The Pavement Palace, Hay-On-Wye
Way back in March we took a little trip to the beautiful Welsh town of Hay-On-Wye. We were spending the weekend in an apartment that I was lucky enough to be writing and photographing for This is Your Kingdom and The Simple Things magazine. It's been recently published in the October edition of The Simple Things and it's always a thrill to see my work in print (there is a brief extract of the feature over on their website which you can see here). I thought I'd share a few additional images of the apartment we stayed in for the weekend as it's so special, a real cozy home from home and it definitely merits a post of its own.
Situated in the heart of Hay and reached by a secret passageway, The Pavement Palace is an apartment that dates back to the 16th Century and retains many of its original features. Located only a couple of minutes walk from all the bookshops, cafes and the castle, it's the ideal base to explore the town or adventure further into the Brecon Beacons. Sadly the weather wasn't kind while we stayed for the weekend and we never made it out of the town, but we found plenty to keep us occupied.
Located over two floors with the kitchen downstairs, the apartment is fully equipped with a washing machine, tumble drier and dishwasher, so it is perfect for both short and long stays. There is a small breakfast bar area to sit together and share a meal. The family bathroom is also on the lower floor, with antique mirror-lined walls and a huge bath and overhead shower. Downstairs there is no natural light source and I found it really difficult to photograph (I hate using flash). So sadly there are no images from the downstairs area to show here but both the bathroom and the kitchen are really nice with a modern rustic feel.
Upstairs, the living area is huge with oak beamed ceilings and windows that overlook the main street below. I loved the quirky details - the vintage ladder with cozy blankets, the large industrial style ladle leaning against the chimney breast, the Czechoslovakian cabinet filled with vintage apothecary bottles and the original artwork on every wall. Owner James has sourced all of these finds from the vintage and antiques fairs and shops in Hay-on-Wye. Although the living area is a large space it always felt warm and cozy. There is a great big sofa that easily accommodates four, a small table and chairs next to the window for some people watching and a tv and dvd player to indulge in a movie or two. After a day of exploring the town on a damp, chilly day, we lit the woodburner, gathered on the sofa and curled up with one of our book purchases.
Also upstairs is one large bedroom with oak beams, a super kingsize bed, an antique wardrobe, chest of drawers and an ensuite. I left the skylight blinds open as I loved drifting off to sleep gazing up at the stars. There is an enormous yet beautiful handmade wreath of dried flowers and seedheads hanging above the bed which adds interest to the room. For extra guests, there is also a sofa bed in the living room that can comfortably accommodate two children or one giant moody teenager. Our own giant moody teen found it very comfortable.
We really enjoyed our stay at The Pavement Palace and it was a pleasure to photograph and write about it for The Simple Things and This is Your Kingdom. If you are looking for a place to curl up and relax and enjoy everything that Hay has to offer, then it is a great apartment to be based in. I'm really looking forward to a return visit to Hay in the near future and hopefully we can make it when the festival is on in May as it's on my bucket list.