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The Old Rectory on the Lake
Ranked #1 of 5 Talyllyn B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 February 2013

Just returned from another visit to our 'second home in south Snowdonia' and this time John and Ricky have almost left me speechless (which is never heard of).
They showed us round the whole house an what a great job they and their interior designer have done. The Old Rectory on the lake was great before, now it's even better!
I have taken pictures of the Rectory Retreat where we stayed - we will be back at Easter guys - this time to climb Cadair Idris! My ultimate challenge.

Ann and Dave.

PS We even saw the otter!

Check out their web site for more pictures and infomation!
www.rectoryonthelake.co.uk

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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2013

Sorry we have only just seen this review Ann - it must have slipped under The Old Rectory on the lake radar! As usual great to see you both - for your 25th visit can you believe it! - and we are relieved that you approve to the great make over and will pass on your kind comments to Camilla, our interior designer. If we are able we would love to join you on your great Easter ascent of Cadair - John will start training!
Our kindest regards, John and Ricky - joint owners.

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Reviewed 19 February 2013

This was the first weekend Rachel and I have had without our baby daughter (who was staying with grandparents!). We specifically chose somewhere that looked peaceful and in beautiful surroundings, a little luxurious, serving decent, hearty food, and in the middle of nowhere. Now that the weekend has ended, we both feel we chose the most perfect place for our stay.

The enthusiasm and helpfulness with which John hosted us was marvellous - he took enormous care and time to inform us of the best way to ascend Cadair Idris, to tell us about the lake, the otters and history of the place. We felt absolutely at home. Ricky's cooking was sensational, and we had one of the best meals we've eaten for years on the Saturday night, topped off (in my case) by a magnificent chocolate fondant which has only been equalled once in my life - and that was by a very expensive catering company at a black-tie wedding.

The room itself was fabulous, spacious, newly-refurbished, with lovely bathroom including big bath, and with a sensational view across the lake at the mountains beyond. It's quite a view, particularly near dusk when the mountain reflects off the lake, and inspires a feeling of peacefulness. Our only slight criticism would be that the hot water pressure wasn't ideal - running the bath took a very long time - and the bed was a little on the firm side, causing our frail backs to struggle a little. Overall, though, the loveliest of bedrooms.

The setting was sublime. The lake and surrounding mountains give you a feeling of incredible peace, and we were greeted with further stunning views of isolated lakes, mountains covered in heather and moorland and jagged, improbable rocks on our climb to Cadair Idris. The following day, on a hike to Bird Rock, we were greeted with more traditional 'green and pleasant' rolling hills. Also amazingly lush and peaceful and (mercifully) bathed in sunlight.

We would like to thank John and Ricky for providing us with such a wonderful, peaceful and relaxing few days - much needed after a hectic first year bringing up our baby daughter Grace. We would love to come back - and we've already recommended it as a perfect romantic destination for family and friends.

With best wishes for the future.

David and Rachel Byers-Grunwald.

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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2013

Gosh this review reads just like its been written as a glowing report for a national newspaper like The Times! David and Rachel, we are so pleased that you have taken the time and effort to tell TripAdvisor readers at length about your stay with us. It was a pleasure to meet you both and we are glad you so much enjoyed your first weekend away without your baby daughter. Thanks for telling us about the slow running bathroom tap - it appears there was an air lock which has now been sorted. The joys of not being on mains water and having to rely on a lakeside bore hole!
John - joint owner.

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Reviewed 19 February 2013

We have just returned from 2 wonderful nights at The Old Rectory on the Lake. We stayed in The Retreat with our young dog and experienced a high quality visit. We were lucky with the weather and lucky too with this marvellous choice of venue. The evening meals were fabulous as too were the breakfasts, the room was perfect for our needs and the attention to service and detail is enormously high. There are walks by the lake, in the hills and woods, by waterfalls and on rocky and sandy beaches.We could have stayed a week, or better still,we will return to carry on enjoying the area and the house. The icing on the cake was that we saw a mother otter and her baby on one pre-breakfast walk and the male on the second morning. Fabulous!

