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Reviewed 1 week ago

Thank you Liz for a wonderful stay at your bed & breakfast. It was refreshing to feel so welcomed and assisted in exploring the beautiful town of Hay. Liz's effort, warmth and hosting made us feel excited and invigorated ahead of our short visit. Breakfast was a highlight, with scrumptious homemade cordial alongside a homecooked breakfast (with a highlight being...

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dawn&steve, Manager at The Start, responded to this review

Thank you Josh and Carly it was a delight to look after you both and so pleased you went canoeing with Want to Canoe . I am sure you will be back then you can explore more of this beautiful area and of course stay at the Start!! I shall pass your comments on to the girls in the garden....

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed one night at The Start as part of our walking holiday on Offas Dyke. Liz is a brilliant host who could not have been more helpful - from drying out our walking boots for us to tending to our children's dietary requirements (one vegetarian, one wheat and dairy intolerant!!). Very comfortable and pleasant stay in a lovely setting...

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dawn&steve, Manager at The Start, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a great review I hope the rest of your walk was good and that you did not have to walk to far !! It was a pleasure to look after your family . Regards Liz.

York, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Liz was friendly from first contact. She was very informative and helpful throughout our short stay. Wonderful B&B, gorgeous riverside location and fantastic locally produced products at breakfast. Your marmalade was delicious Liz! The only problem was that we couldn't stay longer. Will definitely be back. Thank you so much Liz.

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dawn&steve, Manager at The Start, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a great review and I am glad the marmalade was a success.I am already looking forward to your return and for longer next time ! Take care kind regards Liz.

Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

I am writing this sat looking out of the bedroom window overlooking the garden and the river, there are also bird feeders hanging up so an abundance of birds come and go, also there are free range chickens that provide the eggs for the delicious breakfast you get along with homemade preserves and juice all of the breakfast is either...

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dawn&steve, Manager at The Start, responded to this review

Thank you so much both for a great review and I am so glad you enjoyed your stay. I hope you come again and are able to stay longer next time. Also I hope your daughter enjoys the print you got for her!! Regards Liz.

Suffolk
Reviewed 26 February 2017

This is the second stay for us and I can recommend both the Hostess (Liz) and the comfort of The Start highly. We had everything we could possibly need and the breakfast is delicious. The location is spot on for visiting Hay, you can just park up and walk!

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dawn&steve, Manager at The Start, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review I am already looking forward to your third visit sometime in the future when the weather is better.RegardsLiz.

Leeds, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Welcoming B & B, well situated on the edge of Hay-on-Wye just a few minutes walk from pubs and restaurants and the town centre famous for its bookshops. Room comfortable and warm (it was very cold outside when we stayed) and there is a Residents' lounge available with a larger TV and comfortable sofa and chairs. Breakfast is excellent, made...

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dawn&steve, Manager at The Start, responded to this review

Thank you for taking your time to write such a good review I am so glad you enjoyed your stay and I hope to see you again Regards Liz.

Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Big thank you to Liz for a wonderful one night stay at The Start. Comfortable, large room with en-suite shower room and tea and coffee making facilities. Extra touches like toiletries, biscotti and chocolates although we didn't help ourselves to those!! The room had a river view and up into town & the Brecon Beacons...stunning! Breakfast was an assortment of...

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dawn&steve, Manager at The Start, responded to this review

Thank you for a great review glad you appreciated the variety of breakfast you get at the Start. I forgot to tell you about the hot tap which turns on the opposite way sorry. I hope to meet you both again under happier circumstances . Regards Liz.

Kidderminster
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Liz was an excellent host and very helpful. Our room was lovely and a superb breakfast the following morning with eggs from the chickens in the garden (wonderful taste). Great location by the bridge overlooking the river, very short walk into town. There were no faults and would highly recommend to others. Also recommend the Boars Head for Brie &...

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dawn&steve, Manager at The Start, responded to this review

Thank you for first review of 2017 what a good start ! Just to say it was the Blue Boar not the Boars Head for the Brie and Bacon bap ! Hope to see you both again Regards Liz.

Bromsgrove, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 November 2016

Liz is an amazing host, so welcoming and knowledgable. Ideally positioned for Hay on Wye as it is just a short walk away. Lovely warm accomodation, wood burner so welcoming. Room was clean and comfortable, we particularly liked the orange salted chocolate and the shower gel dispenser in the bathroom. Our breakfast this morning was great. We particularly liked the...

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dawn&steve, Manager at The Start, responded to this review

What a great review I am so glad you itemised all the things we have on offer to our guests and that you enjoyed them! Thank you very much. Liz.

Boulder, Colorado
Reviewed 5 November 2016

Charming old stone place with hobbit size doors just across the river and a 5 minute walk from Hay on Wye. Peaceful and cozy, with a crackling fire in the breakfast room. Liz is a warm, helpful host who grew up in Hay and knows everyone and everything in town. She steered us well on dinner options. The breakfast was...

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dawn&steve, Manager at The Start, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to do such a great review .I am glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you will find the time to come again and stay longer! Kind Regards Liz at the Start.

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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Come and relax in our 18th Century family home. Unwind in a comfortable, friendly location on the banks of the River Wye, 300 yards from the centre of town. Large garden in rural surroundings with river access. All rooms have river views and our home retains many of its original features. Cyclists and walkers very welcome, and we can provide cycle lock-up, drying facilities and free flask filiing!. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Start

Address: Riverside, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5RS, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Powys > Hay-on-Wye
Price Range: $125 - $134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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