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The Old School House

(Ref. 985037)

Bala, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • location (10)
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  • bala (7)
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23 Customer Reviews

  • "Nice big house good location just a couple of parts needed a bit of TLC."

    It was a good house with a bit of TLC would have been a great house

    Reviewed by ChrisOct 2023

  • "The cottage is spacious and cosy, ideally situated with off road parking."

    Bala itself has plenty of places to eat and drink, the majority dog friendly. The lake itself is a 15 minute walk from the cottage. A 'couple 'of gripes; Old cobwebs in the lounge, the kitchen smelt of fried food and a couple of the cupboards had out of date condiments(which we binned) and crumbs inside them. The garden was untidy with small piles of rockery stone (rusty wire protruding, dangerous for our elderly small dog), shrub cuttings and sock! The owner did text, having missed his call, to advise that the gardener maybe around. The weather wasn't great to be fair and we never saw them during our stay. Overall we enjoyed our break and would have given a higher rating if a bit more attention had been given overall to the cleanliness of the kitchen, lounge and tidiness of the garden.

    Reviewed by MarkSep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a great central location in Bala , super hot shower in an amazing bathroom and comfy beds , felt like home from home , couldn’t fault anything."

    We have stayed in Bala quite a few times and explored all other towns but this time we stayed local and had some gorgeous walks and enjoyed every coffee shop on the high street x

    Reviewed by JanSep 2023

  • "Excellent location, centre of town but off the main street."

    Use of parking area adjacent was critical as we wished to park motor bikes of the road way, besides two bedrooms off road parking was essential. Nice to see tea, coffee, milk etc was there so we could have a brew before doing a basic shop. Owner even contact us in the afternoon of our arrival to check we was ok and to call him if we had any problems.

    Reviewed by DougSep 2023

  • "Property was great for us it provided everything we needed, great location just behind main street, plenty of places to eat, plus shops if you prefer to cook at property, kitchen had everything, weather wasn't great but it did not stop us enjoying ourselves, used as a base to visit other areas also found a swimming pool /sports centre next to woody cafe on bala lake in our 2nd wk, which we didn't know about so made good use of that kids loved the pool."

    Obviously made good use of lake and beautiful surroundings when weather was kind to us, would recommend. Thank you to all involved that helped to make our stay a pleasure xx

    Reviewed by LindaJul 2023

  • "Cottage was lovely had everything we needed & excellent location for exploring the area."

    The owner was informative & advised he’d had difficulty in getting their gardener to come & tidy up so sat in a very weedy & untidy courtyard after a day out exploring. (Photos of garden on Sykes app didn’t match what we had to sit in) we did have to clean up dog mess which was under the dropped leaves as smell was a bit off putting. I always clean up after my dog as soon as he’s done his business. Would use again hopefully the gardener would have turned up. Off road parking was a bonus as Bala is a bit limited on parking in the streets but does have a public parking up the road. Lounge was comfortable to chill out in the evening too.

    Reviewed by RachelJun 2023

  • "Lovely large house nice and warm."

    Great base for exploring the area. Some parts of the house could do with a little re-decorating but overall we enjoyed our week here. Good communication with owner and welcome gift very much appreciated. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by MichelleOct 2022

  • "Great property, more of a home than a holiday let."

    Great location. The only issue was that the bedrooms are too light in the morning and could probably benefit from thicker curtains. Unfortunately we weren't able to leave the property as clean as we'd have liked because the hoover was in bits. But overall a great place to stay, very comfortable and really well equipped.

    Reviewed by DaveJun 2022

  • "Fantastic get away."

    No faults what so ever. Comfortable beds lovely decor so quiet . Lovely welcome gifts thankyou . Lovely weather to sit in garden and have the birds for company.Just a stroll to all amenities so many places to eat out. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by AlisonMay 2022

  • "The Old School House is lovely comfortable accommodation and a great base to explore the area."

    Anne Marie the owner is very helpful and got the house ready for us at very short notice as we had to book last minute as the accommodation we had originally booked in South Wales through another website was shocking. I really can’t recommend this property and Sykes holiday cottages highly enough

    Reviewed by SharyMay 2022

  • "Nice house in a good place."

