Radnor House

Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1497 821180
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Stylish Grade II Georgian house in the heart of Hay. Explore the town, walk Offa’s Dyke, roam the beautiful Black Mountains. Superb food too


4 beds


4 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

You’ll feel well cared for in this full of character, beautifully furnished townhouse. For guests arriving late or those who just wish to snuggle in, Julia and David offer supper boards: savoury pies, salads, local cheeses and desserts. Wake to a breakfast of fresh fruit and juices, homemade granola and cake, as well as a generous, vegetarian full Welsh and seasonally changing menu.

You can walk to everything. Explore the castle, walk along the river to the Warren (great for picnics, wild swimming, kayaking), browse galleries, studios and of course the famous bookshops. Foodies have much choice in the popular cafés, restaurants and bars – from tapas, veggie and vegan to traditional pub food.

Order a picnic hamper and head off for the top of Hay Bluff – views from the top soar all the way to the Welsh Marches. Join Offa’s Dyke from here and you can walk all day. Return to the cosy sitting room with a wood-burner, board games and well-stocked bar.

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We think you'll love

  • Visiting bookshops, markets and cafes on your doorstep
  • Exploring the spectacular countryside
  • Relaxing by the fire in the sitting room
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You should know

  • No parking at the house. The large public car park is just 100 yards away and free after 6pm
  • Bedrooms and bathrooms on the second floor have low ceilings and the stairs up are a little tight at the top. These rooms don't have a sofa or chairs
  • The antique furniture shows wear and tear in places


  • Swimming pool
  • EV charger
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 10.30am or flexible
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends. Over 16s welcome.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs/restaurants within walking distance.


Nightly price
from £90
Singles £90-£140.
4 Doubles
From £90



From the moment David met us at the door to Radnor House we could not have been made to feel more welcome. This is a very special place with the kindest people, who went above and beyond to take care of us. Julia and David dried our wet dirty trainers and packed us up with homety pie for another day of running Offa's Dyke. The house is beautiful and every tiny detail has been attended to. The evening sharing board was delicious and breakfast was perfect, but the best thing was David and Julia's warmth and their genuine interest in their guests. We didn't want to go.

Jenny, Sheffield

This is a delightful property in the centre of town. Attentive hosts; thoughtful and tasteful decor, comfortable bed ( in quirky room 4) and the best breakfast I’ve had....

Chris, London

We had a wonderful stay in at Radnor House – we had room one which is just gorgeous. Breakfast was fantastic and the cake on offer throughout the day was a real bonus – perfect for taking on long walks. David was the perfect host and really helpful with information about where to eat and walk. Radnor House is ideally positioned for exploring both Hay and the lovely surrounding countryside, and in many ways feels more like a very small boutique hotel than a traditional bed and breakfast.

Emma, Oxfordshire

A lovely, homely place. David is good fun and makes you feel very welcome and extremely comfortable. Our room was gorgeous and the shower was fab. The breakfasts are probably the best we’ve ever had in the UK. Didn’t want to leave and look forward to our next visit.

Tony, Gosport

David and Julia were most attentive hosts in their beautiful house right in the middle of Hay. Superb breakfast, very comfortable beds, lashings of hot water - what more is needed?

Graham, Fordingbridge

A beautiful house with lots of lovely touches and wonderful hosts - we so enjoyed our stay. The room was huge and characterful, the bed vast and very comfortable and we had the most amazing bath to relax in too. The breakfast choice was great, with delicous sourdough bread and the tastiest sausage we've tried in a while. David and Julia were very accommodating to dietary needs and were great to chat to before we headed out to explore the delights of Hay. Highly recommended!

Nemia, Gloucestershire

We had a great weekend in Hay staying at the gorgeous Radnor House. The house is absolutely beautiful with amazing vintage decor, and our room was very comfortable. David and Julia were great hosts providing amazing breakfasts, superb cakes and plenty of advice for local walks and restaurants. We will definitely be returning to Radnor house for our next visit to Hay!

Amands, Oxford

This place is a real gem! The hosts, David and Julia, were an absolute joy, so welcoming and helpful. The house is stunning - each room a labour of love, with beautiful touches everywhere. Our bedroom was delightful, with the best bed of any B & B we have visited. After dinner we relaxed in the cosy guest living room, enjoying wonderful home-made cakes (freely available at all times). Breakfast was scrumptious too - from homemade granola to the smoothest porridge, followed by the Full Welsh and avocado, poached eggs and bacon on sourdough. A very special place, in a lovely area.

