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“Everything one could want from a B&B!”
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The Start
Ranked #2 of 29 Hay-on-Wye B&B and Inns
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“Everything one could want from a B&B!”
Reviewed 8 May 2012

We booked here based on the countless good reviews here on TA and we were overjoyed that we did!

The perfect location for visits to Hay-On-Wye, near enough to walk into town, but far enough outside to be among the rolling green hills of the surrounding area and views of the river Wye outside our bedroom window.

The room's were spotless, we slept like a dream, the breakfasts were magnificent (including the mystery marmalades! You have to stay to find out!)

Steve and Dawn make the place feel immediately homely and cosy. On our 2nd night we had planned to go out after dinner for drinks but decided to head back to the B&B as it was so comfortable to be there.

For our day of walking Steve gave us the lay of the land and the best places to head for some great pathways in the Black Mountains.

Overall, couldn't have been happier and would highly recommend The Start as the place to stay in the Hay area. We for sure, will be back!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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dawn&steve, Manager at The Start, responded to this review, 24 May 2012
Hi Dom,
Thanks for giving us such a great in depth review and full marks all round! Hope you got home safely and at some point we must get the name and address of that B&B in Ibiza off you,
See you next time, Dawn and Steve.
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Reviewed 6 May 2012

Super friendly, lovely room, great breakfast. Location right on the river, just over the bridge from the town.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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dawn&steve, Manager at The Start, responded to this review, 24 May 2012
Thank you so much for writing us a review and giving us all top marks!! It means a lot to us, we really do appreciate it,
Dawn and Steve
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Reviewed 15 April 2012

We stayed here for three nights over the Easter weekend 2012. The Start was exactly what we were looking for - a comfortable B&B with warm hospitality and generous home-cooked breakfasts!

The room was very clean and tastefully furnished with a comfortable bed and ensuite. The room was very quiet being situated on the river and set back from the road, and we slept well. The breakfasts were very good - large portions with home-cooked breads, jams and free-range eggs from the garden! There was also a very thoughtful touch of mini-eggs on Easter Sunday! Another bonus for us was the complimentary wi-fi.

Dawn and Steve were very friendly and gave us some great tips for activities in the local area and where to eat out. They clearly enjoy what they do and they are certainly are good at it!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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dawn&steve, Owner at The Start, responded to this review, 18 April 2012
hello there,
thankyou for taking the time out to write us such a glowing review, its great to share your experience with others!! and Easter wouldnt be the same without chocolate,
see you soon, Dawn and Steve
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

We have stayed here several times over the last few years, and Steve and Dawn have become as good as friends. When you keep coming back to the same place, it has to be special. The location is stunning, a renovated old house with views over the river and into town. The food is delicious, with just about everything home made..don't forget to try Steve's home made cider!! If you're staying in Hay, stay at the Start, the experience can not be recomended enough.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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dawn&steve, Owner at The Start, responded to this review, 18 April 2012
hi there,
thank you so much for writing us such a great review,it means a lot to us when we get customer feedback. Hope you got back safely and all is good with you, see you next time,
dawn and steve
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 April 2012

We had two nights in Hay-on-Wye and couldn't have chosen a better place to stay than The Start. The property is a very lovely old house which has been tastefully modernised to provide light, modern and cozy accommodation. It is situated on the outskirts of Hay in a peaceful area next to the river, with lovely views, and is only five minutes walk from the centre of the town. The room was warm and the beds very comfortable. Tea/coffee and biscuits were provided. The breakfast was excellent, with home made fruit juice and jam as well as eggs from their own hens - it was all very fresh and sourced from local produce. I particularly appreciated the gluten free breakfast that was provided for me. I would absolutely recommend this B and B. and hope to visit again soon.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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dawn&steve, Owner at The Start, responded to this review, 11 April 2012
Hi there,
Thank you so much for giving us such a great review, we really appreciate our guests taking the time and effort to do this for us - and it's a fab surprise when it happens,
See you next time, Dawn
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

This b&b is lovely, just looking over the river. The best thing is the owners. Dawn & Steve make any stay truly wonderful. The veggie sausages are the best I've ever had.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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dawn&steve, Owner at The Start, responded to this review, 31 March 2012
Thank you for your great review of our home - and for mentioning the sausages, i should have given you the recipe!! It means a lot to us when people take the time to post thier comments for others to see,
thanks again and see you next time, Dawn and Steve
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 26 March 2012

The location is wonderful, right on the river Wye. Just a short walk to the village. The home was beautiful as were the owners. They made my sister and I feel at home right away. I travel often, and I have to say that the breakfast I received was the best I have ever had! Everything was fresh and homemade, it was lovely sitting by the window, looking at the front garden path, and eating the best meal I have had in the UK. This B&B was exactly what I had hoped a B&B would be. I think Dawn and Steve have done a wonderful job making their guest feel welcome. Next time, a much longer stay! Oh, and I thank you for the wonderfully large bathroom and shower/tub...heaven after spending 2 1/2 weeks in the UK.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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dawn&steve, Owner at The Start, responded to this review, 31 March 2012
Hi there,
your in depth review of our home was greatly appreciated, it always good to hear that our guests have enjoyed their stay with us, and are happy to pass comments on to others. Thank you for your time and effort,, Steve and Dawn
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Property: The Start
Address: Riverside, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5RS, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Powys > Hay-on-Wye
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 29 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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