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The Old Rectory on the Lake
Ranked #1 of 5 Talyllyn B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 December 2011

I live in busy London and I found this place is so much peaceful.

This bed and breakfast is located in the lap of lakes, mountains and sheep. The view from my window was so amazing that everytime I look ouside I wanted to paint the picture.

The people running this place are so friendly and we end up becoming friends.

The food is marvellous, everyting is home made and so scrumptious.

There are so many things to do like walking, fishing, hiking and lot more within 20-30 minutes drive.

I'm definitely going back.

Room Tip: Rooms at the upstairs have got th stunning view fom the windows.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Anurag S
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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2012

We are so happy that The Old Rectory proved to be the ideal peaceful getaway from your frantic and busy London life. It was a pleasure to meet you and thanks for taking the time to leave such a review together with photographs. We look forward to meeting you on your return and our best wishes for 2012.
Ricky - joint owner

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Reviewed 22 December 2011

Stayed here in September, would highly recommend it. Hospitality was fantastic and the location was perfect. John and Ricky were very welcoming and I never encountered any problems during my stay. Wonderful

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
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10  Thank Olly1118
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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2011

How good to hear from you and we are glad that you enjoyed your stay. This review also gives us an opportunity to thank all our discerning guests - like you - who have taken the time and effort to leave such great Tripadvisor feedback during the last year. Your kind comments have propelled us to being the second best B&B and Inns in Snowdonia and for that we are truly grateful. We hope everyone has a great Christmas and a prosperous New Year. See you again in 2012 perhaps?
John and Ricky - joint owners

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Reviewed 2 December 2011

We are just back from our 22nd stay at The Old Rectory and what a time we had! Me and my husband and his brother and partner arrived on the day that Ricky and John had got the official news that they had been awarded a coveted Gold Award by Visit Wales. They were naturally over the moon and so are we for them! Over the five years we have been coming to this beautiful part of Snowdonia we have seen The Old Rectory go from strength to strength and especially Ricky’s cooking too! This is such a special place and we have sent our friends, our family and even my boss here to experience what they have created on Talyllyn. This award is richly deserved and after dinner before the champagne began to flow I asked Ricky if I could informally present him with it on behalf of all who have stayed here and have had such a good time here at Talyllyn. I attach those pictures from a great night.

Got carried away ticking everything excellent, it hasn't got a pool, but the jacuzzi is excellent too!

Room Tip: Ask for upstairs rooms, although all rooms are excellent. Fantastic scenery views from all rooms.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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13  Thank a_joslin
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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2011

You are really gluttons for punishment - staying with us 22 times now!!! Seriously we are just so amazed and flattered that you both keep returning. Therefore it seemed so right that you should present Ricky with the Visit Wales Gold Award that you kindly mention in this your latest review. As you know we are more than thrilled to be given this prestigious hospitality recognition and thank all who have congratulated us about it since. We look forward to seeing you both in 2012 for your 23rd time!!!
John - joint owner of The Old Rectory on the lake, Talyllyn

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Reviewed 2 December 2011

We have stayed with John and Ricky several times now, and have celebrated birthdays and wedding anniversaries with them. The welcome is always warm and friendly, the food is wonderful (surely the best pannacotta one could hope for) the views are gorgeous (whatever the weather) especially with the new orangery room, and the surrounding area is just spectacular. You just couldn't ask for more and we have recommended the Old Rectory on the Lake to many of our friends. Thanks both! John's films are a treat too.Marc and Helen

Room Tip: THe Rectory Retreat has become our favourite - lovely view and very cosy but stylish.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Marc M
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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2011

It is always a pleasure to welcome you both to The Old Rectory on the lake and we are so pleased that you keep returning for your celebrations. Thanks for taking the time to leave such a great endorsement which is so appreciated. I am also happy that you enjoyed the videos of the area which we show during pre-dinner drinks - they have been such great fun to make! I will pass on your kind remarks about the panna cotta to Ricky!
Our very best wishes, John -joint owner.

