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 £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.

7 nights from £1019
Short breaks from £815

Blaencwm

Property rating: 5 stars
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Sleeps: 8
    • Garden
    • Ground floor facilities
    • Woodburner
    • Hot Tub
    • Pets welcome
    • Wi-Fi

Enjoy Blaencwm, a superb luxurious self-catering farmhouse, in a unique location, in a splendid wild & remote isolation close to Hay Bluff, Gospel Pass and Llantony Valley in the Black Mountains. Perfect for weekend with friends. Hay-on-Wye 5 miles.

7 nights from £426
Short breaks from £320

Chess Cottage

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

A pretty warm red brick holiday cottage on a lovely picturesque farm on the Herefordshire/Wales Borders. Close to Hay-on-Wye, Hereford and Leominster. An ideal location for exploring The Welsh Marches, great walking country and mountain bikking.

7 nights from £718
Short breaks from £539

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 £1509
Short breaks from £1132

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
Short breaks from £1132

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 £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 £365
Short breaks from £274

Bramble Cottage

Property rating: 4 stars
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 4
    • Garden
    • Pets welcome
    • Games Room

Bramble Cottage with two bedrooms and Disabled Access Grade 11. Pets Welcome. One of three Cottages with glorious panoramic views over Black Mountains, Wye Valley and Brecon Beacons. Close to Hay-on-Wye 3 miles.

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 £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.