“Stylish countryside B&B offering interior-design flair, great rates and warm Antipodean hospitality”
Each of the rooms is different, with clean lines, fabulous feature walls and classy colour palettes. Interesting details like enormous wire-ball lampshades and rustic crate shelving add a quirky edge. There's a nod to Wales in the soft Welsh-wool blankets across the beds and the unique pieces by local artists that celebrate the surrounding landscape. Books are a feature given the proximity to Hay - whether by local authors or vintage editions or the latest literary sensations. Bathrooms have gleaming claw-foot tubs and drenching rain showers, and every room has a balcony overlooking the valley. Come morning, a breakfast hamper is delivered to your door: smoked salmon, freshly squeezed OJ, warm croissants. Peace and quiet, style and comfort make for an idyllic escape - and Kari promises the maurauding sheep were an untimely one-off.
- Excellent value
- Tasty breakfasts using a cornucopia of local produce, plus inventive cooked options served in the main farmhouse at the weekend
- Kayaking, biking and horse riding in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, and just 10 minutes from Hay-on-Wye, the town of books
- Romantic but also family-friendly, with kit to borrow and a relaxed vibe
- All rooms have a private terrace, looking out over the valley
- Half the joy of staying here is the rural bliss but it does mean no eateries within walking distance; you'll need to drive or cycle out for other meals
- This is a B&B so don't expect fancy extras like robes and slippers
- Books up way in advance for the Hay Literary Festival
- Check-out is at 10am
- Set just off the road but there's very minimal traffic - there was more noise from local sheep and pheasants during our stay
- Baby cots
- Stair gates
- Baby bath
- Baby monitor
- High chair
- Kids' crockery
- Small fridge (on request)
Some equipment may need to be requested in advance
- Books by local authors
- Toddler proof pooch to play with
- Sheep to meet
- Literary workshops for kids in the spring
- Picnic spot
- Petting zoo
- Ice-cream parlour
- Riverside pebble beach near Hay
- Pony trekking
- Pick-your-own-fruit farm
- Boutique B&B
- Breakfast only; restaurants a drive away
- All ages welcome
- Closed: 2 Dec 2019 - 28 Dec 2019...
- Spa Treatments
- Creche / Kids Club
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
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 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.
Bathrooms come with complimentary Farmers body wash and are decorated with faux botanicals. All the mezzanine rooms have claw-foot tubs in their bathrooms plus separate showers.
- Coffee / tea making
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
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 hipster-style smashed avo on seven-seeds toast.)
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.
- Coffee / tea making
- Communal dining
- Spend a day kayaking or canoeing down the River Wye, independently or with an instructor
- Rent a bike (they can be delivered to Westbrook) and explore the Wye Valley on 2 wheels
- Kari can arrange a foraging course of hedgerows/woods, gin tasting or a botanical perfume/aftershave workshop with a local expert
- Don your walking boots and head out with a map (both of which can be borrowed from the B&B). The area is teeming with stunning waterfalls, dramatic dells and gorges, and there are 5 different cross-country walks on your doorstep
- Spend a day perusing Hay-on-Wye's 2 dozen bookshops and enjoying the artisan shops and cafés
- Take part in an outdoor wild photography workshop with a local photographer
- Climb Hay Bluff for spectacular views, or try a hearty ascent of neighbouring Dorstone's Arthur's Stone
- Fishing, point to points, wild swimming and geocaching can all be done locally; Kari can advise
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Horse riding
- Mountain biking
- Museums / galleries
- Photography classes
- Plantlife / flora
- Private guided tours
- Shopping / markets
- Well being
Best Time to go
Our Top Tips
How The Light Gets In is a philosophy and music festival in Hay, which runs concurrently to the Literary Festival (May/June), featuring lively discussion and acts such as Ghostpoet and Zero 7.
Westbrook Court is a 10-minute drive from Hay-on-Wye town, near the England-Wales border.
Fly into Cardiff (1.5 hours' drive), Bristol (2 hours), Birmingham (2.5 hours) or London (3.5 hours). Once you land, we'd recommend hiring a car.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
More on getting to the UK and getting around.
- Cardiff 115.0 km CWL
- Bristol 125.0 km BRS
- Beach 30.0 km
- Shops 3.0 km
- Restaurant 3.0 km