Sycamore House

Hay-on-Wye, Powys
+44 (0)7973 659603
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A Georgian townhouse full of character for an epic family and friend get-together. The best of Hay is a stroll away


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 8

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

It’s a real treat to have such a stylish and serene house so close to all the town’s best bits. By keeping things simple and pared back, owner Pierson and his partner have created a great feeling of space – even if you fill the place up, there are still friendly little corners inside and out where you can read or relax.

The beautiful walled garden is kept in check by a weekly visit from a gardener: the lawn’s a great spot for lounging with a book and the flagged courtyard has table and chairs for outdoor banquets. If the weather doesn’t do its duty, there’s enough room for everyone to eat at the light-filled dining table.

Browse the overflowing book shops, visit one of the best butchers, enjoy a pint and a people-watch or hire a canoe for the Wye. Return to much comfort and a generous welcome hamper.

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We think you'll love

  • The friendly, go-slow culture of this little town
  • The well thought out interior design – simple with splashes of personality
  • Cooking with friends in the airy, modern kitchen
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You should know

  • Two double rooms share the first-floor bathroom, which has no shower
  • There’s only one private parking space over the road by the pub. Other parking 5 mins' walk.


  • 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

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available. Special rates for smaller groups of up to 4 guests. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs/restaurants 2-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £250
Weekly price
from £1575
Damage deposit
2 day beds available.
1 House for 8
From £2504 bedrooms


We had a wonderful stay at Sycamore house. We were a family of 9 people and we had plenty of room to relax and hang out together, in a super-stylish, well designed and comfortable house. The kitchen was so well equipped which pleased the keen cooks in our family. The garden is immaculate and location is perfect. It's basically my dream house!

Angela, Haslemere

Had a wonderful few days at Sycamore House. As the weather was good we much enjoyed the beautiful garden and eating outside. The house is light, spacious and characterful with much to enjoy in the provision of super comfy beds and nice bathrooms. Set right in the heart of the town and a short walk from the River Wye it makes a perfect base for book shopping and the great outdoors. A nice amount of space for a large group gathering. Thanks for a great stay.

Rachel, Stratford on Avon

We had a perfect stay at Sycamore house in Hay to see in the new year. The house was immaculately kept and was very homely and cosy, the kitchen was excellent and well equipped to cater to cook for our group and the two living rooms were great places to relax in the evenings. Hay is in a great position to explore the countryside nearby and the town itself is lovely to walk around.

Matthew, London

A really stylish and comfortable house, right in the centre of Hay.

Paula, Exeter

Sycamore House is a wonderful space. The photos do not do justice to the relaxed ambience of the house, garden and furnishings. Hay itself is a wonderful town and you are opposite The Old Electric Shop, which is a really interesting place. You can canoe, cycle and hike virtually from the front door. The beds are super cosy after a day of physical exertion!! A perfect place to unwind and chill, for all ages.

Julia, Oxted

We had a wonderful family get together at this beautiful house. Everything has been thought of - for our party of nine it was the perfect place to spread out and unwind. Hay is lovely little town and the surrounding countryside is beautiful. We will hopefully be back soon.

Maria, Suffolk

Sycamore House is simply superb. The location is ideal and the house itself is stunning. The interior design strikes the perfect balance between contemporary and homely and the little touches such as Roberts DAB radios in every room and the lovely local toiletries really make it. There's plenty of room for eight people - the kitchen is capacious and easily fits everyone for a meal - and all the bedrooms are well proportioned. The garden is large and delightful too! We will definitely return. 10 out of 10.

Gawen, Manchester

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The neighbourhood

You’re in the Hay sweet spot here – five minutes’ walk from glorious open country, the River Wye and the thrills of canoe rental in one direction, and in the other all the characterful little deli’s, antique shops, restaurants, pubs, and bookshops you can shake a stick at – with an indie cinema thrown in for good measure. You can spend days here just pottering happily. If it all becomes too much, a half-hour drive gets you to Brecon for a detox.

Local points of interest from Pierson

  • Discover Hay on Wye. Enjoy rummaging the shelves of the town’s countless bookshops or visit during the festival when writers from around the globe descend for literary events! Pick up local produce at Hay's weekly market or wander the old castle grounds!
  • Enjoy the pleasures of the River Wye. Wild swim in the summer at local meadow and beach, the Warren, 15 mins walk from the house; get active and canoe the river from Glasbury to Hay with a picnic in hand; or fish for your supper at local angling spots!
  • Discover the Black Mountains. Drive the Gospel Pass, a scenic route through the hills (& the highest road in Wales!) to the stunningly situated Llanthony Priory. Walk in the footsteps of 12th century monks before lunch at the pub built into the old ruins.
  • Climb Hay’s Bluff for both a sense of achievement & wonderful views. Look out for the wild ponies that graze on the hillside. Alternatively, explore the mountains on a half day’s pony trek with a trusty companion! (no experience needed).
  • Get on your bike - hills or valley it’s up to you. Enjoy a leisurely cycle to the Tram Inn in Eardisley though beautiful countryside and over the toll bridge at Whitney (free for cyclists!) or head into the Black Mountains to get your muscles flexing!
  • Visit Hereford to see the world's largest medieval map, the Mappa Mundi! Learn to operate locks on a daytrip on the Monmouth & Brecon canal; find out how to mill flour (the old fashioned way!) at Talgarth Mill; or how cheese is made at the Monkland Dairy.



Their work done on Sycamore House in Hay-on-Wye, Pierson and his partner have moved to North Uist in the Outer Hebrides where they’re restoring a croft, having already worked their magic on the island’s Tigharry Schoolhouse. Their love of the great outdoors is reflected in all the photos of Pierson in dramatic wild landscapes – his partner’s background in design has given her a great eye for colour and detail, and Sycamore House is her canvas.