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Bala

The market town of Bala has an enviable position at the northern end of Llyn Tegid, or Bala Lake. Set in the Snowdonia National Park it provides a year round holiday destination, with plenty of outdoor activities close at hand.

Centred on the wide High Street, it has a good choice of interesting shops, cafes, restaurants and inns. The town trail takes around two hours to complete and will give visitors a taste of the history and culture of this town that was founded in about 1310.

The area around Bala offers lots of outdoor activities from the doorstep, including walking, climbing and mountain biking. In addition the lake and rivers provide a range of water sports.

The river that runs through Bala, the Afon Tryweryn, is known for white water kayaking and the National Whitewater Centre is based in the town. Here, visitors over the age of twelve can book to join activities such as rafting and canyoning.

Keen fishermen will find that fish are plentiful in Lake Bala, which is the largest natural lake in Wales. Wildlife enthusiasts will be thrilled at the range of birds here, from divers and cormorants on the lake to wagtails and dippers on the rivers. Otters have also been reintroduced to the rivers, and visitors may be lucky enough to spot the birds of prey; such as red kite, merlin or even the increasingly rare hen harrier, over the upland areas, which also support larks, curlew and red and black grouse.

The Bala Lake Railway is a narrow-gauge line running through 4.5 miles of lake and mountain scenery from Llanuwchllyn to Bala, and there are many trails for visitors to follow. These include a paper trail and treasure hunt for children as well as scenic walks and heritage trails. There are even canoe trails on Lake Bala.

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  • Bryn Awel

    Bala

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: OWP

    Bryn Awel is an exquisite Grade II listed detached holiday cottage, the view from which is stunning with a panoramic outlook across the Upper Dee Valley. This is one of the most attractive valleys in the UK. As part of the 2,500-acre Crogen Estate, there are plenty of activities to be enjoyed such as walking and sightseeing with fishing and tennis by arrangement, and for the more adventurous, paint balling and high ropes. Golf can be found locally. Within 1½ miles there is an outstanding restaurant, pub and village shop. Bala Lake is only a short drive away and the sandy beaches of west Wales’ coastline are approximately 45 minute drive. Llangollen is a nearby town with its horse drawn barges, steam train and numerous festivals throughout the year. Shop 1½ miles.

    Living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Galley-style kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating and bed linen included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • No smoking

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  • Hendy Bach

    LLanfor, near Bala

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 11170


    A beautiful Welsh stone holiday cottage, one of a pair, dating back to the 18th century, retaining charm and character with exposed stone walls, beams and wood-burning stoves. It stands proud in the village of Llanfor, just outside the popular tourist area of Bala with a lake ideal for water sports, the white water rafting centre and miniature steam railway that chuffs its way along the side of the lake. This excellent base is very central for enjoying north Wales, mid Wales and the Cheshire/Shropshire borderlands. To the west of the town, head towards Dolgellau, a small market town, home to the famous Cader Idris, Cymer Abbey, Coed-y-Brenin Mountain Bike Centre and Mawddach Trail, the Cambrian Coast and Portmeirion. Head north to the majestic Mount Snowdon, passing Blaenau Ffestiniog, the slate caverns and Ffestiniog Railway, Betws-y-Coed and Swallow Falls then on beyond to Conwy and Caernarfon, both famed for their castles. Heading east takes you towards Llangollen with its horse-drawn barges, canal boat trips, the motor museum, River Dee, abbey and steam railway along to either Chester or Chirk Castle and Erddig (both NT). Journeying south takes you on a scenic trip through the Berwyn Mountain range towards Lake Vyrnwy, Pistyll Rhaeadr (Wales’ largest waterfall), and Powys Castle (NT). Shops and pubs 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freesat TV. DVD. Microwave. Use of washing machine. Wi-fi. Patio and furniture. Shared grassed area. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Crud Y Werin Cottages - Crud Y Wennol

