From a series of independent bookshops that are dotted around ancient cobbled streets to the tranquil River Wye flowing gently through the town and into the surrounding Brecon Beacons countryside, Hay-on-Wye is an idyllic destination for either a short break or longer holiday. For inspiration on what to do during your visit to this Brecon Beacons town, read our insider’s guide to Hay-on-Wye and browse our hand-picked collection of cottages to find the perfect base for your next getaway.
This beautifully converted granary lies just at the edge of Hay-on-Wye and is the perfect base for a romantic getaway to the Welsh countryside.
- A balcony patio is the perfect spot for a morning cuppa or evening drink.
- Look out over the owner’s small farm with grazing rare breed sheep.
- Characterful features in this chunky stone cottage include exposed wooden beams.
Why we love it: Gardeners Granary is just a mile from Hay-on-Wye but has a wonderfully peaceful spot on the edge of the river with gorgeous walks from the front door.
This top-floor apartment has a prime location that’s right in the heart of Hay-on-Wye. It’s an ideal base for either solo travellers or couples looking to spend time exploring this historic market town.
- Browse the books at more than 30 bookshops that are dotted around the town then curl up with a cuppa at this cosy cottage.
- The elevated spot means you can enjoy lovely views of the surrounding Brecon Beacons countryside.
- It’s up to you whether you whip up a meal in the well-equipped kitchen or choose from a selection of eateries on your doorstep...
Why we love it: Author’s Retreat is a cosy home from home and, with an array of shops, cafes and pubs on your doorstep, you can immerse yourself in discovering the delights of Hay-on-Wye.
This light and bright rural retreat is surrounded by Brecon Beacons countryside, less than 2 miles from the famous book town. With both double and single bedrooms, it’s ideal for either couples or small families.
- A wooden terrace outside the property comes with a BBQ and patio furniture so you can make the most of its idyllic location.
- The utility room at the property is perfect for storing muddy walking boots and bicycles after a day spent exploring the Brecon Beacons National Park.
- Equipment like a tumble dryer and dishwasher will make your life easier on your short break or holiday.
Why we love it: The rural location looks out over the rolling Brecon Beacons hills; outdoor enthusiasts can try fishing in the nearby river or head off on a bracing cycle ride.
This dreamy chocolate-box cottage dates back to the 15th century and comes with lots of rustic charm. It's an ideal base if you fancy immersing yourself in the history and literature of Hay-on-Wye and maybe even come up with a bestselling book of your own.
- A gorgeous cottage garden leads directly onto a patch of Brecon Beacons woodland.
- Enjoy spectacular Brecon Beacons scenery as you dine - the table is perfectly placed beside a large window that makes the most of countryside views.
- The property is brimming with original character with quirky cubby holes in the chunky white walls, gorgeous brick fireplaces and dark exposed beams.
Why we love it: This is a classic country cottage that could have come straight from a story book or postcard. It’s dog-friendly too and four-legged friends can have lots of adventures in the surrounding woodland and countryside.
Mary’s Villa | Sleeps: 5 guests and 2 dogs
This period property has a prime location close to the centre of Hay-on-Wye with a large bay window where you can sit and watch the world go by. Wooden floorboards add elegance to the comfortable living room and a large farmhouse dining table has views out to the garden and is perfect for sociable family meals.
- Head out to the nearby River Wye where you can enjoy a family canoeing and kayaking trip with boat hire and lessons available.
- French doors lead straight from the kitchen to a charming patio garden where you can enjoy a family BBQ in the summer months.
- A family bedroom with three single beds is ideal for children and there’s plenty of seating in the comfortable lounge for everyone to relax in front of the fire.
Why we love it: The enclosed garden at Mary’s Villa is perfect for four-legged friends while the spacious accommodation is just right for a family holiday to the Brecon Beacons.
This three-bedroom apartment is located above The Addyman Annex, one of Hay-on-Wye’s many charming bookshops. You can look out over the literary town from a balcony courtyard and plan which one of Hay-on-Wye’s many pubs and restaurants to visit next!
- The 16th-century building features an original oak staircase and exposed wooden beams.
