Pen Y Bont Farmhouse
Cottage | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 11
Pen Y Bont Farmhouse provides quality accommodation in a 400 year old Welsh farmhouse bursting with charm and character, situated within the Snowdownia National Park. The farmhouse retains many original features including a wealth of exposed beams and with real fires in wood burning stoves housed in inglenook fireplaces.
The farmhouse is situated in a truly superb location on the edge of Lake Bala, yet within just a few minutes walk of Bala town with all its amenities including leisure centre with swimming pool, quaint local shops, award-winning restaurants and numerous cosy and friendly pubs.
Pen Y Bont is situated in a spectacular location and is perfect for family celebrations and reunions, groups of friends and couples.
Castel Gronw ( a motte and bailey listed monument) within the grounds provides spectacular views of Lake Bala and the surrounding countryside.
|Size||Sleeps up to 11, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (5), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 9|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Bedlinen provided for all bookings.
Complimentary starter pack of fuel for the log burning stove.
Highchair and travel cot available.
Ground floor: Main lounge, snug and 3rd reception room with futon provide plenty of space. Kitchen with large dining table seats 8-10 guests. Large hall with main staircase. Downstairs shower room with toilet.
First floor: Double bedroom with kingsize bed and shower room, 2 single bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom, 1 family room with kingsize and single bed.
|Further details outdoors|
The secure south facing gardens are mainly laid to lawn, with Castell Gronw (a motte and bailey listed monument) within the gardens. Only the castle mound remains but this provides spectacular views over Lake Bala from which to watch fantastic sunsets. Rustic seating and a chiminea on top of the castle mound enhance the magic of the setting. The gardens are a haven for wildlife, birds, and bats and the mound provides a home to a family of rabbits. A small woodland leads off from the main garden. Garden furniture, barbeque facilities and a patio area with outside lighting to enjoy a barbeque on sunny evenings.
A large barn adjoining the house has a darts board, drying area and provides secure storage for bikes/canoes etc.
The property's large parking area can accommodate several cars /boats.
Well behaved pets allowed, but must be kept downstairs and off the furniure.
The North Wales region
Wales is a land which will fascinate the visitor with its rich opportunities for adventure, activity and discovery, its fascinating history and its ancient, musical language and culture. People have lived in this Celtic land for more than 5000 years and there is mystery and magic in the tales of The Mabinogion a rich history from ancient manuscripts.
Snowdonia is one of the most ancient and beautiful areas in Europe. It is truly a place of breathtaking beauty that no one can fully comprehend until they have visited the area. It is a land rich in opportunities for adventure, activity and discovery.
The Snowdonia National Park is the largest in Wales, and covers about 840 square miles. Snowdon is 3560 feet high, the highest peak in Wales and England. Its slopes are a volcanic jumble of screes and cliffs rising to razor-edged summits and have fascinated walkers and climbers for centuries. Within the Snowdonia region are mountain, moor and sea, rocky peaks and green hills, wooded valleys and sublimely beautiful estuaries.
A mecca for the sports enthusiast providing walking, cycling, mountain biking, sailing, white water rafting, quad biking, horse riding, pony trekking, canyoning, rock climbing, abseiling , clay pigeon shooting, bushcraft, go karting and many more activities.
Bala in the Snowdownia National Park is ideally placed to explore both north and mid Wales. It provides easy access to fantastic scenery from the doorstep. The mountains of Snowdon and Cadair Idris are an easy drive away, beaches at Barmouth, Portmadoc and Shell Island, Castles such as Harlech, and places to explore such as Llangollen, Portmeirion, the Isle of Anglesey and (over the border) the Roman city of Chester. The scenery is outstanding, the air is clean and fresh and traffic jams are unheard of!
Just minutes away are all the activities any discerning activity seeker could wish for. Clean fresh air and stunning scenery. Breathtaking scenery for simply walking and exploring the countryside, Bala Golf Club, National White Water Centre for white water rafting, The Get Wet Adventure Company offer paintballing, high ropes, 4x4 guided safaris and much more. Bala Adventure & Watersports will offer more activities than can be fitted into several visits here! There is also a leisure centre in Bala Town with swimming pool and other activities.