    Bethel, nr. Bala

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 29120

    This stunning pair of barn conversions are architecturally designed, with the use of traditional materials throughout, which retain and preserve many of the original features. Situated on a 150-acre farm with sheep and Welsh Black Cattle, these semi-detached holiday cottages (references 29119 and 29120) occupy an elevated position looking down across the beautiful North Wales countryside, in a wonderfully central location between the popular tourist destinations of Bala, Llangollen and Betws-y-Coed. Bala Lake, the largest natural lake in Wales, attracts visitors of all ages to the area, with its tranquil serenity and its fantastic scenery. Sailing, raft building, canoeing and fishing are available, as well as the more adventurous sports of white-water rafting, paintballing and high ropes courses. Llangollen with its horse-drawn barges, canal boat trips, motor museum, steam railway and, of course Eisteddfod, is a popular choice, and Betws-y-Coed, the gateway to Snowdonia, attracts visitors all year round to its attractive selection of shops, miniature railway and Swallow Falls. Shop, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washer/ dryer. Wi-fi. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Natural water supply from a spring. No smoking. NB: Drop in grounds.

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  • Awel Y Grug

    Sarnau, Bala, Gwynedd

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC612048
    Awel y Grug, translated as Breeze Over the Heather, nestles in the small hamlet of Sarnau, amidst lush green countryside. This attractive stone holiday cottage has a  cosy and welcoming feel inside with a fabulous fireplace and original stone lintel being just the perfect spot for the wood burning stove. The bedroom and en suite bathroom have been beautifully finished and feel fresh and light. The attractive garden is well tended by the owner who lives next door, inviting you to sit outside in the sunshine for a morning coffee while you plan your day ahead. Golf nearby.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Dining: With wood burning stove, Freeview TV/DVD, radio and dining furniture for 3
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge and freezer

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and single bed and en suite bathroom with small bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for wood burning stove. Cot and high chair available. Shared washing machine. Wi-Fi.

    Mature garden, shared with the owner and surrounded, but not fully enclosed, by hedging and a low wall with garden furniture. BBQ. Please note that there are steps leading from the top of the garden to the lower level. There are unprotected drops within the useable grounds of the property.  There is a utility area housing a washing machine and this is shared with the owner. Parking for 2 cars. Cycle store.

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  • Y Bwthyn

    Bala

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: CC612090
    Gloriously situated at the end of Bala Lake, this delightful holiday property, next door to the owners’ seasonal coffee shop, has a lovely decked area from which to admire the stunning views across Wales’ largest natural lake. Fishing is available on Bala Lake (or Llyn Tegid to give it its Welsh name) and a licence may be purchased locally. Stroll to the end of the lake and catch a narrow gauge steam train on the Bala Lake Railway, along the lake shore to the pretty village of Llanuwchllyn. The market town of Bala is close by and offers several pubs, restaurants and cafes within walking distance, as well as a nearby leisure centre and shopping facilities. Located in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, you can take the mountain road over to Lake Vyrnwy, an experience in itself, or the easy route to the beach at Barmouth, just over 25 miles away.

    Ground Floor: The property has eight steps to the entrance, gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge 1: Beamed with gas fire, 40" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Lounge 2.
    Kitchen/dining room: Beamed with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.
    Steep, open-tread stairs to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: Beamed with double bed and TV.
    Bedroom 2: Beamed with single bed and TV.
    Bathroom: With bath.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Stairgate on request. Wi-Fi.

    Courtyard garden with decked sitting-out area and furniture.Bike store. Parking for 2 cars. No smoking.
    There are 9 open tread steps leading to the entrance of the property and there are steep internal open tread tread stairs leading to the first floor. The decking area has horizontal railings. Extra care should be taken

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  • Maesteg

    Llandrillo

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: WN77

    A cosy retreat at any time of the year, this attractive, self-contained holiday cottage enjoys a courtyard setting. Within easy reach of the Berwyn Mountains, it is perfectly placed for walking, horse riding, 1 mile, and sailing at beautiful Bala Lake nearby and lies just to the west of the Snowdonia National Park. Visit Corwen with the historic Llangar Old Church, Rug Chapel and curry house that won best in Wales, or Llangollen, home of both the International Musical Eisteddfod and Llangollen Steam Railway. Ruthin is where you can visit the magnificently restored Nantclwyd Y Dre town house, or explore Betws-y-Coed, gateway to the Snowdonia National Park, with its bustling shops and leafy forest walks. The Welsh Mountain Zoo is well worth a visit as well Chirk Castle (NT), the Horse Drawn Boats and Canal Exhibition Centre and the Chwarel Wynne Mine. Shop/PO and pub serving food within a few hundred yards. A welcome bottle of wine is provided for guests upon arrival. Maesteg can be booked with B6861 to sleep a total of 14 guests.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk.

