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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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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Perfect few days in a gorgeous, cosy cottage

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This was the perfect base for attending a wedding at nearby Whitney Court. Alison made my friends and I very welcome on arrival and we were delighted to see that Montgomery's Coach House was every bit as lovely as it appears in the pictures! We were very comfortable in what is a very well kitted out and furnished conversion. All of us would be very happy to stay here again.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 27-Feb-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2017

                                                                                                      Beautifully presented flat with lovely views

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We loved the upstairs flat - it has everything you need and is beautifully fitted out, has comfy beds and plenty of room for our family of 3. As others have mentioned, there were eggs, bread and milk left for out arrival, which is a nice touch. The balcony on the main bedroom has views over open fields, and it was lovely to hear the dawn chorus through the open door (it was mild for February!) There are plenty of things to do in the area too - we will almost certainly be back - highly recommended.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 27-Feb-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2017

                                                                                                      Lovely cottage!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We had a wonderful stay at Ty Bychan. The cottage was comfortable, clean and cosy and Hay-on Wye is a delight for book lovers. We would definately stay here again. Thanks.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 22-Feb-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2017