Hay-on-Wye holiday cottages
Hay-on-Wye is a small, pretty market town in the Welsh Borders, close to the scenery of the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains. It’s known as ‘the town of books’, thanks to its plethora of bookshops, and hosts the hugely popular Hay Festival, with talks from leading authors, thinkers and more. Staying in our Hay-on-Wye holiday cottages is, therefore, the perfect break for lovers of literature and landscapes alike. Not only is it home to a host of bookshops, but the town is also a serious shopping destination for aficionados of unique antiques, crafts and clothing, and a market takes place every Thursday.
The Kilvert Gallery in the village of Clyro, near Hay-on-Wye, is well known for its enthusiastic representation of highly original and occasionally provocative work by both established artists and young contemporaries. The gallery houses a constantly changing selection of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, jewellery, furniture, papier-mache and more unusual three-dimensional work. Local legend tells of Hay Castle being built in a day by Matilda, a giantess who threw a stone across the Wye on completing her day-long building marathon! These days Hay Castle is a vibrant centre for arts, literature and learning.
Our Hay-on-Wye cottages are ideal for those looking to take on the Offa’s Dyke Path, a 177-mile-long trail following the historic Welsh border, take a look at our Welsh border cottages along the way. Alternatively, a climb up nearby Hay Bluff (677m) is not to be missed. And as it sits on the banks of the River Wye, Hay also offers opportunities for canoeing and kayaking through the peaceful waters. Our cottages near Hay-on-Wye allow you to experience a wide range of outdoor activities, and many offer additional extras like cosy wood burners, bubbling hot tubs and far-reaching countryside views to enjoy when you return from your adventures.
Staying in our Hay-on-Wye accommodation places you at the heart of this happening town as well as on the cusp of the Brecon Beacons in South Wales. Our self-catering Hay-on-Wye cottages include everything from romantic cottages for two, right up to large houses and accommodation on nearby working farms. We also have a great selection of dog-friendly cottages in Hay-on-Wye if you’d like to bring the whole family on your holiday. Be sure to check out all of our holiday cottages in South Wales.