This is our fourth visit to the Old Rectory On the Lake. It was Alistair Sawday's rave reviews in the Telegraph that brought it to our attention and he was not wrong. We love to come here for the tranquil setting and the chance to spot the otters. We were not disappointed, my partner Rick saw an otter running along the bank of the lake just a few feet away, what a fab birthday present! but by the time he rushed back to get his camera the otter was playfullly swimming out on the lake in the distance. It is great to get away from the hussle and bustle of real life, I personally think it is a bonus that mobile phones don't get a signal, I always make sure family have the landline if there should be anything urgent. Anyway Wi-Fi works brilliantly and here is free so one is still able to keep in touch via social media if one chooses to do so. Our room was lovely as ever, always sleep well here, never draw the curtains so you can wake up to the view, look for otter and see where the sheep have got to on the hill opposite. Love the bath and always have to have a glass of bubbles in situ. The hot tub was great fun, along with the provided crystal glasses and champagne. We even managed to have champagne with ice due to a hail storm, it was fantastic. Our evening meal was delicious the potato and spinach soup lovely, Rick had lamb which fell of the bone, my steak was soft as butter and was the medium rare as I had asked for. Ricky and John the owners obviously love this place too and it shows in their attention to detail, cheer, compassion and enthusiasm, they reallly want you to enjoy your stay, which is probably why we never tire and keep coming back. In all if you want an amazing setting, fantastic food and want to relax this is the place to come.
- 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