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St.Mary's a part converted 15th Century 2* listed building now a beautiful holiday home
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St.Mary's a part converted 15th Century 2* listed building now a beautiful holiday home
Overlooking the lake at Talyllyn this historic building offers you an unforgettable experience . Just a bit different ! NB:The 15th Century Church operates an Eco Loo System
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St.Mary's a part converted 15th Century 2* listed building now a beautiful holiday home
Overlooking the lake at Talyllyn this historic building offers you an unforgettable experience .
Just a bit different ! NB:The 15th Century Church operates an Eco Loo System
views across the lake from St.Mary's with Cader Idris rising in the background.
The old vestry with it's modern kitchen set within a space of huge ancient oak beams to impress
Neighbours visit you here ! This one often helps me cut the grass!
A comfortable area to sit in the old vestry also providingTV/ DVD player and PlayStation with games
Definitely a room with a view .
The old building still retains most of its fixtures and fittings to set the atmosphere.
One of the many dramatic lighting options...this photo was sent to me by one of our visitors
Kingsize beds for that extra comfort  -- with filtered and  balanced air flow  ....
The stained glass window depicting the story of The Good Samaritan
The view of the lake from the old Church with Cader Idris reflected in the still waters ...beautiful
A good nights sleep here for sure and another kingsize bed.From this level you can view the Church !
One of the two  Lych-Gates and the ancient 15th Century Church - one of the oldest in Wales
An impressive rear entrance to the Church with parking and privacy .
St.Mary's and it's  beautiful location..photo taken on the ancient route to the Church from Corris
One of the collection of Victorian oil lamps that compliment St.Mary's..a step back in time ..
Spend the nights under the huge impressive 15th Century rafters.....a great treat !
This is the view from the 'pod'that you could wake up to ...showing the ancient barrel ceiling
A fine picnic area ... Incredible views ...and a private place to look out over the whole lake..
A beautiful location ....photo taken from the Old Rectory On The Lake
There aren't many places like St.Mary's.This is the 15th Century roof structure..impressive for sure
View of St.Mary's across the lake with Mynydd Graig Goch behind which glows red in the sunset !
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Converted chapel -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3
Tal-y-llyn, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, Wales

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laura h
1 review
“Fab Holiday”
Reviewed May 9, 2018 for a stay in May 2018

What a lovely place this is. The photos dont do it justice at all!!!
We had a great time exploing the local area to. Will defiantly be returning to this quirky church
Thanks again!!

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Management Response
Jun 6, 2018
Thanks so much for your kind review ..it was good of you to choose to stay at St. Mary's and it will be pleasing to have you come back again ...
Regards
Pete
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Mookymook
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Just Amazing!”
Reviewed April 26, 2018 for a stay in April 2018
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We stayed at St Mary’s this April with our two sons aged 5 and 10. It was completely amazing and blew us away from the moment we entered. The photos really don’t do this place justice and we can’t recommend it enough.

The location is just beautiful and the whole experience of St Mary’s has been extremely well thought out. The main living area is well equipped and cosy; there’s everything you may need to cook a meal for a family and plenty of space. The main body of the church is largely intact and is lovely to sit in.

Both bedrooms are huge (because of angles it’s hard to appreciate this in the photos) both rooms are cosy and when you’re safely ensconced in the downstairs ‘pod’ you could be in any luxury hotel. Hot water was plentiful and the shower water-pressure was powerful enough to let me wash my long hair (always a consideration!). To be honest, we were not expecting such a nice bathroom, our expectations were exceeded on all counts. Dealing with the ‘eco-loo’ is no more challenging than emptying a bin and there was no smell at all.

I was a bit worried that my sons may find it a bit ‘spooky’ staying in church, but it really wasn’t. St Mary’s has a lovely calm and peaceful feel and our sons loved looking at the stained glass windows and finding out what the font was for. We aren’t a religious family, but it was a good experience for our boys and provoked some interesting conversations.

The outside space is very user-friendly, there’s a path with plenty of parking space at the end. The path has traditional stone walls either side and it’s a bit tight but once we’d unloaded the car we left our car by the bottom of the lane. If you don’t fancy sitting outside in the graveyard, there’s a large private field behind the church with a picnic bench next to some sheep who will come and ‘visit’ you. Very peaceful.

Peter, the owner, is such a lovely man, he met us at the church and was warm and friendly, explaining everything to us and leaving us his number when he left. He answered his phone immediately when we had a query. It’s lovely to see this building being maintained and it was an honour to stay in such a unique and inspiring space.

We are already planning our next holiday here. If you want a completely original and quirky holiday - don’t hesitate to book St Mary’s !

