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St.Mary's, a part converted 15th Century 2* listed building now a beautiful holiday home

Converted Chapel / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 3

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Converted Chapel / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 3

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Not suitable for children
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

St. Mary's is a part converted 15th Century Church on the edge of the picturesque lake at Talyllyn. This historic building has an amazing Welsh oak roof structure and a Tudor painted ceiling. Many of the original features remain including the pulpit, the organ, font and many of the pews.

This stunning part of Snowdonia is famous for its beauty and is an area of Special Scientific Interest. The walk to the summit of Cadair Idris begins on your doorstep, and four miles down the road is the Talyllyn Railway which steams down the valley to Tywyn.

A holiday with a difference...

The ancient 2*listed Church was given a lifeline to safeguard its future when planning permission was granted ...we were able to create an area for comfortable living within its walls whilst retaining all it's original features...certain conditions set out by the National Park Authority meant that a non standard Eco toilet system had to be installed ...different but all compliant with 21st Century building regulations.....full imformation is provided and all questions answered ...

We are proud to say that St.Mary's has been given the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2014 ... this achievement being all down to so many brilliant reviews from our guests ...and we would like to say a big thankyou to those kind people who have taken time out to write of their experience here at Talyllyn ..

Why don't you come and visit us and enjoy the so different and peaceful ambience here at St.Mary's..

Size Sleeps up to 3, 2 bedrooms
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites
Furniture King Beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Access Parking

The North Wales region


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15 Jan 2015


"Amazing opportunity to stay in something so unique"

On arrival we were blown away by the amount of history and the location in which we were about to spend our next week. St Marys is certainly a very unique place to stay and is one which will stay with… More

Hello Sharon ..
I remember you .. you came to visit St.Mary's all the way from Australia ... and it rained ..!!!! .. I deserve to have a star deducted for that ..!!..You still left a note saying you had enjoyed yourselves..
Thanks for those kind words in your review ..and good to know you won't forget us here at Talyllyn ..
With Regards

13 Jan 2015


"Secluded Getaway with a difference"

We wanted somewhere quiet and away from it all after a hectic year and St Mary's was exactly the right choice. The church has been extremely well renovated to provide comfortable accommodation within the constraints of planning - a fabulous job has been done still leaving the main part of the church untouched. We loved the acoustics and sat a couple of nights in the church listening to music. The Pen y Bont hotel across the road was warm and welcoming and the views were spectacular with plenty of walks on offer. On New Year's Eve we sat at the top of the Churchyard watching the fireworks across the lake - a really fabulous start to 2015. Thanks to Peter for his hospitality - especially trying to find us a mechanic! If you have been put off by the Eco Loo comments - which we very nearly were - don't be. I'm so glad we decided to experience St Mar's ourselves - Thank you for a lovely stay.

Hello Both ..Thank you for your positive review and thanks for venturing to come so far to spend a special time here at St.Mary's ..I'm glad you weren't disappointed .
It was wise to bring your bikes with you as there are some brilliant places to visit ...
I'm pleased that New Years Eve was enjoyed ..the firework display courtesy of the Old Rectory, viewed from the Church , must have been quite a treat ..
See you again one day maybe..

31 Dec 2014



This was our 2nd visit to St Marys and we enjoyed it even more than the 1st time.
Stayed over the Christmas period and loved the peace and quiet once again.
Excellent walks with our dogs who just slept the whole time in front of the fire when they got back.
We are synchronising our diaries to return again next year.
Thank you once again Peter for allowing us to stay in such a lovely place.

Thank you both for returning to St.Mary's and to choose us at Christmas time ...
a very peaceful time at Talyllyn ..the chill of winter doesn't spoil the beauty of our valley..and indeed I think the walks are to be enjoyed even more with the knowledge of a return to the warmth of the Old Church and a promise of a welcome cuppa...
I will look forward to seeing you again.. and here's wishing you a Very Happy New Year..