    ..2 minute walk to Bala high street with shops, bars and plenty of places to eat.

    Reviewed by AndrewMay 2021

  • "Great place to stay, the contact from the owner excellent"

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2020

  • "Very comfortable and homely, Beautiful house,"

    Reviewed by LindsaySep 2020

  • "Great Location 2 mins walk from main town."

    It is a very quiet road. Great base to explore north wales. Very comfy beds. Cosy and welcoming place to stay. Owners extremely helpful and welcoming. Thank you

    Reviewed by DawnSep 2020

  • "Fantastic area, plenty to do and good facilities in Bala."

    Reviewed by SallyJul 2020

  • "Fantastic cottage, perfect in every way, ideal for our needs."

    Nice to have the private parking area, very cosy and warm. The best place we have stayed at in the area. Also great friendly service from Sykes in rearranging the booking when needed.

    Reviewed by CarysNov 2019

  • "Comfy and cosy."

    Well located.

    Reviewed by ElizabethSep 2019

  • "Parking facilities are excellent."

    Easily houses two cars off street. Annmarie was a fantastic and attentive host, could not have asked for more from her. Bala was a delight for my toddler and would love to return one day.

    Reviewed by RobAug 2019

  • "Comfortable cottage with plenty of space."

    Great to have 2 double beds for 2 couples. Lots of information provided by Ann Marie and Paul

    Reviewed by SarahJul 2019

  • "Perfect cottage Perfect location Will definitely return Sykes Delivered again !"

    Reviewed by AnthonyJun 2019

  • "Walking distance to lake, owner phoned on day of arrival, very friendly gave loads of useful information, made to feel very welcome."

    Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by SarahJun 2019

  • "The cottage was very comfortable, clean and spacious including lovely welcoming touches and very helpful information from the owner (by phone)."

    We found it to be in an excellent location for exploring, with all the places that we wanted to visit being a 40 - 60 minutes scenic drive in any direction. (Mount Snowdon, The Waterfalls, Bounce Below) The shower is powerful and the bath deep. Also as an added bonus there is a dishwasher - most welcome after a long day of hiking! The lake is about a 10 minute stroll away where we hired kayaks, had a lovely full breakfast and delicious ice cream at the cafe. We hired bikes from the bike shop round the corner. The locals were all very friendly and there is everything that you could need in the village, a couple of small supermarkets, several pubs and restaurants, a couple of takeaways and some lovely gift shops. We had a great holiday and would definitely recommend this cottage and location as a place to stay :)

    Reviewed by SueApr 2019

  • "Me and my family really enjoyed our stay at The Old School House."

    The house is located in a great position close to shops, pubs restaurants. But still in a very peaceful location. The house is well equipped with everything you need for a break even had champagne flutes which I have found previously a lot of holiday homes don't have. All in all I would defiantly recommend this place to people to stay and I will more than likely return there again myself.

    Reviewed by CarolineDec 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x children's bunks
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, walk-in shower, basin, bidet, and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with gas fire
  • Lounge/diner.
  • Gas central heating with gas fire
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, Blu-ray, PlayStation 3, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Gravelled area with patio and furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk.

The property

This homely semi-detached cottage rests in the town of Bala; a market town steeped in history, located at the head of Llyn Tegid, Bala’s famous natural lake.

Perfectly suited for families, The Old School House is comfortable and inviting, renovated to a high standard, with everything you need to feel right at home.

The country cottage kitchen is a delightful place to commence your stay, followed by a beautiful sitting room which will become the children's cosy little hideaway with a collection of books and games on offer, and a gas fire for those cooler evenings.

The separate lounge is equally as stylish, including sumptuous sofa's, a feature fireplace, and a dining table for six people to come together after an adventure.

There is even a Blu-ray player to entertain those cosy nights in.

The upper floor is the perfect opportunity for some relaxation, with a choice of three bedrooms; comprising two doubles with wardrobes, and a room with bunk beds, also featuring a PlayStation 3.

Lastly, The Old School House is complimented by a family bathroom which is brought to life by a walk-in shower, and a freestanding bath.

Bordered 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 Cambrian Bay Coast with the six-mile long Harlech Beach, overlooked by its majestic medieval castle, this retreat is not to be missed.

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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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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas