It’s a Family thing

Who we are

We are a family of adventurers and between us have visited over 30 countries, with many more on the bucket list. Dawn and Steve (aka nanny and grampy) have run The Start B&B, successfully, in Hay on Wye for 19 years, taking 2 out to cycle & camp Europe. When the opportunity came to buy woodland adjacent to their property they jumped at the chance. It has always been a dream to build a treehouse and go live in the woods, while they are still searching for the perfect tree, they now have a glamping site to share the love of all things green.

Their son Dan is an arborist and in 2011 was lucky enough to meet his future wife Edith. They back-packed the world together before getting married in 2016, they now have two boys!! Tommy and Joe (aka the Rugrats)

The Great Outdoors

The Woods

By the Wye is situated in 4 acres of mixed ancient native woodland on the banks of the river in Hay on Wye. The wood has been sympathetically structured to allow for space for the luxury tents with strategic tree work and maintenance done to encourage native species to thrive. A section of the wood is a designated site of special scientific interest (SSSI) because of its inhabitants including owls, bats, badgers, newts, dormice and the occasional otter.

Where on Earth?

The Hide

Our reception is easily missed, being camouflaged to blend in with the woodland surroundings it earns its name ‘The Hide’. Check in, meet us and grab a coffee here. There is WIFI available for the all-important email and Facebook checking. We also have a pantry which stocks some of the essentials you may need during your stay. You can borrow bug hunting and pond dipping kits and books from here. The Hide is staffed between 9 and 5pm daily. See you soon!

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Keeping it local

Our Suppliers

We source as much as we can locally, our ingredients never travel far!

If you would like more information on any of our suppliers please don’t hesitate to ask.