St Mary's is a property like no other and an experience never to be forgotten. The owner Peter has painstakingly made a wonderful partial conversion of an historic Church in a stunning location.
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I came here with my friend after a recommendation from her sister, who stayed the previous year.
The accommodation is extremely well equipped from bathroom towels through to kitchen equipment.
The kitchen, lounge and dining areas are in the old vestry, off of the main church.
The large double bedrooms are situated at the back of the church. One is inside a wooden walled room (a pod) and has all the home comforts you would expect, along with the bathroom and an eco toilet. The eco toilet was very easy to use and a first for us both.
The other room is up a staircase built on the side of the pod, which takes you to the upstairs room which is a mezzanine up in the roof space of the church.
The layout worked well as my friend preferred the fresh air of the upstairs room and I preferred the homelike cosier feeling of being in the downstairs pod.
The church itself is situated deep in the valley by Talyllyne lake which has stunning views which differed each day.
Walking round the lake is a must, particularly the far side, past the old rectory. There is a tar-macadam pathway round to the main road and the views from this side are spectacular.
The church is steeped in history and there is plenty to read about in the vestry.
There's plenty to do in the local area. Dolgoch Falls is a lovely scenic walk with several waterfalls.
Take the Talyllyne train to Barmouth and the beach there. I highly recommend fish and chips from The Mermaid.
There's a lovely walk called The Mawddach Trail which starts in Barmouth and runs through to Dolgellau. We hired bikes but if you do, I suggest you give them your own MOT as mine 6 miles from the finish line!
Taking the train from Porthmadog up to Blaenau Ffestiniog takes you through Snowdonia National Park, giving you stunning scenery to look at and a visit to the slate mine if you wish.
A lot of work has gone into the renovation of the Church against many odds and the patience and determination has certainly paid off.
Thank you Peter for the opportunity to stay in such a wonderful place. It has certainly been the most restful and relaxing stay in a long time. I can't believe how well I have slept too!
If someone had said to me a year ago that I would be staying in a Church for a week, I would have never believed them. I will definitely be back.
Absolutely amazing holiday ! Couldn't of picked a better spot. Views amazing and the chapel well what can I say, Peter has done it to an amazing standard Woth everything you need for a relaxing break.
We loved it and would definitely go again. The beach was 10 miles away and we went almost everyday. Then nice quiet meals and wine on the picnic bench by the chapel
Thank you so much for letting have this fabulous experience Peter X
Lots of love Shirlie, Ian and George
This is a very unusual holiday rental and a great one at that. We were met by Peter the owner who was just finishing mowing the grass as we arrived. He was very welcoming and showed us into the church and explained everything we needed to know.
You are staying in a former church which has been converted to form a holiday cottage but which still retains the interior of the original church with many of its original features such as, beautiful stained glass window, pews, font and even a working organ. The first question to answer is “no the church is no longer in operation” so you won’t have to head the services on Sunday or dodge the congregation in your nightwear
The living area is situated in the former vestry and comprises a small open kitchen and comfortable seating and dining areas. The two bedrooms are spacious and both have TVs in them.
They both look out into the church interior making for a very interesting view.
There is WiFi and a land line telephone which is useful as there is no signal for a mobile.
Outside the church grounds are well kept and have many different seating areas allowing for viewing the surrounding area of mountains and the lake, which is literally is a stone’s throw away.
The location itself is quite remote, it is about 9 miles to the nearest shop. We found a village on the seafront called Tywyn which has a small supermarket a pub and a quaint old cinema called the Magic Lantern. We found this place the best for stocking up on food etc. There are a couple of small hotels within a short walk of the church both open for food and drink to none residents but we did not try any of these as we like to drive out to a different area most days. If you like walking there are loads of places to go, lots of maps and information available in the cottage, but this isn’t our thing so can’t say much more on that.
We had a brilliant stay and I can’t praise this rental highly enough. Peter has done a great job and deserves congratulations for his hard work in keeping this beautiful old church alive. I would really recommend it if you want somewhere very different and relaxing to stay.
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