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Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 August 2013

A year has passed and here I am - visiting The Old Rectory again. I was pleasantly suprised by the changes of the interior of the house after a refurbisment. I slept in the Talyllyn room and even that - although the smallest room in the house - now has a an airy and fresh feel with vibrant colors of...

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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this review

It was great to see you again and thanks for reviewing us for a third time - mercifully with good comments! We are pleased that you approve of the changes we have made to our home since you stayed with us a year ago and thanks for the kind comments regarding both of us. We trust that you have a...

Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 31 July 2013

This is a difficult review to write. Good location, in a tranquil spot overlooking the lake - a little difficult to find. We arrived about 7.30pm - obviously a busy time for the owners as they were in the middle of serving dinner, felt rather a nuisance, were offered a drink, told where our room was, with no offer to...

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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this review

We were greatly concerned to read that you were not happy with your stay with us - so much so that it’s unlikely that you will ever return. This is why we ask guests if they will leave a TripAdvisor review so we can pick up on anything untoward especially if they do not mention anything at all on checking...

Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
Reviewed 31 July 2013

The location of this establishment is outstanding. It is unbelievably peaceful and beautiful. It is immediately beside the lake and mountain. We prefer not to go out again to find somewhere to eat in the evening and this frequently excludes B&B's. This is different, because a very high quality dinner, with drinks, is available in the delightful dining room which...

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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this review

We really appreciate you taking the time to leave this review and we were pleased that we were able to accommodate you at such notice. It was an utter delight to meet you both and thanks for the kind comments regarding your evening dining experience in our Orangery overlooking the lake. I am glad too that you found my advice...

Birmingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 July 2013

My sister and I spent last weekend in the Rectory Retreat at The Old Rectory. I have been several times with different members of my family and with friends and never tire of this place John and Ricky are superb hosts and always make me very welcome. The place is beautiful, the views of the lake are stunning its just...

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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this review

Ann, it is always good to welcome you and your family to The Old Rectory on the lake and indeed we look forward greatly to your visits. I will pass on your kind comments regarding his food to Ricky - it will make his day! We will continue to look after your parents' bench for you and we are pleased...

Malvern, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 July 2013

Wow, wow, wow!! Located in a tranquil spot, this B&B has truly breath-taking views. Despite staying during the hottest week so far in the UK, the B&B owners, John & Ricky, were very friendly and attentive. We dined in the restaurant most evenings and Ricky’s food was absolutely superb - he has a natural talent and could easily give top...

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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this review

Wow, thanks for this review and I am so glad that you enjoyed your four days with us and that my chocolate fondant surprise hit the right spot! Your comments regarding my cooking are really appreciated and we look forward to welcoming you both back again to Tal-y-llyn. My best wishes, Ricky - chef and joint owner

Cheshire
Reviewed 24 July 2013

My partner and I have just returned from an overnight break at The Old Rectory on The Lake and I can't praise the whole experience highly enough. John and Ricky are welcoming hosts and have made over this lovely old house over sympahetically. The result is a luxurious stay in an idyllic location with terrific food prepared by Ricky from...

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Snowdoniatraveller, I am The Old Rectory on the lake's cat! at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this review

John and Ricky have asked me to respond to this as you kindly give me a mention at the end! What a detailed and considered review and I am so pleased that you found The Old Rectory on the lake to be the cat's whiskers! In summary - a purrfect review. Idris - The Old Rectory on the lake's (not...

Tel Aviv, Israel
Reviewed 23 July 2013

We had lovely time at the Old ractory Tal-y-llyn Best possible view you will have from a B&B in youe life rooms were nice brakefast was nice we had dinner and it was nice food also the place is located in the senter of Snowdon forest and its good as a center location for this reagion RECOMENDED

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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this review

Hello to you in Tel Aviv and it was great to meet you and your delightful family. I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and I really appreciated the late night conversations with you all about your country and lifestyle. It was utterly fascinating. You know where we are if any of you ever visit Wales again!...

Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 July 2013

This B&B had a lot to live up to after we saw it rated number 1 out of all B&B's in Snowdonia. Having spent one wonderful night there, it is clear why. This is the first time i've bothered to write a TripAdvisor review but i regularly use it and if all the number one's are this good I better...

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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this review

We are so pleased that you considered that we lived up to our TripAdvisor ranking in Snowdonia and that your one night stay with us encouraged you to sign up to this site. There is no doubt that our TripAdvisor (mainly glowing!) reviews have given our hospitality business a real boost and we are just so grateful to all the...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 July 2013

Our 10th stay over the last 8 years was as memorable as the first one. This unique B&B offers the opportunity to relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery that the lake has to offer. Owned and run by John and Ricky. One could not wish for a more generous and helpful hosts. Ricky's cooking has developed over the years and...

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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this review

Sandra, thanks so much for returning again and again to stay with us and your comments about my cooking are very kind. As you know I am completely self-taught with some great help from the internet, eating at other establishments, shadowing much more experienced chefs than me and reading many a cookery book. I do have a passion for what...

Holyoke, Massachusetts
Reviewed 22 July 2013

The place to stay when in the Snowdonia area of Wales. Singular accommodations and marvelous dining in a pristine setting. John is a great host, and makes sure that guests are always satisfied. Ricky's preparations are superb. Alaw - a joy!

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Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this review

Hello to you all the way in Massachusetts. It was a pleasure to meet you both and thanks for writing such an amazing review here on TripAdvisor. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us during your brief trip over here and Alaw was so happy to get a mention - indeed we suspect she is going...

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  • Free Breakfast
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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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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Address: Talyllyn, Talyllyn, Snowdonia National Park LL36 9AJ, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Talyllyn
Price Range: $166 - $167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Old Rectory on the Lake 5*
Number of rooms: 4
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 of 5 bubbles 747jodies, 3 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Craig Goch room has the best views across the lake with a huge bathroom!”
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“Simply speak to the staff before you travel and outline your requirements...John and Ricky are most helpful”
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“the double room has fantastic views”
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“Upstairs rooms have the best views of the lake but all rooms are decorated to a very high standard”
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