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Alchemy Hill | Luxury Self-Catering Farmhouse | Hay-on-Wye

Alchemy Hill

Hay-On-Wye, Herefordshire, UK

Long a safe-haven for wandering pilgrims, Alchemy Hill is a peaceful retreat set between the rolling hummocks of Herefordshire near Hay-on-Wye. Those looking for a true holistic refuge will be sure to revel in the beauty of this luxury cottage-style farmhouse, offering an idyllic setting from which to watch Mother Nature put on the finest of shows.

Introduction

Blending seamlessly with the surrounding Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains, Alchemy Hill's ochre façade wouldn’t look an ounce out of place on the set of a Jane Austen adaptation. A true page-turner, with gentle interiors, sweeping mountainous vistas and a luxurious wood-fired al fresco hot tub, only the beauty of the mountains could tempt you away to explore before you hurry back home again. Spend summer days lounging with ice-cold, mint-infused drinks on the lawn, read novels by the woodburner in the living room, or gather together around the al fresco kitchen as the day loses its heat and gives way to twinkling skies.

Inside

Inside, this luxury self-catering home’s raw beauty takes on a refined edge; effortlessly stylish, casually grand but never distracting eyes from the ever-changing scenery. Sleeping up to eight guests, the bedrooms provide quality, comfort and style. With a walnut four-poster king-size bed, mountain views and an en suite shower room, Alchemy Hill's master bedroom offers the perfect spot for mornings lingering in bed, drinking tea and skimming magazines. While the first floor boasts two further luxurious bedrooms, the ground floor is home to the final bedroom, complete with an oak four-poster king-size bed.

Outside

Sitting comfortably amongst wildflowers and meadows, Alchemy Hill is a veritable haven for wildlife and tired souls looking to disconnect and recharge. The landscaped gardens, dotted with outdoor sofas and plenty of idyllic picnic spots, have been designed with bees in mind, ensuring happy pollinators can lazily bob from flower to flower without a single care in the world. For the ramblers in the group, walk straight from the door and over the courtyard, through the wooden gate and under windswept woodland and magical birdsong before emerging between the wild ponies and hares onto acres upon acres of wild moorland.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 8 guests
    From £1,695 per week, £1,295 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Alternative group optionsUp to 2 or up to 4 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThree double bedrooms with king-size beds, one twin bedroom, two en suite shower rooms, one en suite bathroom and a family shower room
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  • FeaturesOutdoor wood-fired eco hot tub, outdoor kitchen
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyChildren are very welcome. One cot and one highchair are provided
  • PracticalitiesParking is available for five cars. The country-style kitchen has a stainless steel Smeg cooker with two ovens and eight gas burners, a large fridge-freezer, walk-in larder, wine cooler and Dualit coffee machine. A washing machine and tumble dryer are also available. The hot tub is a unique wood-fired affair which takes a little time to warm up.
  • Homestay includesLinen, towels, logs for the fire, Sky TV, Blu-Ray DVD player, Sonos sound system, Netflix, WiFi internet, a gas barbecue and wood-fired pizza ovenHouse book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Eco-friendlySpring water
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Hay on Wye

Small but beautiful Hay on Wye is famous for its charming centre, eclectic range of old book shops and acclaimed Hay Festival. Fusing the beauty of the English countryside and mountainous Brecon Beacons, Hay is a unique setting for a refined yet rural escape between England and Wales.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Alchemy Hill is located in a small hamlet, just five miles from Hay-on-Wye in Herefordshire.
  • By Car The cottage is less than 90 minutes from Cardiff, two hours from Birmingham and three and a half hours from central London.
  • By Train The nearest train station is Hereford, approximately a 30 minute drive away.
  • By Air Both Cardiff and Bristol airports are approximately 90 minutes away.

From the owner

“We fell in love with this magical landscape and were struck by its wildness and beauty. The views of the Black Mountains are truly breathtaking. Watch the sun rise and the mist linger in the Wye valley, the stillness here encourages you to pause and realise everything is okay.”

From the owner

Myself, my partner Neal and our beloved German Pointer 'Schmoo' have always been drawn to nature. While I had always loved living in the city (I've lived in London, Paris and Manchester), I found myself ready for something more gentle; somewhere rural that was full of creative souls.

We found that creative haven in Hay-on-Wye; writers and artists are tucked away on little farms in and around the area, which is reflected in the abundance of shops and galleries. Inspired by the relocation of a friend, we came to visit when the Hay Literary Festival was taking place and decided to have a look in the estate agent window.

A couple of appointments later, on a sunny, snowy day in March 2012, we found ourselves excitedly driving up the single lane track towards Alchemy Hill. Sweeping past its high verges, as soon as we turned the corner and drove through the gate we were totally awe-struck. The spectacular views and sheer immensity of the Black Mountains left us dumbfounded; they looked like a 50's canvas film backdrop!

Years later, we still find the location and scenery just as amazing. The moorland behind the house is so special; catch the light at just the right angle and the hills become reminiscent of prehistoric creatures sleeping peacefully. The expanse encourages you to breathe more deeply, it's wonderful!

