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Hay Retreats- 12 Market Street

Certificate of Excellence 2014


Excellent 5/5 Score from 19 reviews

The luxurious living area with large television and leather sofas.

Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner


Hay Retreats at 12 Market Street offers two luxury apartments quietly located in this quaint part of Hay-on-Wye, tucked above the pedestrianised area around the medieval Butter Market, near to the square and Hay Castle. This is an beautifully designed Georgian town house renovation offering traditional features, mixed with modern luxury. The accommodations have soft décors, colourful paintings, warm rugs, and stylish furniture, blending together to create a sense of harmony, comfort and relaxation.

These two renovated apartments highlight the charm and style of this converted town centre Georgian house. The one bedroom apartment on the first floor, (Butter Market), is perfect for couples, and the two bedroom apartment on the second and third floors, (Rooftops), is popular with couples or small families.

Each features chic interiors with comfortable leather sofas, state of the art bathrooms with walk in showers, and well equipped open plan kitchens. Each apartment is decorated with local works of art with lots of lighting options that can be adjusted for all moods and occasions. Both have a lovely outlook over quaint Hay-on-Wye rooftops, and a to the meadows and hills beyond.

Facing west, the living room makes the most of the afternoon sunshine and sunsets, and as the daylight fades there are lighting options to suit all moods and occasions.


The first floor apartment, Butter Market, has one double bedroom for a couple, and features a spacious open plan living, dining and kitchen area, with three beautifully restored Georgian sash windows creating lots of natural light and offering lovely views of the Butter Market below.

The second apartment, Rooftops, is on the second and third floors, and features two double bedrooms to accommodate two couples or a small family. The layout and design is exactly the same as for Butter Market, except that Rooftops has a second bedroom that is accessed via stairs to the spacious attic bedroom that is sufficiently roomy to allow a sitting area, and large walk in shower room.

For home entertainment we provide flat screen, wall-mounted Panasonic TVs and DVD equipment, with excellent high definition Freesat programming. So even on rainy days our guests can make themselves at home and enjoy quality TV entertainment. There is Broadband Wi-Fi and cable service available in living rooms and bedrooms offering the best possible internet connection for guest with personal equipment. For playing music we have a docking system for iPods or iPhones.

Bed linen is Egyptian white cotton with feather pillows and a choice of hollow-fill for those who suffer from allergies. The bathrooms include separate walk in showers and baths.


The historic Welsh market town of Hay on Wye, famous for its international literary festival and as a centre for second hand books, is busy with visitors throughout the year. There are lots of good places for a cappuccino or a meal out, with a range of quality cafes, pubs and restaurants both in town and in the countryside nearby. For those who want to prepare meals at home, Hay boasts a top class deli, organic butchers, small bakery and Thursday market renowned for its award winning food stalls offering quality local produce including organic fruit and vegetables, cheese, breads, and ice-creams. For entertainment are the Globe arts centre with its regular programme of live music and comedy, and also Booths Bookshop and boutique cinema. Riverside paths are found on both banks of the river and are easily accessible for leisurely strolls or more strenuous hikes.


Visit our website at Hay Retreats to read more, view our availability, book on line. You can also see lots of photos of these two beautiful accommodations with their soft décors, colourful paintings, warm rugs, and stylish furniture.

Once you have stayed with us we hope you will agree that our Hay Retreats self-catering holiday accommodations at 12 Market Street offer the best luxury and style to be found in mid-Wales.


Weekend breaks, mid-week breaks, or longer stays.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 10 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Birmingham or Bristol 125 km, Nearest railway: Hereford 30 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair

The Powys/Brecon Beacons region

Hay-on-Wye, a thriving Welsh border town, is a popular destination for vacation rentals and country holidays in Wales. Located on the borders with England, Hay-on-Wye attracts visitors from all over the world. Renowned as the largest centre for second-hand books, the town also boasts the internationally famous Hay Festival that attracts thousands of visitors seeking country holidays in Wales mixed with culture for ten days in late May and early June.

There is plenty on offer within the town with cafes and gastro pubs for food and drink, bookshops galore, galleries, quality gift and craft shops and historic buildings including our medieval castle. Nearby are a number of excellent restaurants. The photo gallery on this pages features some, but by no means all, of these places to eat, drink and visit.

