We are fortunate – and are so grateful – that quite a few of our guests write about us on Trip Advisor. Most are complimentary although we know that we do not always get it right! One posting which really amused was from Barry Toothill, who was part of a house party who booked the whole house one weekend in the summer. We thought his musings were so good that they should get an airing here and we thank Barry for giving us his permission.
“Having enjoyed a splendid weekend at The Old Rectory on the Lake with excellent food,accommodation and splendid walking I felt moved to pen the following little poem about our weekend. I have been writing poems for many years for family and friends to celebrate special occasions so maybe this is a first review in rhyme for Trip Advisor.


To arrive for a weekend is a Friday delight,
A busy week over with the Welsh valleys in sight,
Drive down the valley a glimpse of Dolgellau is due,
Cadair Idris to the west as Tal y Llyn comes into view,
What more could you want for a weekend break,
Than a stunning Old Rectory on the shore of a lake,
A quiet location of peace and charm,
Stillness, solitude and countryside calm,
Lake like a millpond for a stroll round and potter,
Keeping out a sharp eye for the Tal y Llyn otter.

Arrive early evening for a weekend stay,
Settle into your room at the end of the day,
Five star stuff at the end of the path,
Posh bathroom with like view and an island bath.

Dinner served up at around about seven,
What a menu – the choice is a “foodies” heaven,
Taste buds alert as from the menu we choose,
And a wine list to on which to muse,
After eating and drinking in the dining room hub,
We traverse the steps to the outdoor hot tub,
It takes six to eight so in we did pack,
And jacuzzied by torchlight quaffing Armagnac.

Sunday morning comes quickly, we’re soon on our feet,
With full English breakfast or porridge or kippers to eat,
Then a bright sunny morning with a decision to make,
No contest we’re drawn to a walk round the lake,
The water is still and the reflections clear,
A cloudless sky and no rain to fear,
Out on the lake fly fishermen casting their line
Enjoying their pastime in the morning sunshine.

As a Tal y Llyn weekend soon passes you by,
Let’s do it again is the enthusiastic cry!