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York, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 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.

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • 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: €81 - €87 (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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