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Tarka House Hay-on-Wye.

  • Sleeps 9
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Dogs
  • Reference 1545
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£50 off 1 - 4 persons

Why we recommend Tarka House...

Wonderful views abound from this charming period house overlooking the Black Mountains and the gorgeous Wye Valley.

About Tarka House
What a place to gather. This period house has flexible accommodation for up to 9 adults Tarka House can be booked alone or alongside adjoining Willow House for large gatherings of up to 17.  Pet friendly.

  • Tarka House sleeping up to 9 adults overlooks the Wye Vallely in the Black Mountains.  This relaxed house has been a place to gather amongst friends and family since Cromwellian times when in the 17th Century it started life as a Protestant meeting house. Now fully renovated, but retaining many original features it provides an excellent base for all manner of country pursuits. 
  • Modern day farmers your hosts are keen to pay back the land and have installed a wood pellet central heating system, run entirely on the wood gathered on the farm and all water comes from their own borehole, the taste is fantastic and eco-friendly too.
  • The spacious house has accommodation for 9 guests in a 4 spacious bedrooms, 2 of which are ensuite along with 2 separate bathrooms. An additional child's bed can be booked in advance. 
  • The sitting room has a large wood burner with free logs from the woodland that surrounds the farm and a flat-screen TV.  This room is generously proportioned and windows look over the Wye Valley.
  • The kitchen/dining area has enviable country and mountain views and an elevated deck area accessed via patio doors which makes this room perfect for entertaining summer and winter.  There is a double oven and ample dinnerware to cook up a feast for any special occasion.

  • On the 2nd Floor there is a games room great fun for adults and children alike, TV, DVD player and mini snooker table.
  • Situated on a mixed farm there are hundreds of acres to wander - It is just a 40 minutes country walk to the pub and Hay, bring your torch there are no streetlights to help you wend your merry way home here! The house is backed by a wooded hill and this is a magic spot to watch the sunset while sitting around the firepit toasting marshmallows.
  • Five minutes drive from Hay on Wye - the 'Town of Books'  Tarka House is an ideal place to gather the clans and to explore the awesome countryside of the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons.- there is canoeing on the Wye, hiking and walking all around and many country pubs to 'cwtch' up in with an ale or two.
  • The internationally renowned Literary Festival held annually in Hay on Wye has meant that the town has evolved into a vibrant, creative place.  There are many specialist bookshops, on-trend boutique shops and plenty of eateries.  Hay Castle dating from the 12th Century sits overlooking the town and is currently under massive rejuvenation. There is a weekly market making Hay feel more like France than Wales.  Relax, sit back and enjoy your holiday in this distinctive town.


About The Area
Hay on Wye
  • The 'Town of Books' is fascinating, browsing is the order of the day so take your time. There are cafes and boutiques to suit every taste and even a butter market with local produce, many antique dealers and a weekly market/

Richard Booths Book Shop & Café 

  • Simply enormous , formerly owned by literary ‘King of Hay’ Richard Booth, the shop has been restored with aesthetic flair by the new owner, making it simply one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world. There is a top notch cafe and  and a 48 seater cinema  open day and night.
  • The Globe Another great cinema and a theatre   - off beat and well worth a visit.
  • Shepherds Ice Cream Parlour, sells delicious ice cream, excellent coffee and dreamy cakes. Only a mile from Hay is the Felin Fach Griffin gastro pub, while further afield is The Stag Inn at Titley, two very popular pubs with our guests.

Hay Town of Festivals

  • Home to the Hay Literary Festival, Hay Walking Festival, the Dark Skies Festival, Hay Bike Festival, the town is buzzing all year.
  • Funding has been secured to restore Hay Castle, a  part Norman, Jacobean and Victorian castle in the centre of the town into a communal cultural space. Currently you can roam the castle grounds and browse the Honesty Bookshop.

Canoeing, Fishing, Swimming and Picnics on the River Wye

  • Start a day of adenture with a  hearty breakfast and then hire a canoe from the   "River Cafe" in Glasbury, meander down the river, then pick your spot for a picnic right on the river bank. River Cafe also have Vespa scooters for hire.

Town Tours

  • Hay’s fascinating history and quirky characters come to life with Hay Tours. Held throughout the year, volunteers give lively talks on four different routes, lasts one to two hours.

Small Breeds Farm and Owl Centre Kington

  • What a wonderful place with a great collection of miniature, rare and interesting animals. There are many breeds of owls and a great cafe. 

Outdoor Activities Nearby

  • There are  many activities in the local area, the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Wye Valley are beautiful  for walking and cycling, mountain biking as well as horse riding.  There are many posiblities for canoeing, gorge walking, caving and pot holing.

Hay Bluff and Twmpa, the Black Mountains.

  • Make a day of it  and walk both, starting from Hay town centre .  The climb is well worth the effort, with jaw dropping views across to Pen-y-Fan. 

Offa's Dyke Path 

  • The path runs along the ridge of the Black Mountains and passes through Hay, Offas Dyke continues on to Kington - this walk is better suited to  serious walkers as there are some strenuous stretches.

Wye Valley Walk 

  • Starting at Chepstow and crossing the Offa's Dyke Path at Hay, the walk ontinues on to Rhayader, a distance of 103 miles. Offering some of the most scenic trails in Mid Wales.

Talgarth & Llangorse Lake - further afield 

  • Just over the border into England  the magnificent Cathedral in Hereford is , home to the famous Mappa Mundi and unique Chain Library
  • The Elan Valley is quiet and often unpopulated by tourists, marvellous for contemplation and beautiful in all weathers - the border market towns of Presteigne & Knighton.

