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Certificate of Excellence 2014


Excellent 5/5 Score from 29 reviews

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

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 Pets welcome, 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 Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Access Parking

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Review 1-10 of 29

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

21 Jul 2014


"A perfect stay in a perfect location"

Having travelled to North Wales numerous times, St Mary's has to be one of the prettiest places i've been too.

Ideally located for travelling to the coast, both West and North, but quiet enough for beautiful walks, especially around the lake.

Peter has done the most fantastic work making the bedroom pod warm and cosy, whilst keeping the main part of the church in keeping with its historic past.

I urge you to have a week here.

Thanks for this positive review was a pleasure to meet you both ...I'm well pleased that you enjoyed your stay at St.Mary's with it's beautiful surroundings ...and it would be good to see you here again one day ...
With Regards

5 Jul 2014


"Hauntingly Beautiful"

My wife Sammi and I love places that have history, Tal y Llyn Chapel oozes it. Peter has lovingly restored the chapel with great care not to destroy the true beauty of such an historic building. He was very informative and helpful but also gave us the time and space to explore this wonderful area. I will be definitely be returning.

Thank you both for coming so far to stay at St.Mary's was an absolute pleasure to have you visit really appreciated this historic building ....and I will look forward to welcoming you here again one day...
With Regards

5 Jul 2014


"Third visit, speaks volumes."

This was our 3rd visit to the church and it was yet another lovely weeks holiday. The peace and tranquility are tangible.
We were met again by Peter, who was painstakingly, cutting the grass around the graveyard.
Unlike other visits, we didn't have any visitors to show round. We were disappointed, as we always like to show off Peter's hard work!
We had some really good weather and managed to have 2 good cycle rides on disused railway tracks (Dolgellau to Barmouth and just outside Porthmadog to Carnarvon (cyclists interested in this check I.Net for map)
Had a good meal at the Cross Foxes just outside Dolgellau.
We were very sad to leave again, and will miss the view from the pod when we wake up tomorrow. Nice to have a week AWAY from a washing machine!
To sum up, we're about to book up for another visit this time next year, so Peter and his beautiful property must be doing something right.

Thanks for another lovely stay Peter, and we look forward to seeing you in 2015.
Lynn and Brian

Thank you both for your kind review ..good thinking bring the bikes this time and discovering the cycleways around the area ...they don't come much better than the one from Dolgellau to Barmouth ..
It's good to see you returning to Talyllyn yet again and appreciating the atmosphere and comfort that St.Mary's offers ...
I look forward to your next visit in 2015...
With Regards

22 Jun 2014


"Wonderful location Property not developed to its potential."

Warm welcome Stunning location Fantastic for military mach loop. We had a real fun week with amazing weather each day. But advert does not tell the full story ! There is no privacy !people are on th… More

Ouch !! Where did that review come from .....?!
You chose a holiday in a part converted 15th Century Church ... a truly beautiful old building in one of the finest parts of Wales ...The convertion of this Grade 2* listed building came with a lot of planning restraints ...such as having to install the Eco toilet system ..a modern Swedish design, and one ,if properly used, is brilliant ..
I'm sorry that the kitchen hadn't got all the trappings of your's back home but surely you didn't need a dishwasher, washing machine and tumble drier on a weeks holiday ... and to say that it needs a refit ...I only finished it last July ..!!
Our Church grounds are open to the public I agree ,but only a few visitors call and the signs on the building clearly state that it's in private ownership.. we also have an area of half an acre just next to it for your personal use ...
I wish you had grasped the concept of this holiday that can really stir the senses ... and a real treat for most people ...
obviously not you though...

19 Jun 2014



Our stay at St Mary's was absolutely amazing. We were met and made so welcome by the owner Peter. The accommodation was of the highest standard and shows the love and care Peter has put into the converted chapel - it really was a delight to stay in - after being out visiting various places of interest or coming back down off the mountain it was just like going home... it really is such a nice place. I would highly recommend St Mary's and can say without hesitation you will not be disappointed in any way. Peter was available at the end of telephone if needed, however, the only time we needed to ring was to let him know that we were going. All you need to cook for yourselves or entertain yourselves was at hand - the chapel is very well equipped in every respect. We all had a fantastic stay and if I were to go back to that same area again, I would seek to book St Mary's as the place to stay.

What a very kind review pleased that you enjoyed your holiday at St.Mary's and Talyllyn ....and being told what your profession was John all I can say is ...Matthew:11:28: ....!!

19 Jun 2014


"Lovely and unique!"

We has a lovely stay at St Mary's in May. We would recommend climbing Cader Idris and just enjoying the church itself!
Thank-you for the wine Peter and what a perfect place to start married life!

Sue and Lee

Thank you both for staying at St.Mary's on your honeymoon ....I'm so glad you enjoyed the location ...and may I wish you all the best for the future ....perhaps you'll return to celebrate an anniversary..

18 May 2014


"Cozy, Bucolic and Unique in Mid-Wales"

Warm, hands-on welcome to mid Wales from Pete, the owner, at restored Chapel in up-to-date accommodations. Morning pastoral happening with sheep and lambs over the fence, and old cemetery to explore adjacent.

Thanks so much for your review were my first American visitors so I was well pleased about that ...and it's good to know that you enjoyed our peaceful surroundings...I hope that your continued journey around Wales impressed and that you'll call again one day ..

Review 1-10 of 29

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