Luxury self catering on the River Dee Bala Snowdonia | Dolgadfa

Dolgadfa | Luxury Self Catering Near Bala

At Dolgadfa, a grade II listed farmhouse and converted barn have been combined to provides luxury self catering on the River Dee for up to 12 people. Once you turn off the quiet country lane round onto the drive it’s immediately obvious that Dolgadfa is a bit special. The double fronted farmhouse and neighbouring barn flank two sides of a square courtyard. Manicured lawns and the River Dee provide a natural boundary on the opposite side. And all the time, that opulent sound of crunching gravel as the your car slowly rolls up to the front door. Ideally of course, you should be in a Range Rover and have at least one Labrador and two pairs of green Hunter wellies in the boot. But that’s not compulsory.

So already you’re feeling a bit posh and privileged and that continues once you step inside. My favorite room is immediately to the right of the front door of the main farmhouse. A magnificent dining room complete with open fire, mahogany furniture and ancient low wooden beams.

To the left is a smaller kitchen. The original oak panelled walls have been retained and provide testament to the historic significance of this 16th century farmhouse. A lovely traditional Aga set in the original inglenook fireplace is complimented by a more modern electric oven. A separate breakfast room provides the perfect refuge for early risers wanting a quiet cup of tea before the kids get up.

Dining room with open fire

..luxurious self catering..
..Labrador not compulsory..
..open fire and mahogany furniture..

Further on we come to the snug. A small lounge complete with log burner overlooking the paddock and the river beyond. Also on the ground floor is a separate utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and lazy made and a separate wc.

Upstairs the styling is more subtle. Three bedrooms in total. Two bedrooms have zip and link beds so can be made up as a twin or double. These share a dividing shower room and wc. The 3rd larger double bedroom has its own en-suite with bath and shower attachment. All the bedrooms have been tastefully furnished as you can imagine. Plush curtains and elegant antique pieces of furniture perpetuate the feeling of style and luxury.

Over to the barn next. A slightly more modern feel here as it’s a fairly recent conversion. But every bit as tasteful. I’m guessing guests might retire here after dinner as there’s a really big comfortable lounge with plenty of seating and yet another open fire. And don’t worry, the adjoining utility room has a handy fridge freezer for your ice, beer and wine. There is also a ground floor wc, so you should be set for the night.

Oak panelling and breakfast room

..tastefully furnished..
..plush curtains and antique furniture..
..big comfortable lounge..

Three more bedrooms upstairs in this part of the accommodation, all with their individual private bathrooms. The first bedroom is a large twin room which has a French door facing out across the river. The door has a great view but, best of all, it also lets the morning sun pour in at the start of every day. The spacious en-suite has a bath with shower attachment.

The second bedroom is a double and faces onto the courtyard. The original wooden structure of the barn having been left exposed. The adjoining bathroom again, has a full sized bath with shower attachment. Finally the third bedroom is another double with a handsome brass bed. The en-suite has a shower this time.

All the fixtures and fittings, furniture and linen are, of course, immaculately chosen. The rooms are homely without being cluttered and the blank canvas provided by the original barn means that the layout is practical and convenient.

Luxury self catering on the River Dee

Location

Dolgadfa’s fantastic location on the banks of the River Dee just outside Bala in Snowdonia befits this sumptuous property well. Part of the 2,500 acre Crogen Estate the accommodation has private access to some of the finest mature woodlands in Wales as well as the more traditional mountainous Snowdonia landscape. Private fishing on the river can also be arranged with the owners.

There’s a traditional village pub just less than a mile away and a Michelin star restaurant just less than 2 miles away. So both walking distance just about, but bring a torch in winter.

The nearby town of Bala is a Mecca for adventure activities. More fishing opportunities present themselves at Llyn Tegid. Sailing and windsurfing are other popular pursuits there. White water rafting and kayaking is available at the world renowned Tryweryn white water centre. And the town itself is a wonderful mix of traditional welsh culture and contemporary shops and caffes.

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. Although saying that, costal towns such as Aberdyfi to the west and Snowdon itself to the North West are only an hours drive away.

Gateway to Dolgadfa

..on the banks of the River Dee..
..a Mecca for adventure activities..
..private fishing ..

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Large Self Catering Property in North Wales | The Coach House

Large Self Catering Property in North Wales

The Coach House is a large self catering property a few miles outside Bala and the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. This impressive 8-bedroom house is on quite a posh country estate on the banks of the upper River Dee. The 8 large bedrooms means it can comfortably sleep 16 people in a combination of double and twin rooms.

The first room we have to describe is the kitchen however. This huge space includes a large breakfast table capable of sitting all 16 guests, a seating area with comfy sofas facing onto a real fire as well as a well-equipped kitchen area. Hopefully everybody will take his or her turn in the kitchen bit, but the size of the room and layout makes this a wonderfully sociable space and the real heart of the house.

Large Self Catering Property in North Wales

..posh country estate..
..warming real fire..
..impressive 8 bedroom property..

Next door we have a more formal dining room. A large mahogany dining table sits on a polished hardwood floor and is flanked by the second of three log fires. You’re more likely however, to light the fire in the sitting room after dinner perhaps. Sit on a plush comfortable armchair sipping a small brandy and listening to the crackle of the fire. Warmed on the inside and out whilst ancestors of the estate look down on you from their framed confinement.

During the day this room is transformed. Bathed with sunlight from the floor to ceiling French doors that run down the entire length of the room, the space becomes the vibrant centre of your holiday. These south facing windows look out onto the enclosed and very child friendly lawned area and patio. Perfect for summer BBQ’s.

Finally downstairs we also have a large games room complete with full sized table tennis set and lots of children’s toys. There are also two convenient wc’s with wash basins.

Large Self Catering Property in North Wales

Two separate staircases lead up to 8 bedrooms in total. Too many to describe individually but they are all lovelly. One twin room is a bit smaller than the others. I say small, it’s actually ordinary size but small compared to the rest, so should be reserved for the younger children perhaps. Three of the bedrooms are twin rooms. There are five doubles. Three of the rooms are en-suite, two share a large jack and gill bathroom and there’s a separate family bathroom with large bath.

All the bedrooms are wonderfully appointed. Large windows furnished with sumptuous curtains look out over the inspiring grounds of the estate. The cotton bedclothes are immaculate and once the children go to sleep tranquility is, of course, ensured.

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Location

Outside there’s a wonderfully safe and enclosed lawned area with patio and BBQ. Plenty of parking for cars towards the rear of the property on the gravelled driveway. There’s also a full sized tennis court for the use of the guests and access to the river Dee is also available. Fishing by request.

Games room with table tennis

..private tennis court..
..games room with table tennis..
..access to the River Dee..

If you want to leave the grounds of the estate there’s a traditional village pub and separate restaurant within walking distance and
the market town of Bala is a short 10 minute drive away. Bala has long been established as a Mecca for adventure activities. Llyn Tegid or Bala lake is popular with sailors, windsurfers and fishermen alike. White water rafting and kayaking is available at the world renowned Tryweryn white water centre. And the town itself is a wonderful mix of traditional welsh culture and contemporary shops and caffes.

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. Although saying that, costal towns such as Aberdyfi to the West and Snowdon itself to the North West are less than an hours drive in the car.

Crogen

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