Hay Haven

We all need to escape from time to time, and this peaceful Herefordshire cottage makes for the perfect retreat

by Catherine Waterfall, 10th July 2023

We all need to escape from time to time, and this peaceful Herefordshire cottage makes for the perfect retreat

The pretty town of Hay-on-Wye, on the Herefordshire-Powys border, may be famous as the book capital of the world (in our humble opinion!) but it has much more to offer than good reads, such as the stunning countryside that surrounds it.

If this is an area you’ve longed to visit, you could do worse than book into Bullens Bank, a traditional cottage offering spectacular views. On the outskirts of Hay, it's ideal for a couple on the lookout for the perfect escape, or for two sets of friends seeking a carefree week away. Dogs are well catered for too, as there are large gardens and plenty of beautiful walks literally on the doorstep.

Inside, the cottage swells with all the period features you’d expect from a 200-year-old building, including beamed ceilings and log burners. There's one double bedroom and a twin room on the first floor, as well as a sofa bed in one of the two living rooms. And a rustic kitchen offers everything you’d need for a week away, including washing machine, dishwasher and microwave.

One recent guest described the property as “a lovely cottage... surprisingly well-equipped and comfortable. The sheep and horses were great company, and the surroundings just inimitable. I'll be back.”

Bullens Bank may not have the sleek, modern interior others seek in a holiday cottage, but it more than makes up for it in spectacular countryside views, plenty of fresh air and the lure of cosy evenings snuggled up next to the log burner with a bottle of wine for company.

A seven-night stay in Bullens Bank costs from £684. For more information visit

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