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Self catering cottage near Bala | Talybont

Pet FriendlyHot TubNear PubReal Fire

The renovation of this disused farmhouse on the banks of the river Dyfrdwy outside Llanuwchllyn has been a labour of love for local farmer Geraint Edwards. And his efforts and attention to detail are evident through out the property. The use of traditional materials and the general layout of this self catering cottage near Bala is faultless. The scenic backdrop to this picturesque cottage is, of course, the cherry on the cake.

A huge, stone floored, kitchen diner greet guests as they enter the cottage. Locally sourced oak beams span the high vaulted ceiling of this impressive space. An oak kitchen flanks the left hand side of the room and includes a beautiful range cooker and modern fridge freezer. An integrated dishwasher is also included. Washing machine and separate dryer are located in a utility area next door.

On the opposite side of the room an oak table looks out onto a fantastic view of the valley. A large patio window framing the scene perfectly. The table itself is of course constructed from locally sourced oak and put together by a family friend. (Mine’s on order!)

Next, a ground floor en-suite twin bedroom is perfect for grandma and granddad perhaps. A wooden floor and more bespoke furniture give the room warmth and style. The en-suite has a large shower cubicle, wc and washbasin. There is also a separate ground floor wc adjacent to the kitchen for the kids when they run in from the garden.

From the kitchen diner we can also walk through to a smaller snug. Here, a two seater leather sofa faces onto a cute wood burning stove. A great spot for mum and dad to hide. Pictures from local artists adorn the walls. Pictures which perhaps, try to capture the essence of this area and all its beauty for people not lucky enough to experience it first hand like the guests to this self catering cottage near Bala.

The much larger lounge next door houses two striking red leather sofas. An impressive top of the range smart TV hanging on the wall adjacent will ensure that the gadget fanatics in your group will be well entertained as they flick from the usual digital TV channels to browsing the net and Youtube videos, to checking emails or listening to DAB radio. Those lower down on the TV remote pecking order can be consoled by the fact that each bedroom also has its own flat screen TV.

Upstairs we have two more en-suite bedrooms. One double, one twin. Both these en-suites have a shower over bath arrangement. Here again the choice of fixtures and fittings is faultless. And the substantial oak doors and luxurious beds add to the general feeling of quality and excellence.

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Cottage Type
Pet Friendly, Hot Tub, Near Pub, Real Fire
Linen, Towels, Cot (cot-linen not provided), WiFi, High Chair, Central Heating
3 Pets, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer (not icebox), Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer, Iron and ironing board, Smart TV
Private Garden, Enclosed garden, Off street parking, BBQ
Additional Information
TV in lounge and each bedroom (smart TV with internet facility)
Aga Electric cooker

Floor Plans




The village of Llanuchllyn on the southern tip of Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake) is just over a mile away. The steam train that runs along the edge of the lake sets off from here. The village is also home to the famous Eagle Pub. There’s a short cut across the fields back to the cottage, but don’t forget to bring a torch.

Bala itself is a 5 minute drive away and is a charming example of a welsh market town. 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. Sailing, kayaking and windsurfing can be enjoyed on Bala lake and the world renowned Tryweryn white water centre is just on the outskirts of the village.

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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Guest Reviews

Sharon Hines

This cottage is outstanding..The setting is perfect surrounded by hill and countryside views. The cottage itself is extremely well equipped and spacious, spotlessly clean and tidy.
The host was really helpful and welcoming but not intrusive (as some host can be). He reassured us that if needed he would come to help us with anything.
We would love to go back..
Can not rate it high enough..


We had an amazing Christmas at the cottage. Lounging in the hot tub before making the Christmas dinner is something never to forget. Cottage was beautiful, well equipped the beds were really comfortable and very clean, Geraint was very welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. Our two dogs loved running around the garden. The countryside is beautiful, waking up to the cows peeping over the wall was so nice. We would highly recommend this cottage, hopefully we will return one day. Geraint you should be very proud of your achievements.

