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

Long a safe-haven for wandering pilgrims, Alchemy Hill is a peaceful self-catering 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.

Self-catering cottage-style farmhouse in Hay on Wye


Blending seamlessly with the burning waning of seasons of the surrounding Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains, Alchemy Hill's ochre façade, sitting comfortably amongst wildflowers and meadows, wouldn’t look an ounce out of place on the set of a Jane Austen adaptation. Inside, this luxury self-catering home’s raw beauty takes on a refined, elegant role; modestly gorgeous, casually grand but never distracting eyes from the ever-changing weather rambling over an undulating horizon.

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

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 flicking through magazines. There are two further bedrooms on the first floor of the house, one four-poster king with en suite bathroom and one twin with en suite shower. On the ground floor, with tall vaulted ceilings and large French doors leading out onto the garden, is the final bedroom, complete with an oak four-poster king-size bed and an adjoining shower room, accessed by two steps.


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.

For Relaxation

With gentle interiors, sweeping mountainous vistas and a luxurious wood-fired al fresco hot tub, there really is no need to venture too far. Spend summer days lounging with ice-cold, mint-infused drinks on the lawn, read by the wood burner in the living room, or gather together around the al fresco kitchen, barbecue filling the air, as the day loses its heat and darkens to twinkling skies. If all those views of moody peaks and hills induce a bout of itchy feet, there is no better place in the United Kingdom to don the walking boots and head out on a day of adventure; the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains and River Wye are all just a short drive into the horizon.


There is parking available for five cars. The country-style kitchen features 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. 


  • SleepsUp to 8 guests
    From £1,695 per week, £1,275 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Alternative Group OptionsUp to 2 or Up to 4 guests
  • Your Home Stay IncludesLinen, towels and logs for the fireDigital Property GuideDiscover what else you can look forward to...
  • BedroomsDoubles: Three double bedrooms with king-size bedsTwins: One twin bedroom
  • BathroomsTwo en suite shower rooms, one en suite bathroom and a family shower room
  • FamilyChildren: Yes, children are very welcomeCots: One cot is providedHighchairs: One highchair is provided
  • BBQA gas BBQ and wood-fired pizza oven are provided
  • 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
  • Mod ConsSky TV, Blu-ray DVD player, Sonos, Netflix,Internet & Communications: Wi-Fi InternetMobile Signal: Check reception maps
  • Eco-friendlySpring water
  • Arrivals & DeparturesArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
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Style: Delightfully curated, balanced and set within wild meadows in the rolling hills above Hay on Wye, this tranquil home celebrates the natural world with sheer enthusiasm.

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Our Take

Property Owner Juliette says

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 ok.

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Out & About

Discover places to see and things to do whilst in and around , Herefordshire to truly enhance your stay come rain or shine!

Black Mountains This collection of old and beautiful red sandstone hills dominates the views from Alchemy Hill. Walk through the folklore and fiction of Wales as you experience first-hand why so many adore this uniquely scenic and secluded landscape. For the more adventurous, there are a whole host of outdoor activities which take place within the National Park including horse riding, rock climbing, zip-wires and much more.

Learn to paddle your own canoe Just a few miles from this hilltop retreat at Wye Valley Canoes, hire a boat and enjoy a leisurely paddle down this stretch of serenity on the River Wye. Drift to a pub and stop for lunch, take a picnic to snack on the banks, or moor up by one of the river's beaches to dip toes in meandering waters. Canoe for an hour, half day or whole day, but do not pass this opportunity by.

Head for the hills Being situated near the highest mountain range in southern Britain ensures there are no shortages of wonderful on-foot adventures to be had for walkers of all abilities. Head to Pen y Fan and Sugar Loaf for a real challenge, where the fresh mountain air will be sure to clear the head and offer spectacular views once you reach the summit. Pack up a summer picnic or warming flask of hot chocolate for a reward once you've reached the top!

Hone a skill With a wealth of skilled professionals habiting the hills surrounding and half-timbered homes within Hay on Wye, why not take a class and learn something new? Be it a foraging or gin botanical course in the woods of Alchemy Hill with author Adele Nozedar or artisan soap making with the award-winning Emma Heathcote-James, there's something for every budding interest or artist.



Hay on Wye is positively brimming with independent delis, butchers and of course, the famous Hay Market held every Thursday morning. Arm yourself with canvas tote bags and peruse the stalls for fresh, organic vegetables, artisan sourdough bread from Alex Gooch and sustainably caught fish from the visiting fishmonger.

In-House Cuisine

If you'd rather spend your luxury self-catering break indulging in the little luxuries, let an in-house chef prepare a mouth-watering meal for your party (on prior request and subject to an additional cost). 

Eating Out

After wandering the cobbles and boutiques of pretty Hay, settle into Richard Booth's Bookshop Cafe for a wedge of butterscotch and date cake amidst lyrical words and literary greats. For a casual riverside lunch The River Cafe at Glasbury-on-Wye serves up an ever-changing, seasonal menu. For a more formal affair, Michelin starred The Walnut Tree is an absolute must.

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Disclaimer: These particulars, whilst believed to be accurate, are set as a guideline so should not be relied upon as a statement of fact. The photographs show aspects of the property at the time they were taken and it should not be assumed that the property remains precisely as displayed. If there are points of particular importance that need clarifying before you book, please ask our team.

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