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 £1267

Trowley Farmhouse

Property rating: 2 stars
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Sleeps: 16
    • Garden
    • Woodburner
    • Pets welcome
    • Wi-Fi

A glorious warm and welcoming great medieval farmhouse near Hay-on-Wye with oak beams and woodburning stoves. Great for a group of friends or family with space for everyone. Glorious views and half a mile up a private lane and miles of walks from the door. Only 7 miles from Hay-on-Wye.

7 nights from £718

Lane Longhouse

Property rating: 3 stars
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Sleeps: 11
    • Garden
    • Woodburner
    • Pets welcome
    • Wi-Fi

A fabulous large self-catering barn to sleep a large group of family or friends in a relaxed atmosphere - with wonderful views across the paddock where the deer graze and to the Begwyns Hills beyond. Hay-on-Wye 4 miles.

7 nights from £673

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 £1509

Cae Marchog

Property rating: 5 stars
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Sleeps: 10
    • Garden
    • Woodburner
    • Hot Tub
    • Wi-Fi

Enjoy a relaxing and special break in this superb, luxurious & elegant farmhouse high in The Black Mountains close to Hay Bluff. Relax, enjoy the Hot Tub and enjoy the glorious views & excellent walking from the door. Hay on Wye 5 miles. Brecon 12 miles

7 nights from £1509

Filly Farmhouse

Property rating: 5 stars
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Sleeps: 10
    • Garden
    • Woodburner
    • Fishing
    • Wi-Fi

A superb, stylish farmhouse in a beautiful setting overlooking a private lake stocked for coarse fishing with Carp, Bream and Perch; a games room with a juke box, a great kitchen for cooking a large party meal - perfect for a family holiday or a group of friends. Visit The River Cafe and only 3 miles Hay on Wye.

7 nights from £902

Walnut Tree Barn

Property rating: 5 stars
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Sleeps: 10
    • Pets welcome
    • Wi-Fi

In a glorious location close to Hay-on-Wye, this beautiful self catering barn is perfect for families with a children's play area and great access to walking, cycling and canoeing along the Wye Valley Walk. It has a downstairs bedroom with wheelchair access.

7 nights from £762

Meeting House

Property rating: 4 stars
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Sleeps: 9
    • Garden
    • Ground floor facilities
    • Woodburner
    • Pets welcome
    • Games Room
    • Wi-Fi

A spacious newly renovated family house with 4 bedroom and 4 bathrooms, a games room and within a two miles of Hay-on-Wye. A raised terrace with table and chairs to enjoy the stupendous far reach views over The Wye Valley and Brecon Beacons.

7 nights from £808

Margaux Rose

Property rating: 4 stars
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Sleeps: 8
    • Garden
    • Woodburner
    • Pets welcome
    • Wi-Fi

Margaux Rose is an elegant, luxurious and beautifully furnished 5 Star luxury self-catering barn with gardens at Glasbury only 4 miles to Hay-on- Wye. The perfect place for visiting the book shops & art galleries. Black Mountains, Hereford & Brecon.

7 nights from £673

Bryntirion

Property rating: 4 stars
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Sleeps: 8
    • Garden
    • Wi-Fi

A lovely comfortable and spacious family house, only five minutes walk from the centre of the small town of Hay on Wye, with excellent restaurant and interesting boutique shops. A great place to stay for families or for a group of friends, with walks from the door to suit all abilities. Off road parking, close to The Black Mountains & Hay Bluff and only few minutes drive to canoeing on the River Wye.

7 nights from £426

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.