A lush lakeside retreat. Enthusiastic owners spoil guests rotten - comfy beds,sumptuous baths, exceptional meals, a hot tub under the stars.
Hike to Cadair Idris – the scenery is breathtaking. Return to a hot tub under the stars, and champagne to toast your good fortune. This lakeside B&B in southern Snowdonia is utterly spoiling and Ricky has become a chef of reputation. Slow-roast lamb shank, fillet of local salmon, a trio of Welsh ices; the menus change each day. Spacious bedrooms (one is downstairs) have ever-changing views, bathrooms are sumptuous and you wake to the smell of Welsh bacon: breakfasts are to die for. Binoculars for the birds, a wonderful welcome for you, candlelit dining... it's bliss. Read the full write up here »
More and more of our guests are asking us about the bird life here at Talyllyn and to be honest we know very little – but are slowly learning. We are now greatly indebted to guest Mr Tom Canna who is a member of The British Trust for Ornithology. With the help of thousands of dedicated volunteers like Tom their Wetland Bird Survey monitors the UK’s internationally important water birds. “The actual counting process is from five fixed locations on the far shore, and is restricted to wildfowl, waders and gulls. Counts in spring and summer are optional, so there are a couple of monthly gaps. There are probably up to twice the numbers present, but we only count what we actual see at the time,” writes Tom. To find out how to take part or to find more details about the counts do visit www.bto.org/webs .
Here is the list of species guest Tom McCanna has seen around the Talyllyn Lake:
Mute Swan, Whooper Swan, Canada Goose, Teal, Mallard, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Goosander, Pheasant, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Peregrine, Moorhen, Coot, Common Sandpiper, Herring Gull , Great Black-backed Gull ,Woodpigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swallow, House Martin ,Tree Pipit ,Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail ,Dipper, Wren, Dunnock, Robin , Redstart ,Blackbird ,Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff ,Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Jay, Magpie, Carrion Crow Raven, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Linnet and Reed Bunting.
Other enthusiasts have reported the following species, some of them from the southern slopes of Cadair Idris:
Wigeon, Red Grouse, Kestrel ,Cuckoo, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Skylark, Sand Martin, Grey Wagtail, Stonechat, Wheatear, Ring Ouzel, Redwing, Whitethoat, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Jackdaw, Starling, Greenfinch, Lesser Redpoll and Bullfinch.