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Cosy Country Cottage In The Mountains Above Bala | Twrch

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This cosy country cottage in the mountains above Bala is a Grade II listed farmhouse. Beautifully presented and with bags of space, it sleeps up to 11 guests in five bedrooms.

Twrch ticks all of our boxes, and then plenty more besides. A handsome early 19th century cottage, it is packed full of original features including beamed ceilings, great slate lintels and enormous stone fireplaces. You get the impression that it could definitely tell a good story or two.

Stepping through the front door feels a little bit like throwing your arms around an old, much-loved friend. Whether it’s the embrace of the sturdy farmhouse walls, or the sense of being nestled by the rolling landscapes that lie beyond, this feels like such a wonderfully comforting and reassuring place to be.

The cottage has been recently renovated by someone who clearly has a great eye for design. The accommodation is set over three floors, with a semi-annexe first floor arrangement which means the largest of the bedrooms connects via stairs from the ground floor, but is separate from the rest of the upstairs rooms.

In all, there are four first floor bedrooms, each with a double bed and great countryside views. The largest, as described above, comes with an additional single bed and has its own ground floor shower room.

The remaining three upstairs bedrooms share a large family bathroom which comes with a freestanding bath and a walk in shower. There is a fifth ‘secret’ double bedroom in a supremely cosy semi-basement, which comes with a freestanding bath in the bedroom and a separate washroom.

On the ground floor, you’ll find two bright roomy sitting rooms, each with a toasty log burner. Comfy sofas and armchairs abound. The largest of the sitting rooms has large patio doors which open out onto the garden and frame the most beautiful far-reaching views.

There is a separate dining room with a stunning fireplace, and a very amply equipped oak kitchen comes with an AGA, woodburner and a double range oven.

Outside this cosy country cottage in the mountains above Bala, you’ll find an acre of south facing private garden to enjoy, with strategically placed seating to make the most of the stunning sunrises and sunsets.

The garden overlooks a restored hay meadow and has uninterrupted views of Snowdonia’s Aran mountains. There is a barn to store bikes, kayaks and any other outdoor equipment you might like to bring along on your hols.

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Cottage Type
Pet Friendly, WiFi, Real Fire
Welcome Hamper, Linen, Towels, Cot, High Chair, Central Heating
2 Pet, Cooker, Hob, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer (not icebox), Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Iron and ironing board, TV, Toys and Books, Mobile phone reception
Private Garden, Off street parking, BBQ, Bike Storage

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If a beautiful, rural location is what you are after for your next holiday cottage in North Wales, then you’ll be hard pushed to do better than this. Twrch is extremely quiet and tucked away, but just a short drive from many of the region’s most lovely towns, activities and attractions.

You’ll find it just a few miles south of Bala, surrounded by rolling farmland, with the Aran mountains a beautiful backdrop beyond. The views from the cottage are quite inspiring – if you are in anyway artistically inclined, pack your notebook, sketchbook, pencils and pens.

The Aran mountains are an oft-overlooked mountain range in southern Snowdonia, running in parallel with the A494 Llangollen to Dolgellau road. There is plenty of space and solitude for the keen walker, and the views from the top of Aran Fawddy – the highest peak in the range – are some of the most beautiful in Wales.

The town of Bala is around 20 minutes from the cottage by car. It is home to Llyn Tegid, or Lake Bala, 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 Bala 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.

At just over 10 miles away, Lake Vyrnwy is another local beauty spot you might want to explore during your stay. It is home to an RSPB nature reserve as well as spectacular waterfalls, and unspoilt open countryside views. There are plenty of trails to explore by foot or on a bike, and boating, kayaking and canoeing on the lake itself.

The cottage is around 30 minutes’ drive from the handsome market town of Dolgellau. Sitting on the beautiful Mawddach estuary, Dolgellau is a great destination for foodies, with some great restaurants and a regular farmers market. Head a little further west along the estuary to get to Barmouth with its traditional seaside promenade and wide golden sands.

Nearby family-friendly attractions to this cosy country cottage in the mountains above Bala include Zip World Titan, Bounce Below and Llechwedd Slate Caverns – all in the mountaintop slate town of Blaenau Ffestiniog (around 50 minutes’ drive).

Alternatively, head east along the A494 for around 50 minutes to get to Llangollen - a thriving town which is home to plenty of interesting shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants. The magnificent Pontcysyllte aqueduct, and the Valle Crucis Abbey – just a short drive from the town – are both well worth a look.

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