Everything you need and nothing you don’t. The pavement palace is what you’re looking for in the little town of Hay. It is perfectly located literally feet from the center of town. Lovely pubs, beautiful books, artisan wares and local markets... they’re all right here.
The apartment is perfect for two, and could accommodate a family of three as well. It is tastefully decorated, with modern amenities and a warm, rustic charm. A wood-burning stove and central heat, you’re well prepared for the cold nights. A comfy, if firm, king-sized bed with a 1/2 bath ensuite, as well as a full bath downstairs, ensures that you have convenient and complete access. There’s a nice television in the lounge, but we never needed it. Too many books and cups of tea to entertain us. Parking is a slight challenge, but easily solved. By far, one of the best accommodations we’ve ever enjoyed. It is picture perfect.
Winter visitors should note that many restaurants (and some shops) are closed on Sundays and Mondays (some are only open Thurs-Sat), and most close by 5pm. But if you plan well, you’ll find a must-visit town without a lot of tourists. It’s like a fairytale.
Pavement Palace is a little gem tucked away down a little passageway in the centre of Hay-on-Wye. We stayed for 2 nights in December and fell totally in love with it. The owner, James, is a great host and very friendly and helpful.
The apartment is beautifully decorated and full of rustic charm. The huge sofa and woodburner are wonderful to come back to after spending hours in the many independent bookshops. We didn't want to leave.
For some good food, I recommend Tomatitos Tapas Bar, bus, friendly with delicious tapas.
This beautiful flat retains charming period features whilst being sympathetically refurbished and modern in the ways that count. It's right in the centre of Hay-on-Wye and couldn't be more convenient for browsing the local shops and restaurants - always with the option of popping back for a rest or a cuppa!
My wife and I stayed for two nights mid-week and would definitely come again.
This has to be the most central and stylish place to stay in Hay. Slap bang in the middle of town, and a 15 minute walk from the Hay Festival site, it could not have been better for our first visit to the festival. Everything was as listed and all worked as expected. And thanks again James for returning our belongings so promptly!
The Pavement Palace is the epitome of Hay on Wye! The Tudor upstairs area is amazing; we were ready to move in permanently. Everything was immaculate, the beds were comfortable, and we had a lovely view of the street, right in the center of town. James was great - pay attention to his directions for where to park!
We loved our stay in the heart of Hay on Wye. Upstairs was truly amazing. Wood fires made the evenings so very cosy and everything, from fluffy towels to posh toiletries and coffee from the local deli, was top quality. Kitchen well equipped but if you do eat out the Old Black Lion is highly recommended.
Storm Doris stopped us climbing to the top of Hay Bluff so we shall be back one day to conquer that hill and see the gorgeous Pavement Palace again .
This is a LOVELY place in the centre of town--it is a short walk to good restaurants, all the bookstores and antiques. It is very nicely fitted out, with charming furniture etc and has been recently renovated to a high standard. We are very much looking forward to using it again. Perhaps the only downside is that it does not have close parking, meaning that you need to unpack and park your car down the hill in a public carpark. Highly recommended and the owner is a terrific guy to boot!