Under the Tump

This week we received an advance copy of Under the Tump: Sketches of Real Life on the Welsh Borders by Oliver Balch. The book features Pottery Cottage on the front cover, on the pages of the book, and is even referenced in the title. ‘Tump’ (or ‘twmp’) is the name for a castle mound, and Pottery Cottage is built under the Clyro tump, where a 13th century castle once stood.

Under the Tump will be published by Faber & Faber on May 19, 2016, and it is available for pre-order now. We will copies for sale at Pottery Cottage B&B from May, and of course Oliver will be happy to sign copies for guests!


Under the Tump - cover

Artist in residence

We really enjoyed having an artist in residence at Pottery Cottage B&B for the last two weeks. Rebecca Spooner from Crickhowell transformed the room into a make-shift studio and spent two weeks paintings, reading, reflecting, and sketching in the surrounding area including Hay Castle and the River Wye down at The Warren. Rebecca described her stay as ‘such a magical time’, and seemed to enjoy having a quiet and private space with great natural light, and close enough to Hay for her to walk there each day. Artists and writers are very welcome at Pottery Cottage, we’d love to have more people using it as a bit of a retreat. Do contact us to ask about available slots in the diary (the summer is very full, but there are still plenty of gaps from September onwards). 




Pottery Cottage in The Guardian Travel pages

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A bed for Festoon

The Festoon moveable feast celebrates its first anniversary this month. To celebrate a year of fun and frolicks at Chanstone Farm and to welcome in a new season, they’re having a Winter Feast on the 22nd and 23rd of November.


We’re away that weekend, sadly, but I’m offering a special price on the B&B that weekend – £100 for two nights for just the room so you’d have to bring your own breakfast (there’s a fridge, toaster, cafetiere, Hay Deli blend coffee, teas, a couple of pints of milk, plates, bowls cutlery, glasses etc). Or you could head down the road to The River Cafe and have a full English or freshly baked croissants and coffee, overlooking the River Wye.


Places limited and booking up fast for Festoon, so if you would like to go, drop them a line asap! To take up the special offer at Pottery Cottage, drop me a line at doblemdesign@gmail.com or call me on 07879 373431.


Lots more info and photos on the website: http://festoonproductions.com/

Pottery Cottage Breakfast Basket

‘We spent a wonderful three nights at Pottery Cottage. The room was spacious yet cosy, and Emma, the owner, had decorated the space beautifully. Best of all was the breakfast hamper, which was like opening a up a Christmas stocking each morning! We will definitely be back to sample Emma’s kind hospitality, the bookshops in Hay, and the stunning scenery. Thank you again.’

Sarah, Halifax, West Yorkshire.

I tailor the breakfast basket to each guest and vary it from day to day, depending on what is available locally. We support the following local businesses and small producers:  Hay Deli, Castle Greengrocers, Jus Single Variety Apple Juices, Alex Gooch Artisan Baker, Kate the Bread, Rachel’s Organics, Neal’s Yard Creamery, and Calon Wen Organic Butter.


“Thanks for the use of your fabulous room – beautifully styled and the most delicious breakfast. We both loved the surprise of coming back to such a lovely spread last night (although resisted until this morning). We hope to be back in the not too distant future. Thank you again.”

Becky & Ben, Oxfordshire