Self catering cottage near Bala | 3 bedroom holiday cottage Talybont

Self catering cottage near Bala | Talybont

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.

self catering cottage near Bala
..labour of love..
..attention to detail..
..fantastic view of the valley..

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.

Self catering cottage near Bala | Talybont

Property Details

Sleeps  6 +cot

Pets  3 Max (£30 per pet)

Smoking  No

Bed Linen  Provided

Towels  Provided

Cot and High Chair  Provided

Bedrooms  3 bedrooms. 1 bedroom with king sized bed and en-suite with bath and shower over, 1 twin bedroom with en-suite bath and shower over, 1 ground-floor twin with ensuite shower only

Bathrooms  1 ground floor wc plus 3 en-suite bathrooms, two with bath and shower over arrangement and one with large shower cubicle

Facilities  Linen, towels, log burner in the snug, Oil fired central heating, Aga Electric cooker, Large fridge and freezer, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, kettle, Iron and Ironing board, hairdryer washing machine and drier in utility room, cot and high chair, TV in lounge and each bedroom (smart TV with internet facility), BBQ, private garden, Wood fired hot tub (£4 per bag of logs).


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 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.

Bala Lake Llyn Tegid Snowdonia
..on the banks of the river..
..Mecca for adventure activities..
..Bala Lake nearby..


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  1. Jean, Anne, Robert & Luca (the dog) says:

    A fantastic cottage in a gorgeous part of the world.

    Talybont has everything you need for a great break with a secure garden for the dog, storage for bikes, plenty of parking and is furnished to a high standard meaning it’s in problem relaxing in an evening after an energetic day.

    For any mountain bikers, Coed-y-Brenin (about 30 minutes drive away) is fabulous and also caters for those wanting to use two (or four) legs instead of two wheels.

    We would recommend Talybont to anyone looking for a cottage in the area and hope to be back soon.

  2. Gwen & Peter - Suffolk says:

    We enjoyed a lovely week staying at Taly Bont. The cottage is spectacular, a credit to Geraint’s labour of love in restoring it, along with it’s views. Friends joined us for the first weekend, so 6 of us enjoyed the spaciousness, the recliners, American style fridge, electric Aga and the three bedrooms all with ensuite facilities. We loved having our ‘own’ driveway, bridges, gates and river – look out for the dipper by the cascading water. The cottage has plenty of parking space and outside space if you stay with childen and/or dogs which is all securely fenced in.

    We spent a sunny week walking straight out from the cottage, all so quiet and peaceful and with amazing views everywhere you looked. All walks are well waymarked (99%) of the time. Do take the steam train from Llanuwchllyn to Bala, the railway cafe is very good for refreshments. We also used the train to jump and on off when walking. The Llangower penisula on Lake Bala is a lovely place to picnic and to take in views of Lake Bala and the mountains from, though car parking charges now apply. There are maps and leaflets at the cottage for ideas if stuck what to do or where to go. We really appreciated the peace and quiet of the cottage’s location with only sheep for neighbours. Star gazing was amazing as there’s no light pollution there.

    Llanuwchllyn, which is walking distance from the cottage, doesn’t have any shops but the Co-op in Bala is a handy place for provisions as are the butchers and bakers too. The Eagles Pub is friendly place to visit in LLanuwchllyn.

    Many thanks to Geraint, lovely friendy chap whom I’m convinced never sleeps as he’s always so busy!, for all his help and advice. We loved the cottage and that particular part of Wales, so do hope to return there soon.

  3. Robin and Marj Blundell,Llanboidy says:

    This cottage is special. Spacious,clean and comfortable. Our party of three couples , (average age about 70) spent a happy week here. We didn’t eat out in the evenings as the delights of cooking on the electric Aga made life easy and the local food shops are really good. We mainly used the very good Co op in Bala and an excellent butcher in Dolgellau. The large fridge freezer enabled us to keep shopping to a minimum.

    We had some excellent walks and a trip on the railway. Our cocker spaniel settled in quickly and was totally safe wandering around the secure garden. There were pubs around that welcomed dogs .

    This was an area of Wales we usually only pass through on our way to Snowdonia but we were really pleased with what we found here. There are plenty of good walks and is not as busy as further north . The views amazing especially on the Mwddach estuary

    We intend to returning the not too distant future

  4. Owen family says:

    We loved this cottage! Comfortable and stylish, with everything you needed to make your holiday enjoyable. The recliner sofas, Smart TVs and ice maker on the fridge were great hits with the younger member of the family! The safe enclosed garden was ideal for kids and dogs alike to play in.

    Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Talybont.

  5. Martin Playford, Bognor Regis says:


    We had a lovely time staying at Talybont, it really is a beautiful place and a credit to Geriant’s construction and interior design skills.

    Like all things though it can be improved and when the cottage is this good prospective resident’s may think that our comments along those of previous holiday makers are just nitpicking, on the contrary, a few little things will make this property unbelievable.

    I have to say that a cottage information booklet is essential and I know that Geraint is working on it at the moment, simple things like the operation of the cooker, microwave, wi-fi connection etc. would have meant that we wouldn’t have needed to revert to trial and error. Basic stuff like doctors, hospital, emergency numbers etc. should all be provided, along with a visitors book we can all write in, not all of us are computer savvy.

    Anyway, book this cottage, you will not be disappointed.

