My wife and I have been visiting Hay for many years to attend the literature festival. For the last seven years or so we have stayed in the Seven Stars. It works like this. Each time we leave we are careful to book for the next festival, especially now that Hay has one both summer and winter. There is a very good reason for doing this which is that we enjoy staying with Di as much as attending the festivals.
The 17th century inn oozes character and the welcome couldn't be warmer. The rooms we have stayed in are all clean, comfortable with all the facilities one would expect. The food with the lovely Liz producing the best breakfasts from the best local produce are outstandingly good. It is not simply the quality of produce and cooking that impresses but the sheer range of choice. In the summer we stay for three days and the only problem I have is the choice. There is so much more here than simply the standard cooked breakfast. In any case the breakfast is anything but standard. It is top of the range. The kippers from the Black Mountain Smokery are like something from a bygone age when breakfast really mattered. It will certainly set you up for a full day's festival going. There is also the haddock should you wish a different type of fish. Top it off with a poached egg and you will be in breakfast heaven. Added to all of this is a full range of cereals and a stunning fruit compote.
If you need exercise after the heartiest of repasts everything is there on the doorstep. The inn could not be better situated. Walk one way and you are immediately in the the centre of one of the most charming towns in Wales, the other and you have the river and walks through some stunning countryside. Even before you leave the grounds you can exercise with a swim in the heated indoor pool that comes as a pleasant surprise in the grounds of a 17th century inn. The most compelling aspect of the Seven Stars is that what it offers is a wonderful place to stay regardless of whether a festival is on or not. Truly an inn for all seasons.
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