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“A lovely honeymoon stay!” 5 of 5 stars
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Talyllyn, Tal-y-llyn, Snowdonia National Park LL36 9AJ, Wales   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Tal-y-llyn B&B and Inns
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“A lovely honeymoon stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

We stayed at The Old Rectory for one night as part of our honeymoon and had such a wonderful time! A warm, comfortable room and host who was so accommodating and helpful. Dinner was absolutely superb and we loved drinking bubbly under the stars in the hot tub - bliss! The location is stunning, We'd definitely recommend this as a fantastic place to stay and a good base for exploring the area. 10/10!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
We seem to be attracting more and more honeymooners - and may that continue!
It was great to meet you both and thanks for this very kind review. We agree that sipping chilled champers in the hot tub at night is so very romantic and we are pleased that you too enjoyed that experience. However no-one has yet to get the cork in the lake!
We wish you all the very best for the rest of your lives together.
Ricky - joint owner.
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West Kirby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

Our family stayed for two nights in October. The owners were very friendly and helpful, the rooms first class. The food as all the other reviews was delicious.
Our second night had clear skies, and with the light off the stars in the sky were fantastic.
To top off our excellent stay we even saw an otter in the lake early one morning.
We couldn't fault our stay. Thank you to Ricky and John.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this review, October 15, 2012
We are so very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and it was a pleasure to meet you all. Thanks for these kind comments and it was great that the otter made an early morning appearance. He is being a bit elusive of late but so far one Tripadvisor reviewer has managed to capture him on camera and hopefully they will be adding that image soon.
Our very best wishes to you all - Ricky, chef and joint owner.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

Whenever we come down the Talyllyn pass I just get so excited as I realise I am about to stay at one of my favourite places. The Old Rectory on the lake is almost second home to me and Dave and we have been many, many times and all are memorable. Our last visit was just as good as ever and this time we stayed in The Retreat although not on a self-catering basis as we had our delicious breakfasts and amazing dinners in the main house. As usual chef Ricky did not let us down cooking for us some perfect steaks and great chocolate puddings which Dave just loves. We are due back again at The Old Rectory on the lake at the start of November and I am already excited!
We cannot praise the people & B& B enough. First class all the way!!!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this review, October 15, 2012
Thanks as always for your very kind comments. Do you know that when you come to visit us again next month it will be your 25th time staying with us - we are so flattered that you keep returning! We will mark this event with some fireworks to light up the Talyllyn night skies. And as you will also be celebrating Dave's birthday Ricky will make sure his dark fondant surprise is certainly on the evening meal menu! See you both very soon.
Best wishes John and Ricky - joint owners of The Rectory on the lake.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

We stayed in this B & B for 2 nights recently, attracted initially by the photos on their website. We will return (soon I hope!), for the hospitality, quality of accomodation, and most especially for dinner, which was very reasonably priced for one of the best meals we have ever experienced. Unlike some B & Bs not only do they offer dinner, but provide a good choice for each of the starter, main course, and dessert. Their wines are excellent value too. The view from your bedroom window is simply stunning, and the surrounding area offers spectacular scenery and lots of places to go and see. John was always willing to suggest interesting trips and walks, whether you prefer something strenuous or a little more sedate. The icing on the cake for this visitor was the loan of a camera tripod, (having forgotten to pack my own!). If you are visiting this area this B & B is an absolute must.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this review, October 13, 2012
Greetings to you in Dublin from Talyllyn. Thanks so much for posting this review and we are so pleased that the photos on our website encouraged you to come and stay with us. We know we are so lucky to live in such a spectacular location and as you discovered it is a photographer's dream! Views from our home - up and across the lake - change all the time and as I write this whisps of cloud are slowly moving up the valley and relecting in the water - you would just love this shot!
Glad we could help out with the tripod and we look forward to meeting you both again.
Our kindest regards, John and Ricky - joint owners of The Old rectory on the lake.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

