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Right in the heart of Hay on Wye, cosy comfort with woodburner and large beds.

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

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.

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Libby Collie
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
9 February, 2017

About Libby Collie

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.

Why Libby Collie chose Powys and Brecon Beacons

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.

What makes this house unique

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!

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.
Feb 2012
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Really cosy, very well located cottage.

  • 4 of 5

We had a great New Year here, it's really well placed for walking and close to the town with all its pubs and lovely individual shops. Beds are reallly comfortable with crisp linen and fluffy towels. Kitchen really well equipped for 6 people and the dogs loved it too!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
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Comfortable and Convenient

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
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Ideal getaway

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
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Prices & Availability

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Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Housekeeping £25
Pet Fee £0

Booking Notes:
Email or call us to discuss we offer shortbreaks and (usually) Friday to Friday weekly lettings but are happy to be flexible when possible.

Changeover Day:
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.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Hay-on-Wye in Wales

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • 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
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • caving
  • swimming
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.

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