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3 Bythynnod yr Aran

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Bala, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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77 Customer Reviews

  • "The accomodation was just for me and the dog."

    There were very welcoming gifts for me and my hound. The cottage was very nice and warm, as this was a very wet December / January. I would like to apologise for my dog leaving his paws on the bedding! I cannot fault the place and thank you to the owners.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Dec 2023

  • "After a difficult year we took the plunge and decided to go away for Christmas this year."

    ....and we weren't disappointed. This cottage is absolutely beautifully furnished to a high standard and was spotlessly clean. There are games and books for rainy days! Imagine our surprise when we arrived and saw it was even decorated for Christmas with lovely gfifts left by the owners. Stan loved his gift too - thank you! The courtyard was ideal for him too, he could have a little wander safely. Thank you Richard and Debbie we will most definitely be back (hopefully it won't rain so much next time!!)

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Dec 2023

  • "Excellent location short walk to Bala Lake and a short walk to the Town centre."

    Lovely safe location with excellent parking. Fully equipped kitchen. Overall a lovely stay will definitely be coming back 5 Stars

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a fabulous stay, the cottage was perfect and the location to everything was spot on."

    We have already been talking about a return trip. The courtyard was ideal for my dog too.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Sep 2023

  • "What a lovely find!"

    The owners really have thought of everything - it’s like a home from home. Very comfortable and clean and in a lovely setting. A few minutes from the lake and very peaceful. A wonderful location. The owners were lovely to communicate with too - a highly recommended place to stay.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a quiet and convenient location just behind Bala high street, which has a Co-op and a few pubs, restaurants and takeaways."

    Kitchen is well-equipped, the bed was comfortable and we really appreciated the parking permit. We found it tricky to lock the front door the first time (you need to raise the handle and keep holding it raised while you lock the door - quite tricky if you are holding a dog lead, or anything else). When we called the owners to ask them about how to lock the door, we felt like a nuisance rather than a valued guest.

    Reviewed by Nicola4.7Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful secure setting."

    Five minute walk to lake and high street.Only down side was I had my little dog with me and, as there was no bedroom door, it was difficult to keep him secure at night, either downstairs or upstairs. Hot water went off while i was there and the owner was very prompt in getting it fixed by his lovely cleaner Cath who also came back to see everything was ok later in the day. If a bedroom door was added I wouldnt hesitate to return.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a lovely weeks stay at this cottage."

    Spacious, clean, and well equipped with everything you need. Great location with plenty of pubs and restaurants within easy walking distance. The dog enjoyed his early morning walk by the lake which is only 5 minutes away, we will both miss that. We will definitely be booking up for a return trip.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jun 2023

  • "Property was excellent"

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Jun 2023

  • "Excellent"

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2023

  • "Well kitted out in prime location near Bala town and the lake Plenty to do but also chance to rest up"

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.4Mar 2023

  • "We had a great time here, the cottage was in a perfect location to get to everything, the cottage itself was brilliant, very comfortable, warm & had all the facilities needed."

    We would LOVE to return at some point, maybe for a week this time

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Mar 2023

  • "Beautifully maintained and presented property, all the comforts of home and everything well thought out."

    Great location and close to local amenities. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Lyn5.0Feb 2023

  • "Very comfortable with all the facilities you could possibly need."

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jan 2023

  • "Lovely comfortable accommodation in a great location, just behind the high street with Co-op, pubs, restaurants, butchers, bakers, take-aways etc."

    only a very short walk away. . Bala is also a great base to visit the many other beautiful places in the region and the parking permit included gives you free parking in many other towns in Gwynedd. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Shaun5.0Jan 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Christmas."

    We were gladly surprised that the owners had decorated the property with a Christmas tree and other decorations. They even left a present for our dog and wine and mince pies for us. The property was beautiful, very clean and the kitchen had all you could need to spend a comfortable time. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Susana5.0Dec 2022

  • "Very lovely place enjoyed my stay thank you"

    Reviewed by Stuart4.7Nov 2022

  • "Me and my partner had a lovely time here recently!"

    Excellent value for money and many local amenities nearby. Very spacious and owners have clearly gone above and beyond to provide a space for a couple to relax and feel at home. I was very impressed with the kitchen in particular as much had been supplied. No need to worry about bringing our own pots and pans! We will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Lauren5.0Nov 2022

  • "We loved how spacious the place was but it still felt homey."

