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.

We have cottages in Hay-on-Wye itself, as well as cottages in neighbouring villages, hamlets and towns including Bredwardine, Clyro, Dorstone, Glasbury, Llanigon, Llyswen, Talgarth and Three Cocks.

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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 £902
Short breaks from £677

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 £394
Short breaks from £296

Bookend Cottage

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

This beautiful Victorian terraced cottage is nestled in a quiet location in the historical book lover's town of Hay-On-Wye. The location is great within easy walking distance to both Hay-on-Wye town centre (3 minutes) as well as the Hay-on-Wye Literature Festival grounds (5 minutes). For keen or even basic walkers, cycling and canoeing on the River Wye. Sleeps 4

7 nights from £482
Short breaks from £289

The Shepherd's Shack

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 4
    • Garden
    • Pets welcome
    • Wi-Fi

7 nights from £262
Short breaks from £197

Little Cedars Pavilion

Property rating: 3 stars
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 2
    • Garden
    • Wi-Fi

Little Cedars Cabin is built for 2 in a wonderful setting on the outskirts of Clyro Village. This little wooden cabin has everything you need and is less than 2 miles from Hay on Wye. An ideal base for exploring the Wye Valley, Brecon Beacons & Black Mountains.

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7 nights from £394
Short breaks from £296

Linton Cottage

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

A comfortable, elegant holiday cottage in a pleasant, quiet part of Hay-on-Wye, perfect for book lovers or walkers, close to centre of Hay on Wye, no need to drive. Hire Mountain Bikes. Explore Black Mountains, Hay Bluff, Llantony Valley Capel-y-ffin. .

7 nights from £718
Short breaks from £539

Yellow Drama

Property rating: 5 stars
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Sleeps: 4
    • Garden
    • Ground floor facilities
    • Woodburner
    • Pets welcome

Superb luxury house beautifully and elegantly furnished - private gardens 5 Star luxury near Hay on Wye Town of Books.

7 nights from £283
Short breaks from £212

Authors' Retreat

Property rating: 3 stars
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 2
    • Wi-Fi

A newly renovated top floor apartment in the centre of the pretty small market town of Hay-on-Wye with private parking. A great place to stay for a quiet weekend retreat or a holiday enjoying the glorious countryside of The Black Mountains and The Wye Valley with many villages and places of interest to visit as well as excellent pubs & restaurants to eat in the evening.

7 nights from £336
Short breaks from £252

Berth Fedw Farm Cottage

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

A pretty stone cottage set in a fabulous remote location on a small farm with miles of uninterrupted walking from the door in the Black Mountains near Talgarth. Mountain ponies and sheep grazing on the wild open Rhos Fach Common. Talgarth 2 miles, Brecon 8 miles and Hay on Wye 8 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.