“Stylish countryside B&B offering interior-design flair, great rates and warm Antipodean hospitality”
We stayed in Room 1 - a huge, airy, one-level space with minimal furniture. We loved the faux exposed-brickwork wallpaper behind the modern four-poster bed, and the pops of colour from turquoise velvet armchairs. The bathroom has a wood-clad walk-in rain shower but no tub.
The other 4 bedrooms are double-height mezzanine rooms, with a lounge and bathroom downstairs, and the bedroom tucked in the eaves. Each has a quirky individual style - perhaps petrol-blue walls and an orange bird-cage lampshade, or sage walls and a royal blue skinny floor lamp, plus contemporary images from the farm and traditional trunks as tables. Bijou dining terraces out front make the most of the views and, if it's fine, are a lovely spot for breakfast.
Room 5 was our favourite of these rooms - furthest from the road and the farmhouse, so the most private. We liked its book-print wallpaper and porthole-style window in the side with incredible views over the valley. All the mezzanine rooms have claw-foot tubs in their bathroom plus separate showers.
On weekdays (Mon-Fri), a luxury breakfast hamper is delivered to your door at a time of your choice. Inside, flaky croissants, homemade bread and jam, granola, smoked salmon, creamy Welsh yoghurt and fresh fruit. At the weekend (Sat and Sun), cooked breakfasts are on offer, served at a communal table in the farmhouse. We were sad to be staying midweek as they sound excellent! (Smoked salmon with creamy scrambled eggs; locally sourced sausages with oven-baked herby tomatoes and fresh sauteed mushrooms.)
For other meals, most guests drive into Hay, where there's a huge variety of cafés and restaurants. Kari has a detailed list to help you make a decision, and as phone reception at Westbrook is iffy, she's happy to make bookings for you. We loved Booths (a famous bookshop, with a San-Fran style café), and we've heard great things about Tomatitos Tapas in Hay. The Felin Fach near Powys is a superb gastro pub. If you'd prefer to stay in, Kari can whip up charcuterie and/or local cheeseboard with crackers, bread and grapes.
Children are very welcome and stay for free in a baby cot, or there is a small surcharge for an extra bed. Various bits of equipment can be borrowed (see below). Although there are no specific kiddy facilities, little ones will enjoy the sense of space, and the free-range chickens!
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Room 1 can fit 1 baby cot or 1 rollaway bed; this room is all on one level but doesn't have a bath. Rooms 3, 4 and 5 can fit 2 baby cots or 2 camp beds; note, these are split-level rooms. Room 2 (also split-level) can fit 2 baby cots or 2 camp beds, or has a sofabed which can sleep 1 adult.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Books and toys