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The Nightfly | Luxury Self-Catering | Hay-On-Wye, Herefordshire

The Nightfly

Michaelchurch Escley, Herefordshire, UK

Bordering the majestic Black Mountain range and deep within Herefordshire countryside lies The Nightfly, a romantic retreat infused with the history of the Brecon Beacons. Only a short drive from Hay-On-Wye, this lavishly themed bolthole is perfect for soloists and couples looking to walk the wild by day and sink into luxury come nightfall.


With roots dating back to the 1800s, this luxury self-catering barn bottles up the history of the Brecon Beacons. Captivating Spitfire artefacts pay homage to WWII, including an original Spitfire propeller encased in the handmade oak coffee table. Utterly intriguing, The Nightfly is the awaited escape for aviation aficionados, history lovers and walking enthusiasts wanting to explore the Herefordshire countryside and Black Mountains. Upon your return, sink into the full-grain leather sofa, feel the warmth of the wood burning stove and let the glowing hot embers warm you from head to toe.



While in theory The Nightfly makes a wonderful base for exploration, in reality its rustically romantic interiors create a deeply sumptuous bubble you will find hard to leave. Combining hugely aesthetic original features with ultra-comfortable furnishings, long mornings and early evenings will be the order of the day. Adding to the appeal, the decadent bedroom sits in the eaves, flaunting exposed oak beams overhead. Adjacent, a glamorous walk-through dressing area invites you to bathe in a slipper bath and statement rainfall shower, ideal for dragging out hours at home.


A long tree-lined driveway creates a special approach to The Nightfly, juxtaposing the open Herefordshire landscape and rugged Brecon Beacons in the distance. Those inspired by the barn’s unique Spitfire theme can navigate through the Black Mountains on a mission to find many iconic WWII sites of interest - something to write home about! Fire up the barbecue and spend summer afternoons reclining on the rattan garden furniture. Laze into the evening, breathe in the sweetly scented air and calm your mind as the sunset lingers on the horizon.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 2 guests
    From £1,095 per week, £895 per short break
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThere is one first floor double bedroom with king-size bed plus one first floor bathroom with large rainfall shower and slipper bath.
  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyThe Nightfly is an adults-only retreat.
  • PracticalitiesThe kitchen is a clever mix of vintage and contemporary, featuring an electric oven, fridge-freezer, dishwasher and Gaggia coffee machine, however, please note there is no washing machine or tumble dryer. The owners, who live on-site, are on hand should you need them during your stay. Please note, mobile signal can be patchy due to the rural location and this property does not accept supermarket deliveries.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper, selection of whisky, brandy and port, 50" Smart TV, DVD player, Bose sound system, iPad, WiFi internet, charcoal barbecue, fire pit, picnic blanket and basket, luxury linen and towels, logs and kindling to get you started.House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
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Michaelchurch Escley

This sleepy hamlet borders the Black Mountains near picturesque Hay-On-Wye: perfect for visiting literature lovers and walkers wanting to test their legs.

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Michaelchurch Escley

Getting there

  • On the Map This luxury self-catering barn sits near the Brecon Beacons in Michaelchuch Escley on the England-Wales border.
  • By Car Around three hours drive from London.
  • By Train Abergavenny train station is around half an hour's drive away, with regular routes to London via Cardiff.
  • By Air Cardiff and Bristol airports are both one and a half hour's away by car.

From the owner

“Watching the sunrise over the rolling hills with a coffee in the kitchen is the best way to start the day. It is truly relaxing here and the perfect place for guests to unwind in the Hereford countryside.”

From the owner

Once owned many years ago by Michealchurch Court in our local hamlet, The Nightfly used to be part of a large dairy farm for cattle and milking goats. Along with our two children, we bought and moved into the farm just over ten years ago, and it took us five years to complete!

The fifth and final property we have converted over the years, The Nightfly is very special to us. We wanted a themed home and sought our inspiration from the surrounding Black Mountains, where there are many documented Second World War plane crash sites. In homage to the young men who lost their lives, we incorporated the iconic Spitfire plane into our interiors.

Inside The Nightfly, all of the paint and wallpaper are the Spitfire colours. We have spitfire furniture and many beautiful prints signed by the pilots who flew them, each with a certificate of authenticity. 

There are over fifty books here about the Spitfire, many of which have been written about the nearby crash sites and detail the individual planes, what made them crash, the pilots and crew. There are mapped walks to these crash sites and there are still bits of plane littering the crash sites. It's fascinating.

The Watts Family

Owner recommendations

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

Hike the Brecon Beacons 
To Do

Hike the Brecon Beacons 

Disappear within the flora and fauna of the Brecon Beacons, embrace the fresh air and the mountain views of the great outdoors as you meander through the majestic mountains, including Pen-y-Fan - the highest point in southern Britain.

The Green Man at Fownhope
To Eat

The Green Man at Fownhope

A sophisticated restaurant that offers contemporary dining in the heart of Herefordshire. Serving a delicious seasonal and locally sourced menu, there is a choice of formal and informal dining options, as well as fireside drinks in the bar.

The Black Mountains
To See

The Black Mountains

This collection of old red sandstone hills dominates Wales´ famous Brecon Beacons; both in size and beauty. Walk through the spellbinding setting and experience first hand why so many adore this scenic and secluded landscape.

Wye Valley Canoes
To Do

Wye Valley Canoes

Wye Valley Canoes have a fleet of Canadian canoes, single kayaks and double kayaks for hire. You can explore the water ways and stop off for lunch before they come and collect you - saving you the paddle back if you´d rather not! 

Guest Testimonials

My partner and I had such a lovely week. We can not speak more highly of the owners, they are so friendly and made us feel very welcome. The Nightfly was spotless, the decor was fabulous and all the little extras were really appreciated. We would definitely stay here again. We didn´t want to leave!

We had a fantastic stay. The Nightfly was absolutely beautiful and the attention to detail was spot on. Our host made us feel very welcome. It was everything we thought it would be and more.

We have had a much needed relaxing long weekend here. It is so peaceful and quiet and we loved it. The little touches of luxury have made us feel very spoilt, we loved the Spitfire theme. For the future guest we recommend a meal at the Bridge. Thanks for a great holiday.

The Nightfly is amazing, so comfortable and cosy to be in. The decorations and furniture are beautiful, my husband is now slightly worried about the amount of DIY awaiting him when we get home. We have had a wonderful and relaxing stay, the scenery around here is stunning. We have had great food at the Bridge Inn and the Temple Bar at Ewyas Harold which serves a great Sunday lunch, but you need to be hungry. Thank you, we hope to be back.

This has been our first holiday since getting married, the barn is wonderful and we have been so well looked after. We can’t thank you enough for your support. We love the Spitfire theme.

We had an amazing long weekend in this beautiful property. It is the perfect place to relax with the person you love! Everything you could wish for has been carefully thought of and our hosts were very charming and accommodating. Thank you, we hope to come back.


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