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Traditional Gatehouse Overlooking Green Fields And The River Dee | Gatehouse-Lodge

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Pet FriendlyNear PubReal Fire
Bala
 
 

This traditional gatehouse overlooking green fields and the River Dee is part of a large private estate near Bala in North Wales. Spacious but cosy, private, and full of character, it sleeps up to two guests in one double bedroom. It is ideal for a romantic holiday getaway.

It couldn’t be more picture perfect. You’ll find the Gatehouse on a quiet backroad between Corwen and Bala in north east Wales. It is a delightful half-timbered detached cottage, with some seriously beautiful landscapes on the doorstep. The setting is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Berwyn mountains – which run from Llangollen in the north, down to Bala in the west and Oswestry in the south – stretch out beyond the river before it. The location is ideal if you are looking for a rural holiday that is slightly off the beaten track.

Open the front door into this traditional gatehouse overlooking green fields and the River Dee and you’ll find a spacious sitting room with lovely deep sofas arranged around a warm wood burning stove. The colours are muted, the cushions are plump. It’s a supremely cosy set up. From there, walk through into a separate dining room, with a dining table to seat four and a lovely Welsh dresser.

The kitchen is at the back of the cottage, beyond the dining room. Recently renovated, it has lovely shaker style cupboards and oak top work surfaces. There is an electric hob and oven, and plenty of storage space. The kitchen is well fitted out with all the pots, pans and utensils you would expect, and more. There is a handy breakfast bar, and the far-reaching countryside views from the kitchen windows are just beautiful.

Upstairs, there is one large double bedroom with a very comfortable super king bed. It is beautifully presented and very restful, and it comes with far-reaching views across the countryside. There is a fabulous large bathroom with a freestanding roll top bath and walk in shower.

 
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Facilities

Cottage Type
Pet Friendly, Near Pub, Real Fire
Essentials
Welcome Pack, Linen, Towels, WiFi, Central Heating, Smoke detector, Carbon monoxide detector, First Aid kit, Fire extinguisher or blanket
Inside
2 Pets, Cooker, Hob, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer (not icebox), Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Smart TV, Mobile phone reception
Outside
Private Garden, Off street parking, BBQ
 

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Location

 

If a beautiful, peaceful, rural location is what you are after for your next holiday cottage in Wales, then this could well be it. You’ll find the Gatehouse on a quiet backroad between Corwen and Bala in north east Wales - tucked away and private, but just a short drive from many of the region’s most lovely towns and attractions.

The Berwyn mountains – which run from Llangollen in the north, down to Bala in the west and Oswestry in the south – stretch out before it. The views from the cottage are quite beautiful. With the Afon Dyfrdwy (River Dee) on the doorstep, it is a popular spot for fly fishing - if that’s something you enjoy, you can request a licence from the cottage owners.

This traditional gatehouse overlooking green fields and the River Dee is a 15 minute drive to Bala, and the same distance to the market town of Corwen. Corwen is the ancestral home of Owain Glyndwr, the last native born prince of Wales, – check into the town’s small museum to find out more about Wales’s national hero. Just outside Corwen, you’ll find the Rhug Estate Organic Farm Shop and bistro – well worth a visit if you want to stock up with some of the region’s best local produce.

Bala is home to Llyn Tegid, the largest natural lake in Wales, and a whole host of water sports including white water rafting, sailing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. There is a wonderful steam train which huffs and puffs passengers up and down the lakeside. And the town’s high street is well worth a visit too – if you like to sample local brews on your holidays, head to Stori Beers for an impressive selection of Welsh ales and gins.

Llangollen, around a 30 minute drive from the cottage, is a thriving town which is home to plenty of interesting shops, cafés and restaurants. One of our favourite haunts has to be the Corn Mill gastro pub in the centre of town – in suitable weather it’s well worth sitting out on the pub’s terrace which stands on stilts over the Afon Dyfrdwy. The magnificent Pontcysyllte aqueduct is a short drive from Llangollen, as is the Valle Crucis Abbey. Or if you’re feeling energetic, walk up to the town’s atmospheric castle ruins, Dinas Brân.

The cottage is a forty minute drive to Betws y Coed, also known as the gateway to the Snowdonia National Park. Again, Betws is a thriving town with plenty to do and see, from galleries and bistros to outdoor gear shops. Betws is surrounded by the Gwydir forest which is home to family-friendly cycle trails, as well as the big climbs and descents of the Gwydir Mawr a Bach / the Marin Trail – a must-do for any serious mountain bike fan.

