A warm, spacious en-suite room with private entrance in a 17th century cottage in the village of Clyro, 1 mile from the book town of Hay-on-Wye. The room has oak floors, original oak beams, high ceilings, a large bathroom with bath/shower, double doors leading onto a terrace and the South-facing garden. Large windows flood the room with natural light and green views surround. Centrally heated and packed with insulation, the room is warm and toasty.
A continental breakfast made from local produce is delivered in a basket.
It is an ideal spot for exploring Hay-on-Wye, the Black Mountains, the Wye Valley and the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Pottery Cottage was the home of the potter Adam Dworski and he established the Wye Pottery in the part of the cottage which is now the B&B. Originally the cottage was part of the Baskerville Hall (Clyro Court) Estate.
In November 2011 we bought the cottage and completely renovated it, and packed it with insulation and damp coursed it throughout and restored some of the original character features. After eight years living in the lively South American city of Buenos Aires, where our boys, Seth and Bo, were born, we’re now enjoying life in Wales, especially walking in the wild hills around Hay.
Oliver is a journalist, specialising in sustainable business. He is also the author of two books published by Faber & Faber, ‘Viva South America!’ and ‘India Rising’. He is currently working on a new book about the Welsh Marches (www.oliverbalch.com) due for publication in 2016. Oliver is also studying for a PhD in anthropology at the Centre for Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge.
Emma previously worked in publishing but in Argentina she worked for foreign clients renovating and styling properties. Emma develops and supports projects around the arts, culture and books and is working on a major new venture near Hay-on-Wye – watch this space!