The Coach House
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- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The nitty gritty
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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From the visitors book at The Coach House
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