This is one not to be missed! We stayed for 1 glorious day/night and enjoyed every moment in a setting to die for. We stayed in the Mynydd Rugog room which enjoys a stunning view across the lake, a photo frame not to be forgotten! Unlike most B&B's, John & Ricki offer evening meals with a choice of starters, mains & dessert, the food is absolutely superb, Ricki certainly knows what he is doing in the kitchen! Jonn is a wonderful host, he goes out of his way to get to know you! The room was delightful, the bed & sheets comfortable with a nice big bathroom with the bath as it's centre piece. The scenery all around is breathtaking making for some beautiful photo opportunities! Don't miss this one, we will be back, all the way from Adelaide, Australia!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this review, October 12, 2012
G'day from southern Snowdonia to you both in southern Australia - a distance of well over 10,000 miles! It was great to meet you during your recent UK tour and we are very pleased that you enjoyed your one night's stay with us so much.Thanks for taking the time and effort to post this review from so far away together with a photograph of our home taken from across the lake. We hope you will manage to stay longer during your next visit to Wales.
John - joint owner.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Enjoying a stunning location overlooking Tal y Llyn this property has been tastefully modernised and extended and offers comfortable and spacious accommodation. John is a genial and attentive host and Ricky produces meals of excellent quality, imaginatively and attractively presented. The Old Rectory on the Lake thoroughly deserves its 5 star rating and the accolades which have been showered upon it. We can't wait to return!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this review, October 12, 2012
We think we should employ you as our brochure and website copywriter after this amazing testimony! Thanks so much for posting such kind comments about you recent stay with us and we look forward to meeting you both again in the future.
Our best wishes,
John and Ricky - joint owners of The Old Rectory on the lake
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

We stayed at The Old Rectory for 2 nights and loved our relaxing experience here. The B&B was very easy to find as you drive around Tal-y-llyn, you can see it across the lake which makes an ideal photo opportunity as well! The views from here are stunning and we were lucky to be in the Mynydd Rugog room which has uninterruped views across the lake. The weather was very mixed during our stay and we did spend quite a bit of time at the B&B but it didn't matter to us as we were able to see the lake and the hills from our room.

Our room was beautifully decorated and felt really cosy and comfortable. The en-suite was probably the largest en-suite we have ever had and also had lovely furnishings. There were also little touches in the room such as The Old Rectory chocolates which made our stay feel extra special. There was a great selection at breakfast - we had the full breakfast and eggs benedict with smoked salmon which were both excellent.

John and Ricky are very welcoming hosts and were extremely helpful in recommending things for us to do during our stay. It's great to stay with people who know the area well so you can make the most of your time here. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this lovely area of Snowdonia and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing and scenic break. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
What a kind review from such a well travelled and obviously discerning visitor. We really appreciate you taking the time to post such a considered account of your stay with us here at The Old Rectory on the lake. It was our pleasure to meet you both and we look forward to welcomming you again here in the future. We will try and sort out better weather for you next time!
Our very best wishes, John and Ricky, joint owners.
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Address: Talyllyn, Tal-y-llyn, Snowdonia National Park LL36 9AJ, Wales
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Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Tal-y-llyn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Tal-y-llyn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Old Rectory on the lake has been overlooking Tal-y-llyn, in south Snowdonia for over a hundred years. This imposing residence stands on the foothills of Cader Idris and offers five star luxurious bed and breakfast accommodation in a stunning setting. It is the ideal base for the discerning visitor to explore this particularly quiet and unspoilt scenic area of Wales. We are equidistant between the bustling market towns of Machynlleth and Dolgellau and the delightful coastal village of Aberdyfi.The Old Rectory on the lake has three double letting rooms - all ensuite - and all look out onto the lake. Our bathrooms upstairs were described as being 'outstanding contemporary ensuites' by the Visit Wales inspector when awarding us five stars.Already our culinary reputation is beginning to spread - indeed we have even been mentioned by name in The House of Commons during a debate on Welsh produce. Our chef can cater for any dietary requirement. The Old Rectory on the lake is licensed.We suggest that this is the ultimate place to unwind; the scenery is breath taking and the silence deafening. All our beds have crisp Egyptian cotton sheets and freshly laundered fluffy towels are in every bathroom and also in the sauna and out outdoor hot tub area which - like most of our windows - looks out over the ever changing Talyllyn - enthusiastically penned in our entry in Alistair Sawday's Special Places to Stay book as ' large, lovely and luminous'.We look forward to perhaps welcoming you here very soon. ... more   less 
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