Small Family Business

It’s a Family thing

Hello from our small family glamping business on the Wales/Herefordshire border. 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 business, 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 family glamping business 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 trouble-makers).


Hard work pays off

The WALES START-UP AWARDS showcase the very best new businesses in Wales every year and in 2021, Hay on Wye glamping business By the Wye won the Tourism & Leisure Start-Up Award. We had an incredible evening celebrating at the 2021 Wales Start-Up Awards. We met inspiring business owners from all over Wales, ate delicious food, we sang, we danced and we won an award! What a night!

Dawn Farnworth (Owner) says ‘It’s an honour to win the award and to have our achievements over the last 18months celebrated.  It’s been an unprecedented and challenging time to launch a new tourism business.  Winning this prestigious award makes it feel as though our hard work and effort was worthwhile.’

The Woods

The Great Outdoors

Glamping Holiday Accommodation Hay on Wye Wales Herefordshire

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 glamping tents. Strategic tree work and maintenance is done to encourage native species to thrive. A large section of the wood is a designated site of special scientific interest (SSSI) and has been left untouched. This is because of its inhabitants including owls, bats, badgers, newts, dormice and the occasional otter.

Local Suppliers

Supporting Small Local Business

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.

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