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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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  • Sisial Y Llyn

    Bala

    Grade
    9
    5
    2
    3
    Ref: CC612079
    Just a stone’s throw from Wales’ largest natural lake, this lovely property makes a great base for exploring the area. With plenty of space and a delightful conservatory, there are views from the first floor lounge out towards Bala Lake, or to give it its Welsh name, Llyn Tegid, where kayaks and yachts are available to hire. The little steam trains on the Bala Lake Railway run along the shore of the lake to the village of Llanuwchllyn. The town of Bala itself has a range of individual shops, cafes and pubs which are all are within walking distance. The National Whitewater Rafting Centre at Treweryn is a short drive away, whilst the picturesque drive over the mountain road to Lake Vyrnwy makes for a lovely trip. The sandy beaches of Cardigan Bay are just a 45-minute drive away.

    Ground Floor: The property has Economy 7 and oil central heating and comprises:
    Dining room/conservatory: With French doors to garden.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed with en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Lounge: With 42" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player, Velux windows and lake views.
    Bedroom 4: Under eaves with twin beds.
    Bedroom 5: With single day bed and lake views.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All oil, electric and bed linen included. Towels are available at £4 per set. Wi-Fi.

    Small lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Lake 200 yards.

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  • Penrhos

    Llandrillo, nr. Corwen

    Grade
    10
    5
    1
    4
    Ref: B6861

    Set in a peaceful location
    Wonderfully situated for walks in the Berwyn Mountains

    This large detached holiday property with a farmhouse kitchen is located in the village of Llandrillo, between Corwen and Bala, and has views of the surrounding countryside. It is ideal for family holidays and is within walking distance of Corwen with its curry house that won best in Wales. This property is wonderfully situated for exploring the many walks in the Berwyn Mountains or visiting Bala, a mecca for watersports enthusiasts with its lake and sailing opportunities. There is a narrow gauge steam train that takes you alongside Lake Bala. In the other direction is Corwen with the historic Llangar Old Church and Rug Chapel. Llangollen, home of both the International Musical Eisteddfod and Llangollen Steam Railway is just a short distance away, as is Ruthin where you can visit the magnificently restored Nantclwyd Y Dre town house. Also visit 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. Horse riding nearby. Shop/PO and pub serving food within a few hundred yards. Penrhos can be booked with WN77 to sleep a total of 14 guests.

    Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Third living room with French doors. Dining room. Kitchen with beams and slate floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 3 double (one 5ft), one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with spa bath, shower attachment, bidet and toilet. Bathroom with double bath and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas woodburner included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned and gravelled garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Dolgadfa

    Llandderfel, nr. Bala

    Grade
    12
    6
    2
    5
    Ref: OF3

    Dolgadfa, forming part of the Crogen Estate, is a split-unit property that comfortably sleeps twelve people. The estate is located in the Upper Dee Valley and is home to the Robertson family, having sympathetically restored the Grade ll listed farmhouse and barn into comfortable holiday accommodation for a large family party. Dolgadfa is unique, offering access to over 2500 acres of its own private land that includes Wales’ finest woodlands and the River Dee. Dolgadfa has its own fishing offering exclusivity for its guests. At Dolgadfa there is the breathtaking scenery of the estate, and the Berwyn Mountains and Dee Valley are on the doorstep. A short drive leads to Arenig and Aran Mountains and the Snowdonia National Park. Dolgadfa-Crogen is home to Get Wet, the outdoor adventure activity company. The high rope course is one of Europe’s highest and most challenging; paint balling is also available. Lake Bala offers a wide variety of water sports. The white water course at the National White Water Centre on the River Tryweryn is renowned. Courses are available for kayaking, rafting and canoeing. Mountain biking is available at expert centres in Llangollen, Llandegla and Coed-y-Brenin. Shops 1 mile, pubs 3 miles.

    Main house: Sitting room with wood-burning stove. Dining room with open fire. Well-equipped kitchen with oil range, electric cooker and breakfast area. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Two twin bedrooms; one with wash basin. Shower room with toilet. Annexe: Large living room with open fire/dining room. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire and wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Full oil central heating (controlled by owner)
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Oil range included
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • 2 fridge/freezers
    • Wi-fi available at £10per week or per short break
    • Enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Ample parking
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • Please note: There is a fenced river in the grounds.

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