Spacious and welcoming Willow House invites you to sit back and relax amongst friends and family. Sleeps 8 or combine with adjoining Tarka House to sleep 17.
- Willow House sleeping up to 8 adults overlooks the Wye Vallely on the edge of the Black Mountains and The Brecon Beacons National Park. This spacious house is an ideal base for families and friends alike. Welcoming travelers since Cromwellian times when in the 17th Century it was one of the first Protestant meeting houses. Recently fully renovated, but retaining many original features such as log burners and mullioned windows.
- Farmers for generations your hosts are the custodians of this land, they 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 and purity is fantastic and eco-friendly too.
- The large sitting room, on the First Floor, has a generous wood burner with free logs from the woodland that surrounds the farm and a flat-screen TV. Ook floorboards, squashy sofas, and room for everybody. Conveniently the stairs lead down to the bedrooms from here.
- The kitchen/diner on the first floor takes maximum advantage of the wonderful valley and mountain views. Fully equipped for large family meals. There is a patio area just right for BBQs. With families and friends in mind, the owners have created a snug room with deep leather L shape sofa with a Flat-screen TV and DVD player adjacent to the kitchen/dining area, the buzz of conversation flows back and for to include the busy cook. There are many quality gastro pubs nearby too.
- To maximize the far reaching views the house is 'upside down'. Four bedrooms on the ground floor cater for all tastes. There is Master Suite with king size bed with an ensuite bathroom. A double bedroom and two further linked twin/king bedrooms, which can be made up to suit your parties exacting needs. There are two bathrooms on this floor. Try the extra large baths for a soak to remember, you have time to treat yourself.
- There is no garden here, it is better than that, wilder and so much bigger. Wonder the farms hundreds of acres looking over the Wye Valley, marvel at the blood-red sunsets, they are famous and consistent here. Take a BBQ feast up to the wooded hillside where your hosts have provided a firepit and comfortable seating. Evenings can draw out deep into the night in this tranquil spot. Stars will light your happy weary way to bed.
- Just minutes from Hay on Wye - the 'Town of Books' Wilow House is nestled between the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons National Park- try canoeing on the Wye, the helpful folk at River Cafe will drop you off and you can float back at your own pace. Faster paced sport is available too, climbing, potholing, mountain biking are all close by, you are never far from an exhilarating sport in Hay.
- 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, many and varied shops and some very good restaurants and gastro pubs, not to mention cafes, there is even a Tapas Bar - delicious Hay Castle dating from the 12th Century sits above the town and is currently under massive rejuvenation. Hay is a place you can really can visit time again and still find something new and different.
About The Area
Hay On Wye
- Known as the 'Town of Books' Hay is so much more than this, it is a cultural centre of world renown. Add to that the fascinating winding streets full of independent shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, galleries and interesting people that the town has drawn together over the years and you have the perfect day out.
Richard Booths Book Shop & Café
- This impressive olde worlde shop cannot be missed, formerly owned by literary ‘King of Hay’ Richard Booth, the shop has been restored with to heyday glory by the present owner, making it one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world. There is a scrumptious cafe and a small cinema which is open day and night.
- The Globe is a cinema and a theatre - art films are regularly shown and it is well worth a visit.
Hay Town of Festivals
- Shepherds Ice Cream Parlour, have a delicious ice cream, a wonderfully aromatic coffee or treat yourself to a patisserie cake. Why not try the Felin Fach Griffin gastropub, or The Stag Inn at Titley, both award-winning and close by.
- Festivals, festivals, and more festivals! The Hay Literary Festival, Hay Walking Festival, the Dark Skies Festival, Hay Bike Festival, the town is alive throughout the year.
- Plans are full steam ahead to restore Hay Castle, part Norman, part Jacobean and part Victorian. The castle in the centre of the town is planned as a communal cultural space, for now, you can roam the Castle's grounds and browse the Honesty Bookshop, pretty as a picture.
Canoeing, Fishing, Swimming and Picnics on the River Wye
- During the summer hire a canoe from the "River Cafe" in Glasbury. You can meander down the river, then pick your spot for a picnic right on the river bank. River Cafe also has Vespa scooters for hire and does great food right on the River Wye.
