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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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  • 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: The property has a natural water supply from a spring.

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  • Ty-Hen Cottage

    Capel Celyn, nr. Bala

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W40349

    Historic cottage with stunning lake and mountain views set in several acres of Snowdonia National Park

    Ty-Hen Cottage is situated at the base of the mountains of Arenig Fach and Arenig Fawn and has stunning views directly over Lake Ellyn. This detached property is sited in an SSSI, where an abundance of unusual wildlife are regularly spotted. The area is also of particular historic interest, as the site is a former 16th century Quaker settlement consisting of Ty-Hen Cottage, along with a detached stone barn conversion. The site extends to 9.5 acres with both the cottage and the barn enjoying their own picnic areas; secluded areas of garden, private parking, but sharing access with the barn to a private wood and a large paddock and river frontage. For those feeling more adventurous enjoy a walk through the paddock and into the tranquil surroundings, experiencing the true essence of the Snowdonia National Park, where the paths wind through breathtaking scenery, pass secluded mountain lakes and where native falcons are often seen. Ty-Hen Cottage has the traditional look and feel of a Welsh cottage, yet the facilities complement the beams, slate floors and stone fireplaces. Golf can be found nearby. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 7 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Slate stone floor and beams throughout. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), 1 twin. Cloakroom with toilet.

    Open fire in dining room, woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating and electricity £60per week September-June, £30per week July-August. Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Internet connection (at cost). Enclosed patio and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Natural water supply from rivers. No smoking. NB: 2 rivers in garden.

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  • Llanerch-y-baedd

    Llandderfel

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 28970

    Llanerch, forming part of the Crogen Estate, is a detached holiday cottage with far reaching views towards the Berwyn Mountains. Llanerch is situated in the Upper Dee Valley 5 miles outside the town of Bala, gateway to the Snowdonia National Park. Crogen is home to Get Wet, the outdoor adventure activity company, the high ropes course is one of Europe’s highest and most challenging, and paint balling is also available. Aran and Arenig mountains are but a short drive away, with the nearest coastal town of Porthmadog being 45 minutes’ drive, plus all the numerous castles and other coastal villages and towns of North Wales. 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 in kayaking, rafting and canoeing. Mountain biking is available at expert centres in Llangollen, Llandegla and Coed-y-Brenin. Private fishing is also available on the River Dee. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room with walk-in shower, toilet and bidet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) leading to 1 twin. Bathroom with freestanding bath, shower attachment, toilet.

    Woodburner in living room and kitchen included. Full oil central heating (controlled by owner), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair (on request). Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi (£10 poa). Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Balcony. Barbecue. Ample parking. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Steep, rough track to property.

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  • Maesmor

    Bala

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 16428

    Maesmor offers comfortable holiday accommodation within easy walking distance of the town centre which has plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. In a rural location, the property is conveniently placed for guests wishing to take advantage of the watersports on offer at the lake, and boasts picturesque lake views from one of the bedrooms and full central heating for those chilly winter nights. Ideal for golf. Shops and pubs 400 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath. Separate toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Small garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Visit Wales 4 Star.

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  • Glanfa

    Bala

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: UK6012
    All on one level, this comfortable, detached holiday property is situated in a quiet residential area in Bala, which is located in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park. The town centre and Bala Lake, the largest natural lake in Wales, is just a short walk away. There’s a pleasant enclosed lawned garden to the rear, and walks start straight from the door. Take a trip on the Bala Lake Railway to Llanuwchllyn, or experience the thrill of the National Whitewater Rafting Centre at nearby Tryweryn. In the town centre, there’s a great selection of eateries and pubs, along with some lovely individual Welsh shops. Located roughly midway between pretty Llangollen, home of the International Musical Eisteddfod, and the seaside resort of Barmouth with its sandy beach, this makes a perfect base from which to explore the area.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining room/conservatory: With French doors.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With bunk bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi.

    Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store on request. No smoking.

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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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  • Dol Afon

    Llanuwchllyn, nr. Bala

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: HW7588

    Boasting a lovely rural setting and spectacular views, this beautifully converted stone barn offers spacious and very comfortable family holiday accommodation as well as fishing on the river in the grounds and walking and bird watching from the door. Lake Bala with its sailing, windsurfing, fishing and narrow gauge steam railway is just a short drive and white water rafting and Snowdonia’s outdoor pursuits are easily accessible. Shop and pub 0.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining area with beams and wooden floor/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with additional single, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with beams and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating (underfloor on ground floor), electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking. Cycle store. Fishing. No smoking.

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  • Plas Gower - The Rector’s House

    Llangower, nr. Bala

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: OP7

    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.

    This elegant, Georgian house has a light, homely feel about it and makes a comfortable retreat, whether for a main holiday or a relaxing short break. All the main rooms have two windows, affording glimpses of the lake at the front, the valley each side and mountains at the back. It is elegantly furnished with many valuable paintings and antiques. Much attention has been paid to the detail of the restoration of the house, so as to preserve the property’s features whilst providing the comforts of modern-day living. Approached over a flat, slightly inclined tarmac drive, the house is decorated and furnished to a good standard. The front and rear door are without steps.
    Living room with open fire. Large dining room with open fire. Kitchen with oil Rayburn (for cooking) and breakfast area. Library twin bedroom with zip & link beds. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Further double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Twin bedroom, basin. Bathroom with walk-in shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Open fires – initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electric underfloor heating (in main bathroom) and full oil central heating included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • CD
    • Oil Rayburn (double oven) included
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Large, enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Use of adjacent field
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Slopes and pond in garden

    Both properties:

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

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  • Pen-Ilin

    Capel Celyn, nr. Bala

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    1
    Ref: W41140

    Spacious barn conversion set in several acres of the Snowdonia National Park with stunning lake and mountain views

    Pen-Ilin is situated at the base of the mountains of Arenig Fach and Arenig Fawn and from the windows of the main large vaulted living areas and master bedroom are stunning views directly over Lake Celyn. This detached property is sited in an area of SSI, where an abundance of unusual wildlife are regularly spotted. The area is also of particular historic interest, as the site is a former 16th century Quaker settlement that consists of the wonderfully spacious Pen-Ilin along with the original detached Quaker meeting house. The site extends to 9.5 acres with Pen-Ilin enjoying its own secluded areas, private parking but sharing access with the cottage to a private wood and a large paddock and river frontage. Enjoy a walk through the paddock where the paths wind through breathtaking mountain scenery, pass secluded lakes and where native falcons are often seen overhead. The first things that most visitors comment on when they visit is the tranquil setting and the sense of space within the barns interior, and although the general theme is contemporary, many original features, such as a large stone fireplace and exposed beams have been retained. Golf can be found nearby. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 7 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors, beams and wooden floor. Kitchen with slate floor. Utility room. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, walk in shower cubicle and toilet. Curved, open tread stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one leading to 1 twin, each with beams. Cloakroom.

    Open fire in living room. Oil central heating and electricity £65per week September-June, £35per week July-August. Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Internet connection (at cost). Outdoor furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Private water supply. No smoking. NB: There are two rivers in the grounds.

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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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