Cycle hire is available locally. The circular route around Bala Lake is highly recommended (about 14 miles), with a local pub, The Eagles at Llanuwchllyn serving delicious home-cooked food for a well-earned break or lunch on the way.
Bala is a perfect base to access the range of activities available for a family week holiday or short weekend break with friends.
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6 Jan 2014
"Lovely property full of character and comfort - home from home"
Great place to stay to celebrate my birthday and have a family get together. We were a party of 6 adults and 2 children. The house was very comfortable and fully equipped with everything we could need… More
19 Dec 2013
"Beautiful house well maintained"
We were a group of 11 friends who had stayed at the farmhouse for the weekend and the place is just amazing. The house is so well kept, and to each detail. There wasn't a thing that was missing a… More
17 Dec 2013
"Amazing place for stay and countryside vacation"
We had our stay at in the second weekend of December. I found this place when we are looking for weekend vacation on snowdon countryside and this place perfectly meet all our requirement. This place h… More
6 Sep 2013
"Lots of fun"
We arrived and felt at home as soon as we pulled in to the drive. The owners could not be nicer and showed us where everything was. The three children loved playing in the woods and the garden, as did… More
23 Aug 2013
"Lovely but noisy"
We spent a week at Pen y Bont as a family group of eight adults. It is a very lovely farmhouse - well taken care of and clearly loved. It has plenty of character and charm and the owners are very help… More
4 Dec 2012
"An unexpected gem"
A great location to visit the Southern side of Snowdonia with its stunning landscapes, Very relaxing and a place you could 'feel at home'. Recommended.… More
4 Mar 2012
"Great place for a large family celebration"
We had a great time staying at Pen y bont Farmhouse in September when we booked a long weekend to celebrate mum's 60th birthday. As a party of 6 adults and 4 children we needed a larger property … More
30 Jan 2012
"A beautiful property in a lovely location. Go there!"
We are a group of friends who like to do a "second Christmas" weekend in January! Most people think we're a bit cracked and yet still think it's a good idea - what better way to cheer up bland miserable old January?!
We've done it the last couple of years in Derbyshire but wanted to try somewhere different this year. As there are usually 8 or 9 of us, we need somewhere with at least 5 bedrooms and plenty of living space. We also ideally wanted somewhere within easy travelling distance. Using this info on search engines, we found Pen Y Bont Farmhouse in Bala which ticked all the boxes, looked beautiful on the website and was an excellent price so we thought we'd give it a go.
I contacted the owner Louise via the Holiday Lettings website and then we were in touch directly to organise the booking and payment. That was really easy, Louise is really friendly and provides a ton of information about the house and the local area when you finalise the booking. Eight adults and baby stayed the last weekend in January 2012 some for just two nights and some for the full 3, and absolutely loved it. The farmhouse itself is even more gorgeous than it looks on the website and maintained to the highest degree. The house is fully stocked with everything you need from linens, bedding, towels and a starter pack of logs for the woodburner down to dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid and loo roll! There was even a welcome gift of a packet of chocolate biscuits on the kitchen table when we got there - a definite plus!
The house is a real home from home, really cozy, a lovely big kitchen where everyone can sit together to eat and a big living room with the fabulous wood burning stove. The house is centrally heated and was plenty warm enough to be honest even in the bitter cold weather we had, but you can't beat a real fire, especially at "Christmas"!!
The farmhouse sits right next to Bala Lake and the views across the lake and to the mountains are stunning. You have the best of both worlds as it feels like you're in the middle of nowhere and yet it's only about 10 minutes walk to civilisation in Bala town where there's everything you need, including pubs, restaurants, a supermarket and a garage. Really handy if you run out of bacon and eggs or wood for the stove - no time at all to restock!
The only complaint we had was that the weekend went too fast! We'd love to go back for a longer stay in the summer when we could take advantage of all the activities going on at the lake as well as everything else there is to do in the area.
We'd certainly highly recommend the farmhouse to anyone - if you're a big family group or a gang of mates like us and you want a gorgeous place to stay with loads to do, you'd be mad not to stay there!
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