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The Swan at Hay Hotel

Krystina Rees
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Why We Love This Hotel

  • This Georgian hotel is a former coaching inn on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Hay-on-Wye
  • The hotel has two AA Rosettes and serves local and seasonal cuisine; even the crockery is from a local craft store
  • You can enjoy scenic walks, discover antique treasures and then head back to the hotel and cwtch up in a corner, with your nose in a good book


The Swan at Hay, part of the Interesting Hotels group, is in Hay-on-Wye, famous for its book shops, cafés, antiques and bric-a-brac shops. It is also home to the Hay Festival of Literature & Arts, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary.

The property, one of the oldest pubs in Hay, is a former coaching inn, built in 1812. Today it combines modern décor with olde-worlde features, having recently undergone a £2-million refurbishment.

The AA awards the hotel two Rosettes, praising the "innovative menu showcasing the talents of the chef and his team". There is a choice of dining options including the 1812 Restaurant, the Market Bar and the Garden Room.

Previous guests who have bedded down here include poet Seamus Heaney, Hollywood star Kathleen Turner and comedian Johnny Vegas.

Hay Castle, a medieval fortification and 17th-century mansion house, is less than five minutes' walk away. The River Wye, which runs through Hay-on-Wye, is great for canoeing and kayaking.

Offa's Dyke Path, Britain's longest ancient monument, is 10 minutes' walk away and follows the border between England and Wales. The route runs along the ridge of the Black Mountains, passes through Hay and continues towards Kington. There are lots of watering holes and tea rooms along the way.

Crickhowell, a picturesque town nestled in the Usk Valley, is approximately 30 minutes' drive away. Abergavenny, a market town in Monmouthshire, is 40 minutes' drive away. This food mecca has an annual autumn food festival as well as regular food and craft markets.

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  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: An extra child, aged 14 or under, is allowed in Deluxe rooms only. Extra beds and cots are available on request at an extra charge of £45 per night. This includes breakfast but other meals will be charged as taken. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel. See room descriptions and rate policies for information about room occupancy and prices. Please use the Special Request field on the checkout page to request an extra bed/cot and confirm the age of the child.

Pets: Dogs are allowed on request and will be charged at £15 per night. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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