- 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!
- We have been selected as one of the winners of the Good Hotel Guide Editor’s Choice 2015 awards for New Discovery Hotels.
"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 Old Rectory on the lake is situated in the southern part of the The Snowdonia National Park which covers over 830 square miles of quite stunning and diverse scenery. The Park also boasts the largest mountain in Wales – Snowdon at 3562 feet above sea level – and the region’s largest natural lake. We are between the very Welsh market town of Dolgellau and Machynlleth, which used to be the home of the ancient Welsh Parliament. Now ‘Mach’ – as it is know to the locals – is now famous world wide for having the Centre of Alternative Energy on its door step.
The Old Rectory on the lake is also not that far from the coast – Aberdyfi is a delightful village perched by the seaside and if you travel northwards towards Harlech the beaches and sand dunes are incredible.
Just down the valley is The Talyllyn Railway – the world’s oldest preserved narrow gauge steam railway. This fantastic operation is run mostly by volunteers and a trip on it can be an utter delight whatever you age. This band of enthusiasts also organise a footplate driving experience and many of those who come to do this stay overnight with us – getting up at 6am the next morning to stoke up the engine!