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Fron Dderw

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Bala, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 27 Guests

  • 9 Bedrooms

  • 8 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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10 Customer Reviews

  • "Amazing place!"

    The cottage looked exactly as in the pictures. We had a wonderful time there and we were a group of 22 people. It is very easy to find, you can easily walk to the lake and town and a bus stop nearby. The only small issue we had was that the hot water ran out after a couple of people took a shower, but you just need to wait a bit for it to refill. Absolutely recommended for large groups.

    Reviewed by Erwin5.0Jun 2024

  • "What a brilliant holiday home!"

    24 of us (12 adults and 12 children) stayed in this house for a week at the end of May. The pictures illustrate exactly what the house looks like. It was clean and well presented when we arrived. The kitchen was really well equipped to cook for 24 people. There was plenty of space for people to have their own quiet time, for children to enjoy themselves in the games room and tv room and an amazing outdoor space. The firepit was great for toasting marshmallows one night. There are lots of midgies so bring a citronella candle. The bins are at the bottom of the drive. They were full when we arrived so we just put our bin bags next to the big bins. They were emptied on Thursday. Bala centre and Bala lake are a 10 minute stroll down the hill. Thankyou for a brilliant holiday - we'd love to come again next year!

    Reviewed by Lucy4.4May 2024

  • "Fabulous house for my brothers 60th."

    Loads of room and bedrooms for 20 of us. Perfect location looking down on the lake. Just be carefull taking a dog. There is a fiels attached with sheep. There is a fence but where the grass cuttings had been put it made a part of the fence very easy for the dog to jump. The farmer was very understanding but we were unable to let the out. But other than that i would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Elaine4.4Apr 2024

  • "The photos on the listing are not representative of the property itself."

    The overall cleanliness and finish of the property in reality is a much lower standard than you are led to believe from the photos. The beds listed as king size are not king size and the bunk beds listed as appropriate for adults are not big enough for adults. Many of the beds were squeaky and uncomfortable. The house is clearly not cleaned and tidied properly between stays, for example the bins were dirty when we arrived. There was damage such as a spindle of the bannister was hanging out of place, and curtain poles hanging out of the wall. You are met with a musty damp smell as soon as you enter the property. On top of all of this, there is a major problem with leaks and damp throughout the property. I was made aware prior to my stay that there had been and issue with damage to the ceiling in the main living room, it was difficult getting further information from Sykes about this ahead of the stay, eventually I received an image of the work half done and that was just a few hours prior to check in, this was stressful as I was co-ordinating a large group trip. When we arrived at the property, the problem with the ceiling repaired, but it hadn’t been painted and there was exposed plaster which was still drying, this made the main lounge feel very dark and depressing. I was not offered any apology for this inconvenience or any compensation. On top of this, there were several leaks and widespread damp in the property. In most bedrooms there is visible evidence of this with wallpaper hanging of walls, water stain marks all over paint work, and in some place water dripping onto carpets. Further, when we went to leave the property the bin at the end of the drive was full, there were no instructions on alternative on where to leave the rubbish so we made the decision to leave our bin bags tied up and neatly in the pantry of the property rather than the roadside where it could have posed an environmental risk. I informed the property manager of this when we left, and was asked to return to the property and leave them on the roadside. When I challenged this and said I was not happy to return, especially given the other issues we had faced with the property, I was told by the property manager that we were ‘lucky we had been able to use the main lounge’ !!! I do not feel ‘lucky’ about any part of this stay. The listing for this property should be considered false advertising because the quality of the property does not even come close to the reality, and the major maintenance issues leave much to be desired. I will be pursuing a refund for this stay.

    Reviewed by Jessica1.6Apr 2024

  • "What a stay we had at this lovely house!"

    Booked for a group of us to celebrate my partners 40th. Great location short walk into Bala. House itself is lovely and there are towels on all the beds, the beds are very comfy. Kitchen fully stocked with all the plates and pots you can imagine! The only thing I’d say is make sure you bring some extra toilet roll, shower gel and cleaning products.

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Mar 2024

  • "Gorgeous property in a great location."

