House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 9
An exceptional Victorian house in an outstanding location. Glyrhedyn offers light, airy rooms with lots of living space. 4 bedrooms, bathroom with roll-top bath and separate shower, cloakroom and utility room. A cosy sitting room with open fire and soft leather sofas. The kitchen and dining room are open plan with a huge dining table. French doors lead from the dining room to the large conservatory with breathtaking river and woodland views, terrace with furniture, timber decked balcony, barbecue and safe storage for bicycles.
All of this is just 5 minutes by car to the bustling market town of Bala with supermarkets, shops, pubs, bars and restaurants as well as several take-away options. Walking and all outdoor pursuits are available on the doorstep. In particular the National White Water Centre for rafting, Bala Lake for sailing, canoeing, windsurfing and fishing. The Mecca of mountain biking is at Coed y Brenin nearby. The forest trails are varied to suit all abilities. Bala is ideally placed to explore both north and mid Wales. Within an hours drive are Chester, Snowdon, Anglesey. The roads are exceptionally well-maintained, the scenery is outstanding, the air is clean and fresh and traffic jams are unheard of!
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Barmouth Blue Flag, 40 minutes|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Manchester 90 minutes, Liverpool 60 minutess, Nearest railway: Ruabon, Wrexham 45 minutes by car|
|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, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river|
The North Wales region
The Snowdonia National Park is the largest in Wales, and covers about 840 square miles.
Named after Snowdon, the name is Welsh is Yr Wyddfa, which means “The Tomb”
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.
The new Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre is due to open in summer 2008.
Within the Snowdonia region are mountain, moor and sea, rocky peaks and green hills, wooded valleys and sublimely beautiful estuaries.
The unique beauty of Snowdonia is that you can spend a morning on a Blue Flag beach and walk the stunning hills in the afternoon. Where the mountains meet the sea, along the Dyfi, Mawddach and Dwyryd estuaries are charming little resorts and villages, mostly with names impossible to pronounce!
This dramatic scenic diversity is equally matched by an absolute wealth of outdoor activities. Go walking or wildlife watching at nature and bird reserves. Enjoy canoeing and many other watersports. Head for the hills on horseback, mountain or quad bike. It all is here waiting for you.
Bala is the birthplace of sheepdog trialling which dates back to 1898. Sheepdog trials and sales are held regularly and all are welcome to watch the dogs work their craft. Work has already begun on a Rural Life Centre in Bala, which will showcase the work rural craftsmen and women from far and wide. Slate-Mining and quarrying are also very much a part of Welsh History.
• Visit Ewephoria, a sheepdog Centre and Agritheatre in Llangwm just a few miles from Bala. See the dogs in action, children can have a go too.
History is all-apparent in Wales. Castles steeped in myth and legend, Lakes and National Trust properties abound. Slate and copper mines are open for visitors to explore.
• Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Sygun Copper mine. Learn about life working in the mines.
• Visit Chirk, Conwy, Caernarfon or Harlech Castles within an hour from Bala.
• Ruthin Castle host Mediaeval Banquets. Transport available.
• Visit Portmeirion, the Italianate Village and gardens made famous on TV by “The Prisoner”.
• Visit Bodnant Gardens in particular the gorgeous laburnum arches.
Activity-based holidays are all about taking advantage of the clean fresh air and stunning scenery. There are many excellent activity providers just waiting to take you on your next adventure! Many annual and bi-annual sporting events are held here.
• Coed y Brenin for mountain biking forest trails from absolute beginners to Olympic standards.
• Open-Air Karting at Glaslyn Parc, a championship standard circuit in Cerrigydrudion nearby.
• Canolfan Tryweryn,the National White Water Centre to ride the rapids and orcas in Frongoch, Bala.
• Bala Lake,the largest natural lake in Wales for sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and catamarans & fishing.
• Get Wet The Adventure Company – abseiling, paintballing, high ropes and 4x4 jeep safaris, Llandderfel.
For families, as well as clean, safe beaches there are so many other exciting places, there are far too many to mention here…..
• Bala Lake Narrow-Gauge Railway, which skirts the quieter side of Bala Lake. Visit The Eagles for lunch.
• Ffestiniog, Snowdon or Tal y Llyn Railways to name a few. Thomas the Tank is often in Llangollen.
• Shell Island, approached by a real tidal causeway. Take a bbq, do the dunes, collect shells, fish and swim. Annual firework display in November worth seeing. Very relaxed, bring your tent and camp out a night!
• The Centre for Alternative Technology. Quirky, innovative and so green. School groups flock there.
• Corris Craft Centre. A complex of craft workshops, coffee shop and King Arthur’s Labyrinth all in one location.
• Gypsy Wood Park, Bontnewydd, nr Caernarfon. Delight in a natural wonderland of Wetland Welly Walks, miniature animals and the largest G-scale garden railway in Wales. Take a picnic.
• The Glassblobbery, just outside Bala. See the glassblower at work.
• The Piggery Pottery in Llanberis is great for a day under cover.
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