    There was everything we could possibly need. Considering how close you are to the road we were impressed by the lack of noise too.

    Reviewed by Phoebe4.1Oct 2022

  • "Had a great honeymoon in bala and surrounding area ,cottage was very nice & ..."

    Had a great honeymoon in bala and surrounding area ,cottage was very nice & comfortable also we were made very welcomed by the local people we will return loved it

    Reviewed by Mark4.1Oct 2022

  • "Absolutely loved the cottage and location, the whole setup just went like clockwork."

    The cottage was well stocked with everything we needed. The area is nice and quite and all the shops, pubs, restaurants etc just a couple of minutes walk. We're definitely going to book it again. Bala is a good location for getting to snowdonia and all around. Highly recommended by Danny, Gill and Teddy the dog.

    Reviewed by Danny5.0Jul 2022

  • "A very comfortable property excellent location extremely well equipped."

    We loved our stay and would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Jul 2022

  • "The Cottage was lovely, very clean and comfortable."

    Had everything what we needed. Even our dog Oscar has a blanket left by owners. Great location with all shops, pubs and caffe on door step. Very friendly and quiet neighbours. Parking permits for long stay at the car park - brilliant. We had a really lovely holiday in Bala and would like to come back there again.

    Reviewed by Ewelina5.0Jun 2022

  • "Excellent property, plenty of room for two and a dog."

    Ideal base for exploring coast and mountains of Snowdonia national park.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jun 2022

  • "When equipping a property like this it is probably a toss up between washing machine and dishwasher."

    Our preference would be for a dishwasher but it is not a deal breaker. I noted there is a launderette on Bala high street. Usually we go for a property on the coast eg Harlech, Portmadog so Bala was a change. It was great to be able to pop round to the Coop for a few things and to have a choice of restaurants within a few minutes walk so no driving. Would definitely go again.

    Reviewed by John4.7May 2022

  • "Everything was good about the property, all amenities close to hand."

    Plenty of walking routes.

    Reviewed by Graham4.7May 2022

  • "A lovely apartment very comfortable and is very well equipped couldn't fault it."

    The apartment was spotless again couldn't fault it We would highly recommend this property as there isn't anything to dislike about this property.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Apr 2022

  • "Good break."

    .5th visit to the property but still manage to do something new..still lots to explore

    Reviewed by Elizabeth3.8Mar 2022

  • "Lovely property with all the features to feel at home."

    Although I wouldn't normally choose a property that allows for pets after some bad experiences, the property was cleaned to a good standard so this was not an issue. Would have been 5 stars but for the weather! The lovely skylights provided a good view of the starry nights. Unfortunately, we had a couple of nights of intermittent clattering hailstones.

    Reviewed by David4.7Feb 2022

  • "The property was superb in every way."

    I wanted for nothing. Warm and cosy and ideally placed. I had booked last minute for some post operative rest and that’s exactly what I got. Superb location with everything on the doorstep. Highly, highly recommend it!

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jan 2022

  • "Loved our stay local to all facilities bala lake is is a short distance from cottage across the car park to the lane ."

    Permit for carpark provided which was a bonus.leasure centre around the corner meals in the cafe spot on

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Nov 2021

  • "Everything was perfect."

    Loved all the little added extras, cleaning products loo rolls etc. Kitchen better equipped than home. Many thanks

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Nov 2021

  • "A fabulous cottage like a home from home."

    Comfortable, well furnished and modern. Great location for exploring locally. Only minor downside is the oven which takes a long time to heat up and doesn’t work as well as you’d expect. We will be back though as loved the place

    Reviewed by Louise4.7Oct 2021

  • "Amazing accommodation!"

    ! Lots of storage space and a great kitchen- well equipped and good size! Very clean. Great location - walkable distance to the shops and great for a walk to the lake with the dog.

    Reviewed by Yasmine5.0Aug 2021

  • "Oven seemed to take a long time to reach temperature."

    Would be helpful to have some mixing bowls to prepare food

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jul 2021

  • "The cottage was beautiful and in such a lovely little enclosure."

    Just behind the main high street so in a perfect location but so quiet. Walking distance to everything. We have recommended to family to stay here as it was just so lovely!

    Reviewed by Kimberley5.0Jun 2021

  • "The cottage was ideally situated next to Bala Lake."

