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Asleep In Hay

Hay-on-Wye Town, Mid Wales
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.

This historic apartment is set above one of the most interesting bookshops in the centre of the picturesque town of Hay-on-Wye in the Welsh Marches. With wonderful views over the town and across the Wye Valley to Clyro, it is also just steps from Hay’s narrow lanes, independent cafes, charming bookshops and curious shops. Once you have finished browsing the town's shops and eateries, walk down to the River Wye for a picnic or a dip at The Warren (0.5 miles), or explore the area by mountain bike or even canoe, both of which can be hired from the town. Head south into Brecon Beacons National Park to explore its mountains and hills, Abergavenny (26 miles) and Brecon (16 miles).

Equipped with all the modern comforts you would expect, this ancient building still retains plenty of original charm, through exposed beams, oak stairs and uneven ceilings. A flight of 16th-century oak stairs leads to the three bedrooms on the first floor, all of which boast oak beams and flooring and carefully chosen neutral decor. A king-size with a small balcony and two twin bedrooms share a spacious and light bathroom with shower over the bath. Another flight of slightly steeper oak stairs lead to the open-plan living area with sloping ceilings. The bright kitchen is perfect for entertaining and contains an electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. Dine at the long table before retiring to the cosy lounge area where inviting sofas are arranged around a gas effect wood burner, set against an exposed stone wall. When you’re not lost in a newly-acquired book from downstairs, relax in front of the Freeview TV/DVD.

Together with the small balcony off the master bedroom, there is a small courtyard to the rear of the property. From here, the Blackfold footpath leads to parking in a nearby town car park.

  • 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

Sarah Greenwood

This property is personally managed by Sarah.

Guest comments

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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