    NSH, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed courtyard with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Plas Gower - Rectory Cottage

    Llangower, near Bala

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: IWA

    These adjoining stone-built properties sit in a prominent position in the tiny hamlet of Llangower on the south side of Llyn Tegid, the largest natural lake in Wales. With views towards the lake, the shoreline is only about 200 yards away, they provide an enchanting holiday location for those looking for a relaxing stay or ample opportunities for the more energetic. The Grade II Georgian listed Rector’s House (ref OP7) was home to the rector of the ancient chapel at Llangower which was built in the 13th-century but modernised at about the same time as the rectory was built. Retaining its character, the house catches the sun from all directions, with glimpses of the lake, valley and mountains. Rectory Cottage (ref IWA) has a romantic feel with its wood-burning stove and views. On the southern edge of Snowdonia National Park, this is an ideal place for walking, sailing or just lazing. The well-known market town of Bala is a short drive away (3 miles) where most facilities are available including several good pubs and restaurants, a supermarket, butcher, bakers, post office, chemist, curiosity and gift shops. The local leisure centre provides swimming and fitness facilities and there is a small ten-pin bowling alley nearby and single-screen cinema in the town. The coast at Barmouth is 40-minute drive, and the towns of Dolgellau and Portmadoc, both a 25-minute trip away, provide interest for all the family. Shop and pub 3 miles.

    Living room with wood-burning stove. Fitted kitchen/dining room. Double bedroom. Steep open-tread stairs to first floor: Twin bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment, shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Econ 7 NSH included
    • Enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)

    Both properties:

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi

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  • Fron Feuno Cottage

    Bala

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: JKT

    This cosy, well-appointed, detached holiday cottage - with a lovely view across Lake Bala - is in an elevated position behind the owner’s house and has its own drive, terraced garden and parking. With open woodland on one side and fields behind, the cottage is all on one floor. Just a mile away is the popular town of Bala in Snowdonia National Park. The 4-mile long lake offers excellent facilities for sailing, canoeing, fishing, wind-surfing and swimming. There is also a lakeside narrow-gauge railway as well as golf and horse riding nearby. Shops and pub 1 mile.

    Living room with superb views across the lake. Spacious, modern fitted kitchen open to dining area. Double bedroom with superb lake view. Twin bedroom with woodland view. Bathroom with electric over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, electricity convector heaters, partial NSH bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • Video
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine, tumble dryer and spin dryer (external utility)
    • Terraced garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Grass tennis court
    • Fishing, 100 yd stretch - 2 miles by arrangement
    • Access unsuitable for the infirm

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  • Crud Y Werin Cottages - Crud Y Werin

    Bethel, nr. Bala

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 29119

    This stunning pair of barn conversions are architecturally designed, with the use of traditional materials throughout, which retain and preserve many of the original features. Situated on a 150-acre farm with sheep and Welsh Black Cattle, these semi-detached holiday cottages (references 29119 and 29120) occupy an elevated position looking down across the beautiful North Wales countryside, in a wonderfully central location between the popular tourist destinations of Bala, Llangollen and Betws-y-Coed. Bala Lake, the largest natural lake in Wales, attracts visitors of all ages to the area, with its tranquil serenity and its fantastic scenery. Sailing, raft building, canoeing and fishing are available, as well as the more adventurous sports of white-water rafting, paintballing and high ropes courses. Llangollen with its horse-drawn barges, canal boat trips, motor museum, steam railway and, of course Eisteddfod, is a popular choice, and Betws-y-Coed, the gateway to Snowdonia, attracts visitors all year round to its attractive selection of shops, miniature railway and Swallow Falls. Shop, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

    Ground floor: 3 steps to living room. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Dishwasher.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washer/ dryer. Wi-fi. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Natural water supply from a spring. No smoking. NB: Drop in grounds.

