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The Old Post House

Painscastle near Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire (Ref. 26921)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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


1 Customer Review

  • "The cottage was more spacious than it appeared on the website, which was a nice surprise."

    It was very clean and well equipped, although no hairdryer, which sadly I've forgotten to take! The spa bath was a real treat! The bedrooms were spacious and the beds very comfortable. The TV reception worked well on the BBC channels, but not the other channels, kept losing signal intermittently! Wifi worked well. The pub across the road served good food. We ate there most nights, not only because it was good, but the location is rather remote and the nearest eating places were in Hay-on-Wye, which is a lovely small town.

    Reviewed by DianneAug 2016


  • 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.

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.

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About the location


Hay-on-Wye 5.5 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 six 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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