It's difficult to find anything different to say .......all we can do is to reiterate all that has been written in previous reviews! As soon as we arrived, walked through the south lychgate and were greeted by Peter we felt the peace and calmness that this place emanates.... Peter's years of hard work and sensitivity to the history, the building and the surroundings has produced a very special place which is comfortable, cosy and warm with all that you need for a relaxing break with easy access to beautiful countryside. We had a list of things we were going to do, but in the end , apart from some minor excursions, we just wallowed in the tranquility. The graveyard is so calming..... each stone telling its own story surrounded by many wild flowers i haven't seen for a while.... speedwell, herb robert, cuckoo flower, as well as sorrel, plantain, bluebells and meadow buttercups. The air is constantly filled with birdsong including a cuckoo, which again we haven't heard for years! A bench at the top of the land gives a commanding view of the valley and its birdlife too. The road in front of the church is busy, but strangely does not intrude on the peace. The walk along the lake is easy and quiet with a rewarding drink or bite to eat at the Mynffordd hotel or the visitors centre. On the practical side... there is always plenty of hot water with nice big fluffy towels; the eco loo is no big deal...the kitchen is well equipped and the beds are very comfortable...firm but soft! A wonderful collection of classical LPs and a record player in the church itself which of course has amazing acoustics!The church porch made a perfect painting studio with shade but a good light and access to the fresh air and country views. Thank you Peter for your dedication in making this wonderful place, live again!
What a lovely place this is. The photos dont do it justice at all!!!
We had a great time exploing the local area to. Will defiantly be returning to this quirky church
We stayed at St Mary’s this April with our two sons aged 5 and 10. It was completely amazing and blew us away from the moment we entered. The photos really don’t do this place justice and we can’t recommend it enough.
The location is just beautiful and the whole experience of St Mary’s has been extremely well thought out. The main living area is well equipped and cosy; there’s everything you may need to cook a meal for a family and plenty of space. The main body of the church is largely intact and is lovely to sit in.
Both bedrooms are huge (because of angles it’s hard to appreciate this in the photos) both rooms are cosy and when you’re safely ensconced in the downstairs ‘pod’ you could be in any luxury hotel. Hot water was plentiful and the shower water-pressure was powerful enough to let me wash my long hair (always a consideration!). To be honest, we were not expecting such a nice bathroom, our expectations were exceeded on all counts. Dealing with the ‘eco-loo’ is no more challenging than emptying a bin and there was no smell at all.
I was a bit worried that my sons may find it a bit ‘spooky’ staying in church, but it really wasn’t. St Mary’s has a lovely calm and peaceful feel and our sons loved looking at the stained glass windows and finding out what the font was for. We aren’t a religious family, but it was a good experience for our boys and provoked some interesting conversations.
The outside space is very user-friendly, there’s a path with plenty of parking space at the end. The path has traditional stone walls either side and it’s a bit tight but once we’d unloaded the car we left our car by the bottom of the lane. If you don’t fancy sitting outside in the graveyard, there’s a large private field behind the church with a picnic bench next to some sheep who will come and ‘visit’ you. Very peaceful.
Peter, the owner, is such a lovely man, he met us at the church and was warm and friendly, explaining everything to us and leaving us his number when he left. He answered his phone immediately when we had a query. It’s lovely to see this building being maintained and it was an honour to stay in such a unique and inspiring space.
We are already planning our next holiday here. If you want a completely original and quirky holiday - don’t hesitate to book St Mary’s !
I've just returned from a holiday here with my friends , it looked wonderful on all the pictures we had seen but it was way beyond wonderful ! We had a lovely warm welcome by Peter who owns the place and a quick guided tour to tell us all we needed to know .Peter has done the most incredible job restoring and converting this property, he has thought of absolutely everything , there's everything you could possibly need and more besides . Mornings and evenings were spent sitting on the many benches outside watching all the lovely birds coming to feed , I had thought ahead and taken bird food with me . On a clear night the sky is amazing with a clear view of the milky way over the chapel and thousands of stars .Before I went a lot of people said to me that it sounded creepy staying in a chapel surrounded by graves but it was actually really peaceful and had a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere about it.The interior of the chapel is absolutely stunning , the living area is warm and cosy and beautifully furnished and the bedrooms are fabulous , especially the upstairs one .The chapel itself has been lovingly and thoughtfully restored retaining all the original features . Anyone thinking of going here stop thinking about it and go ahead and book it , you'll be so glad you did . I shall certainly be returning. Thank you so much Peter for the most wonderful holiday accommodation
Lots of holiday cottages are described as idyllic but this one takes it to whole new level. The location is stunning, being right at the tip of Talyllyn in a lovely Welsh valley and with no other properties nearby apart from a small hotel/restaurant opposite. The accommodation is a church. An entire church. Hold on to that notion. The owner has valiantly worked with the local authorities and several other vested interests in order to convert a disused building into an individual, unusual and delightful place to stay. If you are looking for a standard holiday cottage then this is not for you, but if you appreciate something a little quirky and packed with local history then you will love it here.
I went alone with two small dogs, but the venue is suitable for couples, friends, (two double bedrooms) or a small family.
There is a cosy lounge area and basic kitchen/dining section in the former vestry, which together form the main part of the day-to-day functional living space. Then it gets exciting, for in order to reach the bedrooms you need to enter the main body of the (largely untouched) church and walk down the aisle to the end where there are two places to sleep. You could choose to snuggle down in a self contained 'pod' with good en suite facilities or, situated on top of that, you might go for the open mezzanine bedroom which is high up in the beams. Both overlook the nave and have a stunning view of the entire length of the church, its incredible 500 year old painted ceiling and the beautiful stained glass window at the opposite end.
Like much of the valleys, there is no mobile signal, but there is free wifi so it's just like being at home as far as communication is concerned. There is a TV in the living room and both bedrooms (though quite why anybody would want to watch television in a place like this is beyond me) and also a selection of DVDs and CDs. For classical music fans the owner had donated a vast collection of boxed set vinyls and a good old fashioned hi fi located in the main body of the church so you can turn your up your Traviata to max volume (imagine the acoustics!) and not disturb anybody.
The graveyard is vast and full of the final resting places for many Pughs, Williamses, Joneses and Owens, so you can have an interesting time plotting the demise of entire Welsh dynasties dating back to 1690-something.
The immediate area is very peaceful, despite the property being on a road and within the Mach loop (very exciting if you like that sort of thing, but you have to be quick-witted if you want to see anything!) Local towns Tywyn and Machynlleth are a few miles down the road and the whole of Snowdonia is on the doorstep.
Are there any minus points? Well, not really, but it's worth pointing out that the surrounding graveyard is open to the public and if you have dogs you are asked to keep them on leads. During my visit I had nobody enter the grounds so I did not feel at all intruded upon. The other thing some reviewers mention is the eco toilet. Don't worry about the eco toilet. It's no big deal. It's here because of local planning restrictions and it's a worthy compromise in order to make this amazing building available for so many people to enjoy.
I went for a working holiday but got no work done at all. I shall go back, and still do no work, but relish every second of my time there.