The Pavement Palace was the perfect place for a few restful and restorative days after a hectic few months. It's so quiet there! Whilst being right in the centre of everything in Hay....literally a few steps away from all the lovely bookshops and cafes.
The wonderfully comfortable bed deserves a special mention, haven't slept so well in ages!
Many thanks James.
Booked by my sister as a birthday gift - we were so pleased. The owner, James, was great at communicating prior to our visit and during our stay checked on how we were coping with the snowy weather - much appreciated.
We loved the history of the apartment - the approach through the passageway, the beautiful Tudor sitting room. Each room is thoughtfully appointed with every convenience and decorated with taste and style. Importantly, we felt immediately comfortable - it was a real home from home. We loved being in such a central (yet peaceful) location.
Stating the obvious...a historical town like Hay was not built with cars in mind. The immediate town centre has some short stay parking bays and a small stay car park. After unloading, we moved our car to the main town car park, long stay, opposite the tourist information centre, £3.20 per day 8am - 6.00pm then free overnight. It's a short 5 minute walk away and was a better option for us (the riverside car park does not permit overnight parking).
In summary: a really wonderful apartment and unreservedly recommended.
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.