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Management Response
Apr 26, 2018
Thanks so much for your kind review ...it is really appreciated ...
A lot of challenges were met over a period of more than four years to allow me to give St.Mary's a new beginning and have people staying and stepping back into another time yet providing the requirements of the 21st Century ...
I will really look forward to seeing you all again .
Pete
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137DebzG
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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“Stunning property in a stunning location”
Reviewed September 23, 2017 for a stay in September 2017
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person found this review helpful

I've just returned from a holiday here with my friends , it looked wonderful on all the pictures we had seen but it was way beyond wonderful ! We had a lovely warm welcome by Peter who owns the place and a quick guided tour to tell us all we needed to know .Peter has done the most incredible job restoring and converting this property, he has thought of absolutely everything , there's everything you could possibly need and more besides . Mornings and evenings were spent sitting on the many benches outside watching all the lovely birds coming to feed , I had thought ahead and taken bird food with me . On a clear night the sky is amazing with a clear view of the milky way over the chapel and thousands of stars .Before I went a lot of people said to me that it sounded creepy staying in a chapel surrounded by graves but it was actually really peaceful and had a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere about it.The interior of the chapel is absolutely stunning , the living area is warm and cosy and beautifully furnished and the bedrooms are fabulous , especially the upstairs one .The chapel itself has been lovingly and thoughtfully restored retaining all the original features . Anyone thinking of going here stop thinking about it and go ahead and book it , you'll be so glad you did . I shall certainly be returning. Thank you so much Peter for the most wonderful holiday accommodation

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Management Response
Oct 1, 2017
Thanks so much for this kind review..so glad you enjoyed yourselves ..
I was shown some of your photographs taken of St. Mary's and the night sky ...really impressive .
It will be a treat to have you return to Talyllyn and the Old Church .
Regards Pete.
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sapphireg...
North York Moors National Park, United Kingdom
1 review
“Amazing building, stunning location, dog-friendly retreat from the world”
Reviewed September 13, 2017 for a stay in September 2017

Lots of holiday cottages are described as idyllic but this one takes it to whole new level. The location is stunning, being right at the tip of Talyllyn in a lovely Welsh valley and with no other properties nearby apart from a small hotel/restaurant opposite. The accommodation is a church. An entire church. Hold on to that notion. The owner has valiantly worked with the local authorities and several other vested interests in order to convert a disused building into an individual, unusual and delightful place to stay. If you are looking for a standard holiday cottage then this is not for you, but if you appreciate something a little quirky and packed with local history then you will love it here.

I went alone with two small dogs, but the venue is suitable for couples, friends, (two double bedrooms) or a small family.

There is a cosy lounge area and basic kitchen/dining section in the former vestry, which together form the main part of the day-to-day functional living space. Then it gets exciting, for in order to reach the bedrooms you need to enter the main body of the (largely untouched) church and walk down the aisle to the end where there are two places to sleep. You could choose to snuggle down in a self contained 'pod' with good en suite facilities or, situated on top of that, you might go for the open mezzanine bedroom which is high up in the beams. Both overlook the nave and have a stunning view of the entire length of the church, its incredible 500 year old painted ceiling and the beautiful stained glass window at the opposite end.

Like much of the valleys, there is no mobile signal, but there is free wifi so it's just like being at home as far as communication is concerned. There is a TV in the living room and both bedrooms (though quite why anybody would want to watch television in a place like this is beyond me) and also a selection of DVDs and CDs. For classical music fans the owner had donated a vast collection of boxed set vinyls and a good old fashioned hi fi located in the main body of the church so you can turn your up your Traviata to max volume (imagine the acoustics!) and not disturb anybody.

The graveyard is vast and full of the final resting places for many Pughs, Williamses, Joneses and Owens, so you can have an interesting time plotting the demise of entire Welsh dynasties dating back to 1690-something.

The immediate area is very peaceful, despite the property being on a road and within the Mach loop (very exciting if you like that sort of thing, but you have to be quick-witted if you want to see anything!) Local towns Tywyn and Machynlleth are a few miles down the road and the whole of Snowdonia is on the doorstep.

Are there any minus points? Well, not really, but it's worth pointing out that the surrounding graveyard is open to the public and if you have dogs you are asked to keep them on leads. During my visit I had nobody enter the grounds so I did not feel at all intruded upon. The other thing some reviewers mention is the eco toilet. Don't worry about the eco toilet. It's no big deal. It's here because of local planning restrictions and it's a worthy compromise in order to make this amazing building available for so many people to enjoy.

I went for a working holiday but got no work done at all. I shall go back, and still do no work, but relish every second of my time there.

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Management Response
Sep 13, 2017
Thank you so much for such a brilliant review .. I've read it three times now and feel I need to have a holiday there myself ...!
A real masterclass review .. I loved it ..!!
Pete
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davederby...
Canterbury, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Unique and Wonderful.”
Reviewed August 13, 2017 for a stay in August 2017

On the banks of Talyllyn Lake this 15th century church is a wonderful place to spend a week on holiday. If history is your bag, then this place is a must. You can even have a great pint across the road and soak up the beauty of the surrounding area.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Aug 19, 2017
Thanks so much for your kind review ... St.Mary's is certainly a different and special place to stay whilst enjoying one of the best areas in Wales ..
Hope to see you both again .
Pete
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Reviewed July 1, 2017 for a stay in June 2017

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jul 3, 2017
Thank you both for visiting St Mary's ... so pleased that you enjoyed yourselves and that the robins impressed .....
It's a lovely part of the world...
Regards
Pete
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Phil A
1 review
“Outstanding”
Reviewed June 11, 2017 for a stay in June 2017

Beautiful location. Lovingly restored church. Words and pictures do not do this amazing place justice. Well done and thank you Richard.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jun 13, 2017
A pleasure to have met and talked with you both ..I can still picture you sitting outside the old Church taking in the afternoon sun and those glorious views ..
Your review is very much appreciated .
Thank you.
Pete
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