- Ann and Dave stay here 30 times and post our 750th review on TripAdvisor!
- Love is in the air – and in our hot tub!
- The Visit Wales Inspector calls and we retain our five stars!
- We celebrate our 700th review on Trip Advisor – and most have been good!!!
- We make the TripAdvisor Wall of Fame!
- Henry’s swan song!
- We receive our 600th TripAdvisor review!
"On the shore of Lake Tal-y-llyn beneath Cadair Idris in southern Snowdonia, this peaceful stone-built house has lake views from every window. 'Wonderful: our visit is an annual highlight,' says a regular correspondent. This house is run in a personal style by owners, John, 'a welcoming and chatty host' and Ricky, who cooks the 'very good' evening meals. There is good walking, mountain biking and fishing."
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!”