- We are still graded Five Stars!
- We get a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence – for the third year running!
- 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 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 »
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!