The Old Post House

Painscastle near Hay-on-Wye, Heart of England (Ref. 26921)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi
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The property

A delightful, 17th century semi-detached cottage, situated in the centre of the pretty village of Painscastle, under six miles from the famous 'Town of Books’, Hay-on-Wye.

This Painscastle cottage offers very welcoming, character accommodation that’s a perfect choice for a family or a group of friends wishing to experience this peaceful setting near the English/Welsh border.

This Painscastle cottage near Hay-on-Wye has three charming bedrooms, along with a contemporary bathroom boasting a relaxing spa bath and a separate shower room set on the ground floor.

The cosy dining room is ideal for a relaxing, romantic meal with stunning countryside views over to the village.

Should guests wish to spread out or enjoy a little quiet time, there is also a lovely sitting room with an inglenook fireplace housing a woodburner-style electric stove.

Outside, the pretty garden at the rear of this Painscastle cottage offers an ideal place to relax on a warm summer's evening whilst planning the next day’s adventure, with views of the mountains and an attractive barbecue area.

This Hay-on-Wye cottage is the perfect base from which to enjoy everything that this unspoilt area provides, with the lovely town just a few miles away, as well as wonderful walking in the nearby Begwyns National Trust common land, the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons National Park.

There are also many attractive towns and villages all worth discovering nearby.

A character Painscastle cottage, perfect for family and friends to get together at any time of year.


Three bedrooms: 2 x king-size double, 1 x twin. Bathroom with spa bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC. Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC. Kitchen with dining area. Dining room. Sitting room with electric stove.


  • Gas central heating with electric stove
  • Electric double oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD
  • WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Bike storage
  • Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, furniture and BBQ
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4.5 miles, pub 1 min walk.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

Guest Reviews


    • “Comfortable house, great location.”
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    • “We travelled with friends and their 2 children. The rooms were comfortable, 2 bathrooms made it much easier with 6 of us in the house, the kitchen was well equipped and we ate in most nights. If the weather had been kinder the garden would have been a great place to sit and read. Care required with low ceilings and beams. This house is well placed for the Brecon Beacons, Hay on Wye with its many book shops, and even a day trip to Cardiff, which we loved. There is a shed, just past the village hall, which sells fresh eggs. A great lace for walking and chilling!”

    Mags F, Glenrothes, United Kingdom, August 2015


    • “A lovely cosy cottage you can relax in. It was within easy reach of local town and shops. Ideal for walks, with lovely landscapes and the local pub has excellent food.”

    Mrs Harris, Southampton, May 2015

    • “We had a most enjoyable stay in The Old Post House. The cottage was very comfortable with plenty of room for us all. The village was quiet & an ideal place to chill out if you wished. For us it was nice & central for the parts of Wales we wanted to visit. In the evenings the pub was a great place to eat & chat with the very friendly locals. We had an excellent week!”

    Mr Jackson, Warminster, May 2015

    • “A wonderfully relaxing home-from-home in a pretty village.”

    Mrs Strain, Chichester, April 2015

    • “The Old Post House was well maintained, comfortable furnished and had a lovely 'feel' to it. Our group consisted of 6 adults and there was more than adequate sleeping and living space. The village pub, literally across was a great bonus - good beer, very good food and an excellent welcome.”

    Mr Clode, Cardiff, March 2015

    • “A super cottage within walking distance of the local gastro-pub. It was peaceful except for local farm traffic.”

    Mr Hoult, Telford, September 2014

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About the location


Hay-on-Wye 4.6 miles; Builth Wells 12.5 miles; Hereford 25 miles.

The pretty village of Painscastle lies just five and a half miles from the famous town of Hay-on-Wye, and takes its name from its ancient fortress, where today only large earthworks remain. Standing only three miles from the England/Wales border, the village boasts a charming real ale inn serving good food, and is surrounded by scenic countryside. Under five miles away is the historic market town of Hay-on-Wye. Settled beside the River Wye, it’s renowned for its world-famous Hay Festival of Literature and with its many specialist bookshops, antiques shops, restaurants and cafes, it’s a popular destination for holidaymakers wishing to enjoy the leisure activities and beautiful scenery of the Wye Valley. Builth Wells can be reached within a pleasant drive, and is home to an 18-hole golf course, a pony trekking centre and a selection of amenities, plus each July it plays host to the Royal Welsh Show. The surrounding countryside provides excellent walking, cycling, bird watching, fishing and canoeing opportunities, amongst many more, together with a variety of tourist attractions, including the Black Mountains, The Three Castles Walk, Offa's Dyke pathway, the Mortimer Trail and the lovely walk to Hergest Ridge, which is said to have inspire the music of Elgar. The ancient city of Hereford, the epitome of picturesque England, lies just over half an hour’s drive away, with its magnificent cathedral housing its famous chained library and Mappa Mundi, and medieval bridge set over the winding River Wye. A supremely appealing area, and a perfect year-round holiday destination.

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