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“Feels like Going Home” 5 of 5 stars
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Seven Stars B&B
11 Broad Street, Hay-on-Wye OX1 3AP, Wales   |  
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Ranked #14 of 34 Hay-on-Wye B&B and Inns
Swansea, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Feels like Going Home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

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.

Room Tip: All the rooms I have occupied are fine. My favourite is the 'Pool Room' which is at the back...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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109 reviews 109 reviews
36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Still true to its roots as a 17th century border town inn; it offers 'olde worlde' charm and 'new world' wifi access and swimming pool. We thoroughly enjoyed our one day stay. Easy to find, right in the heart of the village, good parking, very pleasant greeting, nice big, light room and bathroom, modern flat screen telly, decent breakfast served cheerily by the owner. Reasonable price - can't do better than that!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Another wonderful stay at Seven Stars. Can't praise friendly staff, great varied and plentiful breakfasts, fun pool and sauna and general ambience enough. Location in centre of Hay, a beautiful little town, ideal. It's like coming back home every year- already booked for 2014.

Room Tip: Back rooms very quiet and peaceful.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Back home again from our wonderful annual week spent in the beautiful Ancient Market Town of Hay on Wye. Complete with fairy tale Castle and nestling in the Wye Valley surrounded by the lush green hills of Powys County with the flowing river running through.
We visit there each year for the Literary Festival and have stayed for the last ten years at the literally " Star Turn" of guest houses The Seven Stars.
Our Hostess and Owner of the said Seven Stars the delightful Diana on our arrival greeted us as ever with the genuine warmest of welcomes and we immediately settled in to the comforts that only a first rate place provides. That's everything one could wish for in accommodation when travelling.
I would like to list for you should you ever wish to stay in Hay and we recommend you do!
So here are our seven " SPARKLING " stars for your interest .
Star 1- The Seven Stars is Architecturally a beautiful building of antiquity and great charm. The beamed rooms furnished in good taste and appropriately so.
Star2 - Situated in the centre of town and adjacent to the interesting feature "The Clock Tower".
It has a car park to the rear of the building a major convenience for car owners and there is also a good bus transport system operating for the town.
Star - 3 The bedrooms in the guest house are attractive and spotlessly clean and en suite bathroom with tea/coffee making facilities plus freebies morish biscuits/chocolates.
Star - 4 Incredibly at the back of the Seven Stars building is a courtyard and an extension which is actually a superb indoor swimming pool - stunning.
Star - 5 Apart from its central position from the bedroom windows guests can also view the beautiful green hills of the surrounding countryside and yet so near all the shops, restaurants, pubs, etc.
Star - 6 I cannot praise too highly the food served. The Glorious Breakfast. From the traditional full English breakfast repertoire containing eggs, bacon, local sausages, tomato, mushrooms sauté potatoes, baked beans and amazing black pudding. This apart the fishy dishes are superb. Locally smoked kipper, smoked haddock with poached eggs, or smoked salmon and scrambled eggs all superbly cooked and presented. But also freshly made toast freshly brewed tea/coffee and not forgetting the help yourself banquet table with cereals, fruit juice and a magnificent big bowl of exotic fruits - delicious. The Chef de Cuisine is the smiling lovely Liz!!
Star - 7 Lastly of these awarded stars. The owner and staff are to be praised above all for they combine true excellence in the standard of service with absolute genuine warmth and care towards the guests. A truly lovely place to visit we recommend it to you - ENJOY We love it
from devotees

PS Nearly for got to tell you ! The Castle is being transformed by the HAY CASTLE TRUST together with National Trust for Wales into an Arts/Educational Centre. Lots of interesting courses to revel in. This will be all year round - so we shall be visiting in all seasons in the future(God Willing) and staying with Diana of the Seven Stars we hope if room available ?
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Don't all rush - we were there first !!

Regards
Anne and Alan

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for one night and it ticked all boxes. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was great and helped towards fuelling my cycle for the day! I didn't have time to use the pool so can't comment on that.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Carmarthen, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Stayed at the 7 Stars 28 Feb 2013 as part of our son Jack's birthday celebrations, it was fab! Di so welcoming and went out of her way for us, very child friendly and made our 9 year old son and 7 year old daughter feel at home. The warm, clean pool was a highlight. We're returning July 2013, part of Katie's birthday plans, can't wait! Many thanks Di and team.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sheffield uk
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31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Hay on Wye is a charming town, and when we arrived at the end of a long day travelling through the beautiful Brecon Beacons, we were pleased to see that the B&B was close to the centre of the town, and ideally placed for visiting.

The access to the large car park at the back of the building is extremely tight, but straightforward enough to negotiate. Di (the proprietor) welcomed us in and showed us up the old oak staircase to room 6 at the top. She explained how to use the exit doors etc and left us to settle in.

The room - and indeed the whole place - is very traditional in style - beamed ceilings, traditional carpets, creaking joints etc. However, immediate first impressions - room hadn't been hoovered (lots of bits on the floor), the foot-coverlet-thing that people drape over the bottom of the bed had visible splodge stains on it, and the carpet in the ensuite bathroom was clearly not somewhere you'd want to put bare feet.

Having said that, the room was otherwise clean and tidy, the sheets looked fine, and the windows on both sides had bright open views. The wifi password was on a notice, so connecting was easy, and there was plenty of room to move around. (there were actually 2 single beds in the room too).

We went out to explore the town, and later ate at Tomatitos tapas bar, (which was lovely - see separate review).

Overnight, the curtains were so thin that they kept no light out, so we woke at 6am with the sunshine. The duvet was meagre, and we found it not really wide enough to cover us both comfortably - and we're not fatties. The chiming village clock in the distance was loud enough to be heard every 15 minutes, and in the morning, the persistently creaky radiator in the ensuite was loud enough to prevent much dozing either !

At breakfast, the tables are arranged a bit higgledy-piggledy, though the other residents (on a golfing holiday) were friendly. Full English breakfast was pleasant, though the Mushrooms tasted 'funny' and I left them. No morning newspapers on view at all was a disappointment, even though I realise this is a B&B not a hotel.

Di was running around taking orders and serving - and getting her son off to school - so it all felt very 'homey' which was quite nice. However, there are a lot of B&B's in Hay, and whilst this one has a central location, good parking AND a lovely swimming pool (that we saw but didn't use) I think it just needs a tiny bit of uplifting to make it feel better.

Di commented how she didn't really like Tripadvisor, which is fair enough if you get vindictive comments that are hard to answer. Seven Stars has the potential to be a great B&B, but it's not there yet. I hope this review will be taken positively.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 11 Broad Street, Hay-on-Wye OX1 3AP, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Powys > Hay-on-Wye
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Hay-on-Wye
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
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