The Coach House

Lovely cottage near Hay on Wye - 5 minutes walk away
  • Detached cottage situated in a peaceful village
  • Walking distance to Hay-on-Wye: no need to use your car while staying
  • Lovely walks straight from the front door: close to Offa's Dyke Path
  • Private off-lane parking
  • Dog-friendly (well-behaved dogs only)
  • Beautifully designed, stylish place to stay
  • Sleeps a couple, plus 2 children, an infant and two dogs

A little Victorian coach house, with pretty detailing on its roof and dormer windows, surprises you when you step inside. The open-plan ground-floor interior is now a beautiful contemporary space, with the staircase working as a sculptural focal point in the room. Lots of quirky original design, upcycled materials, and bespoke crafted detailing catches your eye and charms you - but it is a practical living-space, too. Sleeps a couple, plus 2 children, an infant and up to 2 good dogs.

Living room
Wood stove Stove in living room
Living room with great staircase design

The ground floor has a kitchen and dining-area at one end, and a living-area with wood burner at the other. The ship-shape kitchen has beautifully textured cupboards made out of recycled wood, interesting units, and clever space-saving solutions.

Kitchen Kitchen facilities
Beautiful kitchen

A wooden staircase, its slats playing with the fall of light from above, divides the space visually, and creates a sculptural focal point to the room.

View from stairs
Hall Bedroom
Twin bedroom

A shower room with loo and hand basin is at the end of the ground floor and has some superbly unusual fittings, made from the plumbing parts which are more usually boxed away. Here fully in view, they deliver a Bauhaus ethic in their simple harmony of function and design. A strip of tiles at the top of the wall, running around the room, spells out a message in morse code (let us know if you can work out what it says).  

A little outside space, via a stable door, is private and peaceful, well orientated for sunshine most of the day. For more outside space, and to stretch your legs, walk for a minute down the path to the river – great fun for children (although parents of toddlers be vigilant), and for spotting kingfishers or dippers. Here you can join Offa's Dyke Path and climb up to Hay Bluff - and further into the Black Mountains - for a panoramic view. Or walk across meadows for a drink, a meal, or some shopping in Hay.    

Twin bedroom seen via mirror
Shower with plumbing dials - steampunk! Bathroom Cool shower!
Shower thermometer Quirky towel rail

Things to do around The Coach House, Hay-on-Wye

You can have a short break or an extended holiday at The Coach House and not need to get into your car at all if you so choose – a very relaxing prospect. You can enjoy all the fun of the outdoors from here, as you will be both close to the river Wye for canoeing or swimming (there's a beach the other side of Hay) and the Black Mountains for superb hill walking.

However, a car ride will take you to pony-trekking, or sightseeing, at such wonderful places as Llanthony Priory or the wonky church at Cwmyoy in the Llanthony Valley. And further afield, you will find yet more interesting border towns, such as Presteigne, Ludlow, Ledbury, or the city of Hereford. The Forest of Dean and the Brecon Beacons are both within striking distance for intrepid explorers.

Hay-on-Wye is a very pretty 5-minute walk away across the fields by public footpath, and Offa's Dyke Path is a minute away. You could spend many happy hours enjoying this characterful border town. Apart from the famous second-hand bookshops, lovely boutiques, antique shops and galleries, there is a great cinema, and a theatre - The Globe, which has a whole host of eclectic artists and theatrical performances. Of course, this is the home of the famous Hay Literary Festival; but there are many others which go on throughout the year, such as the Hay Walking Festival, the Dark Skies Festival, two vintage fairs, and The Hay Bike Fest, among others - click here for more information.

Canoe hire in Hay is very reasonably priced, and just five minutes walk away: you can while away a half or whole day meandering down the river, then pick your spot to pitch up for a picnic lunch on the river bank. Then the company will collect your canoes, and you, at agreed meeting place. Great fun.

Hay self-catering Hanging baskets
Exterior of cottage near Hay in Cusop

The nitty gritty

  • Wood burner (logs supplied, first basket included)
  • TV with Netflix
  • Unlimited wifi
  • Mobile signal
  • iPod dock
  • Radio
  • Electric eye-level stove
  • Separate electric hob
  • Store cupboard essentials included: tea, coffee, sugar, s&p, oil
  • Washing machine
  • Downstairs shower room with loo and hand basin
  • Double bedroom upstairs (separated off)
  • Twin beds for children on upstairs landing-cum-bedroom (not separated off)
  • Bedding, bedlinen, towels, cleaning materials, soap and loo paper included
  • Electricity, heating and hot water included
  • Games, guide books and novels
  • Baby-friendly: travel cot and high chair in cottage
  • Dog-friendly: two good dogs welcome, but not upstairs or on furniture
  • Little terrace with table and chairs
  • Footpath straight from door down to the stream and on into Hay-on-Wye across fields: 5 minutes' walk
  • Join Offa's Dyke Path a minute away by the stream for a walk up into the Black Mountains
  • No need to use your car during your stay, as you are within walking distance of all you need, from cafes and pubs to shops and a deli – not to mention all the bookshops and other wonderful cultural experiences that Hay offers
  • The Coach House is a detached cottage in the peaceful village of Cusop
  • Off-lane private parking for one car

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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Outside seating Path to footbridge
Bridge over stream Stream

Location map

Gate to Hay Short walk to Hay

From the visitors book at The Coach House

'What a beautiful little gem. We arrived late on Friday to be greeted by a lovely, cosy, quirky cottage with fresh eggs, milk and welsh cakes. Great attention to detail, love the shower – nice and hot. Bed very comfy. Only 10 minutes’ walk across the fields to Hay – magical place, lots of bookshops! A beautiful place to get away and relax – we can’t fault it!' Kathy and Rach, Gloucestershire

'As lovers of beautiful, interesting things in life, we found this a perfect retreat. It’s been restored in a cool, quirky and stylish way and we were inspired! One of the best bits for us was walking our dogs into town – fab to be right on the foot path. Gorgeous retreat, fab location, we’ll be back!' Lesley and Rebecca, Dorset

'It was lovely to find eggs and little cakes on arrival – a very nice touch. There is so much to do around here – we definitely picked the right house. We’ve been to the Brecon Beacons and done the Four Falls Walk – it was beautiful, definitely recommend it. We also went to Llangorse Lake on the rowing boats – there’s plenty to do with the family there. What we loved the most was kayaking down the River Wye. Very happy with this cottage – we fell in love with it straightaway. It’s so cosy and had everything that we needed.' The Hilsdens, Dartford

'Brilliant stay in a beautiful cottage. We bought our 1-year old and our dog, and the cottage is a fantastic location with easy access to Hay and nearby walks. The cottage is decorated beautifully and the outside space is perfect to get a bit of sunshine. Thanks for having us – we had a brilliant time.' Lucy, Josh, Arlo and Denby, Derby

'We’ve absolutely loved The Coach House and can’t wait to come back. Perfect for us and our one year old son who started to walk here. Brilliant location – Hay is beautiful! We’ve had trips to Puzzlewood, Talybont, and waterfall walks - Dinas Rock is amazing. Great paths for push chairs and a great reward at the end.' Charlie, Laura and Rudy, Leamington Spa