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Readers Retreat

Hay-on-Wye Town, Brecon Beacons
Visit Wales - 3 star rating
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
No Dogs
4 star
Complex of properties
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Fishing onsite / nearby
Towels included
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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.

Close to the heart of Hay-on-Wye, this bolthole is perfect for a romantic retreat for two. Step out of your door and onto well-trodden paths, browse the bookshops or tuck into a delicious meal, or head further afield and into the magnificent Brecon Beacons National Park. After days spent in the great outdoors, this pretty home welcomes you back to relax and unwind in style.

Boasting glimpses of rolling hills and views across the surrounding cobbled streets, this first-floor apartment is nestled in the eaves of the building and has characterful sloping ceilings throughout. The lounge is filled with natural light which floods in through the skylight and beautifully complements the exposed beams which line the ceiling. Sink into the comfortable sofa and lose yourself in a book from the shelf, or switch on the TV and watch your favourite programme. When it’s time for dinner, the bright kitchen/diner has plenty of worktop space for preparing and cooking up a feast. Rustle up something tasty then plate up at the table and raise a glass. Before bed, enjoy a relaxing soak in the bath or a quick rinse in the shower over the bath and then rest your head in the double bedroom.

Explore Hay-on-Wye with ease and take a wander down to The Warren on the River Wye where you will find a shingle beach perfect for a picnic. Hire a canoe in nearby Glasbury (5.5 miles), or take to the water at Llangorse Lake, the largest natural lake in South Wales which is 13 miles from home. Sitting on the outskirts of the National Park, make the journey south and explore the peaks, the highest of which, Pen-y-Fan, is 24 miles away.

  • 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

Joanna Flaherty

This property is personally managed by Joanna.


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Reviewed by M 19th June 2021

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The off-street parking is really useful, as Hay-on-Wye doesn't seem to have much unrestricted on-street parking.

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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