Hay Bluff Cottage

Beamed kitchen
IN BRIEF
  • Superb, private, rural location within walking distance of Hay-on-Wye
  • Great walks in the Black Mountains straight from the front door
  • Lovely views
  • Sleeps up to 4 adults, plus 2 children
  • Dog friendly

Hay Bluff Cottage is perfectly located in the stunning countryside of the Black Mountains, within walking distance of Hay-on-Wye. It is a lovely, peaceful place for just staying and enjoying the cottage, with its pretty, private, enclosed garden; or as a base for making expeditions into the dramatic hills of the Brecon Beacons National Park to take part in the many outdoor activities on offer. Hay-on-Wye, famous for its second-hand bookshops and yearly literary festival, is three-quarters of a mile away. It has great antique markets, galleries, food and home-ware shops; and superb ice creams and cappuccinos can be found in the cafes and ice-cream parlours. There are plenty of good pubs within walking distance, too. Hay Bluff Cottage sleeps up to four adults in two double bedrooms, plus two children in a twin bedroom.

Sofa a dn wood burning stove for snuggly nights in
Autumn at Hay bluff Wood burner in sitting room
Sofa a dn wood burning stove for snuggly nights in

Downstairs, the cottage has a comfortable sitting-room with a fabulously good wood burner, two sofas, an armchair and French windows with a view onto the garden. Next door, is a bathroom with bath, shower over, wash hand basin and loo. There is a good-sized, bright, airy kitchen with marble work surfaces, kitchen table and antique dresser; and a cosy dining room with a wood burner and a flag stone floor. The wooden staircase is a wonderful old feature, which takes you upstairs to two double bedrooms and one twin bedroom. All have lovely views, and there is a separate loo with wash hand basin, too.

Sofa a dn wood burning stove for snuggly nights in
Dining area Dining table with wood burning stove
Sofa a dn wood burning stove for snuggly nights in

The large garden, comprising lawned area, pond, orchard, wild garden and stream, is enclosed back and front by gates. Lovely for watching wildlife, the garden has pretty views over hills and farmland, and is set beside a very quiet lane.

Sofa a dn wood burning stove for snuggly nights in

Things to do around Hay Bluff Cottage and Hay-on-Wye

Hay Bluff Cottage enjoys the best of both worlds: although surrounded by lovely, lyrical countryside, Hay-on-Wye is but a short walk away - great for buying forgotten essentials, but also for enjoying this very individual and fascinating town. Go home with a stash of second-hand books, bought for a song at one of the many bookshops, or invest in a rare first-edition; visit lovely shops, such as The Great English Outdoors for really original presents, including locally-made leather goods and vintage Welsh blankets. The Globe is a really 'happening' venue for art and music festivals, and productions of all kinds. Canoe Hire for going down the Wye is a great way to spend a day, and the horse riding is wonderful too.

Sofa a dn wood burning stove for snuggly nights in
Cottage kitchen Kitchen
Sofa a dn wood burning stove for snuggly nights in

The nitty gritty

  • 2 good wood burners (logs supplied) including a Clearview, the 'Rolls Royce' of woodburners
  • Flat-screen TV with DVD
  • Ipod docking-station
  • CD-player/radio
  • Games cupboard
  • Mobile reception
  • Electric hob and oven
  • Fridge
  • Separate freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine (clothes airer, and line outside)
  • Store cupboard essentials included (coffee, tea, sugar, s&p, olive oil etc)
  • Bedding, towels and all basics included (soap, loo paper, cleaning materials etc)
  • The cottage sleeps up to four adults in two double bedrooms, plus two children in a twin bedroom
  • Elec, heating and hot water included
  • Baby-friendly (travel cot, high chair available)
  • Dog-friendly (up to 2 well-behaved dogs welcome downstairs in kitchen and dining room only, but be aware of sheep or cows in the vicinity)
  • Enclosed garden, with apples and plums to pick in season
  • Garden furniture
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Great walks from the front door
  • Isolated position (no other houses nearby)
  • Hay-on-Wye 15 minutes walk away
  • Fantastic mountain biking
  • There is a pond and a stream in the garden, so parents of toddlers be aware and keep them under supervision
  • Steep stairs, so may not be suitable for the infirm
  • Safe off-road enclosed parking

Sofa a dn wood burning stove for snuggly nights in
Twin bedroom Bedroom

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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Cottage kitchen Kitchen
Twin bedroom Bedroom

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French windows to garden Garden path Garden views with orchard
View from garden

From the visitors book at Hay Bluff Cottage

"Delightful cottage - we appreciate the care and thought given to making it so attractive and comfortable." Stella, Andrew & Lin

"It was a lovely, cosy, warm cottage. Lovely ice cream at Shepherds in Hay. Nice walks and good market day on Thursday." Hastings Family, Manchester & Nuneaton

"A gentle and relaxing stay in a cosy cottage so close to walks and village. First of eight weeks of cottage stays but this will be a hard act to follow." Carolyn, Australia

"A glorious weekend in Hay. We enjoyed a circular walk around the river Wye and an ascent up Sugar Loaf mountain - would recommend refreshments at the vineyard afterwards! A lovely, comfortable house full of character - dogs very happy too!" Linda, Tim, Randall, Debra, Bob & dogs, north Wales & Hove

"Lovely cottage in a beautiful setting. Fab walks in the hills. The only downside is that we will have to buy more shelves to put all our new books on - we love Hay!" The Millers, Gloucestershire

"I love the view! At the end of the garden there are baby bluetits and in the pond there are some tadpoles, newts and dragonflies. The Hay Festival was wonderful." The Hannings, London

"Nicely positioned for Hay and walks. Lots of wildlife - buzzards, a crane, voles, bats, swallows. Recommend canoeing but you will avhe after! The holiday went too quickly." Ray, Corinne, Holly, Hannah & Dave, Buckinghamshire & Surrey

"A delightful cottage - beautiful countryside, a wonderful atmosphere and I enjoyed every moment here and would recommend it to anyone." Roland & Barbara, Canberra, Australia

"Perfectly situated outside Hay- a short walk to the bookshops but also to amazing countryside and the stunning Hay Bluff. We walked, cycled and slept so soundly in this truly beautiful place." Rebecca & Mathew London

"What a lovely place this is. Sun galore, books galore and a great selection of places to eat. Hay is improving all the time." Michael & Jenny, Cheltenham.

"Perfect base and a sweet cottage and garden. Up with the nicest cottages we have stayed in - ever!" William & Miriam, Petersfield, Hants.

"What a lovely place this is: For us it certainly does the biz: Another week with sun galore: A few more books bought from the store: With lovely places right close by: And Hereford beef steaks fresh to fry…" Michael, Bath