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Reviewed 1 December 2011

This was my second visit to The Old Rectory and they have made a few changes since I last was there. Now there is a delightful dining room which gives guests a great view of the lake while enjoying Ricky's amazing cooking. There is always something to do in the area and I had a great time walking round the lake and then going down to the beautiful coastal village of Aberdovey - while I was on the beach with my friend we were treated to the most amazing sunset. Then back to The Old Rectory for a great night's sleep. John and Ricky continue to offer a great experience and I look forward to returning - this time I will not leave it so long!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Andi D
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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2011

Thanks for taking the time to post this review together with some excellent photographs from your memorable stay. The sunsets down at Aberdovey can be spectacular and we are pleased on the night you walked on the beach you were not disappointed. It was so good to see you again and we are glad that you approve of the additions that we have made since your last visit. Please do not leave it so long next time!
John - joint owner

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Reviewed 28 November 2011

Fantastic stay at The Old Rectory On The Lake. John's Hospitality combined with Rickies mouth watering food are a winning combination.
We stayed here November 2011 to climb Cadair Idris . Walked directly from the Old Rectory and returned via Johns recommended , off the normal track route ,(Challenging to say the least in the extreme weather conditions and gale force winds that we experienced, but we did it!)
Honestly ask John for his recommendations on local walks , he knows what he is talking about .We tried another of his walks , the precipis , and this was a nice way to finish our stay!Superb views.
We stayed in the 2 Upstairs rooms with stunning views of the lake and very large bathrooms with mood lighting , large free standing bath and separate shower.Very spacious and comfortable beds.
Our original intention was to eat out , however after visiting the local hotel and being greeted with , we are not doing food , our mind was made up for us .......try Rickies food @ the Old rectory!............oh were we glad of the local hotels lack of hospitality! Trust me Rickies food was superb.
Breakfast was also superb with a fantastic choice of food to get you on your way for the day.

Whilst staying at The Old Rectory On The Lake , John & Rickie allowed us to celebrate an award they had just received from the welsh tourist board with them. A 5 star award. No not just any 5 star award as they were already a 5 star B&B , But a 5star Gold Award!
Congratulations John & Rickie . You deserve it.
Thank you for your hospitality....
Ian & Sam
Mark & Dee

Room Tip: The Mynydd Rugog and Craig Goch rooms (1st floor) are the rooms we had. Superb views of lake and sep...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank fordyski100
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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2011

We are so glad that you all had such a great weekend here and that you managed to get to the top of Cadair despite the rather challenging weather. We try and walk up the various routes as often as we can so we can pass on this knowledge to our guests. I am pleased that you enjoyed my cooking so much and was really flattered when you said you wished to dine with us on the second night. It was also fun that you were here when the champagne flowed after hearing the news about our Gold Award!
Ricky - chef and joint owner.

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Reviewed 28 November 2011

My wife and I returned to the Old Rectory in late October for our fifth stay. We were lucky with the weather - not that it really mattered, as the whole area is beautiful regardless of weather conditions - and, after a very substantial breakfast, made significant inroads into Cadair Idris.
There are great walking oportunities straight from the front door and, when you return, we can recommend Ricky's excellent evening menu - so good not to have to turn out to find somewhere decent to eat after a hard days walking!
We can recommend the rooms too. All very comfortable and spotless, with views of the lake.
John and Ricky's hospitality is always welcoming and we will be back again in the Spring.
Just discovered that they have won a Gold Award from Visit Wales; a thoroughly deserved accolade for their hard work and attention to detail that makes a stay with them so memorable.

Room Tip: Mynnydd Rugog has probably the best views of the lake.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Raincheg
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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2011

It is always a pleasure to welcome you both here to Talyllyn and thanks again for leaving another review after your last stay. As you can imagine we were absolutely thrilled to be awarded a prestigious Gold Award by Visit Wales. They say the aim is to 'reward outstanding quality, exceptional comfort and hospitality in the serviced sector in Wales' and it goes without saying that this national recognition has made our year and the plaque is now proudly on our wall. We are pleased that you too think we deserve it! See you in the spring.
John - joint owner

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Address: Talyllyn, Talyllyn, Snowdonia National Park LL36 9AJ, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Talyllyn
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 Talyllyn
Price Range: £108 - £132 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Old Rectory on the Lake 5*
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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