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  • Crogen Wing

    Bala

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: OG3


    Situated in one of the most beautiful and undiscovered areas of Britain, Crogen Wing forms part of the 2,500 acre estate of Crogen Hall, but has its own entrance and has been renovated to an impeccable standard. Upstairs comprises of a spacious, elegant twin bedroom and a double bedroom, each with an en-suite. There is also a living room on the first floor with a wood-burning stove. The wing is furnished with a tasteful blend of art, antiques and more contemporary pieces. Downstairs is a stylish farmhouse kitchen with a 2-door aga, opening out onto an attractive cobbled courtyard with a seating area. For exclusive use of guests, there is a large area of garden with furniture to the east of the house, with stunning views to the manicured lawns. The River Dee flows just metres beyond the cobbled yard, and guests in the wing have use of a sitting area set above the river bank, an ideal spot for taking an evening drink and watching the sun sink behind the mountains. The wing is fuelled with biomass heating, and is toasty warm at all times.
    Crogen Hall nestles cosily amongst a stunning backdrop of dramatic mountain ranges and pine forests on the Denbighshire/Gwynedd border, on the banks of the River Dee. A high ropes course and paintballing site set in stunning forest is within ½ mile. Crogen Wing is in an ideal location for enjoying the beautiful Welsh countryside, and also for visiting the English towns of Chester and Shrewsbury - both of which offer historical days out. The quaint market town of Corwen lies just 8 miles from the typical Welsh town of Llangollen which hosts the International Eisteddfod Music Festival each July. This famous folk festival provides an array of music, dance and poetry for all ages. Llangollen is also popular throughout the rest of the year, with white water rafting available and numerous historical sites and attractions to visit. Snowdonia National Park is easily accessible and well worth a visit, with its breathtaking mountains offering beautiful views and scenery. For the more adventurous, Bala Lake (5 miles), the largest natural lake in Wales, is a major centre for many water sports including sailing, windsurfing and white water rafting. For food lovers, just 1½ miles away, there is both a Michelin starred restaurant and a local pub. Shop 1¾ miles, pubs 1½ miles.

    Dining room/kitchen with oil Aga (for cooking). First floor: Living room with wood-burning stove. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Biomass central heating £50per week, £30 per short break
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Oil Aga included
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed courtyard and lawned area with furniture
    • 2500-acre shared grounds
    • Ample parking
    • Tennis court by arrangement
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • No smoking
    • NB: River 40 yards from property

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  • Cae Cynddelw

    Llandderfel near Bala

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: UK6042
    Gloriously situated up on the hillside on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park overlooking the pretty village of Llandderfel is the lovely detached cottage of Cae Cynddelw. Accessed via a rough track and enjoying wonderful views of the surrounding countryside it’s a real rural retreat. It has an open plan living area downstairs, complete with a cosy wood burner, plus with a sunny conservatory, there is plenty of space to relax. The patio and large lawned garden outside is great for enjoying al fresco dining or fun games with the children and a dog. There’s a traditional inn within walking distance down the hill, a Michelin starred restaurant in the next village of Llandrillo, and it’s only four miles to the town of Bala with a great selection of cafes and eateries, plus the famous Bala Lake where water sports are available. The National Whitewater Rafting Centre at Tryweryn is also close by. Families will love the steam trains on the Bala Lake Railway and Llangollen, home to the annual International Musical Eisteddfod is within easy reach. You can also easily reach the seaside and the sandy beach at Barmouth, 25 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground Floor: Open plan living space: With beams.
    Living area: With wood burner, 30" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and slate floors.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and wooden floor.
    Conservatory.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Economy 7 heating, electricity and bed linen included. Initial logs for wood burner included.

    Large, enclosed, lawned garden with patio, garden furniture, BBQ and fire circle. Private parking for 3 cars, 40 yards. No smoking. Please note: There are 4 steps to the patio and unprotected drop to the garden. The property has a natural water supply from a spring.

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  • Hen Hafod

    Bala

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 5516

    Llanfor is just 1 mile from the market town of Bala, with its famous lake. This detached character holiday cottage, situated on a sheep farm, is at the end of a concrete farm road, providing an ideal private location surrounded by lovely views of the surrounding countryside. Many interesting walks may be taken directly from the cottage, and being on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, offers many very scenic trips through some splendid scenery. The cottage interior is full of charm and character, with a lovely black range in the main living room. Ideal for golf. Shops and pubs 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Two staircases to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating by meter reading. Electricity by £1 meter. Bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Patio. Ample parking. Pets welcome. Visit Wales 4 Star.

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