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Discover Welsh history and culture with Hay on Wye holiday cottages

Hay on Wye is a Welsh market town based in Brecknockshire. It sits on the River Wye and is at the north-easternmost tip of the Brecon Beacon National Park. Steeped in a rich history which can be traced back almost 1,000 years to 1135AD, the town is home to two castles and is famed for the Hay Literary Festival which takes place annually attracting some 8,000 visitors.

HomeAway has a large selection of holiday cottages in Hay on Wye. Guests travelling in groups of family or friends can look forward to private gardens equipped with BBQ facilities. Wooden floors, thick carpets and sumptuous bed linen are all staples of the many cottages and holiday apartments in Hay on Wye and the idyllic setting is ideal for both a romantic or eco tourism escape.

Lying at the entrance to the Brecon Beacon National Park, a holiday apartment in Hay on Wye makes an ideal base for a variety of outdoor pursuits. It is however at least an hours drive from the coast, so beach lovers may want to consider a seaside cottage in the traditional setting of Llandudno, or alternatively a chic city break in one of the many holiday homes in the urban retreat of Cardiff.

Things to Do

Shopping: For many years, Hay on Wye has been considered a hub for bibliophiles. It is the home of several new and used book shops, and many of these have been in existence for decades. Authors from around the world recognise Hay on Wye as being a focal point for their craft and it is not unusual to drop upon a signing or reading from a bestselling author.

Horse Riding: The Brecon Beacons make a marvellous location for hacking and riding as the result of the changing and unconventional landscape. As a result, there are many riding clubs, hire shops and trekking leaders within easy reach of the holiday cottages in Hay on Wye, where novices and experienced riders alike can find the perfect pony, equipment and route for their needs.

Canoeing: The location of the town, sitting on the River Wye, makes it the ideal location for canoeing, and many visitors are attracted to the area purely for this purpose. The river has a number of areas of faster current where experienced boatpeople might challenge their skills, but also some serene areas offering the ideal setting for novices too.

Fishing: In addition to the watersports which take place on the River Wye, the river is an excellent spot for angling. In fact, one of the largest pikes on record (a huge 39lb specimen) was caught in Hay on Wye. Local fishing tackle shops can supply rods, nets and bait in addition to expert advice on peaceful spots to seek out a bite.

Stargazing: The Brecon Beacons have been officially named as a ‘Dark Star Reserve’ as the limited light pollution makes them the ideal location for astronomy and star gazing. If the conditions are right, a visitor might happen upon an event such as a comet passing or a planetary movement.

Weather

Visitors to the area may need to pack protective clothing for a variety of weather conditions as Welsh weather is known for being temperamental. Temperatures can fluctuate between averages of 10-20°C in the summer months, falling to as little as 1°C during the winter. Whilst the rest of the UK enjoys an average monthly rainfall of 49mm, Hay on Wye can expect up to 75mm a month, with December and January statistically being the wettest months of the year.

Travel

Although the main travel into Hay on Wye tends to be by car, it is also extremely accessible by bus and train. The easiest way to drive into the town is by following the Severn Bridge to Newport, and then taking the A40 to Abergavenny. From there, the A479 leads to Talgarth and Hay on Wye is signposted from thereon. Alternatively, drivers can follow the A49 from Hereford. There are two train stations within easy reach of the town. Hereford station is 21 miles away, whilst Bulith Wells is 19 miles away. Both stations have taxi ranks outside or from Hereford there is a regular bus service.

