“Can't wait to return”

Reviewed 21 Oct 2013

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

Owner's reply: 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.. Pete

“Wonderful break”

Reviewed 12 Oct 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed staying in the church Peter 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 fr… More

Owner's reply: 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 Pete

“Wonderful in so many ways”

Reviewed 28 Sep 2013

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

Owner's reply: 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 .. Pete


Reviewed 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

Owner's reply: 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 !!

“Didn't want to leave.....”

Reviewed 3 Sep 2013

I spent a wonderful week at St.Mary's with my husband and two daughters (aged 9 and 11) and we all absolutely loved it. Pete (the owner) has done a fabulous job of converting the church. As soon … More

Owner's reply: That's a fine review.. the feeling of not wanting to leave at the end of your holiday is well said ..the old building has a way of wanting you to stay longer... I think it is enjoying it's new vocation and one that will safeguard its future for years to come ... I hope I will see you all again ... I know St.Mary's will want you back...

“Has got to be one of the best places to stay in Wales”

Reviewed 31 Aug 2013

A beautiful place to stay. Very relaxing, Peter has done a fantastic job making the chapel into a holiday letting property with a difference. A lot of care has gone into the fixtures and fittings whi… More

Owner's reply: Thanks so much for this brilliant review.... it is really appreciated... I'm so glad you had such a memorable time ... come back soon ... bats,trout,owls and otters...we'll all be waiting for you !

“A beautiful place to stay”

Reviewed 14 Aug 2013

What a beautiful place to stay. This was a last minute holiday with 2 of my daughters ( aged 17 and 20) and we had a great time. Peter, the owner, had made booking easy, responding to my emails quickl… More

Owner's reply: Something you said to me when we first met suggested to me that you didn't do reviews ...so to see this one appear today was the supreme accolade . Thanks so much and I'm delighted you enjoyed your holiday choice. I hope we will see you all again soon.

“We feel priveledged to have been able to spend time in this magnificent place”

Reviewed 6 Aug 2013

What a fantastic experience and great privilege to have been able to spend time in this magnificent place. You are literally staying in a church with everything as it would have been pews, organ, pulp… More

Owner's reply: Thanks so much for your brilliant review - it brought a lump to my throat knowing that others now see in this old building what I saw years ago ,it was like love at first sight ! I am so proud to be the custodian of St.Mary's and delight in letting others share the experience . I do hope we will see you both again.

“Self-catering with a difference”

Reviewed 29 Jul 2013

So, how do you describe a holiday spent in a renevated church? I'm going to give it a go!!! It's tricky to find this place on a map/satnav, but look for the Pen-Y-Bont hotel & you'll find St Mary's directly opposite. My wife & I were met by Peter, the owner, with a warm welcome. He is very enthusiastic about the place & let us know that we were the 2nd people to stay there, despite himi owngin the property for the last 5 years - it has taken 4 years or more for all the planning permissions to come through etc. What was the vestry has been converted into a kitchen and lounge area - the kitchen has everything you could possibly need, and maybe more! The living area has very comfortbale seating (I even had a nap on the settee one afternoon) as well as a TV with Freeview. There is no mobile signal in the area, though I found that to be treat rather than a hindrance. Pete has provided a landline telephone if anyone does feel the need to use it. He has an "honesty jar" for this, so if you use it just put some money in there to cover any calls made. There is also an excellent wi-fi connection. Through the door from here you go through the church into the bedrooms with the main part of the church is intact, with the pews, pulpit, font, altar and even the organ all present. At the end of the church are the 2 bedrooms - one downstairs and the other upstairs. We stayed in the main downstairs bedroom which had the en-suite. It has been finished to a high specification, very comfy double bed, leather settee & pleanty of storage. There was also a TV here with a built-in DVD player & a selection of DVDs, but we never used it. The en-suite is quite small, but everything does what it is supposed to do, especially considering the restraints imposed when getting the planning permission. The bedroom upstairs is an open plan room looking over the churchnstrel's gallery type room overlooking the church. Again a TV was available as well as a desk & some leather chairs. Admittedly, it's a bit weird having to cross a church hall to go to bed knowing that there are about 500 graves outside ranging from 1684 - 2003, but once we were asleep all was well! The scenery around the place is amazing - there is actually a spot at the top of the graveyard which gives a stunning view of the lake at sunset. As mentioned, across the road is the Pen-y-Bont hotel, which was decent enough for a pint & some food if you didn't want to cook. The lake itself is stunning and, although we didn't manage to walk right the way around it, there are plenty of other areas to explore nearby - take a stroll up the pony trail if you fancy a climb!! About a 20 minute drive is a little seaside town with a few shops if you need to top up on anything as well as a lovely beach. One other thing that I feel must be pointed out is that a few times a day there were Air Force jets screaming overhead as the general area is, apparently, a designated low fly area. It doesn't happen that much & they aren't always directly overhead (though I personally thoguht it was dead cool when they were!!) but I think it's worth pointing out. Practically perfect in every way, I'd have no hesitation in going back or recommending this to anyone & the look on peoples faces when you say that you're going to (or have stayed in) a church with a graveyard is worth it!!

Owner's reply: My second guests at St.Mary's... thanks for this fine review and such a clear description of your holiday experience..it made enjoyable reading . I do hope you will return again one day to complete those walks ..there's plenty of them ! I'll get in touch with the RAF and see if I can get a fly past organised again ..!!

“A relaxing retreat”

Reviewed 20 Jul 2013

My husband and I booked this accommodation at very short notice. This is not the easiest time of year to find property, so as there were no bookings and the owner was able to be flexible with our arr… More

Owner's reply: Thank you both for such a pleasing review. You were my first guests at St. Mary's and I was a so hoping things would go well . The fact that you are coming back in September somehow tells me that you enjoyed your stay ! I am looking forward to your visit and hope to continue to impress !

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