    The rooms are beautifully proportioned and furnished. The layout works so well for a large group with the games room and the snug allowing space for all. The number and standard of bedrooms and bathrooms was excellent. Would love to return in the summer to make the most of the outside space.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Dec 2023

  • "2.visit great house lots of room and amenities, this time we missed the Xmas decorations but never mind we will be back, thank you"

    Reviewed by Matk5.0Nov 2023

  • "The ground floor bedroom is not exactly ground floor."

    I was lead to believe there was only two steps to get into the bedroom. This was not true as there was four high steps. This was an issue is my husband is wheelchair bound so I was unable to get my husband in the bedroom or to any toilet shower facilities. Beside this issue we did have an amazing time.

    Reviewed by Maria4.1Oct 2023

  • "Wow! What an amazing house."

    We have just returned from celebrating my sisters 60th with 16 adults and 9 children. There was plenty of space for everyone to celebrate together but also to have their own space. The outside space is amazing and the children loved the tree swings and had an amazing evening around the fire pit. We will definitely be back

    Reviewed by Joanne4.7Oct 2023

  • "There was water blockage in every single bathroom except two, couldn’t use bathroom."

    We were 20 people so we were in big trouble due to only two bathrooms in use. There was a mouse in the house. Seems like it was nightmare for us.

    Reviewed by Smit2.2Aug 2023

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  • Nine bedrooms: 2 x king-size with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 3 x double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x family room with double and 2x single with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x family room with king-size and bunk with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x family room with two bunks and single, 1 x bunk
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Dining room with woodburning stove
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Snug with woodburning stove
  • Games room with woodburning stove
  • Central heating
  • 2 x electric Range cooker with oven and hob, microwave, large freestanding fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher
  • 2 x Smart TVs and WiFi, Xbox, selection of books and games, arcade games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available
  • Private driveway for 5 cars
  • Large, multi-level garden with lawn, patio, furniture and barbecue
  • External fire pit area
  • One well-behaved dog welcome (£25 per dog per stay)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop, pub and lake, 0.6 miles
  • Note: Check-in from 4pm, check-out by 10am Note: Internal steps are present.

The property

Tucked away on the rural outskirts of Bala, a bustling town in the heart of Gwynedd, lies this outstanding, nine-bedroom holiday home, Fron Dderw.

A large, manor-style house, boasting off-road parking, pristine lawned gardens, and magnificent views that gaze out upon Bala Lake and the surrounding Welsh countryside, this marvellous stay welcomes large families looking for a relaxing, self-catered escape within the beautiful setting of the Eryri National Park.

Park up and step into your fabulous new home-from-home, where you'll discover a plethora of tastefully-presented living spaces.

A sleek kitchen/diner awaits eager chefs who will find all the appliances they'll need to whip up delicious feasts for the whole family to enjoy across the two dining tables in the dining room.

When your bellies are full, branch out and find a spot within the home to kick back and unwind.

A plush sitting room with a Smart TV and woodburning stove awaits those looking for a chilled film night, whilst a cute snug with its very own TV, woodburning stove and ample seating offers a chance to escape and get lost within a book or partake in a boardgame with your loved ones; the games room is also available for those feeling competitive.

On longer days in warmer months, the huge, multi-level garden serves as the perfect spot for the whole group to gather to enjoy some alfresco dining with the help of a barbecue, or even just chill with a glass of your favourite tipple.

When sleep calls, you'll be spoilt for choice as nine inviting bedrooms, seven of which come with an en-suite bath or shower, await to whisk you and the family for a night of much-needed rest.

When you fancy exploring your local area, head into Bala where you'll find plenty to do and see.

Stock up on essentials at the Co-op Food, pick up some fresh meat for the barbecue from Cigydd Bala Butcher, and sit down for hearty pub lunch at The Bull's Head or Plas Yn Dre.

During your stay in town, be sure to head out onto the water by hiring a kayak from the Bala Adventure and Watersports Centre, or even embark on a scenic walk or bike ride along the many pathways and cycle trails that traverse the awe-inspiring mountain ranges of Aran and Arenig.

For the ultimate family getaway in North Wales, look no further than Fron Dderw.

Note: Dog Charge £25 per dog per stay

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £400.

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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: Internal steps are present; 3 steps up to the ground floor bedroom, one step up to the kitchen from the main hall and lounge area, one step up out of the kitchen into the boot room, one step into the back snug and one step up into the downstairs toilet.
Note: Dog Charge £25 per dog per stay

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas