The Swan at Hay
Relaunched in February of this year, the Swan at Hay has undergone a major refurbishment in order to improve its boutique offering.
Located in the centre of the beautiful market town of Hay-on-Wye, the Grade II listed Georgian building makes for a perfect place for a weekend break. The town lies on the Welsh side of the Wales and England border in the County of POWYS, Wales.
The town itself has almost 40 bookshops and has been officially recognised as the National Book Town of Wales. With events such as the Hay Festival which provides an eclectic mix of literature, comedy, music and current affairs over 10 days, the hotel is in the ideal location for a relaxing and fun break. Hay-on-Wye is also within the north-easternmost tip of the Brecon Beacons Nation Park, allowing for beautiful scenery and a variety of outdoor activities.
The former coaching inn opened with 19 bedrooms, a 30 cover restaurant and a 25 cover bar as well as a wedding and events hall. The refurbishment of the hotel transformed the interior with completely redesigned bedrooms and bathrooms in addition to external works that included a new roof. The hotel’s public areas have also been given a face lift in this project with the restaurant and separate bar area given a more modern design.
As an independent and privately owned hotel, the Swan at Hay had local partnerships in mind when it came to outfitting the new interior. Myddfai Trading Company provided the toiletries that are found within the bathrooms and is a social enterprise that works with challenged adults and offers environmentally friendly products made in Wales. The artwork that been used within the interior was bought from The Lion Street Gallery which promotes local artists. Pauline Patterson, based in Hay-on-Wye, provided all of the bespoke handmade crockery and the hotel’s coffee supplier Black Mountain Roast is also based in the town and offers small batch coffee.
The Swan at Hay has a range of rooms available for guests to choose from: Classic Double, Superior Double and Deluxe Double. The refurbished bedrooms have been equipped with a flat screen TV, tea and coffee facilities, and Myddfai toiletries.
The hotel is licensed to hold weddings and is able to cater for up to 120 guests. With the refurbishment completed, the hotel is an ideal venue able catering to various sizes of wedding parties, with further space available for evening guests. There are two rooms available for weddings: The Garden Room, which overlooks the hotel’s terrace and gardens, and The Heron Room, available for smaller numbers.
The menu at the newly refurbished Swan at Hay reflects a more modern approach than before. Head Chef Jerry Adam, who previously worked at Michelin-starred Ynyshir in Wales, finalised his menus but has kept classic seasonal Welsh dishes. With an AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence, guests are treated to delicious food that is made using local produce.
The Swan at Hay is also available for private dining with The Heron Room, The Garden Room and The Coach House perfect to hold a lunch or dinner for a special occasion.
Along with this refurbishment there will be a new herb garden that will be unveiled this spring.