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Asleep In Hay

Hay-on-Wye Town, Brecon Beacons
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Delightful apartment above one of Hay-on-Wye’s most established bookshops
  • Small balcony and courtyard for making the most of the sunshine
  • Within walking distance of unique and interesting shops, galleries, cafes and bakeries
Property code: BN025

Escape to the literary mecca of Hay-on-Wye with the whole family in this charming 16th-century apartment, nestled under the ancient walls of Hay Castle.

Sitting in the pretty literary town of Hay-on-Wye, escape your everyday routine and call this humble abode home for a while. Perfect for groups of friends or families with little ones, the open-plan living space is great for sociable evenings and its location above a quaint bookshop is central to local eateries and walks.

Sitting above one of the area’s renowned bookshops, find yourself in the heart of the hustle and bustle of the town. Climb the 16th-century oak staircase and find yourself amongst three bedrooms, all of which boast exposed beams and are light, bright spaces in which to rest heads tired from exploring. The king-size bedroom is treated to a balcony so you can rise and shine and fill your lungs with fresh air. The family bathroom also resides on the first floor; enjoy a relaxing soak in the tub or freshen up in the shower over the bath. Head up another flight of stairs where you will find the open-plan living space where the kitchen, lounge and diner fit together perfectly to create the heart of the home. Sit beneath beautiful beams and put your feet up for a moment of peace and quiet in the welcoming lounge before cooking up a storm in the snug yet stylish kitchen. Plate up at the dining table then take a tipple outside to the courtyard for a sundowner.

Roam the picturesque streets of Hay-on-Wye and walk less than a mile to the shingle beach at The Warren where you can enjoy a picnic or take to the water in a canoe. For a waterside walk around the largest natural lake in South Wales, visit Llangorse Lake (13 miles) where you can also visit one of the activity centres for a fun day out.

  • 3 bedrooms - 1 king-size and 2 twins
  • 1 bathroom with shower over the bath and WC
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
  • Freeview TV and DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Regret no pets
  • Regret no children under 10
  • Small courtyard to the rear of the property
  • Welcome pack on arrival
  • Public car park 150 yards
  • Shops and pubs within 0.5 miles
  • Above bookshop, during the day when the bookshop is open the property can only be accessed via walking through the bookshop.

Ceri James

This property is personally managed by Ceri.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 7 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Hannah 31st May 2021

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Lovely cottage in a really nice location All I would add is the address on the booking is not the address of the building so do check you have the right Addyman book shop!

Reviewed by Steven 28th May 2021

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Brilliant location, really clean and well equipped. Lovely place to stay and hang out when just feeling lazy.

Reviewed by Michael 18th May 2021

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Reviewed by Mrs Lewis August 2020

We were sent clear directions for arrival and departure with the keys left in an easy to access, but secure place. The accommodation itself was beautiful, well presented and comfortable and we felt very at home there. Everything we needed was available and I could have happily moved in! A folder containing further information about our stay was Read morein the accommodation and we were left a welcome pack of tea, coffee, milk, sugar and Welsh cakes (which were delicious). Hide

Reviewed by Mr Armstrong August 2020

A very enjoyable stay in an excellent location and good accommodation, full of character, although the steep uneven stairs were a problem, as was the lack of a second toilet.

Reviewed by Mr Bennett July 2020

The apartment was clean and in good order. The kitchen might benefit from a little smartening up. We enjoy coming here.

Reviewed by Miss Williams October 2019

Very clean and tidy, spacious apartment, perfect location. Would stay again

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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

The Brecon Beacons is a vast, mountainous and rural region of Wales. Stretching 42 miles from east to west and covering an area of 520 square miles, the Brecon Beacons is dominated by the National Park of the same name. Split into three main areas, the Black Mountain in the west, the Brecon Beacons National Park and Fforest Fawr in the middle, and the Black Mountains in the east; each is a wild, bold and inspiring place to visit on holiday. With 1232 miles of public trails which includes the 95-mile-long Beacons Way, it’s a wayfarer’s delight. One of four Dark Skies Reserves in the UK (and one of 11 in the world), stargazers can delight in the open night sky, to enjoy the darkness in full splendour. The Fforest Fawr is a UNESCO Global Geopark because of its important geology and a need to conserve and protect the area from negative over development.

Stay at a self-catering cottage in the mountains and cascading woodlands or out on the moors; you can also stay in one of the Brecon Beacon’s lovely towns like Hay-on-Wye, Crickhowell, Llangorse or Brecon. Outdoor lovers will enjoy a choice of easy to challenging treks up and around Sugar Loaf Mountain, Carn Pica, Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad, Pen y Fan, or Hatterall Ridge (and many more besides). Take in uniquely Welsh attractions like Dan-yr-Ogof (the National Showcaves Centre for Wales), The Big Pit Mining Museum, Llanthony Priory, Carreg Cennen Castle, Fourteen Locks, and the Brecon Beacons Mountain Railway. Wildlife abounds in the Brecon Beacons, and it’s a great place to spot red kites and discover the successful story of their reintroduction to the UK’s skies at the Red Kite Centre. There’s so much to do for outdoor lovers and extreme sports fans here, so why not book your self-catering holiday in the Brecon Beacons today?

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