The Cheese Market

Elevated flat in Hay on Wye
  • 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

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.'

Apartment in the center of Hay by the castle and market
Front door on street Wooden stairs lead to lovely holiday apartment

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.

Open plan living

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.

High ceilings in self-catering Hay apartment

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.

Kitchen Fully featured kitchen - flat ion Hay

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.

Dining area Open and airy living
Hallway Bedroom, bright and cosy

The nitty gritty

  • Mobile reception
  • Wifi
  • Radio
  • TV and DVD-player
  • Own car parking space just 3 minutes’ walk from the flat. In addition, there is free overnight parking immediately adjacent to the property (6pm to 9am)
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Gas oven
  • Bedlinen  and towels, soap and loo roll included
  • Gas central heating, hot water and electricity included
  • Stylish electric heater in living-room
  • Babe-in-arms welcome, but please bring your own travel cot (there's not much room in the bedroom for a travel cot, but the corridor or living room may be suitable)
  • Dog-friendly: up to 2 very well-behaved dogs welcome, but please be aware that stairs up to the flat are steep, so old dogs may have trouble. Also, the owners of The Cheese Market would be grateful if you could bring your own dog basket(s) and try to keep them away from the carpeted area of the flat if possible
  • Bookshelves with games and a wide selection of books (this is Hay on Wye after all!)
Transport for visitors without a car:
  • Local train stations are Hereford (21 miles away, 35 mins drive) and Abergavenny (23 miles away, 45 mins drive). 
  • The Hereford to Hay bus service runs 7 times a day (except Sundays), the last bus departing at 5pm. The bus journey takes approximately 50 mins

Hay flat sleeping 2
En-suite En-suite bathroom

Live online booking

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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Location map

A book from the Town of Books! Sofa
A view of Hay on Wye

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

The Cheese Market has been such a wonderful place to stay and explore Hay-on-Wye. Right in the middle of everything, but still so peaceful. Can't imagine coming to Hay again and not staying here! The fresh flowers were a wonderful touch.' Wayne and Carrie, London

'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