15 Oct 2014


"Peaceful retreat"

A friend recommended st marys to me, so based on that my daughter and I with our three small dogs went along. What an absolute piece of history this building is. Peter has done a fantastic renovation … More

Hello Both ...thanks for your kind review glad that St.Mary's was upto your expectations ...
I was concerned that one of your dogs took that leap of faith over the perimeter wall ,indeed it is quite a drop on the other side ....perhaps it was bath night and he took off like a bullet ..!!
but seriously I will inform others in future about this issue ..
Thanks again for visiting us .

28 Sep 2014


"Beautiful church, beautiful location"

We had an amazing week at St Mary's, the location is stunning and the church itself is breathtaking. My partner and I both agree that this is definitely the nicest place we have ever stayed, it l… More

Hello Both ,
I'm so proud to have received such a glowing review .
St.Mary's certainly stirs the senses ...a real time capsule .
Outside it only gets better ...I see you packed a lot in to your week's holiday ...perhaps leaving that walk to the summit of Cader Idris for the next visit .
It was a pleasure to have met you both ... and as for the trout you left for me was delicious...thanks so much.

14 Sep 2014



We have just arrived back from a weeks stay at st Mary's chapel and was completely blown away !! Yes it is a real church and you stay in it , the setting and surroundings are jaw drooping . We fi… More

What a fine review ...many thanks ..and I'm so pleased that you had a great week .I hope the planned fishing days were successful and that Lola helped ..!
Thanks also for the descriptive letter you left in the Church ...I see the local wildlife put on a show for you as well as the Airforce display ...something for everyone here at Talyllyn ..!
Hope you'll come visiting us again soon .

12 Sep 2014


"Wonderful New Experiences"

We would like to say how much we enjoyed our holiday. St Mary's Chapel was a delightful and unusual holiday let, in a glorious setting by the Tal-y-llyn lake beneath the impressive Cadair Idris. In our mid-seventies we never thought to ever have had the experience of breakfasting in a churchyard , were we could watch the swifts swirling just over our heads and watching the antics of the little robin flitting around.
Peter met us when we arrived and showed us around and explained how everything worked. We found the accommodation clean and comfortable and well equipped. That the body of the chapel has been left intact, and we were particularly interested in seeing the 1000 year old font.
It was great having the Pen-y-Bont Hotel/Pub just a step across the road doing good food and real ale.
It was especially convenient for us as preserved steam railway enthusiasts having the Tal-y-llyn narrow gauge railway just down the road at Abergynolwyn, and other lines all within a reasonable distance.
Wonderful ! Thank you Peter.

Thank you both for this kind review .I'm so pleased that your daughter recommended St.Mary's to you's good to know that your likes are simular ..!
Hope to see you again one day .

14 Aug 2014


"A Unique and Relaxing Experience"

St Marys is a simply stunning Historical Chapel, full of charm and character which Peter Matthews has restored sympathetically with full respect.Set in tranquil unspoilt surroundings with stunning vie… More

What a treat to have this really pleasing review ....thanks so much .
To recommend the holiday to your friends is also appreciated and I'll make sure they have a great time also ...
With your new title you'll have to change your Sundays around a bit I think ..!
I look forward to seeing you both again one day ..
With Regards

3 Aug 2014


"Out of this world holiday, you have to see it to believe it"

I have never in my life stayed anywhere like this. The views are incredible and the church itself takes your breath away. We actually drove by it at first not believing that it was the right place. Pe… More

How do I respond to such a first rate review ....!!!?
Thanks so much Tracy ,it really does make the effort worthwhile when you find someone who comes and stays who really appreciates the old Church.
Indeed I am looking forward to meeting you all next year even if it means staying on to welcome you till 10pm....
Keep following the events that happen with us here at Talyllyn ...
ps..Saw your hedgehog on Facebook earlier ...!!
Wishing you all the best ..

22 Jul 2014


"Excellent stay"

We really enjoyed our stay in this listed site! The decommissioned church has been sensitively amended to provide comfortable accommodation whilst maintaining the character and sensitivity of the site… More

This positive review is all the more important to me because you had come from Australia to visit St.Mary's and Talyllyn ....
It was a pleasure meeting you both and to share the stories of letting out unusual properties...
God bless TripAdvisor and the World Wide Web I say ....
If you come this way again don't forget to knock on our door ..
With Regards

Review 1-10 of 36

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