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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2013

Looking at your previous posting we are so flattered that The Old Rectory on the lake is the first place that you have reviewed in the UK after what sounds like a great trip to India last year. Thanks for taking the time to do this and attaching photographic evidence that you did indeed see the otters swimming in Talyllyn! We were also well impressed with the video you shot of two of them fishing. We loook forward to meeting you both again and good luck with the new cottage in the Peak district.
John and Ricky - joint owners.

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Reviewed 18 February 2013

We have just got back home after a fantastic weekend.Our room Craig Goch very tastefully refurbished as is the rest of the Rectory. The food was to an excellent standard both for taste and presentation,Well done to Ricky.John recommended a choice of places to visit on the Saturday,it was well worth listening to his advice. We climbed Cadar Idris on the Saturday,what an absolutely amazing feeling to reach the summit after 2 hours. It was a shame that it was shrouded in cloud but we still had some amazing views on the way up.What a sense of achievement,I really did not think we could do it even though we are seasoned walkers! To top the day a wonderful meal followed by champagne in the hot tub. Could not ask for more.Thanks to you both.

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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2013

Hello from Talyllyn, We really appreciate you travelling all the way from Devon to south Snowdonia to come and stay with us for the weekend after seeing a picture of The Old Rectory on the lake in The Times. We are pleased that we lived up to your expectations and congratulate you on getting to the top of Cadair Idrs - sorry about the lack of view!
Best wishes, John and Ricky - joint owners!

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Reviewed 17 February 2013

Just been to The Old Rectory on the lake again and my have they done good things to the place - since I last stayed the whole building has enjoyed a complete makeover and it all looks very good I must say. Despite the bad weather the view from the upstairs Mynydd Rugog window across the lake was just as impressive and the free standing bath just as inviting. Ricky's food was not a let down either! You are to be congratulated guys for what you have done to the place and I hope to visit again soon

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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2013

We really appreciate you posting these images of our new look Mynydd Rugog room and we are just so pleased with the makeover that was carried out to the whole house and the Rectory Retreat by our interior designer, Camilla, and her team while we were away. Do come and see us again when you can and good luck with this season's canoeing training.
Our best wishes, John and Ricky - joint owners.

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Reviewed 15 February 2013

Had a wonderful stay - not disappointed at all upon returning after 3 years. Will try not to leave it so long next time!! Craig Goch bedroom recently redecorated and very nice indeed and we had not seen the orangery dining room before which is lovely. It is a beautiful tranquil spot whatever the weather and it was great to see it in a snow flurry upon waking. Hosts are helpful, knowledgeable and attentive (videos very interesting) and Ricky's superb cooking never fails to impress. Our favourite B&B in the UK.

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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2013

We were so pleased that you returned to see us at Talyllyn and were able to see the additions we had made since your last visit. Thanks for these very comments and we are so flattered that we are your favourite bed and breakfast establishment in the UK. Thanks also for taking the time later to make some useful suggestions regarding the new look Craig Goch room.
Do try not to leave it so long next time!
Kind regards from John and Ricky - joint owners.

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Reviewed 13 February 2013

What a fabulous place to stay for a relaxing weekend. Superb views - even in the rain! l]Lovely food, beautiful rooms and great hospitality. We were made to feel very welcome. We can't wait to go back. The food is freshly cooked and served with care. We had a delicious evening meal.The breakfasts are wonderful - with a choice to suit everyone. Nothing is too much trouble. The house is extremely comfortable. A very high standard maintained throughout. It is certainly worth a visit and an experience that you will want to return to. Many thanks for a great weekend.

Room Tip: We had a front room with a superb view across the lake - but to be honest all the rooms are fabulous...
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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2013

Thanks so much for taking the time to post this very review and I am please that you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you again here. It was great to meet you both and I am glad it was a memorable birthday weekend.
Ricky - 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
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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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