Atelier Hay

Hay on Wye, Powys

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


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 – Val will leave you a hamper with local produce from the deli 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.

Exterior of Atelier Hay right in the heart of beautiful Hay on Wye, Powys

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
Lounge area with rustic uneven floor and elegant armchairs as well as view through to hallway where stairs lead up to another floor

Home truths

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


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • 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

Special offer: 20% off throughout September! Plus free parking space throughout September …

Booking information

Check in
From 5pm
Check out
Before 10am
Booking restrictions
Weekends only. No availability for Hay Festival 2019. Minimum stay: 2 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs/restaurants 2-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £120
Weekly price
from £840
1 Apartment for 2
From £1201 bed1 bedroom


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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 St John’s Place, 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 and the Felinfach Griffin 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, Lion St Gallery and the Drawing Room 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, with three floors of books, a fabulous all day cafe and a state of the art cinema showing all the latest releases.
  • 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 which is just so brilliant for the immune system!
  • What you will find in Hay are independent shop keepers proud of their product and happy to talk you through any purchases; Hay Deli, Bartrums stationers, Great English Outdoors, Llewelyn & Co plus artisan makers The Welsh Girl, Barnby Design & Ryan Saxon.


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 France she could find. Her gallery is a single ground-floor room beneath the atelier where there’s always heaps going on – illustration courses, Sunday lunches cooked by an Italian chef, gong baths (Google it) on Tuesday evenings. Val is also a keen walker and can point you in the right direction.