There are superb walking, cycling and wildlife watching opportunities straight from the front door. If you’d like to explore some of the local terrain, try the North Berwyn Way, which climbs the wild mountains between Corwen and Llangollen. Just make sure you dress for changeable weather.

Nearby attractions to this traditional gatehouse overlooking green fields and the River Dee include the medieval fortress of Chirk Castle - a National Trust property with beautiful gardens (40 minutes), Zip World Fforest with its forest zip safari and tree top nets (35 minutes), and Bounce Below, Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Adventure Parc Snowdonia and Zip World Titan (50 minutes).

 
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Guest Reviews

 
Nicole Hassall
 
 

We had such a fabulous 5 days at the Gatehouse – the property is lovely and the views are just stunning. Sarah said we could use the grounds to walk the dogs, which they absolutely loved. The fields were flooded from recent bad weather and it made it even more picturesque. Some great walks from the cottage, my other half proposed to me on one of the walks that Sarah had suggested so this will always be a very special place to us and we will definitely be back 🙂

The cottage is wonderfully finished, modern, comfortable and has everything you need. The supply of wood for the log burner was more than enough to keep us going. Sofas and bed are both very comfy. I had lots of comments from friends who saw my photos of the area saying how beautiful it is.

Some suggestions:
– Few more amenities – salt, pepper & sugar. Improved welcome hamper, in most other Dioni properties the welcome pack is a real treat, wine, Welsh cakes, bread etc.
– Washing machine but no clothes maiden – no problem as we didn’t need to do washing but for those potentially staying longer.
– As this property is advertised as dog friendly I think it would be great to perhaps fence off a small part of the garden for peace of mind, the road is very close and the main gate isn’t secure. I think this would help guests with dogs staying in the summer and wanting to sit outside.
– Would be great to have a few of the best local walks detailed in the welcome pack – with miles, directions etc.

All in all a wonderful stay and a week we will never forget – thanks to Sarah for creating such a beautiful property.

David Shenton
 
 

Excellent cottage in a beautiful location. Sarah was an Ideal host attentive but not constantly so.

Elizabeth Ackerley
 
 

Very relaxing 5 days at the Gatehouse everything was just lovely, the views are just amazing and the gatehouse has everything you need.The only problem we had was we couldn’t get live television in the evening and Sarah was smashing about it and got the electrician’s straight out but they struggled aswell so used my iPad no problem.

Maureen kelly
 
 

Had a peaceful and relaxing break topped off by wonderful weather, the lodge is home from home, with magnificent views across the fields, and river Dee. Could do with coat hooks down stairs 😉 everything was quality and the super king bed was comfortable. We have used Dioni cottages for a few years now and always been satisfied. Thank you

Tamara Waddington
 
 

We absolutely loved our stay here! The lodge is gorgeous, cosy and welcoming. It is in a great place for exploring north wales and we cannot wait to return. Lovely decor, the most amazing bath! Our pooch very much approved too. Thank you for a lovely stay.

Jane Madeley
 
 

Beautiful place, great views,peaceful we loved it. Would definitely book the gatehouse lodge again and look at other Dioni places. 10/10

Gaynor merry
 
 

The gatehouse lodge is a lovely property there is a rd directly behind it which isn’t obvious on the photos it’s a shame you do get used to it there isn’t much traffic at night x. The views and the land the other side is amazing we walked to the river on the estate took a picnic so relaxing we sat every night outside and about 9 o clock most nights and owl would fly past , the cows came up to the fence some evenings curious to see what we were doing we used the barbecue provided (we had a problem with the key in the door we could get it out ! So Sarah the owner came down, it comes out side ways )
It’s such a great property the bed is so comfortable everything is of great quality no expense spared (we didn’t realise dogs are not allowed upstairs but our dog was ok with that ) suggestions hairdryer /iron /ironing board could be added to the property everything else is there and of great quality x luxurious throughout x

Elanor Hill
 
 

Had a lovely relaxing week at the gatehouse. Beautiful location and very homely.
The food in the local
Pub and Resturant in the village is lovely. And the frozen Thai food sold in the local shop is delicious. We will definitely be back next year.

Mel Sykes
 
 

Just returned from a fabulous week at the gatehouse. The area and the cottage were all perfect for us and our dog, hope to return next year.

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