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Very Good 4.5/5 Score from 8 reviews


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Very Good 4.5/5 Score from 8 reviews

Holiday cottage with mountain views

Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 41 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Bwlch-Y-Groes is a one bedroom holiday cottage with mountain views high above the village of Llanuwchllyn just south of the market town of Bala in North Wales. A cottage as beautiful on the inside as the landscape outside.

Lovingly renovated from a disused barn by farm owners Karen and John, this working grade ii listed farm cottage offers an idyllic retreat for guests wanting to explore the Snowdonia National Park. I'm sure John worked hard to restore the fabric of the building but it's Karen's attention to detail and choice of furnishings that most guests will notice. Small touches like the reflective vase in the window or the lazy cushions on the sofa help create that fairy tale retreat that a lot of our guests crave.

The natural focal point of the lounge is the gorgeous enamelled log burner. A very welcome sight after a long walk in the mountains. At the other end of the room a traditional welsh dresser is flanked by luxuriously deep sofa and arm chair.

A small but attractive kitchen has been imaginatively organised and well equipped. Distinctive touches like hessian storage sacks and cheque curtains are intermixed with more modern kitchen appliances. A pretty dark oak dinning table and chairs sits in the light of the french doors to the rear of the property.

Upstairs things get even nicer. A double sized bed sits under the original oak truss of the old barn. Guest wake to a view of the Arran mountain range on the far side of a beautiful green valley. And don't worry if you're not looking your best at that time, there's no one looking back except the odd nonchalant sheep and perhaps a curious chicken or two. Some beanbag chairs and tasteful decretive pieces create a sense of calm and tranquility to match.

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Barmouth 41 km
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 14 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Liverpool John Lennon 120 km
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Fridge
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 3
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

About this location

The North Wales region

Bala itself is a 10 minute drive away and is a charming example of a welsh market town. There are two sailing clubs on the lake and hire facilities for canoeing and kayaking. There's also a leisure centre with a swimming pool, a golf club which offers summer membership, and white water rafting at the national centre. So whether you're a hardened hill walker or casual ambler, you want to fish for trout or tiddlers, watch red kites or robins, go thrill seeking, or take a scenic drive, visit the seaside (Barmouth is about 45 minutes away) or the moors or mountains or simply escape from it all for a while, light the fire and truly relax in beautiful tranquil surroundings Rhyd y Bod cottage is for you.

Or you might want to travel in the opposite direction to lake Vyrnwy . A truly magical place with RSPB reserve, bicycle hire and country hotel and spa serving afternoon teas, relaxing beauty treatments and country pursuits such as clay pigeon shooting, and fly fishing – all of which are open to non residents.


The cottage is set in Cynllwyd Uchaf a small hamlet about half way between lake Vyrnwy (as seen on BBC spring watch) and Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake), on the Bwlch y Groes a famous mountain pass which links the villages of Llanuwchllyn and Dinas Mawddwy. Beautiful in all weathers and seasons, the valley is steeped in folk lore, stories of giants, fairies and bandits. Footpaths criss cross the valley, there's one leading down to Llanuwchllyn village which is about a mile and a half away. Here you can take a ride on the narrow-gauge railway which runs along the east shore of the lake from Llanuwchllyn to Bala, or visit the famous Eagles Pub for one of their farm grown, home cooked, meals.

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Review 1-8 of 8

17 Aug 2014


"Perfect little getaway!"

This is just the perfect little cottage to stay in! Décor is gorgeous, location has incredible views and the welcome hamper is just a delight! You couldn't wish for anything more.Karen and John … More

8 Jul 2014


"A delightful cottage"

We had a super week. The cottage is delightful (one of the best we've ever stayed in), the views are stunning, and Karen and John are the best hosts you could wish for: nothing seems to be too mu… More

7 Jul 2014


"The most romantic place in the world!"

I would recommend Karen and Johns holiday cottage to anybody. It was perfect.We were left a beautiful hamper of freshly laid eggs, local bacon, bread, birthday cake, a couple of the essentials in the … More

4 Jun 2014


"Check with heathers review"

I own Rhyd y bod and advertise on owners direct. Dioni also advertise the property for us. A recent guest Heather davies sent in a review that hasn't appeared. Could you let me know why it… More

27 May 2014


"Absolutely wondeful"

We travelled here with my granddaughter, as she was competing in the Urdd in Bala. Our Sat Nav took us straight here although I believe there are other properties in the lane with the same post code, … More

23 May 2014


"Wonderful peaceful spot. Very relaxing."

We traveled from London to Rhyd y Bod & as soon as we arrived we felt at home immediately. We were met by Karen & John who as far as hosts go were absolutely fantastic they couldn't do enough for… More

6 May 2014



We travelled 2.5 hours and left after 1 hour to return home even though we paid for 3 nights, we stayed 1 hour.The photographs are stretched to make it appear bigger. We where told we would have wifi,… More

2 May 2014


"Fabulous - we came home refreshed"

We stayed 3 nights in this fabulous cottage. It really is as lovely as the pictures - all done to a high standard. Kitchen is cosy but cleverly set out into the space available. Bed was lovely and s… More

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    Calendar last updated:24 Dec 2014

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