    Have a lovely holiday.

  6. Amy Brown, Lancashire says:

    We stayed at Talybont last week, 6 adults and 3 infants. There was plenty of space for everyone and the pictures on the site are accurate – it really is that lovely and the standard of finish on the property and it’s interiors is to a very high standard. Geriant arranged to meet us shortly after our arrival to answer any queries and welcome us which was nice.

    A tip for anyone planning to visit – as a big group with children, meeting from various locations across UK and Ireland we found it easiest to make a food order on-line from Asda to be delivered to the property. This arrived fine and meant we were set up for a little bit until we had found our bearings. We were then able to get additional items from the Co-op in Bala. The Co-op is a good size and there is usually parking to be found easily on the street at the front of the store.

    The cottage has no neighbours and the garden spaces are fully fenced so any children can play safely too. There is a small river near the property to be aware of, but it is behind several gates and the small bridges are wired off so it is nothing to be concerned about with appropriate supervision for children. The cottage is only about a hours drive from either the West coast or the North Coast, so is ideally situated to explore a large area of Wales and gives you plenty of options. There is a big stash of leaflets, walk routes and OS maps at the cottage to help you plan your time too. We took our laptop and made use of the wifi to plan what we wanted to do once we arrived so we could factor in the weather and needs of the children day to day.

    If you don’t want to travel too far afield, locally there is a watersports centre based on the lake, a small gardens nearby called Caerau Uchaf, sadly the local Heritage Centre closed at the start of 2013, just in case you see it come up on searches of where to visit nearby. There is the steam railway which travels along the shores of Lake Bala from LLanuwchllyn. There is a lovely picnic site part-way along the train route on the B4403 near Llangower. You can either get the train and stop off there, or there is a good size free car park with picnic benches or even better you can cross the rail line and sit on the lake shore on the pebble beach or under the trees and enjoy the view or go for a paddle. There are also walks straight from the doorstep of the cottage.

    I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful visit whatever you choose to do and have a fantastic cottage to do this from.

    Finally I would agree with one of the other visitors recently that a cottage information booklet might be a good idea, with instructions on how to use items in the cottage or maybe photocopies of the manufacturers instruction booklets.

  7. Sips family, Holland says:

    We stayed at Talybont in July, 2013 and we really loved the accommodation. Stunning views and wake up with the sheep around the house made our holiday one of the greatest we’ve ever had.
    Friendly and lovely owner(s) !!!

  8. Jennie Hanlon Sheffield says:

    There were 6 of us at Talybont. We had a wonderful holiday and we all thought that the accommodation was lovely. Just a few things may help – a pan and brush would be useful for for the kitchen. Also a milk jug – the knives were not very sharp and a good parring knife would be useful. We also thought that another settee would be useful in the main lounge where we spent most of our time for chatting etc. It was a beautiful place to stay and we enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the place and would certainly recommend it to any of our friends and family.

    Also it may be useful to have instruction leaflets for TV, etc and useful telephone numbers for emergency e.g. Doctors etc.

    I will be looking for accommodation for myself and husband later on in the year or early new year and will certainly use your site.

    It was a credit. Thank you so much, Jennie Hanlon and family.

  9. Bridget & Andrew, Brown Candover, Hampshire says:

    We had a wonderful week at Tal-y-bont with our Son, Daughter and Grandson. Ideal property for a three generation holiday. Geriant the owner is very helpful with an excellent sense of humour plus good advice on walks, off the beaten track drives and much more.
    If you are a vodafone subscriber you will need to use wi-fi connection or take a booster. Don’t be put off by the small frontage of the Coop in Bala, it goes back a long way, for those first essentials it has most things. You can then explore the local produce as you travel round.
    We will be back!

  10. David and june says:

    Well done Geriant ,really brilliant property could not have wished for a better place to stay .mountains,fields and river all beautiful.Full marks for your interior design, very comfortable and stylish.We look forward to returning in the future will recommend to everyone thank you .

  11. Lian & Dave Wildman says:

    We stayed here for a weekend…wel lwhat can I say,the best ever cottage we have stayed in.
    we found the cottage modern,roomy extremely comfy and our Daughter love the 3D Tv. Really nice homely touches, i loved the lamps in particularly.

    This is credit to the owner,and what a nice gentleman he is.
    We will be back soon for a much longer break!


  12. Silvia and Vasile, London says:

    We were looking for a place in Snowdonia just for a weekend. It was everything in short time. Luckily my sister find about this web site. In the end Wednesday night we booked this cottage and Friday morning happily off to Wales-destination Tal-y-Bont.
    From the main road, you can see the cottage, but getting closer and closer is like stepping into the land of a fairytale. A little valley is driving us throughout the bridge, like freshly made. Under the wooden bridge is flowing a river with a very crystal clear water. Then a welcoming traditional gate invites you into the yard. A big stoned medieval cottage is like smiling at you to step in.
    The luxurious interior of the house is stunning. Everything inside is new and chosen with sensitive and warm touch. After the welcoming tour of the house , enjoying the beautiful view from all three bedrooms running like a child from a corner to another one we have decided to give to the charming owner of the lovely cottage “dix points”.
    He completed our weekend.
    A nice storyteller with regards to the Bala lake and surroundings. Everyone loved him and we already make plans to come back again.

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