Clara, Halifax

After arriving from Bristol on bicycles the lovely 'help-yourself' cakes were most welcome! Secure storage for the bikes, a lovely room, a friendly welcoming atmosphere and a great breakfast. Perfect location for wandering around Hay too. Couldn't ask for more!

Andrew, Bristol

Radnor House is very central with a very pretty front garden. We were in the biggest room (No. 1.) Wooden beams. Enormous, very comfortable bed. En suite bathroom with "Jack and Jill " basins. David and Julia were very welcoming. David suggested several restaurants and we decided to eat in one of them, the Old Black Lion which offered a good selection of dishes. Julia's cake was superb. We visited many bookshops and even a fossil shop and enjoyed a very pleasant walk along the river. Breakfast was delicious with local produce. We will definitely return!

Hilary, Northwich

Julia and David are engaging hosts who gave every attention to making us welcome and comfortable. Radnor House is in a perfect location, ( Our car remained in the nearby car park throughout our visit!) situated within easy walking distance to the charming and varied attractions in and around Hay. We enjoyed the quirkiness of the decor/ antique pieces and general ambiance. Breakfasts were sumptuous as were the daily cake offerings on a generous help-yourself basis. We enjoyed our stay very much.

Jeff & Linda, Wilby, Eye

"Our small company decided to hold our AGM in Hay. There were only 4 of us (2 couples) & Radnor House gave us an informal base for our weekend. We couldn't have been made more welcome, and the cosy guest sitting room was made available to us all morning for our meeting with regular coffees and cake. From the prosecco on arrival, suggestions for walks and dinner, brilliant breakfasts and comfortable rooms, it turned out to be an excellent weekend. The lovely hosts have made Radnor House both cosy and cool - with some lovely quirky details, books to read, endless cakes, great breakfasts.....

Carolyn, Cardiff

A perfect place from which to enjoy gorgeous Hay to the full. After a truly delicious breakfast browse books to your heart's content, then stride up Hay Bluff to enjoy the best view of the Welsh Marches that exists. Return to a glowing wood burner and a choice tipple from the honesty bar before exploring the town's culinary offers.

David, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

Kayaks and canoes can be hired in and around Hay and guided/self-guided cycling, walking and horse-riding holidays arranged. Join the 177-mile Offa's Dyke path; David can tell you about many other walks too. There’s secure storage for up to 4 bikes; your hosts offer to wash/dry clothes and can drop you at various locations. Come for the literary festival in May/June, winter festival in November and many other cultural and musical events throughout the year; find books by the cartload, arts, crafts and antiques, a wide choice of restaurants, cinema, and market every Thursday and weekend. Llanthony Priory is 10 miles away; Capel-y-ffin 8 - the monastery was home to the type designer Eric Gill.

Local points of interest from David Bartlett & Julia Joplin

  • A place for exploring. On foot - try Offa's Dyke on the doorstep, Hay Bluff close by, and so many beautiful walks. By bike - bring your own or hire to explore the quiet country lanes. Also paddling fun on the River Wye and wonderful local horse riding.
  • With over 30 bookshops - from the largest such as Richard booths and Hay Cinema Bookshop to the 'al fresco' outside Hay Castle - there really is something for every interest. You can take your time choosing in all of them and shipping is available too!
  • The fine 'fooderies' in town include ... Tapas, Indian, Fine English Fusion, Italian, good pub food, locally made ice cream, and lots of cafes, delis & food markets. Out of town, the River Cafe in Glasbury would be first on our list that we will give you.
  • Nearly as many antique shops and markets as there are bookshops - including Llewelyn & Co for french antiques, Hay Antiques Market (a tardis of eclectic finds) and Hay Does Vintage and Bain & Murrin for mid century antiques. We have another list for you!
  • Then there are the shops ... independent with friendly and helpful owners, including The Old Electric Shop, The Story of Books, The Great English Outdoors, The Map Shop, Bartrums the stationers. There are also various markets throughout each month in town.
  • And last but by no means least there are the artists, makers and creators that decorate this beautiful town with their imaginations and talent ... The Table, The Drawing room, Haymakers, The Welsh Girl & many more - find them in the lovely markets & shops


David Bartlett & Julia Joplin

Julia and David are lovely hosts – easy, natural and generous. After careers in hotel and charity management, they chose to relocate to the vibrant cultural community of Hay. David is involved in choral music and Julia in dress-making and leatherwork. They also have a friendly Cockerpoo called Ruby.