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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

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Not suitable for children
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
  • Car not necessary

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. Four miles down the road is the Talyllyn Railway which steams down the valley to Tywyn. A holiday with a difference!

Size Sleeps up to 3, 2 bedrooms
Access Car not necessary
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General TV, 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 Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking

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Review 1-10 of 16

8 Apr 2014



St Mary's was truly wonderful . The location was perfect and so peaceful despite being on a main road . No noise and only the sheep and lambs and birds to listen too. We { my friend and I } did not want to come home and as someone else said the beds are divine.Inside was lovely and it was great to wake up and look through my glass partition and see the chapel and the altar with the stained glass window while still lying in bed awesome!!!!! Peter Mathews should be very proud of his conversion while still keeeping it as a chapel We will be back next year i'm sure Sarah stewart

Thanks for your kind review is really appreciated ..
Lovely to have met you both , and your dog ..and do hope to see you again one day ..
With Regards

17 Mar 2014


"There are not enough superlatives to describe St Mary's"

High expectations from reading other reviews and seeing the photos were in fact totally exceeded. Such a truly special, remarkable and magical place. I am so grateful that Pete has decided to share th… More

Thanks so much for such a pleasing review - It's good to know that the planning involved for your break was such a success - I'm sure you are looking forward to your return to Talyllyn and St.Mary's...

23 Dec 2013



My partner and I stayed at St Mary's with a couple of friends in early December. Our expectations were quite high from the photos, but what we saw when we arrived there was awe inspiring. The pic… More

I thought that I had received all the Christmas presents I was going to get and then your review popped up ....thanks so much for your kind words ...I'm so pleased that you all had a good time and were impressed by St. Mary's..

2 Dec 2013


"Magnificent Setting"

We made our final choice of St Marys based on the reviews on this site, we were not disappointed. We wanted peace & quite with amazing surroundings and that was exactly what we got and then some. I th… More

Thanks for your kind review and I'm so pleased that you both enjoyed your holiday ...I've just seen the photos of St.Mary's and Talyllyn that you have posted ... what a treat to be here when the lake was like a mirror ,a more calming surroundings is hard to find ... lets hope you'll pass this way again ..
With Regards

14 Nov 2013



What can I say! what a beautiful, peaceful, tranquil place to stay. We stayed at St Marys for 2 weeks, travelled all over Wales but it was always lovely when we got back to the church to just chill. Peter has done a fantastic job of keeping it as a church and for people to get the chance to experience staying there. The weather wasn't too bad as we expected it to be awful in October, so that was a bonus. There's a nice pub across the road from St Marys that makes beautiful home cooked meals if you didn't fancy cooking although we made quite a few meals in the church as Peter has made shore the place has everything you need whilst staying there. Oh and as for the bed downstairs, I really want the details of where it was bought because it's definitely going on my list to Santa. I didn't want to get out of it in the morning. Anyway so all you have to do is pack your bags and travel to an amazing experience as we both did.

Thanks so much for giving this pleasing review and for being my first guests to stay two weeks ... I'm sure it was good medicine for you both .. a week isn't long enough at Talyllyn I'm glad St.Mary's gave you a relaxing holiday ...and perhaps you'll come again one day ..
With Regards

9 Nov 2013


"Stunning location and property in a beautiful area of Wales."

Enjoyed a great break here in late October with my daughter and family. The pictures do match the location and the views across the lake to Cader Idris are magical. The chapel itself has been carefully renovated and is full of interesting features and just fits perfectly into its surroundings. I had not visited this part of Snowdonia before and I think it is the best - very close to a great coastal area and plenty of hillwalking for all levels and some interesting small towns nearby. This was a good time of year to go as it was quiet but still ok for walking. I juggled days at the coast with walks in the hills depending on weather. Owner was friendly and helpful and got back to me straightaway when I needed to ask something. Great walks through the woods and waterfalls on the lower slopes of Cader Idris, if you don't want to go all the way to the top.

Thanks so much for your kind review of St.Mary's and our location's a wonderful area to come to... and I'm so pleased that you enjoyed yourselves ...
perhaps we'll see you again one day...
With Regards

21 Oct 2013


"Can't wait to return"

My husband and I stayed in the church in July (Peter's first guests) and we were really looking forward to our return visit, even though we knew exactly what to expect. I've been waiting to … More

What can I say to you in thanks for another fine review for St.Mary's ...and to know you're coming back yet again is pleasing indeed .
You said that you heard some people's disappointment from outside that the old Church was closed but I also know that you showed some others around and delighted ,like I do ,in telling them of it's history...
St.Mary's has now got a new future and whilst respecting it's past we can look forward to keeping it sustainable for years to come..
Thanks both..

12 Oct 2013


"Wonderful break"

We thoroughly enjoyed staying in the churchPeter has made it very homely.the cooking facilities are excellent we cooked every day we bought local produce .we found some local pubs which were very fri… More

Thanks so much for your pleasing review,and so glad that you had such a good time ...St.Mary's and I welcome you back again one day .
With Regards

28 Sep 2013


"Wonderful in so many ways"

What a fabulouse place to stay. Having moved to North Wales for work and having temporary digs this was ideal to allow me to show my parents in there 70's and their birthdays being on the 21st a… More

Thanks very much for your kind review of St.Mary's ...I'm pleased that your surprise treat for your mum and dad was such a success ... I was half expecting to find a slice of birthday cake for me in the vestry .. but alas it wasn't to be !
Hoping to see you again one day ..

19 Sep 2013



I would like to go back again. I really liked playing the pump organ and climbing Mt Cader Idris. I liked the fact that the church was 600 years old. The bedrooms were great, they had SENSOR LIGHTS… More

Thanks boys for your review of your holiday experience.... I was impressed by your ability to play the Church organ ...I thought you chaps would only be experts on the PlayStation ! Tell your dad that if he can't manage the summit of Cader Idris then he can't go out to the pub !!
Hope to see you again one day !!

Review 1-10 of 16

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