The Cheese Market
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- Beautiful spacious apartment in the heart of Hay-on-Wye
- Luxuriously comfortable
- Every detail considered, including triple-glazed windows
- Close to shops and cafes
- The Black Mountains are on the doorstep
- Sleeps a couple (babe-in-arms welcome)
- Dog-friendly: up to 2 well-behaved dogs welcome
- Private parking space
Photos © Finn Beales
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On the first (and only) floor of this handsome old red sandstone building, recently sensitively restored by a local community group, is situated the loveliest apartment. Here, in The Cheese Market flat, you are both in the thick of it when you would like to be, but also peacefully removed from the madding crowd (the windows are triple-glazed) if you need to lie low and relax.
Xanthe Clay from The Telegraph tweeted, 'best place to stay for @hayfestival by far.'
You reach the flat via a handsome old doorway off Memorial Square and then up a wide flight of original wooden stairs, lit by a window with views over the rooftops towards the hills of Radnorshire. Spread across the first floor, the flat has a cosy bedroom with a king-sized double bed and a superb ensuite shower room with loo.
The main room is light and airy, with the ceiling height original to the time when it was first used as a Manorial court room. To the south-east, the windows look directly at Hay castle, with its Norman keep, Jacobean manor house and medieval wooden gate, which is believed to be one of the oldest in Wales. On market days, you can look down at the bustling square filled with tempting local produce, fresh food and an interesting array of stalls.
The living-room comprises a fully-equipped kitchen, a comfortable sitting-area with sofa and armchair, and a chic electric wall fire. Locally-created art, sculpture and wall hangings give the space a homely feel.
Things to do in and around Hay on Wye
In Hay’s interesting local shops, you will find everything you could possibly need for your stay. The ice-cream parlour across the road sells the most delicious locally-made sheep's milk ice-cream, and also serves an excellent coffee, so you may find yourself nipping in there quite frequently. Bread is excellent in Hay, as there is a local bakery, and if you don’t feel like cooking, there are various eateries in the town as well as excellent country pubs in the surrounding area.
Hays’ annual events calendar brings a huge amount of activity to the town, including the Bike Festival (April), Walking Festival (October), Food Festival (June & November), Vintage Festival (June & November), Dark Skies Festival (March), annual Hay Literary Festival (May /June), HowtheLightGetsIn Festival (May /June), Winter Weekend Festival and so on.
Hay also has a wonderful local cinema at Booths Bookshop, which offers a cinema experience with a difference – huge Italian leather seats, delicious ‘treats’ and a wide selection of films, plus live screenings from the National Theatre and Covent Garden.
Locally there is also plenty to do: you can hire a canoe and paddle down the River Wye, explore the hills on horseback, hire a bike and pedal along quiet country lanes, or follow a plethora of local footpaths. All of these are available on a range of ability-levels from gentle meanders to appetite-generating adventures.
The nitty gritty
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Changeovers are normally Mondays and Fridays. Weekends are set-priced from Friday 4pm to Monday 10.30am; so you can stay 1, 2 or 3 nights for the weekend price. Check availability and book online below, or check availability for all cottages.
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From the visitors book at The Cheese Market
'We have had the most wonderful stay - what a beautiful and well-appointed flat and such a perfect central location! The Cheese Market is a real find! It definitely lived up to its mention in the Conde Nast Traveller Magazine. We will definitely return! The flowers were a very welcoming touch. Thank you.'
Marina and Eileen, London
'The Cheese Market in Hay-on-Wye made our short break that much better! Excellent accommodation in a perfect location! The duvet is AMAZING!' Matt and Stacey, Thatcham
'We have stayed in many self catering properties and this is one of the best. Good position and parking in Hay.' Gordon and Ruth, Cheltenham
'What a lovely place to stay: ideal location with view on the castle, and the Thursday Market outside with great food for home cooking. We also loved this big space that is so wonderfully decorated and designed with the help of so many in the town. It made us feel very welcome here.' Bas Raymahers and Gehe van Dyk, London
'A superb position and a beautifully decorated flat. We have had a lovely break in Hay and the surrounding area. Thanks for the lovely flowers.'
Andrew and Christine, Harrogate
‘A lovely transformation to this historic building, a special place to stay. Booths Cinema was great. Better than expected food at the Three Tuns and Red Indigo. Well done to all involved in the project.' Catherine and Warren, London
'This is a very beautiful place to stay. Very comfortable and well designed. Superb location. Thank you for the flowers.' Mike and Linda, Birmingham
‘A really well-appointed apartment in a great location in Hay. We would definitely stay here again. Made the most of the free parking space and walked everywhere from this central position.’ Rob and Pauline, Berkeley
'We've had such a special weekend in a really gorgeous place. The apartment is so beautiful, especially in the morning with the light flooding in through the huge windows. We can't think of a better place to stay than the Cheese Market...We'll be back!' Sasha and Jess, Malvern