The Coach House (Bala)
This impressive 8-bedroom house is on quite a posh country estate on the banks of the upper River Dee. The 8 large bedrooms means it can comfortably sleep 16 people in a combination of double and twin rooms.
The first room we have to describe is the kitchen however. This huge space includes a large breakfast table capable of sitting all 16 guests, a seating area with comfy sofas facing onto a real fire as well as a well-equipped kitchen area. Hopefully everybody will take his or her turn in the kitchen bit, but the size of the room and layout makes this a wonderfully sociable space and the real heart of the house.
Next door we have a more formal dining room. A large mahogany dining table sits on a polished hardwood floor and is flanked by the second of three log fires. You’re more likely however, to light the fire in the sitting room after dinner perhaps. Sit on a plush comfortable armchair sipping a small brandy and listening to the crackle of the fire. Warmed on the inside and out whilst ancestors of the estate look down on you from their framed confinement.
During the day this room is transformed. Bathed with sunlight from the floor to ceiling French doors that run down the entire length of the room, the space becomes the vibrant centre of your holiday. These south facing windows look out onto the enclosed and very child friendly lawned area and patio. Perfect for summer BBQ’s.
Finally downstairs we also have a large games room complete with full sized table tennis set and lots of children’s toys. There are also two convenient wc’s with wash basins.
Two separate staircases lead up to 8 bedrooms in total. Too many to describe individually but they are all lovelly. One twin room is a bit smaller than the others. I say small, it’s actually ordinary size but small compared to the rest, so should be reserved for the younger children perhaps. Three of the bedrooms are twin rooms. There are five doubles. Three of the rooms are en-suite, two share a large jack and gill bathroom and there’s a separate family bathroom with large bath. All the bedrooms are wonderfully appointed. Large windows furnished with sumptuous curtains look out over the inspiring grounds of the estate. The cotton bedclothes are immaculate and once the children go to sleep tranquility is, of course, ensured.
Outside there’s a wonderfully safe and enclosed lawned area with patio and BBQ. Plenty of parking for cars towards the rear of the property on the gravelled driveway. There’s also a full sized tennis court for the use of the guests and access to the river Dee is also available. Fishing by request.
If you want to leave the grounds of the estate there’s a traditional village pub and separate restaurant within walking distance and
the market town of Bala is a short 10 minute drive away. Bala has long been established as a Mecca for adventure activities. Llyn Tegid or Bala lake is popular with sailors, windsurfers and fishermen alike. White water rafting and kayaking is available at the world renowned Tryweryn white water centre. And the town itself is a wonderful mix of traditional welsh culture and contemporary shops and caffes.
Sitting as it does on the Eastern edge of the National Park, this part of Snowdonia has the natural benefit of being easily accessible from the English road network. Although saying that, costal towns such as Aberdyfi to the West and Snowdon itself to the North West are less than an hours drive in the car.
Bedrooms: Bedroom 1: Superking 6ft bed (zip and link) with ensuite Bedroom 2: King size bed Bedroom 3; Double bed Bedroom 4; King size bed with wash hand basin and shared ensuite Bedroom 5: Double bed with wash hand basin and shared ensuite Bedroom 6: Twin beds with wash hand basin Bedroom 7: Twin beds with wash hand basin Bedroom 8: Small twin
Bathrooms: Bathroom 1: family bathroom with bath Bathroom 2; family bathroom with bath Bathroom 3: ensuite with shower Bathroom 4: ensuite with shower Bathroom 5; ensuite with shower Two Groundfloor W.C's with wash hand basin
Facilities: Linen and towels provided, open fires, central heating,oil fired Aga and electric cooker with hob, large fridge and separate chest freezer, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, kettle,washing machine, and tumble drier, iron with ironing board, cot and high chair, WiFi (£10 supplement), TV and DVD player, TV with video player, private walled garden, patio with garden furniture and BBQ, tennis courts
Sleeps: Sleeps 16 (plus cot)
Pets: Yes (£25 supplement)
Bed Linen: Provided
Cot and High Chair: Provided
Prices and Availability
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