Atelier Hay

Hay on Wye, Powys
+44 (0)7956 452195
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Live like a local. Art lovers, book lovers and walkers will be happy here above an art gallery in the centre of town


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

£180 per night

£1260 per week

The Experience

Val runs an art gallery on the ground floor of her 17th-century house and has filled the apartment above it with beautiful pieces of art (some that you can buy) and carefully chosen furniture. She’s very much a local and will give you useful tips about walks and where to eat.

Observe the bustling streets from your perch on a window seat in the massive living room, cook in the sweet little kitchen – there’s an excellent deli selling local produce two doors down – or find restaurants and pubs on your doorstep.

The town is very walkable and for getting out, the river is lovely – walk four miles to the River Café for lunch and then canoe back. Walk, wild swim or cycle in the moody Black Mountains, return to much comfort and good books.

Atelier Hay - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Being surrounded by art and beautiful things
  • Stepping out of the front door and into the heart of Hay
  • Hiring a canoe and having a day out on the Wye
Atelier Hay - Gallery

You should know

  • The bedroom and bathroom are up in the eaves with sloping ceilings
  • There’s no parking outside the gallery
  • There’s no garden


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • 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
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • 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


Nightly price
Weekly price
1 Apartment for 2
£1801 bed1 bedroom


Booking information

Check in
From 5pm
Check out
By 10am
Other details
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs/restaurants 2-minute walk.


Thank you, Val, for a peaceful stay in your delightful Atelier. It was good to be here as Hay started opening up again. We have left a book of “Walks around Hay”, and recommend Walk 9 to get your bearings and (if you like long walks) walk 8 which is beautiful, and Walk 12 (but only if quite dry). For food and drink, Kilverts is welcoming and has great beer; we had a good meal at The Old Black Lion (which is very well run); Hay Deli has a fine range of local produce and Castle Greengrocers is excellent. All in all, this is a great place to stay!

Tim & Nikki, Bristol

A wonderful break spent in autumn sunshine, allowing us to walk and cycle - Dorstone circular walk to Arthur’s Stone was wonderful. The Atelier is beautifully done to every last detail, spent more time gazing than reading!

Adam & Julie, Kenilworth

What a gorgeous space! The perfect place to feel calm, relaxed and get stuck in to the newly purchased books! We enjoyed buying delicious produce two doors down at the deli and cooking up a storm with everything you need in the kitchen. We don’t want to leave ... thank you!

Hannah & Nathan, Bath

What a lovely place to shelter from rain, floods and virus. We’ve had a great time. Highlights: A gong bath (what a way to arrive) ; living next to the best bookshop in Hay; the Thursday market proving that it really does happen whatever the weather ; the Salad Project for a delicious curry; the Blue Boar for excellent cider and more work by Dix. We’ll be back!

Alyson, Sandbach

What a lovely few days. Books, walks, telly and delicious food from 2 doors down. Thank you. PS I have so enjoyed getting to know all your paintings.

Joanna, Sanderstead

We had a perfect time in Hay and never wanted to leave the Atelier! Thank you Val for your kind and generous hospitality and impeccable place to stay we loved it!

Lulu and Scott, California

We’ve just had a great stay at the Atelier - one of the loveliest spaces to be in. So many meautiful art works to look at and beautifully curated. Val has created a sense of peace which allows you to relax straight away. Hay is a great place and it was brilliant to be right at the heart of it. We have had a lovely time and we will be back

Sue, Leamington Spa

We had a wonderful time. Thank you so much. Already planning our next visit!

Anna and Robin, Oxford

We have just had a wonderful weekend at Atelier . It is truly a beautiful home , such tasteful interior design . The attention to detail made our stay perfect . A friendly and informative hostess and the location in the heart of the town was perfect for enjoying lovely Hay on Wye . Highly recommended

Ali, Leicestershire

We’ve had a wonderful stay in your charming house, thank you! You may well see us or friends again .... The drive, or walk, in the Black Mountains between Pandy and Hay was amazing. We had a delicious meal in the Felin Fach Griffin and a Chinese take away from next door (order well in advance, it’s very popular!) What a lovely place to visit.

Peter and Beth, Ruckinge

Thank you for a wonderful stay in this beautiful house. We loved our stay in Hay. Thanks for the recommendation of canoeing back from Glasbury - a lovely stretch of river. We hope to come back during the festival one year, and will recommend Atelier Hay to anyone else who is coming to stay in this area.

Kate & Jess, Manchester

As a first visit to Hay-on-Wye we couldn’t have chosen a better place to stay. On entering Atelier we were met with creativity, light and a feeling that here we would be able to relax. And we were right. Superb attention to detail with an eclectic assortment of furnishings. Location within the town was flawless with galleries, deli, cafes, bookshops, antique shops and cinema (it goes on!) on your doorstep ...the town is peaceful which is surprising with so much on offer. We were somewhat smitten ~ an enchanting place to stay.

Mandy, Cornwall

What a find! A very elegant apartment filled with beautiful art, the morning sun shines through large Georgian windows, lovely views of historic Hay and its winding streets, a relaxing light bright and open space. Comfy and cosy, a large, p discretely placed, TV for Netflix TV, top notch cooking facilities, lovely China. Perfectly located above an art gallery, Richard Booths bookshop (restaurant and cinema), close to the Delicatessen (for great almond croissants) so one can amble out and back at leisure (with the Sunday papers). The River Wye for walking and fishing. Just bliss!

Elsa, Presteigne

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The neighbourhood

Hay is a honeypot of culture far from any city, with plenty of bookshops, delis and good places to eat – all independent. You can walk to everything once here, including canoe hire on the Wye. Just outside the town are fabulous walks in the hills and some seriously challenging cycling routes. There are dramatic and remote landscapes with wild swimming and waterfalls in the Black Mountains – make sure to climb Lord Hereford’s Knob for the views from the top. While the annual literary festival has made the town famous, it's lovely during quieter periods too.

Local points of interest from Val Harris

  • Do bring your walking boots and from the front door walk North or South along Offa’s Dyke Path, East or West along the Wye Valley Walk or venture further afield into the Brecon Beacons and climb Pen y Fan, the largest mountain in South Wales (886m)
  • For the foodies we have Chapters, just down the street, brilliant modern food in a tiny chapel and at the other end of town the Blue Boar, the locals local. The River Cafe Glasbury, Felin Fach Griffin & Stagg Inn are further afield but certainly worth it!
  • For art lovers, my contemporary art gallery, The Table, has regularly changing exhibitions and you will find artworks for sale both downstairs and upstairs. The Haymakers, Brook Street Pottery, Tŷ Tân and the Lion Street Gallery all add to the art scene.
  • This Town of Books does not disappoint boasting over thirty book shops and the Atelier is next door to the largest, Richard Booths Bookshop. What you will find in Hay are independent shop keepers proud of their product and happy to tell you so!
  • The River Wye borders this ancient Marches town and offers something for everyone: canoeing, kayaking, fishing, paddling, skimming stones and for the intrepid and young at heart the must-do wild swimming Wim Hof style!
  • The Atelier is a sanctuary of calm and a perfect retreat space; Val is able to offer private gong baths to her guests and to arrange massages by appointment.


Val Harris

Val is marvellous and bubbles over with enthusiasm for life and Hay, where she first lived at 18 and has now been based for the past ten years. She worked in the film industry for 20 years and then ran an art gallery in Surrey; she also had a house in France and gravitated back to Hay as it was the closest to French living she could find. Her gallery is a single ground-floor room beneath the atelier where there’s always heaps going on and wonderful art exhibitions. Val is also a keen walker and can point you in the right direction.