We travelled as a group of friends meeting for a weekend away, so our admin was a bit more complicated than usual. Kilverts treated us well. Communications had been a little erratic beforehand, particularly over costs and the exact rooms booked, and we worried there might be problems or misunderstandings, but in the event the owners and all their staff were charming, friendly and welcoming, and they treated us very fairly indeed over the unfortunate last-minute cancellation of one of the five rooms we had booked, owing to illness. The car park is small and can be an adventure to get in and out of if you have a big car, but it's reserved for residents only which is a big bonus in Hay, where parking can be quite tricky otherwise. We enjoyed the breakfast, and also ate in the inn one night; the menu is not extensive but is decent pub food in generous portions. We thoroughly enjoyed sitting in the lovely sunny beer garden when the weather allowed. The inn's own website warns of possible noise from the lively bar in some of the rooms, and a couple of the group did notice a bit of this in their own rooms on one evening, but by and large it was a very peaceful stay and the standard of the accommodation was high. We ourselves occupied room 3, a large room at the back overlooking the garden, which had a seating area, a very nice bathroom with huge bath and separate shower, and a vast and extremely comfortable bed (there was some noise in the morning from the kitchen downstairs as breakfast was being prepared, but it was very quiet at night). The free mineral water in our rooms was a nice touch and the hospitality tray had plenty of tea and coffee rather than the usual meagre supply, plus hot chocolate and cookies. It was pleasant to be in rooms whose windows opened far enough to provide adequate ventilation. The place is a bit of a warren, like all old inns tend to be, and if you can't manage stairs then it's definitely not for you, but overall we enjoyed our stay very much.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Named after famous diarist The Reverend Kilvert, this 18th century inn is located in the centre of the town and boasts the largest garden in Hay. Internally the original building is heavily timbered with a superb original wooden floor to the bar area. Our bedrooms are decorated to a high standard complementing the age of the building and all feature en-suite facilities will contemporary bathrooms/shower-rooms. Residents and public are welcome in the comfortable bar, which specialises in local real ales, traditional ciders, craft beers and boutique wines. Our menu of savoury pies is famous around Powys, with all meals prepared from scratch in our kitchens using locally sourced ingredients. Children and dogs on leads welcome! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kilverts Hotel Hay-On-Wye
- Kilverts Inn Hay-On-Wye, Wales