Hay is also a good base for the Brecon Jazz Festival in August, the Abergavenny Food Festival in September, and the Hay Winter Literary Festival in December. A half hour drive away is Hereford Cathedral with its award winning Mappa Mundi and Chained Library Exhibition that is open all the year round. There are also a few weekends during the summer months where you can visit Hay Fayre hosted at The Globe at Hay, just a couple of minutes' walk from Hay Retreats. Hay Fayre is a monthly festival of live music, talks, workshops and delicious food and drinks alongside mad and mysterious market stalls.


Hay-on-Wye weekend breaks at Hay Retreats offer walks on both banks of the river Wye. A good quality footpath leads upriver to the Warren, a natural riverside stone beach with good pools for swimming in. On hot days, locals and visitors to the town make their way to the Warren for a picnic, a game of frisbee or a swim. This is a wonderful year-round stroll for those looking for fresh air and beautiful views from our self catering Wales accommodations.

Below our riverside holiday houses in Hay-on-Wye is the launch area for canoe trips, down the river Wye. You can easily book a canoe for a half- or day-trip, starting in Hay. Alternatively, you can begin your journey upriver at Glasbury, and make your way downstream to Hay. The local canoe company organises necessary drop offs in the morning or a pick-ups in the afternoon. Click on the following link for more information:

Fishing is easy for anyone staying in Hay, as there are fishing rights along the riverbank adjoining the town. It is simple to organise day or week-long licences at Goldsworthy's in the centre of Hay. Alternatively, you can click on this link for more information.

Hay-on-Wye sits on the Offa's Dyke trail that runs through, Wales, from the Severn Estuary through the hills of mid Wales to Chepstow, in north Wales. This trail provides wonderful walking opportunities, literally from your front door at Hay Retreats. Take a day trek, either to the north towards Kington and Knighton, or to the south, over Hay Bluff towards Abergavenny. Our luxury holiday rentals in Wales are situated on the Wye Valley walk, offering another excellent walking option. Hay is surrounded by hills and mountains and is located within The Brecon Beacons National Park. There are lots of options with trails and pathways for gentle strolls or more arduous walks with the comfort of our boutique accommodations to welcome you back at the end your walk.

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Review 1-10 of 19

11 Sep 2014


"The best holiday accomodation I've stayed in"

I could very happily live in the apartment - it's fantastic. Comfortable, cosy, clean and very tastefully furnished. The kithcen is extremely well equipped and everything has a very quality feel … More

1 Aug 2014



We stayed in the apartment for two nights and had such a wonderful time. The village itself was so beautiful with so much to explore including cafes, shops and beautiful walks nearby.The apartment wa… More

22 Jul 2014


"A cosy weekend in Hay"

We had a lovely stay in the flat which is cosy, comfortable and very clean. It's conveniently located right in the centre of beautiful Hay and well within driving distance of lots of other lovely… More

29 Jun 2014


"Excellent stay"

I stayed at Buttermarket for two blissful weeks on a writing retreat. It was an excellent experience in every way: located in the center of town with bookstores and cafes all around and yet close enou… More

25 Jun 2014


"What a fabulous apartment!!"

There really is nothing negative to say about this apartment. The standard of finish was extremely high, the location was superb (right in the middle of Hay) and the welcome starter pack was the most … More

8 May 2014


"Simply amazing place!"

An incredible experience and stay. The flat could not have been situated in a better position. Bang centre of Hay, a stones throw away from all book shops and main eating areas. The flat is perfect. I… More

15 Apr 2014



What a lovely flat! Was beautifully designed, in a great location, and cosy. It was clean, very comfortable & Poppy was helpful and informative. Had everything we needed, and I have already been telli… More

3 Apr 2014


"Stylish and comfortable well-equipped appartment conveniently placed in the centre of Hay."

This recently renovated appartment in a lovely old Georgian building was extremely tastefully decorated and furnished, with homely touches such as flowers, attractive lamps, comfy sofa, docking statio… More

12 Nov 2013


"Beautiful Apartment in a Great Location"

Buttermarket is a lovely apartment furnished to a high standard and fully equipped with everything you could need for a holiday. Its in a great location next to the market in the centre of Hay-on-Wye.… More

29 Oct 2013


"So good...... it should be kept top secret"

A place of loveliness, a home from home Even the booking experience was professional with an added personal touch. Before we arrived I received an email giving me details for suggested walks, from a g… More

Review 1-10 of 19

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