Hay-on-Wye Cottages

Although having a population of less than 1,500, Hay, which is situated on the border with England, is internationally known both as a book centre and as the venue for a major literary festival. There are approximately thirty sizeable bookshops in the town, some specialising whilst others stock more general titles, with a focus on secondhand and antiquarian.

In addition, the Hay Antiques Market is home to over 20 dealers offering an eclectic mix of antiques and collectables, including classical and farmhouse furniture, clocks, vintage clothing and textiles, all manner of china and ceramics, railway memorabilia, coins, jewellery and paintings; a shop selling a large range of teddy bears and jig-saw puzzles is another feature of the town.

From Thursday 22 May until Sunday 1 June 2014, in the region of 85,000 people will come from all over the UK, Europe, the USA and the rest of the world to join a carnival celebration of ideas and stories at the Hay Festival. The programme of some five hundred events takes place in a tented festival village with writers, politicians, poets, scientists, comedians, philosophers and musicians; Bill Clinton dubbed it 'the Woodstock of the mind'. Hay-on-Wye has two Norman castles within a short distance of each other; lying close to St Mary's Church on the western edge of the town is a small but well-preserved motte.

The main fortress within Hay was situated on the great site commanding the town and river under the current ruins of the castle and mansion. The keep of the current structure is approximately 30ft square and was once four storeys high; the corners of the tower have been much rebuilt and the entire south-east corner of the tower has been replaced. In the C12th century the curtain wall was added to the rampart around the site; this gateway is one of the finest carved castle gateways in Wales and the two gates, although of different ages, would appear to be very old. In the 1660s a new mansion was built on the north side of the castle and, like so many other properties in the town, it is now used as a second-hand book shop.

Offa's Dyke Path follows the route of the ancient Anglo-Welsh border defence earthwork built by Offa, King of Mercia, between 757 and 796 AD from the Severn Estuary to the North Wales Coast; it runs along the ridge of the Black Mountains and passes through Hay-on-Wye. The Wye Valley Walk extends from Chepstow, crosses the Offa's Dyke Path at Hay and continues to Rhayader.

The Kilvert Gallery is housed in the former home of the Victorian diarist Reverend Francis Kilvert in the village of Clyro, near Hay-on-Wye. It 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, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, furniture, papier-mache and more unusual three-dimensional work.

Situated south-west of Hay, near the village of Glasbury, Maesyronnen Chapel is a Grade I listed building, one of the earliest Nonconformist chapels to be built in Wales (at the end of the C17th), and the only one existing from that time to be largely unchanged and still in use as a chapel.



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Presteigne, Mid Wales & the Brecon Beacons

WAK131

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£332 - £553
per week
From £249 for a 3-night stay
  • A very comfortable bungalow set in private enclosed lawned gardens with summer house, just off the Leominster to Rhayader road, 2 miles from New Radnor.
  • 5 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 55 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner
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Hay-on-Wye, Mid Wales & the Brecon Beacons

BOW90

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£358 - £665
per week
From £269 for a 3-night stay
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  • 3 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • WiFi
  • Pub 0.4 miles

Hay-on-Wye, Mid Wales & the Brecon Beacons

WAM152

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£416 - £716
per week
From £312 for a 3-night stay
  • A delightful, detached C17th stone character cottage, rurally located down a narrow lane with some other properties, 2 miles SW Hay-on-Wye.
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 65 miles
  • Pub 1.5 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

Brecon, Mid Wales & the Brecon Beacons

WAL302

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£235 - £415
per week
From £176 for a 3-night stay
  • A large farmhouse adjoining the main house on a working sheep farm 2.5 miles NW Brecon, on the boundary of Brecon Beacons National Park.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 39 miles
  • Pub 2.5 miles

Builth Wells, Mid Wales & the Brecon Beacons

WAK231

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£470 - £846
per week
From £353 for a 3-night stay
  • A secluded C19th cottage near New Radnor, enjoying views over the unspoilt Radnorshire hills, with excellent walking from the door and not a house in sight,
  • 8 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • No Pets
  • No WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 51 miles
  • Pub 0.25 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

Builth Wells, Mid Wales & the Brecon Beacons

WAL282

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£284 - £506
per week
From £213 for a 3-night stay
  • This detached stone cottage near Builth Wells is situated in the heart of the countryside on a working farm, approached via narrow lanes 2 miles from Erwood.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • No Pets
  • No WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 57 miles
  • Pub 2 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

Brecon, Mid Wales & the Brecon Beacons

WAL343

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£311 - £553
per week
From £233 for a 3-night stay
  • This cottage is a single storey barn conversion adjacent to the farmyard on the owners working sheep farm, 3 miles north of Brecon.
  • 6 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 39 miles
  • Pub 2.5 miles

Presteigne, Mid Wales & the Brecon Beacons

WAM167

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£385 - £716
per week
From £289 for a 3-night stay
  • Dating back to the early C19th, this quality detached cottage is conveniently located 1.5 miles NE of New Radnor on the owner's sheep farm.
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Games room
  • Beach 54 miles
  • Pub 1.5 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

Builth Wells, Mid Wales & the Brecon Beacons

WAL364

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£195 - £306
per week
From £146 for a 3-night stay
  • Converted from a Victorian School, dating from 1874, Little Bettws is a compact self-contained annexe to the owner's home, 7 miles from Builth Wells.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 3 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 49 miles
  • Pub 1.5 miles

Brecon, Mid Wales & the Brecon Beacons

WAL368

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£750 - £1235
per week
From £563 for a 3-night stay
  • Perfect for an extended family gathering, Sunnyside is a spacious, detached farmhouse sleeping 12, situated on the owners' working stock and sheep farm in the hills just north of the historic cathedral town of Brecon and within easy reach of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
  • 12 Guests
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 47 miles
  • Pub 6 miles

Llandrindod Wells, Mid Wales & the Brecon Beacons

WAK290

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£425 - £520
per week
From £319 for a 3-night stay
  • Set in a peaceful, rural location in the rolling Radnorshire countryside, this contemporary lodge-style accommodation makes a perfect retreat for a couple.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Hot tub
  • Beach 47 miles
  • Pub 1.2 miles

Builth Wells, Mid Wales & the Brecon Beacons

BOW89

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£405 - £800
per week
From £304 for a 3-night stay
  • With great countryside views this pet friendly cottage also has a hot tub, the perfect place to relax after a day of walking, cycling or just enjoying all the area has to offer.
  • 7 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Hot tub
  • Pub 1.5 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner
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