    It was our first trip with our dog (Cav King Charles Spaniel) and it was ideal. The small courtyard meant we could play ball in our PJs with the dog and 3 minutes away was a long lake side walk where the dog could go off the lead and stretch her legs. It was about an hours drive through country lanes to a lot of different walks, waterfalls, lakes and of course Mt Snowdon. We had a great time and plan to come back another time to complete more tracks up Snowdon.

    Reviewed by William4.7May 2021

  • "The holiday was excellent."

    The cottage perfect and had everything we needed. We will certainly recommend

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Apr 2021

  • "Amazing the cottage was extremely well equipped, great location totally organised, parking pass, key safe, super fast WiFi which enabled us to do some work, I know holiday and working but needs must."

    The bed was super comfy, very clean cottage, location was so good for Barmouth and the surrounding area.

    Reviewed by Saratha5.0Apr 2021

  • "Comfortable and well equipped base for exploring the area."

    Bala lake is beautiful and there are lots of lovely walks nearby. The coast is within a 40 minute drive.

    Reviewed by Celia4.7Apr 2021

  • "We had a brilliant few days staying in this holiday cottage."

    It was literally a 2min walk from Bala Lake which had fantastic views. The cottage is within a little courtyard which was perfect for the dog. There were some great walks locally and everyone was very friendly. Bala is a lovely little town with everything you could need. Great that co-op was only round the corner! All in all a great stay, would definitely recommend and hope to be back in more normal times!

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2020

  • "It was fantastic thanks"

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2020

  • "This cottage was absolutely fantastic."

    Can’t wait to go back. Very well equipped. Near to shops. Didn’t want to go home. Will definitely be going back.

    Reviewed by Carolyn5.0Sep 2020

  • "First time at this particular property."

    About five years ago we were at the property opposite. Both have been renovated from a workhouse to a quality standard and they are an ideal self-catering accomodation. The kitchen was equipped in an excellent way, by far the best we have ever used. Bala is a lovely town with lovely walks all around and with a beautiful lake. Great base for touring other areas. The only downside is with the covid restrictions when eating out in most cases it literally is outside. For this you require good weather.

    Reviewed by Robert4.4Aug 2020

  • "The accommodation is lovely, and has everything you need."

    It is ideally situated for those wishing to explore North Wales.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2020

  • "Me and my 4 legged buddy (george The dog) stayed in this beautiful setting for 5 nights and had the best time exploring The Snowdonia Area , A short walk to shops which was very handy, A parking permit Is Supplied for long stay car park Just a stones throw away from accommodation."

    There is beautiful lake within a 5 minute walk. The Accommodation was very light and airy and very comfortable , Great communication And the owner was a lovely lady.

    Reviewed by Grant4.7Jul 2020

  • "Beaufiful Cottage so comfortable and relaxing ."

    . aminities not 2 minutes away ..everything at hand ..lovely country walks and places to visit .. the local people wer so friendly too .. we really so enjoyed our stay in Bala .. Thankyou so much .

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Oct 2019

  • "Excellent accommodation with everything you need, very close to shops, pubs and restaurants with s short walk to the lake."

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2019

  • "The cottage is bright, well equipped and comfortable, in quiet neighbourhood with coop next door and high street with shops and pubs few steps away."

    Nearby there is a lake with stunning views, and the best of it all is a huge parking lot with provided parking permit right next to the cottage. The permit can be used at plenty of car parks all around Snowdonia, where long stay bays are usually available while the short stay is usualy full in the high season. It saved us quite a bunch of money :-) There is so much to see in Snowdonia, and Bala is a great spot for your base camp :-) The only thing we didn't really like was the sound of roof window opening/closing which probably bothered all neighbours, and crows gathering next to the window every day at 5am :-D but it was part of the charm. We loved our vacation and would recommand to all our friends.

    Reviewed by Barbora4.7Jul 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely had all the equipment needed for a good stay ."

    Very close to shops , cafes and lake . Very comfortable , parking easy .

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jun 2019

  • "The cottage was really lovely."

