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!

Image kindly supplied by David Mitchell from the Talyllyn Railway.