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Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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65 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a very enjoyable week with a warm and friendly welcome from the owner."

    The bungalow had everything we needed and it was only a 5 minute walk into Bala town centre. We would consider going back there again.

    thank you Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Nov 2023

  • "A lovely holiday visiting family the bungalow is situated in a quite location but a two minute walk from town."

    The place was spotless and very inviting especially when you see the complimentary flowers and welcoming pack when we arrived what a lovely gesture. The owner was really nice found her very helpful and would definitely stay there again.. Thankyou .

    thank you Property Owner

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Oct 2023

  • "Had a lovely two weeks at this lovely bungalow in Bala."

    Was lucky with weather and loved where it is, so close to Bala itself and the lake at bottom of road Thank you again to Jip who was so helpful

    thank you xx Property Owner

    Reviewed by Keith4.7Sep 2023

  • "The first thing we had to do on arrival was find and isolate all the air fresheners as the smell was completely overpowering!"

    This made more sense when I read the review for the guest before u. Apart from that this little house suited us very well indeed and we really enjoyed our stay. It was great being able to pop down to the Lake and in to Bala, which had a good range of shops. I found the bed too firm, but that was just me. Others in the party thought they were great. The house was clean and very well equipped, though the bathroom could do with a refresh. Wifi stopped occasionally, but we just turned it off and on again and it worked fine. Good sized table in the conservatory for games and meals. Weather wasn't great but we weren't short of things to do. Cerris craft village with activities (not available all year round) was a nice way to spend a few hours. We also got the little train one stop and then walked back which was a pleasant couple of hours' stroll. All in all I'd recommend the house and am very pleased we chose it.

    Reviewed by Ellie4.7Aug 2023

  • "This could've been a nice property but unfortunately we had a number of issues which spoiled the stay for us."

    We had no internet for the majority of the trip. This was a big problem for us as I had to work intermittently throughout the week and we are also going through a house purchase. When I reported this to the owner (who lived next door) she became rude and argumentative and insisted that the internet was working fine and just needed to be reset. But even when the router was reset repeatedly there was still no connection available and this problem continued for most of the week. On the first night, the owner and her son stated that they would pop around the next morning to make sure everything was up and running, but actually we never heard from them again. Also, we needed to buy several air fresheners for the property as there was a strange odour in the main living areas, which the owner stated was due to a previous tenant who had dogs. The electric heater in the second bedroom was not working and we had to turn it off at the mains power to avoid raging heat throughout the night. One of the rear uPVC doors was very difficult to open and had to be rammed from the bottom to gain access to the bins. It's a shame as this could be a great property with more attention.

    Reviewed by Steve2.5Aug 2023

  • "A lovely property, everything you need and more."

    Quiet location, 10 min walk to Bala lake. Perfect. Lovely host.

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Jun 2023

  • "Property was lovely , enjoyed our stay would definitely recommend"

    Reviewed by Vicki3.4Jun 2023

  • "The cottage was great and location fantastic Jip was very helpful."

    Anyone with an adventurous dog there is a couple of places they can escape through the hedge but don't let that put you off it is a fantastic place.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2023

  • "Overall the property met our needs & was as described."

    Very welcome additions such as the milk, tea tray & Welsh cakes. The flowers were also beautiful & the miniature toiletries in the bathroom came in handy as I'd forgotten to pack shower gel! Very useful to have things like condiments, tin foil & sandwich bags available too - thank you. Personally I found the bed in the blue room a little too firm for my liking, but that is purely personal preference. My 2 children slept incredibly well in the other rooms . The quality of the mattress, bed linens & towels were superb. The outside space was wonderful in the morning to enjoy breakfast in the sunshine & we caught it just in time to enjoy tea in the early evening. Ardwyn is a very comfortable property & well equipped for an enjoyable stay. Bala is a lovely town & perfectly situated to explore Gwynedd & Snowdonia. I'm sure we'll return!

    Reviewed by Gillian4.1May 2023

  • "Fantastic location, fabulous weather - what more could you ask for?"

    Walking into Bala made it easy to pick up everyday essentials and eat out, whilst the local road network made it easy getting to the MTB trail centres we wanted to visit. The bungalow was certainly comfortable for 2 adults and 2 dogs, well stocked kitchen and the flowers were a nice extra. Having a garage to store the MTB's in was an added bonus. The only thing we could have done with was a hoover with better suction :) I'm sure we'll be back to experience more that this part of Wales has to offer.

