Clyro Cottage

Cosy cottage with open plan living
IN BRIEF
  • A 10-minute walk from Hay-on-Wye for good shopping, browsing and eating
  • A peaceful place to stay, with lots of birdsong
  • Wonderful countryside for all sorts of activities
  • Superb view
  • Open fire
  • Enclosed garden
  • Sleeps 2 – 6 (plus an infant and a dog)
  • 12% discount for a couple outside the school holidays (for the use of one double bed only)

Owned by a direct descendant of James Watt, the inventor and ‘Father of the Industrial Revolution’, Clyro Cottage was once the dairy and salting-room for the farm, and now a comfortable holiday cottage for 2 to 6 people (plus a dog). Hay-on-Wye is just a 10-minute stroll down the hill, and there is gorgeous countryside in abundance for walking, cycling, riding and canoeing. Cross the Wye into Hay to browse bookshops, boutiques, antique markets and shops to your heart’s content, followed by all sorts of refreshments, including the famous Shepherds Ice Cream Parlour for a cone of locally-made sheep’s milk ice-cream and a really good coffee.

There is 12% discount for a couple outside the school holidays (for the use of one double bed only)

Amazing views
Bench with a view Fire guard detail Garden gate
Amazing views

Downstairs, Clyro Cottage is open-plan, with a rustic kitchen (the work tops are made from old salting-stones) and an elegant sitting-room with a beautiful view across Hay and towards the hills beyond. In this world of wood burners, an open fire is a real treat, and the chimney draws really well. The owners have fashion boutiques in Abergavenny, and you can see hints of this in the fashion-plates and poster on the walls. The cottage is simple but quirky, rustic but with elements of sophistication: there are stylish lamps, interesting posters, and a really lovely wrought-iron fire screen. There is a shower room on this floor with loo and hand basin (in addition to the upstairs family bathroom).

Fireside seating
Marilyn art in kitchen Art in holiday cottage for romantic stays Sofa detail
Living room

Upstairs, there is a double bedroom and a twin bedroom, plus a bathroom with loo and hand basin.

Fireside seating

The garden has a sheltered sitting-out area on flagstones, overlooking some flowerbeds and lawn, and is enclosed, which is useful for dog-owners. Additionally, you can walk across the farmyard to the hillside beyond for leg-stretching and dog-exercising. The barns which enclose the farmyard are home to Little Owls, Tawny Owls, the occasional Barn Owl, and swallows in the summer.

Fireside seating

Things to do in and around Clyro Cottage

Apart from all the delights of the lovely town of Hay-on-Wye, where its unique range of shops, pubs and restaurants are just a 10-minute stroll away, there are lots of things to see and do in the area. Fishing and canoeing on the River Wye are available. The village of Clyro, home to the Baskerville family of Sherlock Holmes’ fame, is just a mile away. It was also the stamping ground of the Reverend Francis Kilvert, whose Diaries give all sorts of fascinating and vivid insights into the area and its people in the 19th Century. The Black Mountains (part of the Brecon Beacons National Park) are close for great hill walking and uplifting views, and Offa’s Dyke and the Wye Valley Walk are both nearby.

Living room
Twin room Cottage bathroom
Bedroom Bedroom

The nitty gritty

  • Open fire (with logs supplied)
  • Wifi
  • TV with DVD and Freeview
  • Mobile reception
  • Radio
  • Rayburn stove with 2 ovens and 2 hobs
  • Extra 2-burner electric plug-in hob supplied, too
  • Butler's sink
  • Dishwasher
  • Utility room/porch has: fridge/freezer, washing-machine, tumble dryer and plenty of space for stowing walking-boots or wellies
  • Bedlinen, towels, soap and loo paper included
  • Heating, hot water and electricity included
  • Upstairs family bathroom has bath (with hand-held shower attachment), loo and hand basin
  • Downstairs bathroom has shower, loo and hand basin

  • Cleaning materials and store cupboard essentials included (tea, coffee, sugar, salt and pepper)
  • Travel cot and high chair supplied
  • Enclosed garden with garden table and chairs
  • Ample parking
  • Extra double bedroom at an extra modest cost (so that the cottage can sleep 6)
  • Hay-on-Wye a short walk or a very short drive away for good shopping, pubs, cafes and bistros
  • Easy access to the Brecon Beacons National Park, Offa’s Dyke and Wye Valley Walk footpaths
  • Grazing available for ponies or horses
  • 12% discount for a couple outside the school holidays (for the use of one double bed only)

Downstairs bathroom with shower, basin and loo

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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Open views from garden

Location map



Outside seating Garden seating
Cottage garden Garden of holiday cottage
Flowers outside cottage Exterior and seating Beautiful cottage garden flowers

From the visitors book at Clyro Cottage

'Cosy, warm, peaceful - just a few words to describe this beautiful cottage. Loved the log fire after a days walking. We were also very lucky with the weather. Thank you for the 'bubbles' and the flowers - a lovely touch. Five days were just not enough.' Julie and Ian, Hampshire

'A fabulous little cottage, perfect for your needs. The Rayburn stove a welcome bit of warmth to come home to in the late afternoon! Thoroughly enjoyed walks up Hay Bluff and Lord Hereford's Knob - views rivalling the best on a clear day - wow! Driving over the Brecon Beacons is breathtaking - on route to waterfalls walk. Lovely walks all the way along the rover, The Warren a must visit.' Jonathan, Amanda & Guy

'We have enjoyed our stay in this nice, little cottage immensely - wonderfully located, perfect as a base!' Bente, Mikael, Henrik, Anders and Max the dog

'A lovely holiday spent at Clyro Cottage. Great to be able to leave the car and enjoy walks from the door. So peaceful, lovely views and so much birdlife to watch from the gardens. Fantastic weather was a real bonus. A very comfortable stay.' Valerie & Trevor

'An unseasonal chill, but the scenery and cottage more than made up for it, and great to abandon the car and walk! Delightful and restorative.' The Davies, Bristol

'Christmas began the day we arrived. Wow - a bottle of wine and a fantastic Christmas tree. A real log fire, what a dream come true. Beautiful home for our stay for the week. Sometimes in life you just find magic. 100% happy with everything. A big thank you to James and Adela.' Vicky and Richard and a dog named Blue, from Birmingham

'Lovely cottage. We stayed a week at Clyro Cottage with our dog and the place was perfect and cosy. Very nicely decorated and perfectly equipped. The location is good as it's only a 10 minute walk to Hay-on-Wye which has a number of good restaurants, pubs and shops. Lot's of good walks close by. Highly recommended, and a fantastic view of the Brecon Beacons!'

'Overall, Clyro Cottage is really lovely: and possibly one of the best cottages that we have stayed in for sheer thoughtfulness in terms of comfort.'

'We've had a lovely relaxing stay at Clyro Cottage. Such a beautiful cottage in a lovely location. Thank you to the owners for the prosecco and the map detailing some lovely walks in the area. Loved returning to Hay-on-Wye after many years and will definitely be booking to return again in the future.' Frances and Tim, Chipping Norton

'We've had an amazing weekend enjoying the Hay Winter Weekend Festival. This cottage has been the perfect home-from-home, including the fact that we could just turn off the car engine on Friday and just walk everywhere! Bliss! Hope to visit again.' Laura and Pete, Berks

'Clyro Cottage has been perfect for our long weekend - so comfortable, clean, beautifully furnished, and in such a lovely peaceful setting. We've had a good balanced weekend of strenuous walking on Hay Bluff and shopping/eating in Hay. Thank you.' Sheila and Justin, Hampshire