- The town of Hay has a fascinating history and some very quirky characters in its' past, see them come to life with Hay Tours. Take a tour lead by volunteers for lively talks over four different routes, lasts one to two hours.
Small Breeds Farm and Owl Centre Kington
- This is a wonderful place for children. You can see a great collection of miniature, rare and interesting animals. The many owls are especially endearing and there is a great cafe too.
Outdoor Activities Nearby
- There is a great choice of activities in the local area, the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Wye Valley are simply gorgeous for walking, hiking, wild swimming, climbing, sailing, the choice is endless with something for everyone.
Hay Bluff and Twmpa, the Black Mountains.
- Make a big day of it to walk both, starting from Hay town centre. The climb is well worth the effort, the views of Pen-y-Fan will stay in your memories forever.
Offa's Dyke Path
- Offa's Dyke Path is a world-renowned walk to tick off in stages. Take two days – even two hours – and you will soon see why Lonely Planet names Offa's Dyke among the world's greatest walks.
- Starting at Chepstow and crossing the Offa's Dyke Path at Hay, the walk continues on to Rhayader, a distance of 103 miles. Offering some of the most scenic trails in Mid Wales.
Hereford and Elan Valley
- Hop over the border into England, the magnificent Cathedral in Hereford is, home to the famous Mappa Mundi and unique Chain Library. Hereford also has a Cider Route best on a bike - over 20 miles to sample the best cider in the UK.
- The Elan Valley is marvelous for contemplation and beautiful in all weathers.
Explore and enjoy the Brecon Beacons National Park
- It gets so very dark at night in the Brecon Beacons, so much so that the National Park has been designated as one of only 11 International Dark Sky Reserves in the world. By day discover caves, forests, mountains, the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal and the market towns bursting with fresh produce and interesting independent shops and cafes.
The Famous Abergavenny Food Festival
- The world famous food festival is held every September top chefs and celebrities invade the town and take over reataurants to showcase their dleicious dishes. Many stalls selling the best of British food.
Llangorse Multi Activity Centre
- Trekking on ponies, sailing on Llangorse Lake for all family, or why not hire a canoe or a small sailing boat. There is a Treetop Assult Course for children, indoor and outdoor climbing, as well as horse riding, something for all the family.
- Just one and a half hour drive through the scenic Brecon Beacons and beyond takes you to the south Wales coast and The Mumbles at the gateway to the gorgeous Gower Peninsula. Enjoy a day at the seaside. The Mumbles has been named one of Britain's best places to live. It is a great place to visit too. Enjoy exploring beaches, shops, cafes, bars and restuarants, a traditional pier, lighthouse and a castle.
This lovely old welcoming dog friendly house is made for
socialising. Generously proportioned, spacious rooms invite relaxation.
Enjoy year round holidays with family or friends.
4 Bedrooms sleeping a maximum of 8 adults all on
the ground floor. 1 Kingsize with ensuite bathroom.
1 room with Double Bed. Two rooms with Twin/Zip and Link super king
beds. Two Bathrooms with large baths and showers over.
Utility nook with washing machine and tumble dryer.
First floor Kitchen/Dining Area Double oven,
dishwasher, microwave, fully equipped, large table to seat
8.Snug Lounge L Shaped leather sofa, Flat-screen
TV, DVD, Sky basic. Main Lounge log burner, TV, DVD, 3
sofas stairs to ground floor. Rear access and lobby.
Grounds Backing onto the wooded hillside, firepit,
seating, mountain and valley views.
Short breaks - All year
WiFi - Yes,
Changeover - Friday
Towels - Yes
Parking - Yes
Fuel - Central heating throughout inclusive. Logs
Dogs - 2 at £20 each p/w
Travel cot - Yes
Beds - Please advise on the configuration at the
time of booking.
Deposit - £200 damage for very large parties when
booking with Tarka House.
Highchair - Yes
Is there parking for at least one car within the cottage grounds? Yes
Is there a gate to open? No
If no parking within the grounds is there parking within 100m? No
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? No
Are paths at least 1.2m wide? No