Brook Street, Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire


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  • Bedrooms: 1
A charming detached period property with original features. Full residential planning consent. In the heart of Hay-on-Wye. With further potential.


The Ice House gives an opportunity to acquire a unique residential period property. Located on a quiet, friendly street in the centre of Hay-on-Wye, close to the shops and amenities and a two minute walk from the river and Offa's Dyke path, the property provides interesting features including an original ice chamber and vaulted ceiling to the living space.

The property has previously had commercial use with a sales area on the ground floor and in the cellar passage and residential living space on the first floor with bedroom area. The property now benefits from a full C3 consent as per Brecon Beacons National Parks planning application reference 19/17871/FUL.

The Ice House forms an important historical part of Hay-on-Wye's town heritage. It is reputed that the Ice Chamber was used to store ice during the winter months and then distributed to the important houses of the town for the cooling of milk and butter in the summer months. In the 1950's the property was owned by a fishmonger who used the chamber to salt and smoke the fish prior to sale, but in more recent years the building has been associated with the sale of books having the benefit of living space on the upper floors.

The lovely external architecture is complimented by several internal features which include a heavily timbered vaulted ceiling to the living space, exposed beams throughout and the exposed brick ice chamber found below road level. Modern comforts include a modern fitted kitchen and bathroom and a gas fired central heating system.


Hay on Wye is a traditional bustling borders market town set in the foothills of the Black Mountains and on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The town is known the world over for its many second-hand book shops and the Literary Festival held in May each year.


The property is entered through the front door into an open plan room with windows on 3 elevations, 2 radiators and exposed beams.

Steps lead down to the cellar passage with exposed brickwork giving access to the Ice Chamber which can be seen through a small hatch style window.

A staircase to the rear of the ground floor leads up to the first floor living area which features an open vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, 2 radiators and windows on 3 elevations (one having original style mullions).

The kitchen is fitted with floor and wall units, a single bowl sink and a built-in cooker. A small dressing area houses a range of useful storage cupboards and the gas fired boiler and provides access to the bathroom with panel bath and electric shower, w.c, vanity sink, cupboard and radiator.

Stairs lead up from the living space to the mezzanine bedroom area which nestles into the roof eaves part of which has limited headroom. Alongside is a useful storage area.


The property adjoins the only public green space in the centre of town.


We are advised that the property is connected to mains water supply, mains electricity and mains drainage. The property has gas-fired central heating.

Please note the services or service installations have not been tested.


Freehold with vacant possession upon completion.

Rateable Value

This property has a rateable value of £2850 (to be reassessed when residential use is implemented).


Walking from the Hay office turn left uphill and take the next left to meet Lion Street. Turn right and the next left into Brook Street where the property will be found on the left, as indicated by a For Sale board.

Viewing and Contact Information

All viewings must be arranged through the selling agents Sunderlands.

Contact tel: 01497 822522

Office opening hours:

Mon-Fri 9.00-5.00pm

Sat 9am-12pm

Out of hours contact:

Harry Aldrich-Blake 07717 410757

None of these statements contained in these particulars are to be relied upon as statements or representations of fact. These particulars are not an offer or contract or part of one. Floor plans are provided for guidance as to the layout of the property only. Room sizes and measurements are approximate only. Please note we have not tested the equipment, appliances and services in the property and interested parties are advised to commission appropriate investigation before formulating their offer.

Sunderlands are a member of the Ombudsman for Estate Agents Scheme and therefore adhere to their Code of Practise. A copy of the Code of Practise is available on request.

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