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The Old Rectory on the Lake

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2014

Ok, so where do I start, we spend a great deal of time trawling the internet looking for nice place to stay! I would never be so presumptuous as to call myself an expert but I would say that we are well traveled and have stayed in lots of very nice places in the U.K. Right so now we have... More 

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

If only I had not been so busy this weekend working in the kitchen and had been able to get onto the computer I would have been able to respond to this review by writing 'hello to you upstairs'! You are obviously a discerning traveller and to get such a ringing endorsement from you on here is utterly brilliant. I... More 

Valladolid, Spain
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2014

I stayed at The Old Rectory last Easter for two nights with my friend.It was an absolute treat waking up and having a full English breakfast accompanied by stunning views of the lake.The food and service was fantastic. Also after a days trek up Cadair Idris there is nothing better than having a three course meal. The roast lamb was... More 

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

Hello to you in Spain and we so pleased that your Easter stay with us last year was so memorable! It's incredible that you should post this review now as we have just completed a new promo video about The Old Rectory on the lake and we realise that you appear in it - albeit fleetingly! - chatting to some... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 March 2014

Just got back from spending 2 nights at this lovely B&B to celebrate my Birthday. We were immediately won over by the view of the lake from our bed. Thank you to John for his guidance over which walk we should take up Cadair Idris. After our 6 hour trek up and down this beautiful mountain in the perfect weather... More 

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

Hello Lauren, many thanks for what you have written about my food and we are so pleased that you chose to stay here to celebrate your birthday. As a present from us we were going to offer you both a session in our hot tub together with some celebratory champagne after your ascent of Cadair Idris but as you were... More 

Dudley, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2014

It was a birthday treat from my wife in the most perfect location to relax and wind down for a few days. Food was amazing, service was excellent with recommendations as to where to walk according to our level and everything on site that we could possibly need. We paid extra for the hot tub which was well worth it... More 

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

Thanks so much for choosing The Old Rectory on the lake as the place to celebrate your birthday and we are so pleased that you had such a good time with us. Many guests also say they really enjoy the hot tub under the stars - preferably with a glass of champagne in hand - and the evenings of late... More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2014

We certainly experience many a weather when we visit The Old Rectory on the lake! This time we arrived in a storm and on the day we left it was almost spring like ...... what a contrast! Mercifully though nothing really changes at The Old Rectory itself, although since we stayed there was been a makeover which is very pleasing.... More 

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

Bill, it was great to welcome you all back for the start of our 2014 season and as you say you certainly were here for yet more dramatic weathers! But that's Wales for you - utterly, excitingly unpredictable! Thanks for the very kind comments about us and for taking the time to post some great photos from your stay -... More 

Mansfield, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2014

Almost wanted to put a bad review on here so that we could keep this as our own little haven, but can't. Everything about our stay here was amazing, from the welcome from John when we first arrived through to the wave off as we left. The rooms were especially comfortable with those special touches that made the stay something... More 

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

It was our pleasure to have you all to stay with us in our home. We do realise just how lucky we are with our incredible location - on the quiet side of the lake which gets the sun for most of the day and with breathtaking views to die for! I have passed on your comments regarding his cooking... More 

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27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2014

Ricky is an extremely talented Chef, the food is carefully sourced, thoughtfully planned and excellently executed and John is an utterly charming host. A stylishly decorated room, beautiful toiletries, fluffy towels, comfy beds, stunning views and all you need in the room. The wine list is very reasonable and varied, the breakfast has a wide choice and nothing is too... More 

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

Thank you for submitting this review and saying such kind things about my cooking - indeed it has made my day! We are so glad that you all enjoyed your three days in The Rectory Retreat. Must get back to the kitchen now - eight dining tonight! Ricky Francis - chef and joint owner. More 

west midlands
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15 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2014

We have never been to The Old Rectory on the lake for Valentine's Day so it was great that John and Ricky could fit us in for what was the start of their 2014 season. When we arrived there were flowers and chocolates on our bed which was a real nice touch. As usual Ricky's food stole our hearts and... More 

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

You still hold The Old Rectory on the lake award for the most visits to us Ann and we so really appreciate you coming back to stay with us whatever the time of the year. It was our pleasure that we were able to accommodate you for Valentine's Day and I will tell our butcher, Hayden, that you really enjoyed... More 

Stockport, Ohio
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 February 2014 via mobile

The setting for the Old Rectory by the Lake is very fine and the restaurant and 4 rooms look out over the lake to a sheer glacial valley side beyond. John and Rick's hospitality is excellent and the food - featuring local Welsh produce - is memorable. Altogether a very welcoming and charming Guest House.

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1 Thank Malcolm E
Snowdoniatraveller, Owner at The Old Rectory on the Lake, responded to this review

Malcolm, you are the first to review us on TripAdvisor at the start of our 2014 season! Your comments are very much appreciated and we are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us here so much at Tal-y-llyn. We have returned after a good break in the sun to mercifully many a future booking and we just hope we... More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 December 2013

I returned to The Old Rectory on the lake with great expectations and was not let down at all. This is an incredible place and no wonder there are so many glowing reviews on here. The champagne was flowing that night as they had been just been advised that in December it would be announced that they had been awarded... More 

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

It was great Mike that you could help us celebrate the news of our latest award and we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us yet again Can we take this opportunity of thanking you and all the many others who have left reviews together with some marvellous photographs on here during the past year- they are truly,... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
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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 

Additional Information about The Old Rectory on the Lake

Address: Talyllyn, Talyllyn, Snowdonia National Park LL36 9AJ, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Talyllyn
Price Range: $157 - $205 (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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“Craig Goch Room”
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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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