    Spotlessly clean and well equipped with everything you would need. The bed was extremely comfortable and we had some great nights sleep. The location is good and we were well placed to explore the area. There are some good walks around Bala and the lake. There is a folder in the cottage with local walks and places of interest. Although we thought Bala could do with a bit of make over when you compared it to other villages we visited. It has a selection of pubs but Plas Yn Dre was by far our favourite and so dog friendly. There is a Co op a stones throw from the cottage which is great to nip to if you need anything. We enjoyed our week and would return.

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0May 2019

  • "This is the most beautiful accommodation."

    It is equipped to a very high standard, and has everything you could possibly want, and more. It is very quiet, yet a very short walk from the town centre, parking is free (with the supplied permit), and the parking permit also gives free parking in lots of other car parks in Gwynedd. We had a fantastic week, with excellent weather thrown in.

    Reviewed by Rob5.0May 2019

  • "Superb central base to get out and explore North Wales, and there is so much too explore, within an hours drive in either direction there are some incredible walks and places to visit."

    The cottage was perfect, lovely and warm when you got back from the day, great shower, great kitchen, comfy lounge furniture and lots of room for 2 people, a dog and loads of walking kit.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0May 2019

  • "Everything was above and beyond what we expected."

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Apr 2019

  • "Great holiday cottage in fantastic location."

    We really enjoyed our stay and had everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Nyree4.7Apr 2019

  • "This accommodation feels very secure and its cosy and comfortable."

    The kitchen is well equiped for cooking for 2 and the decor is contemporary and practical. The town of Bala is well suited to explore north Wales and has enough shops and pubs/places to eat to make the holiday feel relaxing and a break away from the usual.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Mar 2019

  • "This was our second visit to 3 Bythynnod yr Aran Quirky stylish property Good ..."

    This was our second visit to 3 Bythynnod yr Aran Quirky stylish property Good base for visiting North Wales Good communication with Sykes Cottages and owners in booking the holiday

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Mar 2019

  • "Would return again."

    It was absolutely stunning, quiet great for R&R.

    Reviewed by Cara5.0Mar 2019

  • "The property is beautifully decorated and furnished to a high standard ."

    The òwners have thought of everything that you 'll need from a parking permit-too a slow cooker in the kitchen .fantastic and could not fault anything. Definitely be back ,a fantastic base for seeing beautiful Wales . Gary +Jo Cutbush.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Feb 2019

  • "The cottage was in an excellent location, very local to both the town and lake."

    The photographs didn't do the property justice in that it exceeded our expectations, the fittings and furniture where of a high standard and we had all the facilities that we required, the set up was great and the landing and open bedroom added to the experience. The instructions for access and key pick up were easy to understand and follow. We would recommend this property and wouldn't think twice about staying here again.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Jan 2019

  • "This cottage is a lovely place to stay, the owners provided a very warm welcome with a Christmas hamper."

    I can highly recommend staying here and the surrounding area is a fabulous place for walking and biking. Perfect holiday retreat.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Dec 2018

  • "Cottage close to local amenities but with beautiful lake and scenery just on the doorstep."

    Reviewed by John4.7Nov 2018

  • "Accommodation is beautiful tucked away behind the high street, that provides tranquility yet easy access to shops and restaurants."

    Extremely peaceful and restful. A bed to die for so comfy. Definitely recommend and worthy of return visit. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Aug 2018

  • "This cottage was superb!"

    It was immaculate in every way from the decor to the equipment. Comfortable in the lounge and comfortable in the bedroom. Everything about this cottage was quality. It was the perfect base to explore the North of Wales and such a pleasure to return to, to relax after a long days touring. The High Street and local shops and eating places were a mere 3 minutes walk away and the people we spoke with were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the area. A really wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by William Drysdale5.0Aug 2018

  • "The setting of this cottage was outstanding."

    The gated courtyard was quiet and peaceful and the cottage itself: clean, comfortable, bright and airy with everything we needed to make it feel like home. A great base for easily exploring Snowdonia and beyond.Bala high street has all the shops, cafes and restaurants close to the cottage. We had one of the best holidays ever and would recommend it highly.

    Reviewed by Leslie5.0Jul 2018

  • "Lovely visit to Bala, the cottage was fab, everything we needed and close to all amenities."

    Just a few mins walk to the lake which was amazing. A friendly place to spend a few days away.

    Reviewed by Jeanette5.0May 2018

  • "Thank you for your customer service, it was excellent."

    Reviewed by Babs5.0Apr 2018

  • "What a beautiful cottage!"

