After a long (and picky) search on the internet for a nice place to stay for a short break in Wales, I stumbled upon this delightful B+B in Talyllyn and I have to admit, the favourable reviews here on Trip Advisor were a big help so thought I should add to them.
Situated on the edge and overlooking Talyllyn in South Snowdonia this was the perfect retreat for myself and my partner from our hectic London lives. John and Ricky were perfect hosts; John taking care of our every need while Ricky produced outstanding and faultless food. As you would imagine, the local area is stunning, my partner and I are big fans of photography, so this was a huge attraction to us. The setting really is idyllic, so it's easy to understand John and Ricky's infectious enthusiasm for the place they live.
The décor of the building has a large degree of sophistication about it which really helps to make the stay all the more enjoyable. I've stayed at top rated B+Bs before, but have always felt a bit let down by one thing or another, be it the bedding, the bed, the location etc. There were no such disappointments at The Old Rectory, it really is as good as the pictures show and all the reviews say. The beds are very comfortable, the bedding sumptuous, the hosts perfect, the location stunning and the food delicious. We would really recommend you eat in for the evenings when you can, it's not something you should miss.
One of the highlights of our trip was the visit to the abandoned mine at Corris. Our tour guide Mark's knowledge of the mine, combined with his love of photography enabled us to get some stunning photos of this amazing piece of Welsh history. We did a 2 hour tour one day and enjoyed it so much that we went back a couple of days later for a 4 hour tour. This is not to be confused with the touristy King Arthur's Labyrinth attraction (also at the same location), the tour Mark gave us was raw and exciting. We felt like proper explorers as we climbed up a river running down the banks of the hill to get to the entrance of the mine, and then waded through mud once in the mine. If exploring underground is of interest to you, you really must pay Mark a visit, you won't be disappointed.
The only disappointment in our break was the extremely rude and poor service we received at the Railway Inn pub down the road, on the evening we weren't able to get food at The Old Rectory. I would steer clear if I were you, other guests that evening, ventured over to another B+B and had no such problem. This could have ruined the evening for us had we not then raced down to Tywn to watch the sun set over the sea. After watching the light show, the meal was swiftly forgotten and we headed back for a nice deep warm bath to wrap up the day.
To sum it up, The Old Rectory really can't be faulted and the area is beautiful. We'll definitely be returning and we were sad to leave. Our thanks go out to John, Ricky, Martin and Jakub who made our short break very special indeed.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Old Rectory On The Lake Tal-y-Llyn, Wales