Like other reviewers we had high hopes of The Old Rectory on the Lake. It was fairly easy to find once we ignored the sat nav which tried to take us up a non existent road. The setting is superb and both John and Ricky were warm and charming hosts (though chiefly John, as Ricky is mostly occupied in the kitchen).
As soon as we met John he apologised in advance for the fact that they had two large parties booked in for the two nights of our stay, and that we may be disturbed by their noise. Not something to fill one with joy when we had chosen the Old Rectory for its peace and quiet. Never the less, our room was very nice with wonderful views of the lake and mountain and the bathroom was lovely.
We had opted to eat in for our first night, and eat out for the second night. John very kindly helped us to find somewhere to eat nearby as he would have been unable to feed us anyway. The food at the Old Rectory is extremely good, and a four course meal for £28 per head was excellent value. The party at the Old Rectory on the first night of our stay in the event wasn't too noisy and mostly the noise had diminished by midnight, all of the party staying overnight at the B&B.
The second night however was much more raucous making sleep impossible until very late. None of the party guests on the second night stayed in the B&B.
My complaint is that the Old Rectory calls itself a B&B, yet from our experience it is an hotel offering evening meals to people not staying overnight at the expense (i.e.lack of sleep) of those guests who are.
All in all disappointing.
- 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