- The otters are back!
- The Old Rectory and The Retreat get a makeover!
- We forgot to post this on New Year’s Day!
- Third time unlucky!!!!!!!
- The Old Rectory on the lake is awarded a Gold Ward for the second year running!
- The Old Rectory on the lake makes the front page of The Times.
- The great pictorial otter hunt!
The drive to get here is fantastic and the approach truly beautiful - The Old Rectory waits for you on the other side of the lake. The owners are full of enthusiasm for their fabulous B&B and spoil guests rotten - comfy beds with smooth Egyptian cotton sheets, binoculars for bird spotting and luxurious baths. Fabulous photos of mountains and lake decorate the dining room, there are views from every window to the luminous lake, and you can climb Cadair Idris from the front door. Return, weak-limbed, to a delicious, home-cooked meal and a bit of cossetting... maybe a wallow in the hot tub under the stars. Read the full write up here »
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THE RECTORY ON THE LAKE
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!”