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The Start
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Reviewed 7 October 2012

Lovely Location. Delicious food (the best scrambled egg I ever tasted!), comfortable, spotlessly clean room,....Lovely, friendly hosts and extremely good value for money.Fairtrade/homemade food and drink... eggs from the 'girls' in the garden.. like another world. Good, safe, parking and a 'stone's throw' from the town centre, (5 mins walk), so no need to use the car for trips into Hay.
We cannot thank Dawn & Steve enough for the 2 days we spent with them this week. Exactly what we needed to have a relaxing break. We will most definitely return and hopefully bring our friends before too long!

Room Tip: I would imagine any room in this lovely house would be quiet and spacious. We were in 'St Mary's Street' and would certainly recommend.
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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dawn&steve, Owner at The Start, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2012

Hi there,
Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to write us such a great review -and the eggs are great but all thanks to 'the girls' and the biggest problem we have is trying to find them all , truly free range!! Thanks again and see you next time,

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Reviewed 21 September 2012

Perfect location for our anniversary getaway from Texas to Wales. Dawn and Steve were the most gracious hosts of all the B&B's we experienced during our trip. Steve even loaned us their wind jackets and sat with me to map out our tandem cycling excursion through Herefordshire. Service was above and beyond and I don't think "stress" is in their vocaulary! We hope to be back soon!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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dawn&steve, Owner at The Start, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2012

Hi there,
What a lovely surprise to see that you had taken the time and effort to write us such a great review, thank you. We absolutely love it when guests enjoy their stay with us. Hope your journey home wasn't too bad and that your boys missed you -but not too much!! Thanks again and see ou next time.

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Reviewed 18 September 2012

Quite different than the other places we stayed - in a good way. Dawn was friendly and accommodating. Our room was well furnished, clean and quiet. Lovely view overlooking the Wye and Dawn’s garden in the back. We rather enjoyed watching the ducks and chickens do their thing. Wonderful home-cooked breakfasts. Hay-on-Wye is just across the river with lots of shops and good restaurants. Wouldn’t think of any other place to stay if we get back.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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dawn&steve, Owner at The Start, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2012

Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to write such a lovely review. Our business depends quite a lot on word of mouth recommendations and your views make such a difference to others looking to stay, so thank you once again and see you next time you are in the area! Steve and Dawn.

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Reviewed 14 September 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, travelled as a couple
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dawn&steve, Owner at The Start, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 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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Reviewed 31 August 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, travelled as a couple
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dawn&steve, Owner at The Start, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 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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