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!
Thank you to book dealer, Marijana Dworski, for these old snaps of Pottery Cottage in the 1950s. In those days it was still two cottages, and known as 1 & 2 The Village. Marijana’s parents bought the smaller cottage (now the B&B) in 1956 and the same year her father, Adam Dworski, opened the Wye Pottery. The District Nurse lived in the larger cottage, and the Dworski’s bought it from her some time later. They had a bath in the kitchen and a privvy in the garden. Marijana and her brother would jump over the fence to school next door. Now that has been converted into a residential property, The Old Schoolhouse, and Clyro School is across the road, behind the Baskerville Hall Estate (which Pottery Cottage was once part of).
“The Pottery Cottage was everything we could have wished for during our bank holiday road trip. The room was very good value and was one of the most stylish B&Bs we’ve ever stayed in. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom was super luxurious, kitted out with chunky dressing gowns and quality bubble bath & shower gel. Emma’s Breakfast Basket in the morning was delicious and well thought through – there was no pressure to be ready for breakfast at a fixed time, all the fresh fruit and bread was ready and waiting for us in the room. Emma and Oliver were excellent hosts, giving us great tip-offs on local places to eat and hikes to go on. We shall certainly be recommending this B&B to our friends and family.”
James & Georgia, Bath
Found outside Pottery Cottage – a HUGE Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar. I hope we rediscover it as a beautiful moth!
Thanks to our mini wild flower meadow we have loads of butterflies and bees in the garden. Lots of fresh fruit and veg too. Hard to believe it was a building site just over a year ago!
We seem to be popular with wedding guests, and this weekend we had delightful Fran and Duncan staying with us for just one night so they could go to a friend’s wedding at Pond Cottage on the Hardwicke Road near Hay. Lovely guests, hope they come back for longer!
We had an excellent stay at Pottery Cottage, we feel so lucky to have found such a perfect B&B. Emma was absolutely lovely from my initial email enquiry to us checking out. The room and en suite were incredibly cosy. The bed was so comfortable (probably the best night sleep we’ve had in ages) and the bath and shower were amazing too! And breakfast was delicious as well as healthy. My only complaint was that we weren’t staying for longer. Will definitely be going back to Pottery Cottage when we’re next in the area. Thanks so much Emma!
‘Emma was a brilliant host attentive yet unobtrusive. The cottage is beautiful as is the garden. The room and bathroom are large and decorated in a cool rustic boutique style. Location is great too we enjoy being on a cycle route to the Begwyns with easy access into town. 10/10 🙂 Oh dont forget breakfast a lovely basket of healthy treats!’
Gemma & Farn, London
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01497 822931.