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Tal y Llyn near Dolgellau, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 26732)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Reviews

    Mr Pearson


    .The kitchen was dirty on our arrival, crumbs on worktops & floor..toaster full inside and underneath, mould inside the microwave on rotary plate,dirty oven,very dirty & greasy sink, splash back & bowl. All the utensils were dubious & this caused us to have to eat out instead of self catering, hence adding extra costs to our stay. We had to hoover around the living quarters on arrival & half filled the vac! ...

    .The kitchen was dirty on our arrival, crumbs on worktops & floor..toaster full inside and underneath, mould inside the microwave on rotary plate,dirty oven,very dirty & greasy sink, splash back & bowl. All the utensils were dubious & this caused us to have to eat out instead of self catering, hence adding extra costs to our stay. We had to hoover around the living quarters on arrival & half filled the vac! The accommodation lounge furniture was old & dirty between seat pads, cushions again flat & tired...the room was at times uncomfortable, due to heating not suitable to reach acceptable level... even with the extra heaters. The mezzanine bedroom was FREEZING...despite a convector fire & heater supplied. We tried the Pod bedroom but the bed was far too uncomfortable. The bed covers & pillows were tired, washed out & flat and not of a standard that we would expect when paying the price we paid for this property. The upstairs bed and the duvet inside the bedding were in contrast of good quality & kept us warm and comfortable as long as we stayed beneath the covers. The Eco Toilet was NOT what we expected! This should be shown in more detail in your listing. Even Peter said that my Husband would struggle due to his height. Very unsatisfactory! All this said...St Mary's is a beautiful building with special features lovingly restored & retained. We would struggle to recommend this particular property for the above reasons.

    Thank you for your feedback. I’m surprised that the kitchen wasn’t up to standard as I take pride in the hygiene of this area, usually receiving good feedback and would certainly have arranged for a reclean if I had known there was an issue during our conversation. I have checked and cleaned the small microwave area mentioned. Spare plump cushions can be found in the wardrobe and the thermostat can be adjusted up/down to 30 degrees - the property also has two gas fires, two storage heaters, two convector heaters and electric heaters. The pod bed has a very thick mattress bought from a specialist bedding company with lots of pillows, double pillow cases and a new winter duvet. Only an Eco toilet can be fitted although I do advertise it as non standard. I will ensure further details are added to the website. Thank you for appreciating the unique restored nuance of this fabulous building. - Sykes owner relations


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  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Smoke-free Smoke-free
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The property

St Mary’s is a beautiful stone-built, detached 15th century church set amidst some of the most stunning countryside in the foothills of Mount Cader Idris, situated across from the shores of the magnificent and picturesque 222 acre Tal y Llyn Lake.

This ancient and historic Grade II* listed church has been preserved in all its original glory with only part of the church itself having been converted to provide two comfortable bedrooms whilst the attached vestry has been renovated and offers comfortable living accommodation.

You will be in awe of this stunning place from the moment you arrive; St. Mary’s is a hidden treasure and will certainly offer you a holiday with a difference, you will return home with some wonderful lasting memories and stories to tell.

The vestry boasts open plan living accommodation with high ceilings and exposed beams and timbers, the comfy sitting area has a warm and homely ambiance with a gas living flame fire for you to sit and relax in front of after a busy day out and about.

A well-equipped kitchen area caters for all your needs and the dining area is ideal for that leisurely breakfast or late supper.

The two bedrooms are located in the church, go through the connecting heavy oak door and you will be transported back to a bygone era with a sense of peace and calmness.

This beautiful church has an amazing Welsh oak roof structure, preserved and complete with a Tudor painted ceiling and stunning stained glass window at one end.

Many of the original features remain including the pulpit, the pump organ, font and many of the pews.

The ground floor double bedroom is a real marvel, cosy and modern but befitting its surroundings with stairs to the side which access the mezzanine bedroom above with glass balustrades overlooking the church and its pews, here you can really get up close to the beautiful oak roof timbers.

Certain conditions set out by the Snowdonia National Park Authority means that a non-standard eco toilet system had to be installed, not something most people are used to but it’s all compliant with 21st century building regulations and is a small price to pay for this wonderful experience.

St. Mary’s church stands within an historic graveyard with many ancient gravestones but there are plenty of places outside to sit, from which to admire your surroundings.

Sit overlooking the lake watching the swallows fly close by or the wildlife emerging around you.

The sunsets lighting up Graig Goch behind you are unforgettable and with the area unpolluted by light on a clear night you can see the Milky way!

The walk to the summit of Cader Idris begins on your doorstep, and four miles down the road is the Tal y Llyn Railway which steams down the valley to Tywyn.

Discover the Mawddach Estuary which John Ruskin said provided "one of the most sublime views in Europe”, the huge beach at Barmouth provides a great day out and the quaint market town of Dolgellau with its interesting shops, pubs and restaurants is only 11 miles away.

St. Mary’s is a perfect peaceful retreat and offers a unique holiday experience anytime of the year, one you’ll want to return to and relive time and time again.


Mostly ground floor. Church: Two bedrooms: 1 x ground floor double with en-suite shower, basin and eco toilet system ("Separett Torp-Isak” brand in grey granite), 1 x mezzanine double with en-suite basin and his and hers chemical toilet. Vestry: Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with gas living flame fire.


  • Electric heating and gas fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, TV with Freeview, DVD, record player, WiFi, telephone on honesty box basis, selection of books, games, DVDs and LPs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Lawned garden with furniture adjacent to property with furniture and graveyard to sides and rear
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 9 miles, pub 2 mins walk
  • Hotel and restaurant 5 mins walk
  • Note: Private water supply from lake which is filtered and regularly checked and approved by the local authorities
  • Note: Mobile phone signal not available
  • Note: Please ensure dogs are kept on a lead and are supervised at all times when outside
  • Note: Due to the nature and Grade II* listing of the property there are non-standard eco toilet systems installed
  • ("Separett Torp-Isak” brand in grey granite) Note: Both bedrooms are served by the shower in the ground floor double en-suite
  • Note: Mezzanine bedroom has some restricted headroom and glass balustrades
  • Note: Max 3 adults and 1 child over the age of 8.

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About the location


Dolgellau 9 miles; Towyn 10 miles.

The tiny hamlet of Tal y Llyn quietly nestles amidst the peaceful foothills of the Cader Idris mountain range, close to the lovely shores of Tal y Llyn Lake. A paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, the surrounding area is home to Mount Cader Idris, Wales' second most climbed peak at 2928 feet, and abounds in numerous climbing, walking and cycling opportunities, as well as boasting excellent fishing and being part of the Tal y Llyn narrow gauge railway. The historic town of Dolgellau and the renowned seaside resort of Towyn are both close by, offering a variety of good shops, pubs and restaurants, whilst the enormous blue flag sandy beach at Barmouth is also within easy reach. Enjoy boat trips, the coastal railway and magnificent scenery in every direction, or explore further afield to discover all the delights North Wales has to offer.

Region Information

Note: Max 3 adults and 1 child over the age of 8.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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