(near Bala) - Fine quality accommodation for up to 12 people on the River Dee, near Bala
Once you turn off the quiet country lane round onto the drive it’s immediately obvious that Dolgadfa is a bit special. The double fronted farmhouse and neighbouring barn flank two sides of a square courtyard.
So already you’re feeling a bit posh and privileged and that continues once you step inside. My favorite room is immediately to the right of the front door of the main farmhouse. A magnificent dining room complete with open fire, mahogany furniture and ancient low wooden beams.
To the left is a smaller kitchen. The original oak panelled walls have been retained and provide testament to the historic significance of this 16th century farmhouse. A lovely traditional Aga set in the original inglenook fireplace is complimented by a more modern electric oven. A separate breakfast room provides the perfect refuge for early risers wanting a quiet cup of tea before the kids get up.
Further on we come to the snug. A small lounge complete with log burner overlooking the paddock and the river beyond. Also on the ground floor is a separate utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and lazy made and a separate wc.
Upstairs the styling is more subtle. Three bedrooms in total. Two bedrooms have zip and link beds so can be made up as a twin or double. These share a dividing shower room and wc. The 3rd larger double bedroom has its own en-suite with bath and shower attachment. All the bedrooms have been tastefully furnished as you can imagine. Plush curtains and elegant antique pieces of furniture perpetuate the feeling of style and luxury.
Over to the barn next. A slightly more modern feel here as it’s a fairly recent conversion. But every bit as tasteful. I’m guessing guests might retire here after dinner as there’s a really big comfortable lounge with plenty of seating and yet another open fire. And don’t worry, the adjoining utility room has a handy fridge freezer for your ice, beer and wine. There is also a ground floor wc, so you should be set for the night.
Three more bedrooms upstairs in this part of the accommodation, all with their individual private bathrooms. The first bedroom is a large twin room which has a French door facing out across the river. The door has a great view but, best of all, it also lets the morning sun pour in at the start of every day. The spacious en-suite has a bath with shower attachment.
The second bedroom is a double and faces onto the courtyard. The original wooden structure of the barn having been left exposed. The adjoining bathroom again, has a full sized bath with shower attachment. Finally the third bedroom is another double with a handsome brass bed. The en-suite has a shower this time.
All the fixtures and fittings, furniture and linen are, of course, immaculately chosen. The rooms are homely without being cluttered and the blank canvas provided by the original barn means that the layout is practical and convenient.
Dolgadfa’s fantastic location on the banks of the River Dee just outside Bala in Snowdonia befits this sumptuous property well. Part of the 2,500 acre Crogen Estate the accommodation has private access to some of the finest mature woodlands in Wales as well as the more traditional mountainous Snowdonia landscape. Private fishing rights to the river and grazing paddocks for horses are other benefits. (Grazing is available for guest horses but not stabling.)
There’s a traditional village pub just less than a mile away and a Michelin star restaurant just less than 2 miles away. So both walking distance just about, but bring a torch in winter.
The nearby town of Bala is a Mecca for adventure activities. More fishing opportunities present themselves at Llyn Tegid. Sailing and windsurfing are other popular pursuits there. 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.
Bedrooms: 6 bedrooms. Bed1, King Sized Bed (Can be made up as a twin). Bed2, King Sized Bed (Can be made up as a twin). Bed 3, King Sized Bed + Ensuite with Bath and shower attachment. Bed4, Twin Bed + Ensuite with Bath and shower attachment. Bed5, King Sized Bed. Bed6, King Sized Bed + Ensuite shower room.
Bathrooms: Ground floor wc. Shower room + wc. En-suite bath with shower attachment + wc. Ground floor wc. En-suite bath with shower attachment + wc. Bathroom with shower attachment + wc. En-suite shower room + wc.
Facilities: Linen Provided, Towels Provided, Freezer, Washing Machine, Dishwasher, Tumble Dryer, TV, Freeview, DVD, , Internet Access, Welcome Hamper, Cot, High Chair, BBQ, Parking, Horse grazing, Private fishing
Sleeps: Sleeps 12
Pets: Yes (including grazing for horses)
Bed Linen: Provided
Cot and High Chair: Provided
Location: Part of the Crogen Estate, Dolgadfa provides luxurious self catering for up to 12 on the banks of the River Dee just outside the market town of Bala, Snowdonia.
"We celebrated my 60th Birthday at Dolgadfa and it was wonderful to be surrounded by all of my family in a lovely location. It was great fun as everyone arrived at different times and then to enjoy eating as one big group in the dining room. We even mastered the aga and my son served up 2 amazing cooked breakfasts for 12!!
My family decorated the sitting room in the barn as a surprise then we had fireworks outside. My husband caught two trout on Saturday he loved the fly fishing on the river. Although the weather was mixed we had some lovely walks and the log fires were magical. The whole weekend was all I hoped it would be." Jean Hurst, Wirral "What a fantastic location. Wonderful cottage. Lovely area. Lots of interesting things to do, not too far away.
Definately go back again to do all the things we missed this time. Our friends who came with us thought the same." Jill Curtis, Goole
"Where do I start…From beginning to end our stay was fantastic…From the straight-forward booking back in January to the very warm welcome from the owners, Lou and John, when we arrived, then a glorious week of relaxing with the family, all 12 of us. The accommodation was charming, typical of a rural farmhouse, with 3 roaring log fires to chill out around. There are plenty of walks and fishing at the bottom of the field…what more could we ask for…..Fab holiday, highly recommended….and we will definately be back next year."
Maureen Pilcher and the Wright family, Liverpool
"We had a brilliant time,very comfortable and easy to get to [if you have a sat nav].The large dining table was a bonus for our large group.
In one of the main building,in one of the single bedded rooms there is nowhere to hang clothes which caused problems."
Roy Ashton Manchester