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The Old Cider House

Hay-on-Wye, Brecon Beacons
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
No Dogs
5 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Fishing onsite / nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Detached cottage peacefully tucked away within the heart of Hay-on-Wye
  • Relax in the summery conservatory and help yourself to the herb garden
  • Enjoy the raised decking area and open-air cinema
Property code: 83593

Situated in Hay-on-Wye town centre, this cottage is a perfect base for discovering the Brecon Beacons National Park and River Wye. Originally an apple store that has been refurbished from the original cider house.

Hay-on-Wye is famously known all over the world as the ‘Town of Books’. Boasting over twenty bookstores to browse, Hay is most popular during the annual Guardian Hay Festival during the last few weeks of May. The town also features a plethora of independent shops including art galleries, vintage shops, coffee shops, bakeries, vegetable shops, cosy pubs and much more. Once you've had your coffee and mooched through the bookstores, there's a range of outdoor activities in the area to fill your afternoons. You can walk to the River Wye from the cottage, which offers a pebble stone bank to wild swim in or relax by with a picnic. For the more adventurous types, there's kayaking, cycle routes, hikes, and activity centres aplenty. Set peacefully within the grounds of the owner’s home this former apple store has been lovingly restored by the present owners. Here you will receive a friendly welcome along with a basket of goodies, including Welsh Lavender bath products, which are all complimentary with your stay.

Step inside and a spacious entrance hall offers room for coats and boots along with a cloakroom with a WC. The ground floor offers a space that is perfect for friends wanting to get together. From the hallway you can access the dining area, finished with a large table and chairs with low lighting, and from here you can step down into the lounge, where a wood burner for chilly evenings awaits, along with a TV. The conservatory is next, a place where you can enjoy the warmth of the sun and get lost in a good book. You can also take advantage of the indoor herb garden. The kitchen/breakfast room is accessed from the hallway and is a great space and well equipped for the chefs of the group. This includes an electric oven and large gas hob, microwave, two fridges and a freezer, dishwasher and washing machine, as well as a breakfast bar with stools. For a more unique dining experience, the owner offers a range of freshly prepared Japanese set meals by arrangement. Upstairs there are three spacious bedrooms: two double bedrooms with en-suite showers and WC and one twin room with en-suite shower and WC.

Outside you can relax within the walled gardens, enjoying summertime dining on the large, raised decking area, where there is also an open-air cinema. A big 3mx2m screen with individual wireless headphones can be supplied by arrangement with the owner, and you can take advantage of their library of films. There is off-road parking for two cars.

  • 3 bedrooms - 2 double and 1 twin
  • 3 en-suite shower and WCs and 1 ground floor WC
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, 2 fridges, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
  • Complimentary bath products
  • Wood-burner (first basket of logs included)
  • Outdoor silent cinema by arrangement with the owner
  • Freshly prepared Japanese set meals by arrangement with the owner
  • Regret no pets
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Pubs, cafes and shops within 1 mile

Joanna Flaherty

This property is personally managed by Joanna.


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Reviewed by Tina 27th August 2021

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We had a wonderful family get together at The Old Cider House. The property is beautifully renovated and extremely well equipped. We received a warm welcome from the owners and a delicious welcome basket of local produce. Everything is provided from condiments to cleaning products. Hay on Wye is a lovely town and the cottage is right in centre althRead moreough very quiet and peaceful. Beautiful garden with decking, BBQ and chimenea. The attention to detail is a credit to the owners. Highly recommended. Hide

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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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