When it comes to choosing an idyllic setting to establish a business, you would be hard pressed to beat Talyllyn, nestling at the foot of Cadair Idris between Dolgellau and Tywyn. That’s exactly what Ricky Francis did in 2005 when he and his partner bought The Old Rectory, the perfect place for a family holiday, on the banks of the picture postcard lake.
The 100-year-old property has been lovingly converted into a gold award five star, three double bedroomed bed and breakfast establishment, which attracts visitors from around the globe. The Rectory Retreat has also been created to meet the specific needs of those with mobility issues, making it ideal accommodation for anyone.
TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel review site, has just awarded the business a 2012 Certificate of Excellence and its reviewers have this week rated The Old Rectory on the Lake as the top Bed and Breakfast in Wales! It has also become the first bed and breakfast in the UK to be awarded a World Host certificate.
“For many years, we had been looking to run a luxury bed and breakfast operation here in Wales and had been concentrating our searches more specifically on the coast,” he explained. “One evening, a Google search for homes for sale by water found The Old Rectory at Talyllyn.
“It was love at first sight and we knew then that this imposing building, enjoying the most amazing views across the lake and to the spectacular mountain beyond, would be the ideal place.”
The first thing Ricky did when setting up the B & B business was to join Mid Wales Tourism (MWT), a successful organisation based in nearby Machynlleth which represents around 600 tourism and hospitality businesses in Meirionnydd, Powys and Ceredigion.
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