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.
..traditional keeper’s cottage..
..washed in sunlight..
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 are dotted with some very fine pictures painted by the owner, Diana Price. 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 great. Again the choice of fixtures and fittings is impeccable and the seating is generous and comfortable.
Beautiful Self Catering Country Cottage in North Wales | Pant-Fynnon
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.
..wonderful panoramic views..
..pedigree Welsh Black cattle..
..Mecca for adventure activities..
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.
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