Garden in bloom

Garden in bloom

It’s lovely to see the garden springing into bloom. For 18 months it was a building site with piles of rubble, junk, wood and stone on a sea of mud, so it is very cheering to see it busting with colour. Raspberry and blackberry bushes went in today, so we look forward to a bumper crop of fruit from them along with the apples, cherries, figs and blueberries, and there’s a spot in the corner for a small plum tree. Fruit from the garden will be included in the breakfast basket!

We’re somewhere between a B&B and a self-catering cottage

We’re somewhere between a B&B and a self-catering cottage. A small cottage (previously a pottery and long before that, a carpentry workshop) with a private entrance and breakfast delivered in a basket. We advertise it as a B&B, but if you would like a self-catering option – perhaps for a longer stay – please ask. There is a fridge, toaster, kettle and coffee press in the room but we can add a microwave on request. We can also recommend Love Patisserie in Hay who make very tasty food to take away, and Hay Deli sell really yummy curries, so you can eat (heat!) well without much preparation. Hay market on Thursdays has a fantastic cheese stall, and Stuart the Greengrocer will sort you out with all the best fruit and veg. Freshly baked bread can be dropped off daily at 9am. For basic supplies there is a shop a couple of minutes walk away from the cottage.

For booking enquiries, please email Emma on doblemdesign@gmail.com or call 01497 822931.

Dusk in the valley

Dusk in the valley

Hay Festival may be over and the local returning to the rhythm of daily life, but there are still plenty of reasons to visit the area.

Any runners out there? Oliver will be happy to share his favourite routes up on The Begwyns, high above Clyro, with fabulous views, or lowland trails along the Wye Valley, where he snapped this shot on his iphone this evening.

Last words from the first guests

‘I will make sure everyone in publishing is fighting over this place for next year’s festival.’

Dan Lewis, Waterstones Literary Blogger

Meg and I had a lovely time at Pottery Cottage.  The breakfasts were delicious, and we so enjoyed having tea in bed and then breakfast in the lovely garden.   We were very lucky with the weather, and the events at the festival were all excellent.  So many thanks! We may come back to Hay next year – and would love to stay again.  And we may walk some of the Offa’s Dyke trail sometime – another excuse to visit.

John & Meg, London

‘Thank you for a LOVELY visit. Love all the poetry books, LOVELY garden etc.’

Margaret & Julian, London