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Authors' Retreat

Hay-on-Wye Town, Mid Wales
Visit Wales - 3 star rating
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
No Dogs
3 star
Complex of properties
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Towels included
6 more

At a glance

  • Cosy top-floor apartment in the centre of the popular market town of Hay-on-Wye
  • Close to the town’s generous offerings of second-hand bookshops
  • Boasting unforgettable views of the Welsh countryside and Hay’s charming streets
Property code: BN028

This charming accommodation offers a truly relaxing spot for a solo expedition or romantic retreat for two in the heart of Hay-on-Wye - the perfect bolthole for literature lovers.

The many offerings of ever-popular Hay-on-Wye lie within close reach, making it the ideal base for enjoying lazy weekends of moseying around town or travelling further afield to explore the Brecon Beacons. You’ll find some welcoming pubs and delicious restaurants within 500 metres of the property, as well as the town’s generous selection of bookshops which are all well worth a browse. Those less keen on burrowing their nose in a book can head out and enjoy the stunning surrounding countryside, perhaps renting a canoe to explore the River Wye (300 metres) or venturing into the Brecon Beacons National Park (1 mile).

Located on the top floor, this apartment offers a cosy spot to unwind nestled under the eaves of the property, with sloping ceilings throughout. Climb the stairs and head straight into the lounge, where a skylight floods the room with natural light and creates a charming hub for watching the TV/DVD or sitting down with a good book. Select one from the shelves or make a start on one of your purchases from Hay-on-Wye’s two dozen bookshops! Heading into the kitchen you’ll find a gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer, as well as Velux windows with far-reaching views of quaint cobbled streets and vibrant rolling hills. When it’s time for bed you’ll find a bright and cheerful bedroom right next door, where low oak beams and sloping ceilings add a touch of character to the decor although taller guests may need to take care. Completing the property is a spacious bathroom with bath and hand-held shower attachment, offering a much-needed space to soak after long days of exploring.

  • 1 double bedroom
  • 1 bathroom with bath, hand-held shower and WC
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer
  • TV/DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Regret no pets
  • Low ceiling and beam in bedroom
  • Pubs, restaurants and shops less than 500 metres

Sarah Greenwood

This property is personally managed by Sarah.

Guest comments

Reviewed by Mrs Seddon September 2020

We have stayed here 5 years ago, it's a lovely flat in an ideal position, but the furnishings in the Lounge are getting very tired and grubby looking.


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?

Our holiday cottages across the Brecon Beacons have been carefully selected. From dog-friendly cottages in the countryside to large farmhouses on the mountainsides and everything in between, we have a holiday in the Brecon Beacons to suit you.

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