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Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia 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 1 week ago

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 4 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.

Lincoln, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 October 2016

Stayed for 3 nights at this lovely B&B. The location of the cottage is stunning, the garden overlooks the river and the resident chickens and ducks are free to roam - wonderful! Liz is an excellent friendly host and the food was fresh, well cooked and delicious. Accommodation very clean and comfortable and just a few minutes walk into the...

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

Thank you for a great review it is so good when people appreciate what we have to offer and take the time to tell others too .I hope to meet you again regards Liz.

Wirral
Reviewed 15 October 2016

This establishment deserves every accolade it gets and that's a lot! Liz, who seems to run the place just about on her own, was amazing. Her welcome and attention to our needs was second to none. The quality and variety of the breakfasts matched anything you might expect in a luxury hotel but with the added bonus of much fresher...

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

Thank you for an outstanding review it makes it all worthwhile ! Glad to see you also enjoyed Kington on your Offa'sDyke walk I hope you have now recovered and glad the weather was on your side until the net time regards Liz.

Corvallis , Oregon
Reviewed 30 September 2016

Friendly welcome upon arrival from Liz. She was helpful suggested places to eat & visit in the village. She also took time to call several taxi companies and book one to take us to train in the morning. Attractive, quiet setting just across bridge into Hay on Wye. Clean, comfortable rooms. Hearty breakfast with vegetarian and homemade vegan options. Stored...

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

Hi John thank you for a great review ,so glad you enjoyed your stay .I hope your journey home was enjoyable and that you have good memories of your holiday .Maybe you will visit again regards Liz at the Start.

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Fabulous stay at The Start. Liz was a superb hostess. Stunning location and breakfast was gorgeous and cooked to perfection. Stayed 3 nights and will definitely be back. Walk into town is just a couple of minutes away over the bridge. Lots of lovely places to eat and drink.

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

Hi Clare thank you for taking the time to do a review I am glad you have as I now know you got home safely from your river trip look forward to meeting you both in the future.Regards Liz at the Start.

Aylesbury, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

We stayed for 3 nights over the Bank holiday weekend. Lovely warm welcome, accommodation clean and comfortable. Lovely views of the garden and the resident chickens. Liz was a great host, with nothing being too much trouble. Fantastic full Welsh breakfast each morning with excellent selection of fruit, juices, yogurts and cereals. Excellent location with a lovely 5 minute walk...

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

Hi Kate Thank you for your time to do a review I am so glad you enjoyed your stay and am also glad that you will return good to know I am doing my job well! Regards Liz at the Start.

Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Lizz is such a wonderful host she made us feel so welcome when we arrived. The rooms are amazing and the beds are comfy. We were all feeling a bit worse for wear after the wedding we attended but the stunning welsh breakfast was exactly what we needed. Cannot wait to return!

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

Thank you Cameron for your review I am glad you enjoyed your stay and the wedding. Also that you enjoyed your great breakfast and comfy bed good to hear that you intend to return which means that I am doing a good job regards Liz at the Start.

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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
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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: €80 - €86 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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The Start Hay-On-Wye, Wales
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