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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.

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    Wonderful! 4.8/5
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    • 1 BA
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    Cottage #8152018
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    Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
      • 3 BR
      • 1 BA
      • Separate Toilet
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      House #8092992
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            Cottage #1862128
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              • 1 BA
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              Apartment #1968524
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                • 1 BA
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                House #6515318
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                      Cottage #1858648
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                        House #6834709
                          • 4 BR
                          • 2 BA
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                          House #1673029
                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                            • 1 BR
                            • 1 BA
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                            Apartment #8148694
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                            Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                              Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                              • 1 BR
                              • 1 BA
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                              Apartment #8151339
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                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                • 2 BR
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                                Cottage #8160707
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                                Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                                  • 4 BR
                                  • 3 BA
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                                  House #6122143
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                                  Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                    • 4 BR
                                    • 3 BA
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                                    Cottage #1969821
                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 1 BA
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                                      Apartment #1965055
                                        • 6 BR
                                        • 4 BA
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                                        Barn #6515350
                                          • 5 BR
                                          • 4 BA
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                                          Barn #6515366
                                            • 3 BR
                                            • 1 BA
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                                            Barn #1690688
                                              Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                              • 3 BR
                                              • 1 BA
                                              • Separate Toilet
                                              • Sleeps 5
                                              Cottage #8161437
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                                              Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                • 1 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                Barn #8040691
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                                                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                  • 3 BR
                                                  • 2 BA
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                                                  House #8066545
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                                                  Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    • 1 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                    Cottage #1997817
                                                      • 5 BR
                                                      • 3 BA
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                                                      House #6515368
                                                        • 3 BR
                                                        • 2 BA
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                                                        Cottage #1968757
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                                                          • 3 BR
                                                          • 3 BA
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                                                          House #6730931
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                                                          Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            • 4 BR
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                                                            Barn #1690687
                                                              • 3 BR
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                                                              Barn #1690690
                                                                • 5 BR
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                                                                Cottage #6515320
                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                  • 3 BA
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                                                                  House #6515356
                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                                    Cottage #6498245
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                                                                    Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                      • 2 BA
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                                                                      Cottage #6515335
                                                                        • 3 BR
                                                                        • 2 BA
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                                                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                          Cottage #1082649
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                                                                            • 4 BR
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                                                                            House #1268407
                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
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                                                                              Bungalow #1839751
                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
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                                                                                Cottage #6515374
                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                  • 2 BA
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                                                                                  Cottage #1902380
                                                                                    • 3 BR
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                                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
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                                                                                      Cabin #6515370
                                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
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                                                                                        Cottage #1890085
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                                                                                          • 3 BR
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                                                                                          Cottage #1865835
                                                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                                            • 2 BA
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                                                                                            Barn #8156301
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                                                                                            Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • Separate Toilet
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                                                                                              Barn #6019508
                                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                                • 2 BA
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                                                                                                Cottage #1235123
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                                                                                                  • 3 BR
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                                                                                                  House #1673028
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                                                                                                    Recent Reviews

                                                                                                    Great location and homely feel

                                                                                                    4 of 5
                                                                                                    Clean and compact cottage just a couple of minutes walk from the centre of Hay. Very comfortable bed. We had a really good Sunday lunch at the Swan just across the road from the cottage. We really enjoyed our stay.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 26-Nov-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                    A very pleasant experience

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    Always difficult when arriving after dark but not disappointed. An attractive exterior with a very well designed interior finished to a high standard. Montgomery's Coach House is well furnished and equipped with all one could require. Our hosts could not have been more accommodating. They were willing to ensure adequate ice cubes available for our cocktails on arrival and loan a juice extractor! They were also helpful in returning a pair of earrings left behind on our departure. Herefordshire and the Welsh borders provide excellent walking and the availability of quality local produce when self catering is an added benefit(examples of which were provided in the welcome pack). I would have no hesitation in recommending the Coach House to those who wish to stay in the area.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 14-Nov-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                    Lovely spacious farmhouse with a cosy feeling.

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    We spent 4 nights at this welcoming farmhouse. Ample space for our extended family group. Large dining table so we could all eat together and ample space around the wood burner at night for some cosy family time. Loved the area too. Can recommend a stay here .
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 13-Nov-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Oct 2016