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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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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Thank Cameron W
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. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Situated in an idyllic position just over the river from Hay, this is a beautiful B&B with an exceptional level of service. You can relax with the chickens under the apple trees in the garden or walk down to the river's edge, and you're only a 5 minute walk across the bridge into Hay. Breakfast was delicious and the service... More 

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Thank Piney69
dawn&steve, Manager at The Start, responded to this review

Hi thank you for your honest review , it is an old house which has had to cope with modern showers etc but we try to keep it as efficient as possible without taking it away from all the other qualities of the house. I am glad to hear that you appreciate that it is a B&B and that you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a fantastic time at this B&B. Liz is extremely welcoming and her breakfast is delicious! I particularly love the homemade granola and the cooked breakfast is tasty and a very generous portion size. The room overlooking the garden was very comfortable and the tea, coffee, hot chocolate and chocolate treats were a delight. We had a lovely couple... More 

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

So glad you both enjoyed your stay and thank you for a great review. I hope to see you both again so that I can tell you all about my archery as my eldest daughter hopes to take me!!Regards Liz. More 

Banbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great stay here, very friendly welcome and so helpful with local information, saved us lots of time on our short visit to Hay on Wye. The breakfast was excellent, lots of choice and cooked to our preference. Just out of town so quieter but with all the convenience of being a very short walk to the town... More 

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

Hi Julie thank you for taking the time to write a review and such a good one too. It was a pleasure to look after you both and great to know that it was appreciated I hope to see you again regards Liz at the Start. More 

Sheffield
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a brilliant place to stay. We've recently returned from our second visit and will be back. Liz gave us a very warm welcome and did everything possible to make our stay comfortable. The breakfast is lovely - fresh fruit, dried fruit compote, a variety of cereals, some homemade, full cooked breakfast including fresh eggs from The Start's hens,... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely accommadation. Beautiful room over looking the River. Clean, well furnished and a nice shower. Breakfast was great. Homemade jam and fruit juice. Vegetatian and vegan options. Nothing to fault. Just perfect. Thank you.

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

Hi Paul thank you for your review I am glad you enjoyed your short stay and were able to appreciate the great views hope to see you again regards Liz at the Start. More 

Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed for 3 nights with 4 friends and received a truly warm welcome , both from Liz and the house itself was warm and friendly. Breakfast had something for all tastes, home mixed cereals, fresh fruits, dried fruits etc. Followed by whatever you wanted freshly cooked by Liz and eggs supplied by her hens. The garden went right down... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to give me a review it was a pleasure to look after you all and I hope to see you all again in the future regards Liz. More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

This B&B really is the ticket: Liz welcomed us in a warm kitchen with a magical AGA, after a very rainy walk that left us drenched through-and-through. She took all our wet walking gear and said not to worry and that it would be dry in the morning (which it was, of course, after a good night's drying in the... More 

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

Thank you for your great review it was a pleasure to look after you and I hope to see you again regards Liz at the Start. More 

Carmarthenshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

Liz does a very good job here as hostess. Situated just across the river in Hay, about 5 mins walk into town. A very nice house on the banks of the river (walks along there). Nice room and en-suite, and fine breakfast. Liz is very friendly and helpful. Recommended.

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

Sorry for late response ! Thank you Rob for your good review glad you enjoyed your stay.I hope to see you again regards Liz at the Start. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

I stayed in seven different hotels and B&Bs on a recent trip to Belgium and the UK, and while this place might not have been the most luxurious (in terms of furnishings and bathroom space), it was my favorite and genuinely felt like a home away from home. For one thing, the setting and grounds are absolutely beautiful and offer... More 

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

Thank you foe such a good review I am glad I was able to make your stay enjoyable I think it can be a little daunting when you are on your own travelling ! I do hope you will return in the future.I enjoyed the chocolate !!regards Liz at the Start. More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
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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
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Powys > Hay-on-Wye
Price Range: $92 - $99 (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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