    Reviewed by Shelley5.0May 2023

  • "A lovely cottage in a great location."

    Reviewed by Elizabeth3.4Apr 2023

  • "This is the best sykes place we have stayed in and have gone back year after ..."

    This is the best sykes place we have stayed in and have gone back year after year and God willing will be back again Jip is so friendly and accomadating even got birthday card and wine for my husbands 70th on arrival the dog loves it too brilliant all round

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Sep 2022

  • "The property had all the facilities to make a perfect vacation and along with the location I would highly recommend"

    thank you Property Owner

    Reviewed by Damian5.0Sep 2022

  • "A nice clean and spacious bungalow close to the lake and centre of Bala with a friendly and welcoming owner."

    Thank you very much Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jul 2022

  • "Perfect for our holiday."

    Everything in the property we could have asked for. Great location for sport centre and ice cream shop! Lovely welcome from the owner.

    Thank you very much Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jul 2022

  • "A very bright and roomy bungalow gives you that happy feeling as soon as you enter Mrs Jones is a lovely lady very suitable as your host the flowers were an added bonus."

    Also Ardwyn is in the ideal location for all sight seeing

    Thank Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Jun 2022

  • "A lovely cottage situated in a fabulous location."

    The owner is lovely. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2022

  • "We found Ardwyn very clean and welcoming We arrived on a rather cool April day and appreciated that the heating had already been switched on for us."

    There was plenty of space for all us us - the pictures don't do it justice - and the location is just perfect to leave the car to walk into the hills, the town or to the lake or to catch a bus to the seaside. Ardwyn is on our "we want to come back' list.

    Reviewed by Jutta5.0Apr 2022

  • "Great property which was clean and close to town and lake."

    The owner was very welcoming.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Mar 2022

  • "Loved this accommodation will be using this more when return to Bala"

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely touch with the flowers."

    Great location.

    Reviewed by Adele5.0Aug 2021

  • "Gorgeous bungalow, the photos don't do it justice!"

    Its just a stones throw away from the lake and town but so quiet and peaceful. The owner was super friendly too. Would definitely recommend this bungalow to friends and we're hoping to hire it again at some point!

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Jul 2021

  • "The owner was v friendly and helpful and welcoming!"

    She lives next door. A great place and ideal location for the Lake.

    Reviewed by Katie4.7Jul 2021

  • "Excellent customer service in making this booking."

    I wanted the Bala area and Ardwyn was suggested. Top marks! Ardwyn is very clean and well equipped for the whole family. We had Sunny days over our stay and the garden has morning and evening sun. Ardwyn has wonderful views of the mountains and is within easy walking distance of Bala centre and Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid) . The owner ( Mrs. Jones) is very welcoming and has added a lot of thoughtful touches to give Ardwyn that home from home feeling. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Glyn5.0Apr 2021

  • "Jip the owner so friendly and accommodating wanted for nothing even on very wet ..."

    Jip the owner so friendly and accommodating wanted for nothing even on very wet days view and location made up for it already booked again

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Oct 2020

  • "Absolutely fantastic and fabulous so friendly and warm and welcoming"

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Sep 2020

  • "Great location for exploring."

    Bungalow quiet and clean. Very comfortable. Thank you for a great break

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Sep 2020

  • "Excellent holiday home with everything you could need."

    The location is fantastic. A quick march to the lake with your canoe or SUP is easy and Bala town, with eating places and a well stocked large Co-op, a short stroll in the other direction. Owner very friendly, accommodating and on hand right next door.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2020

  • "The owner was super friendly and helpful, and is right next door to help with anything."

    Location is great. Literally a few minutes walk to the lake for all the watersport fun there, and Bala is close to so many outdoor activities including some wonderful walking ...from short walks to historical sites through to longer and more challenging high walks. Very dog friendly but beware our dogs managed to find their way through the hedge and onto the road. The rental was very clean, instructions were clear and just right for a family of 5 and 2 dogs. We had a lovely stay, thank you.

    Reviewed by Sam5.0Jul 2020

  • "A great holiday cottage lovely and comfortable ideally situated ,great for the ..."

