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The Hay House Retreat

Hay-on-Wye (3mls NE), Brecon Beacons
Sleeps 18
Bedrooms 9
Bathrooms 8
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 5
5 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Hot tub
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Family friendly
Four Poster
Party houses
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • 17th Century farmhouse set within 5 acres of landscaped grounds
  • Wood fired hot tub with views across the Wye Valley
  • A covered redbrick barn with hay bale seating and table tennis
Property code: 77863

This contemporary rural escape is simply perfect for celebrating a big birthday, special anniversary or a getaway with friends. In 5 acres of grounds with far-reaching views across the Wye Valley.

Located on the east side of the Golden Valley with many walks from the doorstep, including Merbach Hill, Little Mountain and walks overlooking the Wye Valley.  It's also a short drive from Hay Bluff, the start of the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons. The property offers easy access into Hay-on-Wye, famed for the May Hay Festival and an events calendar with something for all and a weekly market of local food and crafts. There are plenty of activities in the area, a pony trekking centre nearby and guides will lead you over the Begwns on horseback. Or, over the other side of the hill, discover the canoe hire and adventure training centres, offering a quick hour on the River Wye, a Vespa ride up the Black Mountains, bicycle hire to explore the Brecon Beacons or test you nerves on high wires.

This rambling wisteria-clad farmhouse can accommodate up to 18 guests and is the perfect retreat within the heart of the Wye Valley. The living accommodation includes an extended 17th-century farmhouse and detached stable block that has been converted into five guest suites. The ground floor of the farmhouse is simply perfect for any celebration, offering a main lounge area with squishy sofas and lounging armchairs where you can relax after a day exploring. There is also a more formal lounge that’s perfect for pre-dinner cocktails or enjoying a movie on the Smart TV. For relaxing with a good book in front of the wood burner, there is a library-style reception. And if you really want to hide away, there is a snug situated in the first floor. For dining in, there is a formal dining room where you can celebrate with friends. The kitchen is situated to the rear of the farmhouse, a well-equipped space with  an electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher. There is also a utility space with an additional food preparation area and washing machine, plus a shower room with shower and WC on the ground floor. So, when the celebrations are over, climb the stairs of the farmhouse where you will find four bedrooms. These comprise a king-size room enjoying garden views and an en-suite bathroom with bath, separate shower and WC, plus a further two king-size and one double rooms enjoying views across the front gardens - one enjoying views across the valley and one with views across the mini orchard. There is also a bathroom with a hand-held shower over clawfoot bath and WC. There are five further bedroom suites situated in the converted stable block. These consist of a four-poster king-size with en-suite shower room with double shower and WC and four open-plan suites with king-size beds set on a mezzanine floor. They also have ground-floor lounge areas with sofas and TVs, and en-suite bathrooms with bath, separate shower and WC.

The farmhouse is situated within 5 acres of which you are free to roam; the outdoor space lends well to entertaining with an outdoor seating area if you wish to dine outside, and a firepit area with seating for many overlooking the Wye Valley. For relaxing, there is a wood-fired hot tub, and for games, an undercover games room within the red brick barn with flexible seating with a foldable table tennis table. There is also a children's play area under the willow with swing chair, railway sleeper seating, outdoor play mats, book library and a toy box, making this a child-friendly haven. There is also allocated parking for up to ten cars.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • Sleeps 19 adults & 5 children
  • 9 bedrooms – 8 king-size and 1 double (please note that there is also a large single sofa bed in one of the bedrooms, plus 4 camp beds available which are suitable for children)
  • 8 bathrooms – 1 bathroom with hand-held shower over bath and WC, 1 shower room and WC, 1 en-suite shower room and WC, and 5 en-suite bathrooms with bath, separate shower and WC
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
  • Utility room with washing machine
  • Wood-fired hot tub
  • Gravelled seating area overlooking the Wye Valley
  • Games room with table tennis
  • Children’s play area
  • Large outdoor seating area for 20+ guests
  • Wood burner (first basket of logs included)
  • Electric and central heating included
  • Allocated parking for 10 cars
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 5 dogs welcome
  • Pubs, shops and restaurants 4 miles
  • Smart TV in formal lounge
  • Charcoal BBQ and firepit available
  • Catering, beauty treatments and other activities can be arranged
  • HOLIDAY PREPARATION: We would advise to contact local amenities directly, such as shops, restaurants, pubs and attractions, to confirm the latest opening times and availability.

Sara Hughes

This property is personally managed by Sara.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Alexandra 10th August 2020

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A magical place. We kept thinking we were in France. So much space inside and out. Incredibly well appointed and so welcoming. Stargazing, wonderful outdoor meals overlooking the valley and watching the eletrical storms with no thunder at night are only a few of the incredible memories we have from celebrating our parents' 50th wedding anniversary.Read more A very special place indeed. Hide

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