We went as a group of 6, for a themed weekend house party. Our theme was James Bond and John and Ricky did all they could to join in our theme. Our arrival was staggered on the Friday afternoon/evening due to work committments but everyone received a warm welcome and began to instantly relax. Wined and dined and breakfast time arranged we retired to the hot tub to complete the Friday evening chill out.
Ricky's food is delicious, John's hosting is effecient and thoughtful and unobtrusive. If you need advice about where to walk just ask John. We also got to see some of his fabulous photography of the lake.
Saturday evening was our Bond night, we all dressed formally so did John, we arrived for dinner with Martini's waiting, shaken not stirred of course and James Bond themes on their music system. After our exclusive delicious meal we were treated to our very our fireworks display courtesy of John and Ricky. They were more than happy to take photographs for us. The table was cleared and we were left to our poker game!
It is so comfortable it is like being at home and waited on totally. All rooms are spotless and have views of the lake.
Our weekend ended with another super breakfast fond farewells more photographs and a promise for this group to return next year for another themed weekend.
The other 3 couples had not been to the rectory before and fell in love with it instantly, then when they met John and Ricky and experienced their food and hospitality they were determined to visit again and to tell their friends. As for my husband and myself well our 5th visit and 6th one planned! If you truly want to get way from it all this is the place to go.
- 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 Talyllyn, Wales