    A great holiday cottage lovely and comfortable ideally situated ,great for the dogs and the owner Mrs Jip is so helpful ,thankyou

    Reviewed by Jonathan4.7Oct 2019

  • "Well sykes have outdone themselves with this one adsolutly wonderful location ..."

    Well sykes have outdone themselves with this one adsolutly wonderful location for us oldies and the dog so much better than the last one for her Jip the owner such a wonderful lady having suffered losing her hubby last year still focused on us having good experience very apologetic on arrival as boiler had sprung a leak so no hot water but got plumber out immediately and all OK by monday that and even bad weather didn't stop us feeling so welcome and we appreciated wine and chocolates as a a very sorry gift will most defiantly book again hopefully a few times next year on leaving fae wanted to stop with Jip so that says it all

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Oct 2019

  • "Was disappointed that no fresh bed linen and towels were provided for 2nd week of our stay."

    Otherwise the accommodation was just lovely.

    Reviewed by Judy5.0Sep 2019

  • "The cottage could not have been better and Mrs Jones was helpful and friendly."

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Aug 2019

  • "We have had a brilliant holiday, we know the area well but it is the first time we have stayed in Bala."

    Absolutely loved the bungalow, it is spacious , very clean and we were able to use the garage for storage of kayaks and a bike.Brilliant location for the lake, 5 minutes away and the town is also within walking distance.Most of the pubs and eateries in town are dog friendly which is great for us.There is lots to do in snowdonia including plenty of rainy day activities.We went for the kayaking mainly but I would recommend this for anyone with watersports interests as is it such a good location for the lake and the white water centre just up the road.There is also a leisure centre next door to the lake with swimming pool and various classes.There are also lots of walks in the area,of mixed ability and length ( for smaller children ) Jip the owner lives next door and is very welcoming and helpful.I have 2 teenagers who ( are usually difficult to please! ) but they loved it too! We will definitely be back!!

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Aug 2019

  • "Fabulous cottage with everything you need Jip is very welcoming The local area only 5mins away and the lake too."

    Reviewed by S5.0May 2019

  • "We were made most welcome by the lady owner ."

    She was most helpful with local details.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0May 2019

  • "A most enjoyable holiday in a lovely part of Wales, the property was very clean and well equipped, also located in a quiet and peaceful area."

    Centrally located with Porthmadog, Dolgellau, and Denbigh within easy reach. I would therefore recommend this holiday home to anyone wishing to stay in Bala.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Mar 2019

  • "We had a relaxing holiday in a well considered and thought out cottage, a base for exploring Betsy-coed, Barmouth and Porthmadog to name but a few."

    Reviewed by As5.0Mar 2019

  • "We had a lovely week in Ardwyn cottage, it was clean and comfortable and the hostess Gyp was very helpful and pleasant, the cottage was very well placed for easy access to the town of Bala and the surrounding countryside."

    Reviewed by Joan4.7Mar 2019

  • "We had a lovely holiday."

    Ardwyn is clean and well equipped. The owner Jip lives next door and was welcoming and made sure we were happy with everything. Bala is only a short walk away and is a friendly town with everything you might need. It's also an ideal location for visiting other parts of north Wales. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Ardwyn to others and would happily book again in the future.

    Reviewed by Shelagh5.0Nov 2018

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the four night stay."

    The property is ideally situated in peaceful surroundings on the edge of Bala five minute walk from both town and lake. It was within easy distance of many of the attractions of North Wales and Bala itself is both very friendly and dog friendly. The owner is a pleasant lady who is on hand if needed, but not intrusive which is ideal. The bungalow is both comfortable and well equipped.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Oct 2018

  • "Lovely spotless bungalow, fully equipped with everything you could need, (home from home) Garden is perfect for pets with 2 separate enclosed areas including outdoor seating."

    The owner Jip is really friendly and would be there if you need anything. Bala lake and town centre within a couple of minutes walk. Lots of dog friendly places to eat, and convenient shopping eg. co-op, Spar etc. Had a lovely, relaxing weekend, will be going back again and can highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Sep 2018

  • "Bala and countryside is a very picturesque place, good dog walks and very friendly people."

