The Peren

Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Self-catering


Spacious, stylish, contemporary with a dollop of green living - hit the bookshops in Hay, canoe the Wye. Great for families

Bed

3 beds

Bedroom

2 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 5

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Herons, kingfishers, badgers and weasels – just a few of the visitors to your glorious acre of wildflower meadow, the setting for the Peren, a 19th century restored barn.

Owners Simon and Andrew have great green credentials. They run an organic smallholding nearby and have done what they can to make the barn eco-friendly while keeping it up to date and chic, including a ground source heat pump to keep you warm, with a wood burning stove for back up.

There’s a part-canopied barbecue terrace overlooking the meadow for summer meals in the great outdoors. If you fancy spending a night under canvas you can pitch your tent in the meadow. Kids can really run wild here, and in the evenings everyone can enjoy a bit of rabbit spotting or raid the supply of books and games under the stairs.

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We think you'll love

  • Your acre of garden, chock full of wildlife and space for kids to blow off steam
  • The stylish practicality of the house
  • The welcome hamper of local produce waiting for you in the kitchen
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You should know

  • You can walk into Hay but the road is not a pleasant one
  • You’ll need to take the car for shopping or eating out at night
  • Committed townies probably won’t like it

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3.30pm
Check out
11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights at weekends and in high season. 4 nights on weekdays.
Closed
Never.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Dogs

A 'doggy bag' awaiting each canine guest with towels, toys, food bowls and some locally made treats.

Dogs £15 per dog. Max. 2.

One-acre secure garden with lots of space to run around and explore. Walks from the door down to the river Wye. Hay-on-Wye is a very dog-friendly town to visit.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £85
Weekly price
from £595
Surcharges
Short breaks from £295.
1 House for 5
From £853 beds2 bedrooms

Reviews

To walk through the door of the Peren is to be surrounded by a comfy sophistication and style that Simon and Andrew have created with much thought, care and love. Each time we return, the sense of calm and restorative relaxation that accompanies a visit is there from the very start and always leaves us feeling physically and emotionally recharged. The garden is teeming with wildlife, walks in the stunning Herefordshire countryside are within easy reach, and Hay remains a book lover's paradise. It all makes for a winning formula that we've enjoyed over many years with our two growing boys.

Liz, Peterborough

We can see why so many previous visitors to The Peren have been repeat visits . A real home from home, very peaceful , everything we could have needed and more. A great base to explore the area.

Alisdair and sheila, Cambridge

Our third visit! This year, courtesy of the Hay Festival, we have been to a war-torn hospital with Dr David Nott, walked to Lübeck with JS Bach and Horatio Clare...travelled Underland with Robert Macfarlane, as well as visiting locations as varied as Middle England, Greece, Moominvalley, Vietnam and Ambridge. Non-Festival highlights ... a walk on Hergest Ridge serenaded by skylarks, mooching in Hay, the obligatory Shepherds ice creams and meeting the local wildlife... a fox, a barn owl, a heron, a nonchalant badger ... . All this from the ever-welcoming, ever-beautiful “base camp” - The Peren

Claire, Bedford

Our fourth visit to The Peren and another reminder of why we love it here so much. We’ll keep coming back, Thanks so much

Sarah, doug, florence and hamish, London

We loved this place! A tasteful, stylish yet practical barn conversion which looks exactly as good as the website photos. Simon and Andrew were friendly and helpful yet unobtrusive. We enjoyed several sunny evenings with a glass of wine in the peaceful garden. Thank you the Peren, our batteries are recharged!

Anne, Aberdeen

Thanks to Andrew and Simon for another fabulous stay!! This was our second visit, and it was just as luxurious and relaxing as we remembered it to be. The barn is kitted out with everything you could possibly need, including wonderful Neal's Yard toiletries. There's a great supply of leaflets/maps and ideas for things to do, and Andrew/Simon provide a detailed list of local attractions/walks and fab restaurants. We can't wait to visit again!

Jessica, Tunbridge wells

This is such a gem, we wanted for nothing and were so cosy and comfortable in this home from home. Beautiful setting and fabulous attention to detail in every way from the overall design and furnishings to welcoming flowers and provisions. Lovely walks straight from the front door as well as beyond and the joys of Hay on Wye round the corner. We keep coming back and never want to leave!

Victoria, London

We have just returned from a truly wonderful stay at The Peren. Thank you for creating this beautiful space, it was perfect. We loved the stunning barn and the magical setting. It's a great spot for walking and visiting Hay On Wye and we would highly recommend!

Lexie, London

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Location

The neighbourhood

Despite the rural setting, you’re only two miles from book-loving Hay on Wye. If food is more your thing, there are good pubs and Michelin-starred restaurants tucked away in the hills and along the river Wye - your hosts can give you their top ten list. The Wye Valley & the Brecon Beacons National Park are a magnet for walkers, while thrill seekers can try horse riding, mountain biking, canoeing, foraging and gliding. Hereford is a 45-minute drive.

Local points of interest from Simon Forrester & Andrew Craven

  • Just 5 mins drive to Hay On Wye - the Internationally famous quirky town of books. Independent shops, cafes, pubs + a boutique cinema provide lots of mooching opportunities. And lets not forget our unique river beach at The Warren for a glorious picnic !
  • Walks for all ages and abilities in stunning scenery in the Wye Valley & the Brecon Beacons National Park. And for the more adventurous there is horse riding, mountain biking, canoeing, foraging courses and gliding. We send advance info so you can book.
  • Hay has long had a reputation for independent thinking & eccentricity. The book shops & the Hay Festival have led much of this but all year round there are events, courses and gatherings. And who knows, like us, you might decide to never leave.
  • Foodie heaven. Tucked away in the hills and along the river Wye are lots of good pubs and Michelin starred restaurants providing good food at affordable prices. None of them are super formal ... just good food and atmosphere. We will send you our top tips.
  • Hereford (45 minutes drive) is improving fast. Not only is it home of the oldest map in the world (the mappa mundi at the Hereford Cathedral) it is now gaining a foodie reputation with The Reading Rooms winning The Observer's Award 2017 Best Sunday Lunch.
  • The Peren has its own very private enclosed one acre garden with lots of peace and space to run around and wear out the young ones and Fido. We pride ourselves on our work to improve our wildlife. We now have Red Kites flying over & a family of weasels.

Introducing

Simon Forrester & Andrew Craven

Simon and Andrew are considerate hosts – friendly and helpful if needed, but otherwise unobtrusive, happy to leave you to enjoy the rural yet sophisticated idyll they have created. They’re full of useful hints and tips about local walks and activities and the local food scene. Self-confessed wildlife nerds, they love the idea of creating a green place which replenishes tired bodies and minds.