 2023

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The cottage and its location was perfect. As a family with 2 teenagers and a dog, we enjoyed a very relaxing holiday despite the rain. The cottage is well equipped and very cosy and comfortable. Its location in the town is perfect. The dog walks on the warren and up Hay Bluff were enjoyed by us all! Although no dedicated parking it was easy to parkRead more nearby and really wasnt a problem. The host was fantastic, provided lots of information before and during our stay. Highly recommend this cottage! Hide

Reviewed by Emma 18th August 2023

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Lovely cottage just a stones throw from the centre of Hay on Wye, a perfect base for exploring this picturesque village with its unique shops and cafes. Wonderful canoeing on the river Wye, just a short walk from the cottage. Easy access by car to some breathtaking walks in the Brecon Beacons. The cottage is very well equipped with extremely comforRead moretable beds and tasteful decor. Great communication from hosts with lots of ideas for places to visit, good eateries, nice shops etc. Would recommend! Hide

Reviewed by James 21st July 2023

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A wonderfully cosy gem in a brilliant location within just a 3 minute walk of the centre of Hay. We particularly enjoyed the snug with its superb collection of books and dvds! We received lots of amazingly thoughtful suggestions on places to eat and visit both in and beyond Hay, including for some great local walks (The Warren and Hay Common are boRead moreth well worth a trip!). Would highly recommend! Hide

Reviewed by Stephanie 18th July 2023

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Amazing location in the heart of Hay, perfect for exploring the town and surrounding hills. Cottage was spotless and had everything we needed for our stay. Plenty of space and hot water, comfortable beds, modern decor, efficient Wifi and cosy sofa by the wood-burning stove for the evenings. Recommendations for local cafes, shops and walks were spotRead more on - we loved the hidden cut through just across the street to take us to walks along the river. Highly recommended getaway for book-loving families. Hide

Reviewed by Nessie 14th July 2023

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Absolutely loved this cottage perfect location and had the best night sleeps during my stay. Cottage was gorgeous, clean and had everything you needed for your stay. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Mark 22nd June 2023

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The cottage itself was very comfortable and contained all the facilities we needed. We would recommend to anyone in terms of comfort and location in particular - very easy access to the town centre and to a variety of walks/activities.

Reviewed by Graham 30th April 2023

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We had a lovely stay at Swan Bank Cottage. The property is in a perfect location for exploring Hay and the surrounding area. The cottage itself is well equipped and nicely decorated with comfortable beds. We especially enjoyed relaxing in the snug after a busy day. There is also a garden which is ideal for a coffee in the sunshine. Great communicatRead moreion about the property and local area was helpful for getting the most out of our visit. Would happily stay again. Hide

Reviewed by Katie 10th April 2023

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The cottage is ideal for a stay in the centre of Hay. The location is very convenient, being a quick walk to the shops, pubs etc. and also very near the woods and river for walks with the dog. Kitchen has everything you need. Separate sitting room is great if you want some space to relax in peace, and there is an interesting selection of books and Read moreDVDs. Beds are very comfortable. Garden nice place to sit with coffee! We were provided with clear, useful info about the house and area too. Thanks! Hide

Reviewed by Claire 7th April 2023

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Great location, easy walk to the shops and lots to do nearby. Cosy cottage with fire place equipped with everything you need.

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