    The bungalow was very cosy, clean and very quiet. It was just a 5 min walk into Bala which had plenty of cafe's and the food at the White Lion was very good and also the Eagle Inn which was just outside of Bala. Jip the owner of the bungalow was very friendly and made us feel very welcome. Our grandchildren who visited us enjoyed Gorwelion which had a children's play area and a very good cafe which was just outside Bala. The bungalow was very well equipped, dishwasher, washing machine, most things you would want. The dogs loved it and so did we. In fact we have stayed at 2 other Sykes cottages in other parts of North Wales and they were also excellent. Sonia, Philip, Andrew, Kristoffer, (Bruce and Kelly) The dogs.

    Reviewed by Avril5.0Sep 2018

  • "Everything about our holiday accommodation was wonderful, the owner is a lovely kind lady, also the setting (Lake Bala) 5 minutes walk away."

    ..stunning. Whilst there we booked again online for June 2019, the downside being if I had been patient I would have received a code for £40 off my next holiday, rather annoyed about that, not being retrospective I cannot claim it.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2018

  • "Excellent location and the owner was extremely friendly."

    The bungalow was equipped with everything you would need to make you feel as though you were actually staying in your own home. I would definitely recommend this accommodation and will be looking to return in the autumn .

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Jun 2018

  • "Lovely bungalow in an excellent location."

    Bala is very pretty with all the amenities that you would wish for within a village. Many places to eat and have a drink with a ridiculous amount of walks in every direction! Our host, Jip, was very friendly and had furnished the property extremely tastefully with good attention to detail. We will certainly come back again!

    Reviewed by Orlando5.0May 2018

  • "O M G. What more can I say."

    5 min walk to Bala Lake and 5 min walk into Bala . Ardwyn bungalow was one beautiful accommodation with everything you need and more

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2018

  • "Lovely bungalow in a great location."

    Home from home

    Reviewed by Josephine5.0May 2018

  • "This cottage is in a great location just a few minutes walk from the town centre and the lake."

    The cottage was of a high standard through and there is plenty of parking space. I would definitely use it again.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Apr 2018

  • "This is a wonderful property, exceptionally clean, beautiful location and a lovely, extremely helpful owner."

    Would thoroughly recommend this property to anyone looking for a superb holiday.

    Reviewed by Arthur5.0Mar 2018

  • "Excellent cottage."

    Well equipped. Very clean. Owners lovely. 5 minutes walk to lake and 5minutes walk to town. Area quite central to visit places of interest. Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a clean, quiet and lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Mar 2018

  • "Excellent holiday accommodation, a well equipped and very clean spacious bungalow."

    Everything was provided for to a high standard, great location with information provided on walks and scenic trips. Would definitely recommend this accommodation to everyone. Best wishes and thank you to the owners Jip & Lloyd.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Nov 2017

  • "Very friendly welcome by Jip the owner."

    Bungalow was very clean and comfortable and in an excellent location.

    Reviewed by James4.4Jul 2017

  • "It was one of the best cottages I've stayed in for a long time faultless and ..."

    It was one of the best cottages I've stayed in for a long time faultless and Lloyd and jip were very welcoming and helpful

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2017

  • "We could not fault the cottage."

    It was extremely clean and comfortable and had everything that we needed. Both Lloyd and Jip were a pleasure to meet. This bungalow was one of the best we have stayed in.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Jun 2017

  • "We have thoroughly enjoyed this lovely cottage!"

    Very convenient location, excellent facilities and clean house!

    Reviewed by Ki-soon5.0May 2017

  • "This was our second visit to the property, having enjoyed staying there last year."

    It's both beautifully decorated and positioned.

    Reviewed by Richard4.8Mar 2017

  • "The bungalow was perfect and so clean and organised."

    Nothing was too much trouble, we really enjoyed the stay

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Mar 2017

  • "This cottage was first class, and the owners were extreamly nice people and could not do enough for us, if you are concidering booking this propriety then please do you will not be disappointed."

    Reviewed by Phillip5.0Dec 2016

  • "The property was lovely, comfortable and spacious."

    Lloyd and Jip were very welcoming and the scenery was beautiful with the lake being just a short walk away. We went a bit further afield exploring Llangollen and the Aqueduct which is not for the faint hearted but the views are more than worth it. Porthmadog is also worth a visit with a beautiful coastline. Will definitely be re-booking in the future.

    Reviewed by Kathleen5.0Nov 2016

  • "The cottage was beautifully decorated and had plenty of facilities."

