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Sleeps 8 adults Bedrooms 4 Pets Not accepted Region Powys Town/village Hay on Wye

Charming Family Retreat, near Hay on Wye (HIDDENBR)

The Property - a literary idyll in the hills. Once the home of author and playwright, Sir Arnold Wesker, founder of London's Roundhouse Theatre, this literary gem is truly hidden away, a picturesque and secluded cottage set in a fabulous piece of ancient woodland tucked below Hay Bluff. The unique and charming character of this cottage has been preserved, although it has been beautifully restored in a rustic style with flair and an eye for comfort. Set in an enclosed garden overlooking neighbouring farmland, on one side a small lawn is framed by beautiful trees, on the other, seating and table on a paved terrace. This is a perfect place to stay, whether for an adventurous walking holiday or a peaceful getaway: restful and remote with magnificent views across the hills and valleys of the Black Mountains, Offa's Dyke on the doorstep, and the lovely cafes and bookshops of Hay on Wye only a short drive away.

Cottage accommodation - sleeps 6 / 8

Step in through the porch to the sitting room with comfy sofas and armchair set around the welcoming wood-burning stove. Two south-west facing windows frame views over the valley from the heart of the cottage. Although there is no television, there are board games galore for cosy nights around the fireplace.

The bright and light kitchen has a double height ceiling and dual aspect windows, with views up to the woodland at the back and out across the Wye valley. This is a warm and sociable kitchen with lovely long table for everyone to gather around. Using the Rayburn is optional, (requiring more art than science), but a combination microwave oven, halogen hob, large fridge/freezer, Nespresso coffee machine and dishwasher provide all the necessary mod cons. Washer/dryer is available in a utility room.
A back door leads out to the garden.

To the side of the kitchen and sitting room is a snug great for either chilling on beanbags, or a game of air hockey. Children love this room and for those with laptops and portable projectors it serves as a great cinema room.

Bedroom 1: Downstairs beyond the sitting room is a large light south facing bedroom with King-size bed, antique writing desk and spacious en-suite shower room with "his & her" wash hand basins and toilet.

Up the original old oak stairs (mind your head in places)

Family bathroom: with bath (hand held shower), wash hand basin and loo with a view out over the Welsh hills.

Bedroom 2: A King-sized bed and glorious south-west views of the hills, located above the sitting room. Door leading to bedroom 3.

Bedroom 3: Twin bedroom with dual aspect views out to the beautiful garden (please note you have to walk through the adjoining bedroom 2 to get to this room). Perfect for children.

Bedroom 4: Stairs lead up to the open-plan second floor attic space, which has a large picture window looking out over the valley. This is an ideal teenager's room with a small double futon and/or single sofa bed. Headroom is slightly limited, mainly when accessing the room from the stairs. En-suite shower room with wash hand basin and toilet. Please note - this room is not suitable for either those with mobility issues or toddlers as the staircase is open and can be tricky to negotiate.

Useful Information:

* Towels and linen inclusive
* Logs supplied for the wood burning stove
* Very efficient oil central heating and electricity included
* Wifi (can occasionally be temperamental)
* Parking for 3 cars
* Sorry ,not suitable for pets as close proximity to roaming sheep & cattle
* Welcome pack on arrival.
* Washer/dryer (in boiler room)
* Flexible Change Over Days
* Access in winter months might need discussing, as the cottage is high on the hillside and accessed via single track roads from Hay-on-Wye with a final rough track running from the farmyard. In severe weather conditions it might be necessary to walk for the last 100 meters or so to the cottage, although the owners have always been able to reach the property by car. Whilst not strictly necessary, a four-wheel drive makes access easier.

Hay on Wye 5 miles.

If you would like to speak to someone who has visited this property please ask for: Elizabeth, Carolyn, Jessica, Andria, Ceri or Edwina

  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Open Fires
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Parking
  • Garden

Conditions

Check in / Check out

Standard check-in is 4pm and standard check-out is normally 10am on your day of departure. In some cases these times vary. Always check your booking confirmation paperwork for correct timings or ask your local agent.

LocationHay on Wye

Located on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park and home to the beautiful Hay Castle, where visitors can explore the grounds of this Norman stronghold and pop by the Honesty Bookshop. Every Thursday the town hosts a bustling market place, perfect for picking up fresh local produce, gifts, vintage items and clothing.

There is canoe and kayak hire available from the Wye Valley, and the stretch from Hay to Glasbury has a few small beaches to stop off at along the way. Just down from the bridge is The Warren which is a great picnic spot by the river. The Hay Bluff is a large hill just south of the town, with views across the Radnorshire countryside to Pen-y-Fan.

Close to the Black Mountains are the stunning 12th century ruin of Llanthony Priory, part of the original priory also houses a small country inn. The keep of Bronllys Castle is an interesting visit, and the reserve of Cwm Byddog valley is filled with ancient trees, there are also the remains of a large motte and bailey castle. Another unique experience is the Eirian Glass Blowing Studio and gallery, half or full day courses are available booked in advance. The Globe is a diverse music and arts centre, with a huge variety of musical performances, literary shows, art exhibitions and children’s clubs.

Mid Wales

This is the go to place for outdoor enthusiasts to make the most of the fantastic walking, riding & cycling opportunities, especially in the Cambrian Mountains National Park. The Ceredigion Coastal Path features numerous trails to choose from depending on how far you wish to travel. Whether for a full walking holiday or just a stroll along the cliffs to a village pub, this unspoilt route is perfect and has views out across the famous Cardigan Bay which is home to the UKs largest pod of dolphins.

Dotted along the Wales-West England border are lots of lovely market towns, many of which have their own castle. This disputed ground has a large number of Roman and Norman medieval fortresses, today some are only ruins or just the earthen works remain however there are plenty which have restored to their former glory and are open to visitors.

Mid Wales also just touches on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, a popular mountain range for exploring caves, forest activities and other more extreme outdoor sports such as rock climbing and abseiling. A number of historic railways mean other regions of Wales are easily accessible for a day trip, and make for an enjoyable way to travel and take in the sights.

Area Powys

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