    Wonderful! 4.8/5
    (26 reviews)
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    • 1 BR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 2
    Cottage #8152018
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      Excellent! 4.7/5
      (7 reviews)
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      • 2 BR
      • 2 BA
      • Sleeps 4
      House #6518732
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      Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
        Wonderful! 4.8/5
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        • 3 BR
        • 1 BA
        • Separate Toilet
        • Sleeps 6
        House #8092992
        4
        Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
          • 2 BR
          • 1 BA
          • Sleeps 4
          House #1235107
            • 3 BR
            • 1 BA
            • Sleeps 6
            House #6515318
              • 4 BR
              • 2 BA
              • Sleeps 8
              House #1673029
                • 2 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Sleeps 5
                House #6834709
                  • 4 BR
                  • Separate Toilets
                  • Sleeps 8
                  Cottage #1862128
                    • 4 BR
                    • Separate Toilets
                    • Sleeps 6
                    Cottage #1858648
                      • 2 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 5
                      Cottage #8226553
                        • 4 BR
                        • Separate Toilets
                        • Sleeps 8
                        Cottage #1866515
                          • 2 BR
                          • 2 BA
                          • Sleeps 5
                          House #1235062
                          1
                            • 5 BR
                            • Separate Toilets
                            • Sleeps 9
                            Cottage #1868316
                              • 2 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 4
                              Cottage #6812982
                                • 3 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 6
                                Cottage #8293039
                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                  (16 reviews)
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                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 2 BA
                                  • Sleeps 5
                                  Cottage #1889313
                                  16
                                  Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                    (19 reviews)
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                                    • 2 BR
                                    • 1 BA
                                    • Sleeps 4
                                    Cottage #8160707
                                    19
                                    Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Excellent! 4.4/5
                                      (10 reviews)
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                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 2 BA
                                      • Sleeps 5
                                      Barn #8156301
                                      10
                                      Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Excellent! 4.6/5
                                        (8 reviews)
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                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 4
                                        Barn #1874495
                                        8
                                        Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Excellent! 4.7/5
                                          (22 reviews)
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                                          • 2 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 4
                                          Cottage #8078071
                                          22
                                          Viewed 31 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                            (14 reviews)
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                                            • 1 BR
                                            • 1 BA
                                            • Sleeps 2
                                            Apartment #8151339
                                            14
                                            Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                              (24 reviews)
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                                              • 3 BR
                                              • 3 BA
                                              • Sleeps 5
                                              Cottage #8119680
                                              24
                                              Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                (11 reviews)
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                                                • 1 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Sleeps 2
                                                Cottage #6187015
                                                11
                                                Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                                  (23 reviews)
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                                                  • 1 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                  Cottage #6498245
                                                  23
                                                  Viewed 59 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    Excellent! 4.3/5
                                                    (10 reviews)
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                                                    • 2 BR
                                                    • 2 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                    Cottage #1965324
                                                    10
                                                    Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                      (10 reviews)
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                                                      • 6 BR
                                                      • 3 BA
                                                      • Separate Toilets
                                                      • Sleeps 13
                                                      Farmhouse #8112550
                                                      10
                                                      Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                        (11 reviews)
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                                                        • 2 BR
                                                        • 2 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                        Cottage #8110389
                                                        11
                                                        Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Exceptional! 5/5
                                                          (9 reviews)
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                                                          • 2 BR
                                                          • 2 BA
                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                          Barn #8144855
                                                          9
                                                          Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                            (16 reviews)
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                                                            • 2 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 3
                                                            Multiple rentals Barn #1844627
                                                            16
                                                            Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Exceptional! 5/5
                                                              (10 reviews)
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                                                              • 2 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                              Cottage #8140739
                                                              10
                                                              Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                (6 reviews)
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                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                Bungalow #8110829
                                                                6
                                                                Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                  (9 reviews)
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                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                  Multiple rentals Cottage #1070495
                                                                  9
                                                                  Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                    (9 reviews)
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                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                    House #6480257
                                                                    9
                                                                    Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                      (5 reviews)
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                                                                      • 4 BR
                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                      • Separate Toilet
                                                                      • Sleeps 9
                                                                      Barn #6861135
                                                                      5
                                                                      Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                        (6 reviews)
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                                                                        • 3 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 7
                                                                        Cottage #8114679
                                                                        6
                                                                        Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                          (7 reviews)
                                                                          avg/night
                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                                          • Sleeps 5
                                                                          Cottage #8161437
                                                                          7
                                                                          Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 2
                                                                            Multiple rentals Cottage #1070495
                                                                            4
                                                                            Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                              (9 reviews)
                                                                              avg/night
                                                                              • 3 BR
                                                                              • 3 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 6
                                                                              House #6730931
                                                                              9
                                                                              Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                (9 reviews)
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                                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                Barn #8040691
                                                                                9
                                                                                Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                                  Cottage #6955756
                                                                                  5
                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                    (5 reviews)
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                                                                                    • 5 BR
                                                                                    • 3 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 12
                                                                                    Barn #8153355
                                                                                    5
                                                                                    Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                      (10 reviews)
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                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                                      Cottage #6711820
                                                                                      10
                                                                                      Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                        (11 reviews)
                                                                                        avg/night
                                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                                        Apartment #8148694
                                                                                        11
                                                                                        Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Excellent! 4.3/5
                                                                                          (8 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                                                          Mobile Home #8156835
                                                                                          8
                                                                                          Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                                            Apartment #6867663
                                                                                            3
                                                                                            Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                              (8 reviews)
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                                                                                              • 3 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 5
                                                                                              Cottage #1778341
                                                                                              8
                                                                                              Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                                (11 reviews)
                                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 5
                                                                                                Cottage #1082649
                                                                                                11
                                                                                                Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                                  (7 reviews)
                                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                  Barn #8133891
                                                                                                  7
                                                                                                  Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                                    (5 reviews)
                                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 7
                                                                                                    House #8158220
                                                                                                    5
                                                                                                    Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                                      (6 reviews)
                                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                                                      • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 7
                                                                                                      House #8066545
                                                                                                      6
                                                                                                      Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                       

                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Lovely peaceful location. Ideal for a relaxing break.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      A beautifully presented and well equipped cottage. It is in a lovely location, down a quiet country track, but not too remote. Will most likely visit again.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

                                                                                                      Stunning property perfect for a big group

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We wanted to say a big thank you for this weekend, we had a brilliant time and in the words of my sister ‘the house is incredible’. The kitchen and living space are stunning with the high ceilings and features and so unique being on the first floor. The space was perfect for our family get together to all catch up. The bedrooms are all a great side and beautifully decorated and the house is very well equipped. The photos don't do it justice, I would certainly recommend.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017