    My only criticisms would be the lack of a tumble drier, but that's not a major concern. The WiFi connection was very intermittent and this did cause a few issues when looking up places to go, etc. In terms of location, the bungalow is perfectly positioned in Bala. Far enough out to be quiet and yet close enough so you can walk in. We certainly enjoyed not having to use the car for a number of days.

    Reviewed by Richard4.8Oct 2016

  • "Lovely holiday home."

    very clean and comfortable,great location and the people who own it are very friendly without being intrusive.would recommend this holiday home.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Sep 2016

  • "Ardwyn at Bala is well worthy of its high star rating."

    Great location, spotlessly clean, very well equipped and extremely comfortable. There were even fresh cut flowers in the entrance hall when we arrived. The owners (next door) gave us a lovely warm welcome and were extremely helpful with information about the area and places to visit. Most highly recommended. A big thank you to Jip and Lloyd.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2016

  • "The house was very clean and tidy."

    There was only a few things that let it down. The broadband was hit and miss, more miss than hit. The bed was very hard so we struggled to get comfy at night. On the plus side, the owners are extremely friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Darren4.2Aug 2016

  • "We loved it!"

    Family group with a 2 year old, 4 year old and 7 year old. Only thing missing was a clothes dryer and as soon as we asked one was provided.

    Reviewed by Alice4.8Aug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 2 x king-size double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with electric fire
  • Conservatory with dining area.
  • Electric central heating with electric fire and underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD, Blu-ray, WiFi, selection of games, books and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Secure storage for bikes or watercraft
  • Patio and lawn with furniture
  • BBQ
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk
  • Bala Lake 5 mins walk
  • Please note: short breaks must be Friday to Monday or Monday to Friday

The property

A well-appointed and welcoming detached bungalow, located in a slightly elevated position next to the owner's home, in a quiet residential area just a short stroll from the popular market town of Bala and its lake, which lies within the stunning Snowdonia National Park.

This cottage is a perfect base for a family, friends or couples looking to spend some quality time together, enjoying the peace and tranquillity, exploring the surrounding mountains and countryside, yet being close enough to the town centre to visit its array of independent shops, tea rooms and the wide choice and selection of pubs and restaurants.

This delightful bungalow offers three light and bright bedrooms, two of which benefit from king-size beds, and there is a modern family bathroom.

There is room for everyone in the spacious sitting room with two large, sumptuous reclining sofas, fantastic to sink into after a busy day out and about or perfect for an evening in with your feet up watching your favourite film.

The kitchen is well-equipped and caters for all your needs and the conservatory is a lovely place to enjoy a leisurely breakfast or family supper together.

Outside, you can sit in the private garden that wraps around the cottage, and unwind after a day exploring the fabulous countryside.

The garden and seating area is of crushed slate with a lovely blocked paved path winding around to the rear of the cottage, extending to a sloping grassy bank with shrubs and mature plants.

Bala is in the heart of the Welsh Lake District and on the shores of the stunning Llyn Tegid, which is the largest natural lake in Wales, ideal for days out with footpaths heading in all directions.

The golf course is less than half a mile away, perfect for a round or two!

You are ideally placed to explore all the fabulous Mid and North Wales countryside, pretty villages, lakes and waterfalls galore, as well as the mountains and numerous outdoor activities such as whitewater rafting and caving.

For something a little more relaxed, why not take a trip on the Bala Lake railway or visit the Glassblobbery, a wonderful stained-glass workshop?

Alternatively, just enjoy the mass of walks and cycle routes that criss-cross the area.

Slightly further afield, to the north, you will find the magnificent landscape surrounding Blaenau Ffestiniog, fast becoming the adrenaline capital of Wales with Zip World Titan & Caverns and Bounce Below.

The North Wales coast is easily accessible too, and other attractions such as the Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Portmeirion Italianate village and gardens, many historic castles and the beautiful sweep of the Llyn Peninsula with its fabulous sandy beaches are all worth a visit.

There is so much to see and do with a fantastic choice of outdoor activities in the area, before returning to the comfort of this lovely cottage at the end of a busy day.

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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 occupancy is 5 including infants due to space.
Please note: short breaks must be Friday to Monday or Monday to Friday

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
  • Christmas