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 £242
Short breaks from £182

Lavender Cottage

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

A pretty and romantic cottage close to the centre of Hay-on-Wye - ideal for a weekend break.

7 nights from £307
Short breaks from £230

Hilton House

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

A sweet little cottage in the centre of the small village of Talgarth - on a quiet road with private parking and a pretty riverside garden. Walk to The Talgarth Mill to buy your morning bread, or enjoy a lunch looking over the river and watch the mill working. An easy few minutes drive up to The open hillside and The Black Mountains with miles of open hill walking.

7 nights from £459
Short breaks from £344

Yew Tree Barn

Property rating: 5 stars
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Sleeps: 6
    • Garden
    • Ground floor facilities
    • Pets welcome
    • Wi-Fi

A picturesque, beautifully kept, self-catering barn close to Hay on Wye. An ideal cottage for families with its children's play area, and it is on the Wye Valley Walk, so is perfect for walking, hiring mountain bikes or canoes. The house has a ground floor shower-room & wheelchair access.

7 nights from £1086
Short breaks from £815

Blaencwm

Property rating: 5 stars
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Sleeps: 6
    • Garden
    • Ground floor facilities
    • Woodburner
    • Hot Tub
    • Pets welcome
    • Wi-Fi

A truly stunning cottage in a fabulous and remote spot, close to Hay Bluff, Gospel Pass and Llantony Valley in the Black Mountains. Perfect for weekend with friends - luxurious and spacious with a wood-fired hot tub. Cycling and walking from the door. Hay-on-Wye 5 miles.

Special Offer

Monday - Friday 4 night mid-week special, just £933 during low and mid-season - Please call to book

7 nights from £394
Short breaks from £296

Cliers Cottage

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

A real picture book cottage in a small village betweenTalgarth and Hay-on-Wye - a couple of minutes walk to the local pub and easy access onto the hills above the village. The cottage may look tiny from the outside but inside it is so much bigger. With a lovely sitting room with doors opening out to a terrace and the brook. Parking off the road and pets welcome.

7 nights from £1509
Short breaks from £1132

The House in the Hills

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 £283
Short breaks from £212

Old Forest House Stables

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

Cosy, well-equipped, one storey holiday cottage which is perfect for cyclists and walkers, and for popping into nearby Hay-on-Wye (2 miles).

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 £307
Short breaks from £230

Cobblestone Cottage

Property rating: 3 stars
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 4
    • Garden
    • Woodburner
    • Fishing

A pretty, warm and cosy self-catering holiday cottage, very close to the centre of the small market town of Talgarth, tucked with gardens for children to play. Great for visiting Talgarth Watermill Mill & Cafe, watching them mill the flour for the bread, close to Pwll yr Wrach Nature Reserve and little waterfalls; easy location for exploring The Black Mountains & Brecon Beacons National Park.

7 nights from £336
Short breaks from £252

Maggies Barn

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

Maggie's Barn is a tranquil barn set in gardens near open hillside onThe Black Mountains. A gardener & wildlife enthusiast's paradise. Private lake & Arbouretum. Wild ponies, Llanilieu Church, Close to Talgarth and The Gliding Club. Brecon 10 miles.