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Certificate of Excellence
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeaders Bronze level
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!.
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Property amenities
Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Laundry Service
Non-Smoking Hotel
Room features
Non-Smoking Rooms
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Great View
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  • English
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The Start is across the bridge from downtown Hay, and as tired walkers we were a bit dismayed at that slight extra hike, but the Offa's Dyke Path started up (northbound; southbound ODP'ers will find The Start facing you as you emerge from the woods) the next morning right
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Response from GoPlaces802736, Owner at The Start
Responded 30 Oct 2018
Hi there, thank you for taking the time and effort to write us such a great review. I’m glad you enjoyed the oatie pots they are proving a hit. Thanks again and see you next time.
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As weary walkers doing a long walk to Hay-on Wye, this was a welcome place to stop. Our warm and welcoming hosts whisked our dirty boots away and gave them a brush down and set them by the fire- a nice touch! A cooked breakfast was the perfect way t start another long day on
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Response from GoPlaces802736, Owner at The Start
Responded 25 Oct 2018
Hello there and thank you for the great review! We love having walkers and cyclists come to stay because you are getting to enjoy our beautiful countryside. Thanks again and maybe see you again sometime
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Room had a good sized double and single! Really good space with nice on-suite. The also breakfast was amazing! Dawn and Steve were really great hosts, always accommodating and offered some really good local recommendations.
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Response from GoPlaces802736, Owner at The Start
Responded 25 Oct 2018
Hi there and thank you for the lovely review, we are very lucky to have some great places around us so why wouldn’t we share. Thanks again and see you next time.
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We stayed at the start for 3 nights as part of a short break/wedding anniversary. The location of the house is just perfect, 5min walk into town, very way to drive to/from so many different places. We visited places in south and mid-wales from our base at The Start. The house
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Response from dawn&steve, Owner at The Start
Responded 28 Aug 2018
Hello there Thank you so much for that amazing review - the best we’ve had !! We’re really pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and the lovespoons are just a little something we do for people celebrating an anniversary. You certainly filled each day of your stay and we look forward to seeing you back here again.
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The Start is located on the River Wye just across the bridge from the center of Hay-on-Wye. The town itself is known for its bookstores but also is lovely for exploring, the river, food, and The Start. From Welsh hot chocolate, lace on the top of my sheets, a view of the river
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Lovely yard and delicious chickens. Views over the river.
Sorry we do not have dogs!
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Sorry fully booked for Hay Festival. Good luck! Regards Liz.
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At the moment I have a double ensuite available or a twin room for the 31st of March and 1st of April Regards Liz.
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"For a small family, choose "Jack and Jill", a double + a twin with a connecting bathroom."
"All lovely rooms, named after streets in Hay."
"Views from the back of the house have got to be the nicest!"
"the room overlooking the river is lovely"
"For a family group there is a good choice of twin rooms with an adjoining bathroom, offerering some privacy"
US$113 - US$116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United KingdomWalesHay-on-Wye
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