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The Bear
Bear Street
Hay on Wye
Powys HR3 5AN
Tel: + 44 (0)1497 821 302
From £70 to £90 per night per room
Child FriendlyWiFi

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The Bear

Hay On Wye, Wales

Hay in style

The Bear is a stylish addition to the eclectic ‘town of books’ Hay-on-Wye. With a contemporary finish and elegant style, this former 16th century coaching inn offers comfortable rooms, a sofa by the fire or a well positioned chair to unwind with whatever gem you’ve unearthed in a local bookshop.

"The Bear - a relaxing take on modern Welsh that mixes plain, mid-century oak furniture with Arts and Crafts-style bedsteads and bright Welsh blankets."  Condé Nast Traveller


The Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye is a great springboard from which to explore the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Offa’s Dyke National Trail, all that the River Wye has to offer (from fishing to canoing) and of course the Hay Literary Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival and the Abergavenny Food Festival.

The Bear is situated in a quiet street in the centre of town where you will find an array of high quality individual shops, an ice cream parlour, good coffee, endless books and the iconic Hay Castle, now set to become an exciting new heritage centre.

Hay-on-Wye is half an hour from Hereford train station (three hours from London) and is easily reached by car (with some stunning views along the way).

About The Owners

Disappointed by the scarcity of well designed holiday accommodation in Wales, David and Andrew abandoned city life in London to move back ‘home’ to open the kind of place that they would like to stay. David drew on his background in design to renovate much of the house himself, collaborating with local craftspeople and artists to create a simple but warm and welcoming space with its eclectic mix of furniture, art and crafts.

  • What We Like

  • Facilities

  • Your Reviews

  • The kind and warm welcome from hosts David and Andrew, who really make guests feel looked after, at ease and kick off the day with a hearty meal.
  • The artistic touches from collections of glass to well chosen prints, sculptures and individual furniture.
  • Being in the centre of this quiet town, it’s easy to wander out and browse the many second-hand bookshops that make Hay-on-Wye famous. Discover the fabulous cafe in the newly renovated Booths Bookshop or treat yourself at Shepherd’s Ice Cream Parlour.
  • Discovering the home-made treats to nibble on when you put your feet up on your bed at the end of a long day’s hiking, canoeing on the river or simply browsing shops in Hay.
  • Heading out for a glass of wine at Booths Bookshop Cinema, a few minutes’ walk away, sinking into the gorgeously comfortable leather seats – a popular new addition to life in the town!

  • The Bear has three elegant, comfortable bedrooms: an en-suite double, an en-suite twin room; and a double room with a smart private bathroom. A fourth single room is available for groups or families sharing the bathroom. Standards at The Bear are high and the immaculate rooms and style is refreshing and welcoming.
  • With cosy Welsh blankets, stylish prints and modern granite-surround baths, the rooms are a contemporary mix of Welsh, antique and retro furnishings. Each room has a multimedia television allowing iPod/mp3 player hook-up, hair dryer, and tea/coffee making facilities, including delicious home-made shortbread and biscuits.
  • Breakfast; a changing menu of homemade food, is served in the guest lounge with a log fire on colder mornings. During the colder months the comfy sofa by the fire is an ideal way to relax before or after your day.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available in the guest lounge.
  • A small walled courtyard garden provides outside seating for guests to enjoy an alfresco summer breakfast or a cup of tea when you come home at the end of the day.

October 2015 : Amanda

From start to finish our stay at The Bear was absolutely faultless. A stunning boutique hotel where the magazine-perfect interior wrapped us in a warm embrace. Fabulous host, great night's sleep, delicious breakfast. One of the very best we have stayed in, but am loathe to tell everyone, thinking I might prefer to keep this little gem a secret! Simply perfect!

May 2014: Angela Read

My partner & I spent two nights at the Bear & would suggest EVERYONE does! David and Andrew were wonderful warm & welcoming hosts. We are both veggie and the care and attention that went into the absolutely delicious breakfasts was worth the trip alone. As for the Bear itself, its straight out of the pages of Conde Nast Traveller or a Home and Garden design spread. It has the style & finish you would be lucky to find in a top flight hotel but with the authenticity and personal touches you will only ever find in a place that is run by people who love what they do. Two days of heaven. Thank you!

February 2015: AC Holland

We stayed in the bear for one night midweek as a birthday present for my wife's 50th. What a stunning house. David is brilliant and can't do enough for you. Breakfast was wonderful . Will be returning soon.



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