Arts & Crafts character townhouse with garden, fantastic local pubs, arts centres and shopping, doorstep walks, river swimming
Set within Hay's old town walls, Smallbrook gives you a real flavour of this wonderful historic town. It's full of arts and craft character, having been built in 1881, but with all the modern comforts of home a well equipped kitchen and modern bathrooms. We have an excellent collection of board games, Wifi and a PC ready TV.
Set on three floors and equipped with huge, comfortable beds, a toasty woodburner and full central heating, Smallbrook is the perfect place to stay while you visit wonderful Hay or walk in the Brecon Beacons.
The house is about two minutes walk from several cosy, real ale pubs and several excellent places to eat. Hay's continuously blossoming boutique-style shopping, armchair cinema and arts centra are similarly close by.
The Brecons are a short drive away and the Black Mountains are walkable via the Offa's Dyke path or any number of alternative routes. Beyond Hay are beautiful villages, lakes, caves and mountains - lots to explore and do for everyone. Given its position, Hay is also an outdoor activities centre with kayaking, walking, fishing, golf and mountain biking high on the agenda and easily booked within the town.
Top Traveller Review
Comfortable and Convenient
About the Owner
Philip and I are both company directors and have two children. We bought Number 4 Smallbrook ten years ago and stay there ourselves often. As our guests say it is therefore very much a cosy home from home and we have many regular vistors who come back year after year.
Guestbook comments from the owner
Have completely fallen in love with Hay and the cottage. We probed in bookshops for hours, walked by the river, sat and read by the fire. Can't remember when we were both feeling so relaxed. The cottage is blissful to be in, quiet and welcoming, thank you.
I've stayed in Hay many times and in many places but your house is the best value.
We really enjoyed ourselves! There was a general consensus that due to the number of good books and board games and cds etc at the house, we could have stayed there for another 3 days and still wouldn't have wanted to leave.
5 based on 3 holidaymaker reviews
Comfortable and Convenient
Perfect situation for visiting Hay's many bookshops. The house is comfortable, furnished to a high standard with a well equipped kitchen. We had a very good meal at the Tomatitos Tapas Bar, and can also recommend the new cafe in the Richard Booth bookshop for lunch. A great choice for a long weekend.
lovely cottage, location perfect. really nice and clean inside and felt like a home from home. lots of games, DVD, music, books. parking was the only issue really, but it is tricky in a place like Hay anyway.
Lovely property, within easy walking distance of the town, the house has every thing you need a real home from home, really comfortable beds spotlessly clean throughout, excellent selection of books and games, loved the idea of the map on the bedroom wall.
Hope to book again for next year.
From the Owner
“As our guests say, an "Absolutely heavenly haven," "perfectly reflects the quirky nature of Hay itself" "a peaceful and comfy home from home". Hay is a beautiful and small Welsh borders town nestling on the River Wye between the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons. The landscape itself offers real respite from busy life, but the town somehow manages to combine fantastic contryside with boutique clothes and home shopping, art galleries, bookshops, a thriving local foods scene and many lovely eateries to suit all tastes. So even if you don't want to get out walking, biking or swimming, there is plenty to keep you very happily occupied for days.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
There are many local providers of special interest holidays and activities including painting and printmaking, horseriding, canoeing, walking, cycling and mountain based. Please call us for further information.
Hay is on the river Wye and there is river swimming at the Warren about 15 minutes walk from the house.
Hay is about two hours drive from Birmingham, Bristol or Cardiff, the nearest train stations are both about 40 minutes away at Hereford and Abergavenny and there are taxi and bus services.
Once you are with us a car is not essential to enjoy the town and local countryside, but recommended if you want to explore further afield in the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons.
Hay on Wye has three banks, a local supermarket and many other shops and arts centres. it is a centre for many cultural and outdoors activities and we provide full details at the property.
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My Standard Rate
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Additional pricing information
Email or call us to discuss we offer shortbreaks and (usually) Friday to Friday weekly lettings but are happy to be flexible when possible.
Normally Friday but can be flexible
Notes on prices:
Our minimum stay price is £295. Prices depend on number in group, time of year and length of stay.
We take a deposit of circa £100 and then ask for the balance a month before the stay.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“Smallbrook sleeps six but is right in the heart of Hay so very convenient and with easy access out to the countryside or down to the river for swimming and kayaking. Unusually for central Hay the house has it's own garden with a terrace that catches the sun and we provide garden furniture for eating out. But the real reason that people come back again and again is because of the character of Smallbrook. It is cosy, warm and as one guest put it "from the moment we walked in we felt relaxed". Built in 1881 we have restored the house to keep many of its original Arts and Crafts Movement features, there is a woodburner, large comfortable beds, endless boardgames to play and a well stocked kitchen with dishwasher. As dog owners ourselves we also welcome well behaved dogs!”
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- Sports & Activities
- Heating ...
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove ...
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils ...
- Kitchen ...
- Pantry Items
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Games ...
- Music Library
- Video Library
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- bird watching
- horse riding
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- freshwater fishing
- golf pass optional
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- Toilet 1 - Toilet, With basin and mirror.
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, The bath is a hip bath and there is a basin with mirror.
- Our hot water is provided by a combi boiler, so there is hot water on demand at all times.
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
- Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
- Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
- Bicycles ...
- Golf ...
- Kayak / Canoe ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Outside: Garden suitable for dogs, patio with table and six chairs, drying area, wood store Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen are included, the property is cleaned weekly (as a minumum) but there are spares available so you can change linen when needed. Other: Smallbrook is an "Arts and Crafts" movement house. We have renovated it to offer modern comfort whilst maintaining its many original features and character.