Explore and enjoy the Brecon Beacons National Park

  • Just fit to burst with naturall beauty spots and many varied  activities.  Walking, mountain biking, horse riding, picnicing and simply breathing in all that clean fresh air. Discover  caves, forests,mountains, the canal and the market towns bursting with fresh produce and interesting independant shops and cafes.

World Famous Abergavenny Food Festival

  • The world famous food festival is held every September and there is a fine choice of pubs and restaurants including the award winning Walnut Tree.

Llangorse Multi Activity Centre

  • Sailing on Llangorse Lake is available for all family, or hire a canoe. There is a Treetop Assult Course for juniors, indoor and outdoor climbing, as well as horse riding and trekking, fun for all the family and a cafe too.
Days away
  • Enjoy a scenic 1.2 hour tour through the Brecon Beacons and beyond to historic border town of Chepstow at the gateway to Wales. Discover the romantic ruins of Chepstow Castle, Chepstow Museum, Chepstow Racecourse, the Port Wall and Town Gate, picturesque Old Wye Bridge, Wye Valley Walk, neoclassical Piercefield House 11th century St Mary's Priory Church as well as the handsome award winning Georgian and Victorian shopping centre filled with shops, cafes, bars and restaurants

Extended families or friends sharing can enjoy fulfilling year round holidays in this charming house in a lovely area steeped in history.



Property Layout


4 Bedrooms sleeping a maximum of 9 adults plus 1 child in extra bed if required.  1 Triple (3 single divan beds) on 2nd floor, ensuite bathroom . 1 Double with Kingsize Bed and ensuite, 1 Double with  Kingsize and 1 Twin with 2 single Divan Beds, bathroom on ground floor, additional shower room on First Floor.

Kitchen/Dining Area Double oven, dishwasher, microwave, fully equipped, table to seat 10 with extra leaf to seat up to 14.  Patio doors to deck with  teak table and seating for 10. First Floor

Lounge 3 sofas, large log burner, Flat-screen TV, DVD, Sky basic. First Floor 

Games and Recreation Room MIni snooker table. large Flat- screen TV, DVD Player, sofabed, sofa

Library Corner - country views. First Floor

Utility Nook - Washer and Dryer.  First Floor

Grounds Backing onto the wooded hillside, firepit, seating, mountain and valley views.

Additional Information

Short breaks - All year

WiFi - Yes, 

Changeover - Friday

Towels - Yes

Parking - Yes

Fuel - Central heating throughout inclusive. Logs free.

Dogs - 2 at £20 each p/w

Travel cot - Yes

Highchair - Yes




Access Information

Is there parking for at least one car within the cottage grounds? No

Is there a gate to open? No

If no parking within the grounds is there parking within 100m? Yes

Does this parking have reserved disabled spaces (min width 3.6m)? No

Are there paths? No

Are paths level and firm? No

Type of suface Gravel

Are there dropped kerbs or changes in level? Yes

Are paths at least 1.2m wide? No

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Why you love Tarka House
We’ve had a lovely week. Great location near to Hay on Wye with plenty to do in and around the surrounding area. We enjoyed the spacious accommodation and eating meals together at the large dining room table.
Ben and Richard
We enjoyed our stay very much with our son, daughter in law and grandchildren. We also enjoyed the scenery and will return.
the Cowlrick
We had a fab time in both properties. Everything we could have wanted was supplied – loads of room so we could spread out. Had a couple of BBQs on the sun-soaked verandah. Was great to be all together in such a great location. The welsh weather threw everything at us but it didn’t spoil anything for us. Thank you!
Pages Ramseys
We have had a fantastic Xmas break here. Very cosy comfortable and warm with every extra that you could think of provided. Thank you
Anna Dawn
Property Layout


4 Bedrooms sleeping a maximum of 9 adults plus 1 child in extra bed if required.  1 Triple (3 single divan beds) on 2nd floor, ensuite bathroom . 1 Double with Kingsize Bed and ensuite, 1 Double with  Kingsize and 1 Twin with 2 single Divan Beds, bathroom on ground floor, additional shower room on First Floor.

Kitchen/Dining Area Double oven, dishwasher, microwave, fully equipped, table to seat 10 with extra leaf to seat up to 14.  Patio doors to deck with  teak table and seating for 10. First Floor

Lounge 3 sofas, large log burner, Flat-screen TV, DVD, Sky basic. First Floor 

Games and Recreation Room MIni snooker table. large Flat- screen TV, DVD Player, sofabed, sofa

Library Corner - country views. First Floor

Utility Nook - Washer and Dryer.  First Floor

Grounds Backing onto the wooded hillside, firepit, seating, mountain and valley views.

Additional Information

Short breaks - All year

WiFi - Yes, 

Changeover - Friday

Towels - Yes

Parking - Yes

Fuel - Central heating throughout inclusive. Logs free.

Dogs - 2 at £20 each p/w

Travel cot - Yes

Highchair - Yes




Access Information

Is there parking for at least one car within the cottage grounds? No

Is there a gate to open? No

If no parking within the grounds is there parking within 100m? Yes

Does this parking have reserved disabled spaces (min width 3.6m)? No

Are there paths? No

Are paths level and firm? No

Type of suface Gravel

Are there dropped kerbs or changes in level? Yes

Are paths at least 1.2m wide? No

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