    We had such a lovely week. A very short walk to the little town of Bala and Bala Lake. We can’t wait to return.

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Apr 2018

  • "Stayed in a former workhouse Looks like work happening across the courtyard from the cottage we stayed in to continue renovating the whole of the place The cottage we stayed in was simple stylish ."

    .fittings and furniture were quality

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Mar 2018

  • "Lovely cottage and very well presented."

    This is our second time staying here and we would definitely book again. Great for our dog “Harry” as the courtyard is enclosed and the permanent residents are very friendly. All the places we wanted to visit were only a short drive away and the High Street has plenty of shops and places to eat. Really enjoyed our holiday.

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Jan 2018

  • "The location is perfect."

    A short walk from the Lake and a minute from the town and all its facilities. The provisions in the cottage were exceptional, everything we could have wanted. It was perfect

    Reviewed by Anne4.8Aug 2017

  • "Excellent facilities, the parking pass was very useful, as were all of the details on local attractions provided."

    Very quiet, secure and very convenient location. Recommended.

    Reviewed by Ross5.0Apr 2017

  • "Really enjoyed excellent location to visit North Wales on the plus side a ..."

    Really enjoyed excellent location to visit North Wales on the plus side a parking permit covered various areas lovely clean cottage can't wait to go back

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Mar 2017

  • "Excellent accommodation in a good location with everything within easy reach."

    A varied selection of shops and restaurants in the town to cater for all needs.

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Oct 2016

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage really good location as a base for walking / activities in the area."

    Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Aug 2016

  • "The owners provided us with a parking permit which saved us a lot of money when visiting surrounding towns."

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Aug 2016

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the holiday."

    The cottage was wonderful. Very well stocked kitchen with everything we needed. Could not have asked for more. Very impressed.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2016

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  • One galleried king-size double bedroom (zip/link, can be twin on request)
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, TV with Freeview, Blu-ray/DVD player, WiFi, small selection of books, games and DVD's
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Permit for 1 car in long stay car park opposite, additional roadside parking outside the cottage on first come, first served basis
  • Shared front courtyard
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops, pubs and lake 2 mins walk
  • Note: Max 2 people.

The property

An outstanding, beautifully presented, semi-detached cottage, converted from a Grade II listed Old Workhouse in a courtyard position in the centre of Bala town.

This delightful Bala cottage boasts wonderful furnishings, a vaulted ceiling and hardwood floors, providing contemporary accommodation that's perfect for a couple.

With a welcoming and comfortable sitting room with dining area and a well-equipped kitchen, a ground floor shower room and a galleried king-size double bedroom, this cottage is an excellent holiday home to return to after a busy day exploring this beautiful part of Wales.

This Bala cottage is in a superb central location, set back from the main part of the town, but only a two-minute walk to pubs, restaurants, shops and the famous lake.

Bala Lake offers a number of watersports and fishing, or explore the area either on foot through the surrounding countryside or by taking a ride on the miniature steam railway.

Nearby is the famous National White Water Centre, where you may wish to try your hand at rafting or canoeing.

Back in Bala town there is a fantastic leisure centre with indoor swimming pool and a golf course.

This Bala cottage will not disappoint, and offers a warm and welcoming base for a great North Wales holiday at any time of year.

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About the location


Corwen 11 miles; Dolgellau 18 miles; Llangollen 22 miles; Betws-y-Coed 29 miles.

The bustling market town of Bala lies within the beautiful Snowdonia National Park and is located at the head of Llyn Tegid, Bala’s famous lake, which is the largest natural lake in Wales and home to a unique fish called the Gwyniad, a relic of the Ice Age. Renowned as a centre for great watersports including fishing, sailing, canoeing, windsurfing and whitewater rafting, Bala is also the headquarters of the narrow gauge Bala Lake Railway. The town itself is steeped in history and has a range of interesting shops, inns and restaurants, and an historical Town Walk. Surrounded by the wonderful Berwyn Mountains on one side and the beautiful Snowdonia Mountain Range on the other, this is a mecca for climbing, walking, mountain biking and many other outdoor activities. An ideal location for touring all of North and Mid Wales including the stunning Cambrian Bay Coast with the six-mile long Harlech Beach, overlooked by its majestic medieval castle. A truly wonderful part of Wales catering for all interests.

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Note: Max 2 people.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas