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“Walking Offa's Dyke - Stayed 10 September 2012” 5 of 5 stars
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Riverside, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5RS, Wales   |  
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Ranked #3 of 28 Hay-on-Wye B&B and Inns
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“Walking Offa's Dyke - Stayed 10 September 2012”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

A real gem of a place, just over the bridge in Hay, right on Offa's Dyke path and a few minutes walk from the centre. Lovely cottage with really and helpful friendly owners. Comfortable room and separate residents lounge. A great breakfast with quality ingredients including eggs from their own birds. Definitely one we would stay at again.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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dawn&steve, Owner at The Start, responded to this review, September 21, 2012
Many thanks for your lovely review, it makes such a difference when we know guests really appreciate what we try to do and are willing to share their experiences with others. Hope you had a great walk and see you again sometime, and thank you - again, Dawn and Steve.
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    5 of 5 stars
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Greenville, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

Did not have a reservation, but took a chance anyway...drove up to the Start B&B, which is just accross the bridge from Hay-on-Wye village. Miraculously, they had a room left for us with a very small double bed, nice bathroom, and window overlooking their vegetable garden and a nest full of ducklings. The house is situated on the river and has a lovely flower garden in front. Steve and Dawn were very friendly and accomodating, and suggested the Blue Boar for a bite to eat (was very good!) that evening. In the morning, we awoke to the mother duck pushing the 16 ducklings out of their nest. This was great fun to watch! Dawn prepared a wonderful breakfast with fresh eggs and homemade bread and jams. After breakfast, we helped Dawn and Steve corrall the ducklings. Once we had soaked in the laid back atmosphere of this b&b, we wanted to stay one more night. Unfortunately for us, they were already booked up.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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dawn&steve, Owner at The Start, responded to this review, September 5, 2012
Hi there,
Thank you for taking the time and effort to write such a lovely review, you probably picked one of the best days to come and stay with us as the ducklings just hatched!! We have two clutches of little ones at the moment and possibly another on the way. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay in our home and were happy to share your experience with others, see you again next time you're passing!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Just got back from a 2 night stay at the start and we loved it. The breakfast was great the was a choice of chicken egg or duck egg which were fresh from the garden. I went with the duck egg and wasn't,t disappointed the yolk was the biggest I have ever seen. Loved the home made bread for the toast, a great breakfast with lots of choice. We experienced lava bread but it wasn't for us, nice to try tho. You can walk right down to the river edge and see all the little chicks running around it was great. All in all the location was perfect and the host were very welcoming and the house was stunning. I love the little touches like the home made marmalade and free garden seeds. Thanks for a great stay stacked and Jon

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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dawn&steve, Owner at The Start, responded to this review, September 5, 2012
Hello and thank you very much for taking the time to write us such a great review. It really does make a difference when we know our guests appreciate what we do and are prepared to share it with others. So thanks again and see you soon,
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

In August we returned to 'The Start' after a gap of 3 years to find Dawn still doing a great job! They have made a number of improvements to the property (paved the driveway, digital TVs, etc) and continue to offer all the good things we liked first time round. I can best repeat our views from before --
The Start is in a perfect setting just the other side of Hay bridge from the town and next to the river -- Dawn's chickens, geese, ducks, and kitchen garden make it a peaceful rural location and only 5 minutes stroll from the bookshops, pubs, and restaurants. There is plenty of parking space. Dawn and Steve are most welcoming, friendly and helpful. They were full of super recommendations for places to visit and dine. The twin room was a good size and comfortable. Wi-fi is provided. The bathroom is modern and beautifully presented with a large bath/shower. The shower worked very well. The room was serviced daily and cleanliness is excellent. Bed and bath linen is good quality.
Dawn's breakfast can't be faulted. There is a good selection of cereals, fruit, and juice and choice of hot breakfast including the 'full Welsh' with no holds barred! Service is most friendly and prompt. First class. There is also a comfortable guest lounge with a selection of maps and guide books.
We look forward to staying there again and we would certainly recommend The Start most highly.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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dawn&steve, Owner at The Start, responded to this review, August 25, 2012
Thank you so much for such a fantastic review, it really makes a difference when others can read about your experience. The fact that you took time out to write it all down means a great deal to us and we really appreciate it, thank you.
See you again, Steve and Dawn
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Halden, Norway
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

Fantastic location for Offa's Dyke. We were walking it north to south, so this is the first place you see arriving in Hay. Lovely and quiet and we had a view over the back of the house looking down onto the chickens and kitchen garden. Nice. Room was a good size, with even a small low chair perfect for checking feet for blisters and sorting them out! Ensuite was adequately sized and the shower had decent pressure and heat.

Very close to town so easy to walk out in the evening for a meal and a drink and we were given a good recommendation for where to get decently consistent food - also for vegetarians.

This was the first B&B for us since Prestatyn than actually did something extra for a veggie breakfast - rather than just leave out the meat which everyone else had done so far. Home made Glamorgen sausages. Top marks, yum yum.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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dawn&steve, Owner at The Start, responded to this review, August 8, 2012
Hello, thank you for taking the time out to write us such a glowing review and for mentioning the sausages!! Hope you had a great walk, see you again,
Dawn and steve
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Worcester, England
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32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

We chose The Start because of the wonderful reviews that we had read on TripAdvisor, and they were all correct. Dawn and Steve made us feel so welcome and the rooms were lovely. It is such a peaceful location - I tend to be a very light sleeper but nothing disturbed my sleep at The Start. We cannot recommend it too highly. Give it a try.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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dawn&steve, Owner at The Start, responded to this review, August 8, 2012
Hi there,
Thank you so much for writing us such a great review and giving us top marks, we really do appreciate it, hope to see you again soon,
Dawn
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Laveno-Mombello, Italy
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Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

We stayed at The Start one night and were extremely happy with the experience. It is situated close enough that you can walk into town and Dawn & Steve were very friendly and helpful! Room was very clean and had any amenities you could possibly need. Breakfast was wonderful! And it was all for a very affordable rate, I recommend this establishment for anyone visiting the area.

  • Stayed April 2012, 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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dawn&steve, Owner at The Start, responded to this review, June 13, 2012
Thank you for taking time out to write us such a lovely review, it's great to share experiences with others and we are really glad you had a lovely break, thanks again, dawn and Steve
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Address: Riverside, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5RS, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Powys > Hay-on-Wye
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Hay-on-Wye
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
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 
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