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A hidden gem in a remote mountain location | Pengwern

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This hidden gem in a remote mountain location is perfect for anyone keen to get away from it all. Nestled in a quiet valley high above the popular market town of Bala this beautiful stone cottage is the definition of quiet tranquillity. A steep private drive through fields of sheep leads up to this idyllic Welsh cottage. We pass a small wooden shed (where the washing machine and dryer is located) onto the slate gravel drive. I'll come back to the view later but the front door leads us into an open plan ground floor living space.

This end of the room we have some lovely freestanding kitchen units. Simple clean lines dotted with quality fixtures such as the deep stainless steel sink and the cast iron gas hob. A reclaimed solid wood dining table sits to our left surrounded by traditional welsh country cottage chairs.

Slate floor tiles, complete with under floor heating, leads our eye down to the wonderful log burner sitting within the large inglenook at the other end of the room. The inglenook in turn is flanked by a brown leather sofa and matching armchairs. Carefully chosen ornaments and lighting enhance the rustic charm of this cosy space.

We turn back on ourselves to climb the painted white staircase up to the first floor. Straight ahead an oak ledge and brace door opens up onto a large bathroom. Clean white bathroom furniture with minimal fuss creates a space of simple elegance. A separate and large glass framed shower cubicle compliments a freestanding white ceramic bath sitting on marbled quarry tiles.

We cross the landing to the other end of the house to get to the bedroom. A central antique double bed is adorned with a modern mattress and sumptuous bedding. A dark wood chest of draws acts as a stand for a second flat digital tv and more storage space is afforded by a pastel set of drawers and simple clothes rail.

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Cottage Type
Dog Friendly, Real Fire
Welcome Pack, Linen, Towels, WiFi, Central Heating, Smoke detector, Carbon monoxide detector, First Aid kit, Fire extinguisher or blanket
2 Pets, Hob, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer (not icebox), Dishwasher, Washing Machine, TV, Smart TV, Toys/ Games/ Books
Enclosed garden, BBQ, Bike Storage, Private Garden

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The best thing about this hidden gem is of course the location. With uninterrupted panoramic views of the quiet valley below guests are sure to spend a lot of their time sitting on the small patio next to the lawn. With only the occasional curious sheep to disturb your summer BBQ.

There are dozens of footpaths and trails that can be explored right from your front door of course but if you do decide to jump in the car and explore the area the market town of Bala is probably the most obvious destination. 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 permits can be bought locally for Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake) and the surrounding rivers. Sailing and windsurfing are other popular pursuits and white water rafting and kayaking can be enjoyed at the world renowned Tryweryn white water centre.

There are lots of small shops, cafes and restaurants in town as well as smaller independent activity providers.

Here's a link for more info on the local area that you might find useful:
Things to do in Bala

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Guest Reviews


This holiday cottage stay was just what we wanted, away from it all, peace and quiet. The cottage itself was lovely, clean and very well equipped. The large enclosed outdoor area was perfect for our two dogs. The weather was good to us and we had few walks around the area. Very cosy in the evening with just the odd sheep noise. We definitely recommend this cottage if you want a “get away from it all” holiday. Looking forward to returning in the future.

Joanne kay

Perfect holiday in a perfect dog friendly cottage. The cottage and location were amazing, exactly like the photos. Very easy to find following the instructions. Owner very nice and helpful regarding where we could walk with the dogs. Garden was enclosed and safe for our beloved pooches. Cottage was cleaned to a very high standard and felt just like home with everything you could possibly need. Views stunning even when the weather wasn’t on our side! No traffic at all apart from the post van and local farmer. We will definitely return.

Tracie Wilson

We stayed here before Christmas. What an absolute gem this is. We loved everything about it. Remote, quiet, comfortable with everything you need for a fantastic weekend away. The bed was comfortable. It was minus 2 when we were there so enjoyed the log fire in the evening. We sat outside in the evening wrapped up drinking coffee and watching the stars. My partner constantly talks about how well he slept over that weekend. It was just perfect and I am just about to book another weekend for later in 2024. Thanks Dioni. A class property.

David and Gina

Pengwern is a fabulous place to stay lovely views across the valley lovely beds for a good nights sleep the piece and quiet is perfect for get away from it all holiday will be returning the owner is very helpful with anything you require log burner is fantastic on those chill nights

Angela and Wayne

We loved our stay in Pengwern as the tranquility and remote surroundings were just what we wanted for a quiet New Years Eve.

The cottage is very cosy and well kept and the extra personal touches of Christmas lights, decorations, candles and the welcome pack made it even more special.

The wet weather didn’t hinder our stay as we drove to local areas of interest but we would like to explore the local walks in the spring/summer.

I used the washing machine and the clothes quickly dried on an airer due to the heat from the underfloor heating system which worked really effectively.

We briefly met the owner when we arrived who was lovely and told us to contact her should we need anything but we didn’t need to as everything was perfect for our stay.

Gemma Holland

Beautiful cottage. Well appointed. Stunning scenery.
Garden is completely dog proof which can’t be said for all holiday cottages that state enclosed garden.
It really is rural so no quick walk to the shop so do come prepared.
The roads driving towards cottage are narrow and at points look like no one has driven on them but the Google directions from Dioni email are perfect.
The drive up to the cottage from the road is very steep and a bit daunting on first sight but you get used it to it.
Rhug farm shop about 8 or 9 miles away does great meat.
We didn’t try the local Gilet Arms it’s about 3 mile drive away.


the total immersion in countryside, the green space was breathtaking – as soon as I parked and got out of the car it was a full on switch off … the ever changing light, shadow, bird song, just magical (also, the bed was super comfy and the bath to die for!). I would / will go back in a heartbeat


Pengwern is a lovely cottage, beautifully furnished, great views all round, only sheep and the odd farmer quad bike in the distance! The log burner is the best we have come across in Wales! A very comfortable and enjoyable, peaceful weekend, just what the doctor ordered! It was a little tricky to find but we got there and once we drove up the single drive it was worth it!
If you are looking for a break with no people, no cars and no noise then this cottage is for you. We will certainly return.


The cottage is in a beautiful location that is very peaceful; you can only ever hear the wind or the sheep!
The inside is very comfortable and warm, and the log burner helps make a lovely cosy atmosphere in the living room of an evening.
Outside, the garden is really well enclosed for dogs as long as all the gates stay closed, so it’s safe for them to be outside with you which is lovely, as many holiday cottages don’t have the same enclosed space so this was a bonus.
The owners are extremely helpful and kind; they offered advice on dog walking in the area and helped us get necessary supplies when we were taken ill over our holiday. It means a lot that the owners were so willing to help when we needed them, as it means you can stay there safe in the knowledge that someone local can help if you have a problem.
Really can’t fault this property; if you want to stay in the area it’s a great one to go for! A very lovely stay.

Jane Leary Pugh

What a gorgeous place. Peaceful, quiet, comfy and cosy with only sheep and fresh air for company. Thanks for the lovely welcome pack. Much appreciated. Loads of lovely walks from the door. A lot of time and effort has gone into this lovely place. It is much appreciated. Many thanks Jane x

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