Dawn Peel

Lovely house, very clean, quite a quirky layout, excellent large kitchen/dining area, great for getting together. Beds are very comfy and bedding cosy too. Garden is large and secure for our two border collies who just loved running around chasing their toys. Views from house and garden are wonderful, loved the cows peeping over the fence I every morning.
As a previous reviewer mentioned a few more glasses are needed. We had to buy a couple of wine glasses, small tumblers for morning fruit juice/evening whisky would also be a good addition.
Worth checking with owner before your arrival regarding logs, sticks and firefighters if you want a fire on arrival. When lit the fire warmed the snug and lounge nicely. We did phone Geraint, who brought some around the next day FOC, along with a nice bottle of wine and was very helpful. Property details a little silent on log supplies.


Fantastic cottage, had everything we needed. Great location. Top notch facilities and very helpful host. Wouldn’t hesitate to return.

David Owen

Fabulous cottage in a beautiful setting. Very well furnished and equipped. The dogs really enjoyed the garden and the granddaughter loved the hot tub.
The owner, Geraint, was extremely helpful and welcoming.
Don’t want to wax lyrical too much or we’ll never get chance to book in again but we highly recommend Tal-y-bont.

Richard and Family

We had a fantastic week at Talybont, the property has been restored and maintained to a very high standard and the location is both quiet but convenient and has fabulous views. We enjoyed walks in the mountains and on the beaches and were blessed with wall to wall sunshine in mid-April which was an added bonus. Geriant the owner was very helpful but not intrusive. I will bring my fishing rods next time!

J and S
September 10, 2019

Beautiful setting for a holiday and a lovely house with huge (secure!) garden. The wood-fired hot tub was an interesting ‘extra’ that we hadn’t picked up when booking…….. it DID rather churn through the logs, but on one evening we spotted no less than 10 shooting stars whilst just lazing in the warm water in the dark! (It can’t be far off a ‘dark sky’ area.) One or two things we ‘missed’ in the kitchen – a bread knife, for example; maybe a few extra glasses – and a couple of dishcloths would have been good. We cooked our meals every day, so possibly ‘noticed’ this more than might have been the case if we’d eaten out. The fridge was awesome (ice and chilled water dispensed and a little ‘door’ in the door (!) to access the milk without having to open the proper fridge door!) Multiple doors/locks/keys around the place helped our party to be able to go out separately and not worry about who got home first; the only thing I WOULD say is that several doors and/or locks are quite stiff/tricky to open/close – I guess that’s what happens when UPVC doors are installed in an old, ‘heavy’ stone-built cottage though (and with settlement, there has clearly been some ‘shift’ in the frames.) Wifi was a little temperamental, however in the middle of nowhere – I think that is to be expected; a few reboots of the router kept things going and allowed us to ‘Google’ our plans and routes for the following day. We didn’t find any kind of ‘instructions’ in the house for things like recycling or appliance use – most things can be ‘worked out’ but we still don’t know whether all the stuff that we separated out from our ‘rubbish’ can actually be recycled in this part of the country. We had a lovely week staying here and travelled extensively to visit loads of places in North Wales (including Barmouth, Anglessey (beaches to DIE for with a dog – visit Niwbwrch/Newborough if you can!), Llangollen, Snowdon and so many more. All in all, a great base for a sightseeing holiday in a beautiful part of the UK.

Imogen Brown
August 29, 2019

We had a brilliant week at the amazing Talybont. Geraint was so welcoming and helpful, and the house was absolutely beautiful. I can’t think of any holiday where we’ve felt so relaxed and slept so well (super comfy beds) Its ideally situated for lots of lovely places to visit. You know you’re having a great time when you’re checking diaries and availability for a repeat visit! Truly a 5* place.

Sally, Andy, Ruth & Ben Foulsham
August 18, 2019

Really lovely cottage and so much to do in the area. The cottage was very well equipped and beautifully clean and a great place to relax. Sammie our dog loved the garden and that most places around welcomed dogs. Great pub serving fantastic food in the village

August 2, 2019

We had a lovely family holiday here in June 2019. It’s really well positioned for Southern Snowdonia and we even climbed Calder Idris. Really spacious house, clean and well furnished and well looked after. Would highly recommend it.

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