Juliette, Neal & Schmoo

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Hay on Wye with an insider’s perspective.

Richard Booth´s Bookshop, Hay-on-Wye
To Eat

Richard Booth´s Bookshop, Hay-on-Wye

Booth´s has a bright and contemporary café at the back of its famous bookshop, where top choices on the menu include buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup, and black bean and sweet potato hash with all the trimmings! Afternoons of hot chocolates and hardbacks don´t get much cosier.

The Black Mountains
To See

The Black Mountains

The northeast part of the Brecon Beacons National Park is dominated by the Black Mountains, a group of old red sandstone hills, the highest of which is Waun Fach. Cloaked in grass and heather and laced with rivers, they are a must for any trip to Alchemy Hill.

Canoeing, Wye Valley
To Do

Canoeing, Wye Valley

Wye Valley Canoes offer memorable trips along the river; an ideal way to spend time with friends or family enjoying the peace and quiet of a truly unspoilt stretch of water. For those who prefer dry land, they also offer guided mountain biking.

Yoga at Booth´s, Hay-On-Wye
To Do

Yoga at Booth´s, Hay-On-Wye

Within this versatile venue is Booth´s yoga studio; a wonderful calm space hosting a number of great yoga and pilates classes throughout the week. Whether you are a seasoned yogi or first-timer, it´s a great way to unwind and limber up.

Guest Testimonials

Alchemy Hill is absolutely beautiful yet still homely and welcoming, it has beautiful surroundings and high-quality furnishings. The communication from the owners was excellent and there were stunning little details like vases of wildflowers in every room… It had everything we like in a property! We couldn’t believe how lovely the views are, and the hot tub and firepit were amazing. We have had such a memorable weekend and were so sad to leave. We loved it here!

We were seeking a genuine retreat away from noise and wanted the ability to walk straight out of the door into the countryside. Alchemy Hill is the epitome of bliss. The property is exquisite and very well equipped, and our stay was further enhanced by the hot tub and fire pit! We had a fabulous week, relishing the rural seclusion while also benefitting from being in close proximity to Hay-on-Wye. When the sun shone, we could as easily have been in Tuscany!

Unique Homestays always offers an excellent service; and they are always my first choice when booking a property. Alchemy Hill was a delight to stay in and the owner, Juliette, could not have been more helpful. The house is secluded yet not far from the nearest town, and had plenty of outdoor space. Everything about the property is outstanding and every detail is thought through. The welcome basket was amazing! Thank you.

The house is amazing and the location is outstanding... what a view! Juliette the owner is a warm, gracious and altogether lovely host! Everything exceeded our expectations, thank you.

Alchemy Hill is a wonderful place to stay. Magnificent scenery, everything you want on holiday plus a lot more! Juliette was so helpful and made sure we had everything we wanted. What a great welcome we had!

This house is amazing and we have both thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you so much for letting us explore and experience this part of the country, it´s been the relaxing break we both needed. We can´t wait to come back and share this blissful place with our family and friends.

We don´t want to leave! What a beautiful holiday home - we wish it were ours! Such thoughtful finishing touches and luxurious basics provided. Thank you so much for creating this idyllic tucked away corner of fresh countryside and sharing it. We can´t wait to come back.

We had an absolutely wonderful stay! Alchemy Hill is not just a holiday home, but a home with wonderful personal touches. Juliette was the perfect host and so helpful. We will definitely return.

This is such a magical place! Even after four days we are still finding new details that Juliette and her husband have added to make it even more perfect. A special time for us all, thank you.

We had a brilliant time at Alchemy Hill. The house is gorgeous and feels just like home. The decor is amazing, so is the view and all the luxury was overwhelming! Juliette is lovely! Thanks for the wonderful time we had here!

Juliette- Thank you for the opportunity of experiencing your beautiful retreat... a truly elegant, comfortable, welcoming haven set in the stunning Welsh landscape. We had a wonderful time and feel relaxed and refreshed. Loved the sheep! Being from New Zealand- felt like home!

The house was perfect (loved the log fire!) and is in a great, remote location. Thanks to Juliette, Neal and Schmoo who made us feel at home and very welcome. Thank you for sharing this lovely piece of the country with us. We will definitely be visiting again!

A beautiful property, more than a holiday home, with lovely personal touches. Lots of lovely treats for our dog with everything he needed supplied. A wonderful welcome with great advice and help from the owner, Juliette. A truly relaxing stay in a stunning location.

We had a wonderful weekend at this gorgeous house. All the rooms are beautifully decorated, bathrooms are stunning and the kitchen is to die for. The views are fantastic and it is in such a peaceful location. We would not hesitate to go back.

An amazing house! Immaculately clean with wonderful interiors and incredible views. Attention to detail was outstanding such as fresh flowers in all rooms, organic toiletries and a quality hamper and much more. The location was utterly peaceful and tranquil with access to a vast common land at your doorstep.The owner was very friendly and helpful and we felt at home immediately on our arrival.

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Below are a selection of features in which Alchemy Hill and Unique Homestays has appeared. If you would like to feature the property in an editorial capacity, please contact the marketing team on +44 (0)1637 882014.

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