- Sociable open-plan living and dining space is perfect for spending evenings together with family or friends.
- The location on historic Castle Street is close to Hay Castle and the River Wye which you can follow to The Warren, a popular local beauty spot which is a great location for a summer picnic.
Why we love it: What better base to explore Hay-on-Wye than from one of the town’s best loved bookshops? You can spend hours browsing Addyman’s regularly changing stock, head for coffee at a nearby cafe and browse the stalls at the regular Hay-on-Wye Market.
If you’re looking for an off-grid getaway that’s not too far from the delights of Hay-on-Wye, Great Escape Glamping is a collection of four beautifully crafted shepherd's huts that are nestled in a secluded location next to a babbling brook in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
- This is an ideal getaway for a group of friends; you can all have your own space and gather each evening around an outdoor canopied dining table with BBQ and fire pit.
- An optional wood-fired hot tub is available for guests to hire if you fancy making your getaway even more special.
- There are lots of nearby outdoor activities to try: climbing in the Black Mountains, pony riding through the countryside and kayaking along the River Wye.
Why we love it: The secluded site of Great Escape Glamping is just a short drive from Hay-on-Wye so you can enjoy the best of both worlds - reconnecting with nature and browsing the shops and cafes of the historic market town.
This large, four-bedroom Victorian property has a choice of two comfortable living rooms and a spacious enclosed garden where children can let off some steam and everyone can enjoy some al fresco dining on the provided picnic tables.
- Free-to-use tennis courts are within walking distance of Bryntirion if you fancy challenging family or friends to a game.
- Following a footpath that leads from Bryntirion will take you to nearby Hay Bluff and the surrounding Black Mountains.
- A spacious kitchen has everything you need to rustle up lunch or dinner and there's a separate dining room where you can sit down to your family meal.
Why we love it: Both the Offa’s Dyke Path and Wye Valley Walk are close to Bryntirion. The house is surrounded by greenery with the centre of Hay-on-Wye just a short stroll away.
Hay Bluff House | Sleeps: 8 guests plus 2 dogs
This beautiful 16th-century cottage is surrounded by acres of gardens and fields with a private waterfall within the grounds and a magical backdrop of Brecon Beacons mountains. Exposed stonework and cruck oak beams give the property lots of character and charm and the stunning location is hard to beat.
- An enclosed garden at this dog-friendly property means that four-legged friends can safely sniff out adventures.
- The secluded property is tucked away off the beaten track so it's ideal for a private and peaceful escape.
- A wood-fired hot tub, table tennis and pool table will keep guests of all ages happy and a utility room is perfect for storing muddy boots after hikes through the countryside.
Why we love it: The fabulous farmhouse kitchen has a two-oven AGA so you cook up some hearty sustenance following a day of outdoor activities before relaxing in one of two lounges that are both kept warm by open fires.
Meeting House | Sleeps: 9 guests plus 2 dogs
This lovely large holiday home has an elevated position above the Brecon Beacons hamlet of Llanigon which is just a couple of miles south of Hay-on-Wye. Chunky oak beams, vaulted ceilings and a wood burner give the property lots of charm and a decked balcony has an outdoor dining table where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with one of the finest views around.
- Meeting House features a well-stocked library for literary lovers and a games room with a billiard table to keep everyone entertained.
- Steps from the decked balcony lead down to a woodland garden - you can sit on the balcony with a sundowner and keep an eye on playing children and dogs.
- You’ll find babbling brooks, flowing rivers and pretty woodland surrounding the property and the book shops and cafes of Hay-on-Wye are just 2 miles away.
Why we love it: Meeting House is an idyllic country retreat with fabulous open-plan living space for sociable evenings together and four bathrooms to accompany the property’s four bedrooms.
Plan your getaway to Hay-on-Wye
This is just a small selection of the Hay-on-Wye cottages available for your Brecon Beacons getaway. Whether you’re dreaming of days spent browsing quirky bookshops, fancy attending the famous Hay Festival or want a fun-filled outdoor adventure in the Brecon Beacons National Park, browse our full range of Hay-on-Wye cottages to find your perfect base.
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