The Cosy Retreats

West Midlands Herefordshire Hay-on-Wye

  • 3 Apartments (sleeping 2–4)
  • Chic Boutique

Stylish, self-catering apartments with a modern Welsh vibe in the heart of bookish Hay on Wye

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Hay on Wye – the book and festival town on the Welsh-English border – is full of cute corners, bookshops, cafes, galleries, organic food shops and vintage stores. For cosy accommodation to match, there's no better bolthole than the lovely self-catering apartments at Cosy Retreats, upstairs at the equally enticing Cosy Cafe, right in the heart of town. With the local market (Thursday and some Saturdays) unfolding right outside the door, you really couldn't be better placed to explore this most charming and bookish of towns.

There are two light and airy apartments above the cafe – 1 Cosy Retreats has one bedroom, and a little veranda overlooking the street; 2 Cosy Retreats has a second bedroom and bathroom (so sleeps up to four people), and light on all sides from large picture windows. The second apartment would be the one to book if you're coming as a family. Both apartments have been lovingly renovated in a modern Welsh style, with wooden floors, stylish armchairs and solid oak furniture, rugs, sheepskins and Welsh blankets throughout. The gleaming kitchens are fully equipped (though you can get breakfast and lunch downstairs in the cafe if you like), and the cosy lounges come with smart TVs and Bluetooth speakers, and windows right onto the heart of Hay itself. Other touches signal that you're in very thoughtful hands here, from the DeLonghi espresso machines (with locally ground coffee provided) to the eco-friendly washer and dishwasher supplies. You can park to unload, and then you'll have to move your car, but there are free car parks a short walk away or longer-term paid parking.

There's a third apartment, too, the Cosy Corner, just up the street, renovated in the same contemporary Welsh style, and with all the same amenities and facilities. You don't have the cafe underneath you here, but you won't mind a jot because what you do have is access to a small, landscaped private garden with outdoor furniture, barbecue, and most importantly, a wood-fired hot tub, which takes the 'cosy' concept to a whole new level. (You pay an extra fee to use the hot tub for your stay,  with as much wood as you need.) This really is a fabulous location for a book-loving couple to kick back and relax for a few days – not too relaxed, mind, or you'll drop your book in the hot tub, and that would never do in Hay on Wye.

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There are 3 holiday apartments as part of the Cosy Retreats portfolio. 2 one bedroomed properties and 1 two bedroomed property. All are newly furnished to a high standard with large comfy beds, modern appliances and tasteful decor.
All have wifi, smart TV's, bluetooth speakers and tea & coffee is provided.
Cosy Corner has its own private wood fired hot tub (Extra charge applies), Retreats 1 has a lovely little balcony overlooking the time and Cosy 2 has large picture windows, perfect for people watching up the street!

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Sorry we don't allow pets.


Our apartments are perfect base for enjoying all Hay has to offer – whether you’re here for the internationally renowned literary festival, want to explore the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons or fancy a trawl around the independent shops, you’ll find them all centrally located and stylishly furnished.

Food & Drink

As well as Hay’s famous bookshops, in the town itself there’s an array of vintage, fashion, home and map shops plus an abundance of cafe’s, restaurants, pubs and a music venue.


Available all year.


From £300 for 3 nights.

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The Owner Says

Our holiday apartments are warm, welcoming retreats in Hay on Wye where you can relax in holiday accommodation that feels like home, with stylish interiors & cosy touches.


Contact Website  07968 783 325  The Cosy Retreats, 5 High Town, Hay on Wye, Herefordshire HR3 5AE

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Getting There

The nearest train station is Hereford.


  • Hot Tub
  • Wifi
  • Short walk to pub
  • BBQs
  • Quirky
  • Car-free option
  • Romantic Retreat
  • Apartment

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Rated ★★★★★ over 1 reviews


Lovely accommodation in a fantastic location

We loved our stay at Cosy Retreat 2. The location couldn't be better if you want to explore the town – right in the heart of everything. The market place, the castle, Booth's Bookshop (with it's little cinema - which we wish we had booked in advance) and dozens of other lovely shops and cafes are just outside including owner Emma's Cosy Cafe downstairs – where you get a discount. We stayed as two couples and a baby – and the space was perfect for us. It was more spacious than I imagined, well equipped and stylish with high quality throughout. I loved all the local bits and bobs in the apartment: the art work on the walls, the toiletries, the coffee and maps for the area. Highly recommend if you are looking for a stay in Hay-on-Wye – and would definitely return.
Aug 12, 2023 by Woodland camper

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