Hay-on-Wye

Holiday Cottages for book lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and festivals in Hay-on-Wye

For a great many of our guests, one visit to Hay-on-Wye is simply not enough. They enthuse time and again about the year-round energy and ambiance of this charming border ‘town of books’. It’s easy to while away a whole day browsing the miles of shelves in the many second hand bookshops as you seek out a rare first edition, or come face to face with a TV annual you haven’t seen since childhood.

Of course, the town is world famous for its literary festival, (held each year in May), when the likes of Dame Judy Dench, Germaine Greer, historian Antony Beevor and former American president Bill Clinton have been found among the books. But whatever time of year you visit, you can be sure there'll be something going on.

The town also hosts How the Light gets In - the world's largest philosophy and music festival - as well as Hay Festival Winter Weekend, Hay Does Vintage and a food festival. Plus there's a farmers' market every Thursday.

The bustling market town also boasts antique shops crammed full of curios and collectables, lovely boutiques and stylish home and gift shops, as well as outdoor clothing suppliers, art galleries and a fabulous old fashioned sweet shop.

Among the wonderful array of shops, there’s an equally exciting line-up of cafés, restaurants, pubs and bars. Choose a sophisticated supper in a charming but intimate bistro, or go for a tasty pub lunch in one of the town’s many hostelries, followed by a fabulous home-made sheep’s milk ice cream. Or what could be better on a warm summer’s day than a piping hot bag of chips, shared on the riverbank?

If you need some activity to work off all those delicious meals, look no further than the stunning countryside surrounding Hay. Here you can try a spot of salmon fishing on the river, or climb into a kayak to ride the rapids. On dry land, there's everything from energetic mountain walks, wildlife spotting and climbing to horse riding, mountain biking and even gliding. There's plenty to keep sightseers and history lovers happy too, with castles, monuments and ancient churches scattered all around this beautiful part of the Marches.

We have over fifty beautiful holiday cottages in and around Hay on Wye. We have town houses, rural retreats, cottages for big groups, and romantic cottages for 2. Cottages a stone's throw from the book shops, boutiques and restaurants, holiday cottages for cycling, walking and fishing.

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7 nights from £426
Short breaks from £320

Hendre

Property rating: 3 stars
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Sleeps: 8
    • Garden
    • Woodburner
    • Pets welcome

A very popular family house with a glorious gardens and lawns for children to play. This family house is almost a film set from the 1950's but "with all mod cons!" set in the small Welsh market town of Talgarth with local shops, pubs, plenty to see and do with the recently restored Talgarth Mill. There are some glorious walks above the house to the waterfalls and on to The Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains.

7 nights from £336
Short breaks from £252

Little Mill Cottage

Property rating: 4 stars
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Sleeps: 4
    • Garden

Little Mill Cottage has been tastefully restored, set in 3 acres of garden, meadows (SSI) & ancient woodland, fabulous views of the Black Mountains & over to the Brecon Beacons. River Cafe on River Wye at Glasbury. Hay-on-Wye 3 miles, Brecon 12 mls.

7 nights from £262
Short breaks from £197

Buckton Granary

Property rating: 4 stars
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 3
    • Garden
    • Pets welcome
    • Wi-Fi

A contemporary warm and very comfortable Granary with stunning views across the valley to The Black Mountains. Only a mile to Hay-on-Wye with the many interesting antiquarian book shops, boutiques and with some great places to eat.The River Wye is close by where fishing can be arranged or canoes hired. Footpaths lead straight from the door up to Hay Bluff, Wye Valley and Golden Valley and on The English Welsh Borders.

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7 nights from £336
Short breaks from £252

Yr Allt

Property rating: 3 stars
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 3
    • Garden
    • Woodburner
    • Pets welcome

Yr Allt - best for walkers - remote and difficult to access during wet or extreme weather conditions - when you get there it has glorious views in a wonderful location and "a rewarding challenge" 4 miles Hay on Wye on The Begwyns. Mountain Bikes perfect.

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7 nights from £762
Short breaks from £572

Jessica

Property rating: 4 stars
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Sleeps: 6
    • Garden
    • Woodburner
    • Pets welcome
    • Wi-Fi

Jessica offers Five Star Luxury in this beautifully and elegantly furnished house near Hay on Wye, Brecon and Hereford. Wonderful walking in Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons National Park, River Wye canoe and fish. Hay-on-Wye 4 miles

7 nights from £496
Short breaks from £372

Cefn Barn

Property rating: 5 stars
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 4
    • Garden
    • Woodburner
    • Wi-Fi

Cefn Barn is a contemporary, elegant, architect-designed, luxury self-catering barn conversion at the foot of Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Very remote and secluded. Walk from the door. Talgarth 2, Brecon 8, Hay-on-Wye 9 mls.

7 nights from £459
Short breaks from £344

Meeting House Granary

Property rating: 4 stars
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 4
    • Woodburner
    • Pets welcome
    • Wi-Fi

A wonderful, stylish and comfortable cottage with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Just two miles from Hay-on-Wye, it's great for exploring the famous town of books, as well as walking, cycling and relaxing.

7 nights from £283
Short breaks from £212

Thorn Cottage

Property rating: 3 stars
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 4
    • Garden
    • Woodburner
    • Pets welcome
    • Wi-Fi

A unique and charming little traditional self catering holiday cottage having retained many original features with oak beams, low ceilings & woodburner & enclosed garden. Hay-on-Wye less 4 miles, The River Wye 2 miles, Brecon 14, Hereford 25 miles.

7 nights from £673
Short breaks from £505

Llangain Farmhouse & Barn

Property rating: 3 stars
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Sleeps: 10
    • Garden
    • Woodburner
    • Pets welcome

Set at 1,000 ft above sea level in a spectacular remote location with panoramic views over the Wye Valley - a piano in the separate romantic little barn; can also be booked with Bullens Bank. Miles of glorious walking over the hills. Pets Welcome too. Hay-on-Wye 3 miles.

7 nights from £336
Short breaks from £252

Beacons View

Property rating: 4 stars
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 2
    • Garden
    • Fishing
    • Wi-Fi

Beacons View with its paintings & antiques, a romantic cottage, beside 15c farmhouse, on a beautiful organic Welsh Hill Farm at about 850ft to1200ft with wonderful views, an Ornothogists peaceful Paradise; nestling between the Begwyn Hills and Hay on Wye.