(near Bala) - A self catering country cottage near Bala, North Wales, perched high on a hill, with fantastic views. Sleeps up to 5.
This beautiful self catering country cottage in North Wales is a great example of a traditional early Victorian Welsh keeper’s cottage. Perched high on a hill, the house has fantastic views over the nearby market town of Bala and the famous LLyn Tegid, the largest natural lake in wales. The quality of the refurbishment is second to none. Practical essentials such as the boot room / utility area, washing machine and dishwasher are naturally included but, more importantly perhaps, the finer touches like the choice of crockery and the soft furnishings are all faultless.
The kitchen is small but well equipped and has a lovely country cottage feel thanks to the quarry tiled floor and a pretty picture window above the sink. The kitchen includes an oven and hob, microwave and dishwasher. The large fridge freezer and washing machine are in the utility room next door. There is also a separate ground floor wc and washbasin.
The dining room is probably my favorite room. Handsome dining chairs surround a central pine dining table. These are complimented by a traditional welsh dresser and an old fashioned rocking chair. The walls dotted with some lovely pictures from local artists. On the day I visited, this south facing room was washed in sunlight and a real pleasure to be in.
The lounge next door has a cozier feel, thanks partly to the wood fire burning softly in the grate. Again the choice of fixtures and fittings is impeccable and the seating is generous and comfortable.
Upstairs, at the top of the landing we have a large family bathroom. This includes a bath and separate shower cubicle. Plenty of hot water is afforded by the newly installed combi boiler. The first bedroom we come to is a twin room. All the bedrooms are south facing so again, lots of light and an even better view over the valley and the mountains beyond. The single room next door will be the favorite of a lot of children, but houses a full size single bed so plenty of room for an adult if needed. The third and largest bedroom has a king sized bed. All the linen and towels are immaculate as you’d imagine and finish off what is a very stylish and tasteful self catering property.
This self catering country cottage nestles below the small woodland known as Waggoners covert on the Rhiwlas Estate near Bala. The private drive leading up to the property is a little bumpy, fine for our small family car, but you might have to leave the Ferrari at home for this one. Once at the cottage however, guests are treated to wonderful panoramic views over Bala lake to the South East, Rhiwlas Home Farm to the South, and the Berwyn hills stretching round to the South West.
The Rhiwlas Estate has been in the Price family since the 15th century and the black cattle that you are likely to see in the surrounding fields are pedigree Welsh Blacks. The Welsh black Cattle Society was formed in 1904 and there are various Rhiwlas animals recorded in the Herd Book of that year! The lighter coloured cattle are Welsh Black / Charolais cross. The farm is also home to around 2,000 welsh mountain sheep. Mr Price tells me that the ewe’s long tail is essential for surviving this high grazing. “When a blizzard comes the ewe will naturally stand with her back facing the wind and the woolly tail prevents that wind from whistling through her legs and drying up her milk supply.”
Bala is just over a mile away and is a charming example of a welsh market town and a wonderful mix of traditional welsh culture and contemporary shops and cafés. The surrounding area has long established itself as a Mecca for adventure activities. Fishing, sailing and windsurfing are all enjoyed on Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake). And the world renowned Tryweryn white water centre is just up the road. The Coed Y Brennin Mountain Biking centre is about half an hour further on.
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. But seaside towns such as Aberdyfi and Barmouth are only an hour drive to the west. Similarly Snowdon is a little less than an hour to the North.
Bedrooms: 3 bedrooms. 1 twin room, 1 single room, 1 double room with king sized bed
Bathrooms: 1 family bathroom with bath and separate shower cubicle. 1 ground floor wc with washbasin
Facilities: Open fire, central heating, electric cooker and hob, fridge, separate freezer, dishwasher, toaster, kettle, microwave, washing machine, Iron, TV and DVD player, cot and high chair available on request. Private gardens and land, BBQ, private parking.
Sleeps: 5 +cot
Bed Linen: Provided
Cot and High Chair: On Request
Prices and Availability
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"This is a beautiful cottage perched above the rolling farmland of Bala. If you stand in the right place Bala Lake is visible from one of the bedrooms and the front of the cottage. The cottage has plenty of charm but unlike some self-catering cottages in the UK this one has been modernised with new appliances, plumbing fixtures, etc. The property is situated on a working farm and there were plenty of spring lambs frolicking in the pasture to enjoy. The property does not have internet access and mobile phone coverage is iffy, this is a perfect combination for me but one member of our group went into internet-withdrawal, bear that in mind.
If you’re arriving in the winter the steep drive may require four-wheel-drive if there is much snow around, we had to park at the bottom and hike up the first night until the ice thawed."
Alex Dykes, Los Gatos California
"Pant-Fynnon is a lovely cottage. It has been refurbished very comfortably with all mod cons – inside a characterful old building with amazing views over Bala lake. We were lucky enough to stay over Easter when the snow made for breathtaking views. Whilst the drive is bumpy, that was the only downside to the whole place. The kitchen and dining room were particularly well furnished, and there was ample hot water and heating. There are great walks nearby and the white water rafting centre is only a few minutes away. Whilst the property is very convenient for Bala, it is very quiet and peaceful. I would certainly return again."
Harriet Jerram, London