Find The Perfect Holiday Home: Hay Bluff House, Brecon Beacons

rustic country kitchen with dining table and chairsWelcome back to another post in my series of how to find the perfect holiday home. 

As I’ve mentioned before, I love a good holiday cottage in the UK and have experienced so many over the last 15 years. 

When our girls were young, it was our preferred holiday type and we’ve discovered some incredible parts of the UK and stayed in a plethora of cottages, some good, some not so great. 

So, what makes a good holiday cottage? For me, of course, it’s about the interior but also the location and how it fits for my family. Each of the cottages I showcase in these posts has certain criteria and features which resonate with me and my family, and I hope you’ll find something appealing in them too. 

This week’s featured property is Hay Bluff House, Hay-on-Wye, in the Brecon Beacons


Hay Bluff House is a beautiful old, country cottage set in the stunning Black Mountains, the area not far from where I grew up! It’s the perfect hideaway, with acres of gardens and fields, as well as a private waterfall, set just beneath Lord Hereford’s Knob and Hay Bluff.

Sleeping 8 over 3 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, it has plenty of space and is ideal for those looking for a remote setting with lots of outdoor activities close-by. 

It comes complete with a wood-fired hot tub and pool table in the lounge. (When can I visit?)

There are fantastic walks in the surrounding Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons National Park straight from the cottage door; you will be spoilt for choice.

There are also fabulous mountain bike rides, canoeing, riding stables, archery, caving and potholing nearby if that’s what you’re interested in. Alternatively, you can saunter around Hay-on-Wye and it’s many bookshops and cafes. 


The cottage has a beautiful interior making the most of the original features, with the design being sympathetic to the period. 

It sounds like a really spacious cottage, with plenty of room to relax, dine and sleep for the whole family. 

The description and images showcase it well and enable you to visualise the space – always good when you’re booking a cottage I feel. I always try to imagine how we will use the property, where different members of the family will relax, where we can play board games together, and how we will eat. 

Large sitting room with pool tableThis is one of the sitting rooms, including the pool table, but keep reading and I’ll show you around a little more.


As I said, there are 3 bedrooms. 1 king size with en-suite (great as the master suite) and extra single bed on the upper floor – just look at these incredible beams. I love the character this property exudes, it’s everywhere. 

Old cottage bedroom with original beamsThen on the ground floor there are 2 more doubles, one with a single bed too – great for another couple with a small child. 

Country cottage double bedroom with white bedI love this eclectic collection of furniture, it really adds to the character of the home without detracting from the practicality and comfort. Those sheets look very inviting. 

Pretty country cottage bedroom As well as the en-suite (below), there’s also a bathroom on the ground floor. There’s a separate shower cubicle in this room too. As I said, perfectly designed with lots of character and practical features. It’s always worth reading the small details when you’re not sure from the images. 

Old cottage bathroom with sloped ceiling and beams

Living Space:

I love the living space layout in this property. With two sitting rooms, both with log fires (I’m always keen on the log fires!) and one with pool and table tennis table, there’s plenty of space for the whole family to hang out. 

cottage living roomOne lounge has a more formal dining area, again look at all the beams, great for evening meals. There’s also TV and DVD players plus WiFi throughout and iPod music facilities too. 


This is one of my favourite rustic kitchens I’ve seen for some time. From the quarry tiles to the beams and rustic table and chairs, I love the look and feel but it still has all the practical details you need. 

Take some relaxed family breakfasts around the table, cook on the aga and gas hob, clean up with the dishwasher, and don’t forget the utility space with washing machine. All your needs are covered. 

Country cottage rustic kitchen


Now, outdoors we have a garden and patio furniture as well as the wood-fuelled hot tub! What’s not to love. 

There’s plenty of parking and you can even bring two well behaved dogs. 

Pretty country cottage gardens with daffodilsIf a remote, character packed country cottage is right for you and your family, then do check this out further.

You can see the full details on the Sugar and Loaf website.

And whilst you’re there why not check out their full range of stunning cottages for your next UK holiday

You can find more of my UK Cottage Holiday series HERE

Are you a fan of character, country cottages?


All images courtesy of Sugar and Loaf

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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