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Hen Stesion

Frongoch near Bala, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 955482)



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  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Games room Games Room
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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47 Customer Reviews

  • "The property is well equipped and finished to a high standard and is in a perfect location to explore Wales."

    However, we question the accuracy of dog friendly and would suggest dog tolerable is more realistic. The notice stating `no dogs beyond this point`, which the owner stated Sykes recommended was put up is not in the least bit welcoming. It implies that you cannot use the front entrance with your dog and makes you feel as though the four legged member of the family is most un-welcome. We would suggest that the owner really think about whether they want pets in their property and if not then please state this. If on the other hand they do then please take the notice down. Take up the carpet in the bedroom (as I guess this is where problems may have arose given the remaining signs of stains to the carpet). Give people ample cleaning products for muddy paws, we had to ask for a mop. Also, the garden is not very secure. It would be a great improvement if a fence was put across from the bin area to the neighbours fence. This would allow pets to be visible from the hot tub. It is such a shame that we were met with, what we perceived, as an unwelcome greeting. We did call and the owner did say to take no notice of the notice. However, it is too late not to worry as we felt as though our custom was welcome but not our much adored pet. PLEASE give this thought and either don't allow pets or welcome them. We have stayed in cottages where dog towels are provided and treats left as part of the welcome pack. The owners go to the time and trouble of making a really lovely cake as well as a tray of sachets to make drinks upon arrival. However, this is totally overshadowed by the notice about the pets. Please do not be offended by this as it is purely feedback, meant with no malice. We did enjoy our break and, as said previously, the property is lovely. The issue is purely with the acceptance of pets and the negative impact notices can have upon guests.

    Reviewed by SeanNov 2021

  • "Perfect cottage in a beautiful location."

    It was a lovely personal touch to have homemade cake waiting for us on arrival, thank you! Well equipped kitchen, amazing views, super comfy double bed and wonderful to relax in the hot tub after a day of exploring.

    Reviewed by JacquiOct 2021

  • "Hen Stesion is a great base for exploring Snowdonia."

    You will need a car as the only place you can safely walk to is the White Water Rafting Centre & Capel Celyn, and even then you have to walk on a stretch of busy road. That said the cottage is a perfect retreat if you are looking for somewhere to relax. Very well equipped and the hot tub is lovely for star gazing on clear nights. Bala is a 10 minute drive down the road, and has everything you need. We really enjoyed our stay in this area, and there is plenty to see & do if you are happy to drive.

    Reviewed by JackieOct 2021

  • "Hot tub excellent and well maintained by the owners who came every day to check it."

    Owners were not intrusive but were a phone call away if needed. Wi fi throughout the property but we had no phone signal for calls but could use WhatsApp or messenger. Really lovely property, quiet location and easy to get around in the car. Beautiful countryside on your doorstep. Kitchen well equipped with good quality appliances. Beds comfy but a king size in the main bedroom would be better (especially if you’re used to one at home) and a lighter weight duvet would be useful to have instead of the heavy one provided. Highly recommended, would love to return.

    Reviewed by MelenieSep 2021

  • "Loved the holiday house, great location in Snowdonia & the jacuzzi was amazing !"

    !! Thank you so much :)

    Reviewed by AntoniaAug 2021

  • "We had the most wonderful time at Hen Steison."

    The cottage is beautiful, comfortable and spacious. The kitchen was well equipped and the hot tub was a huge success. Hen Steison is perfectly placed to explore all that North Wales has to offer and we hope to return there again.

    Reviewed by JulieJul 2021

  • "Beautiful house with huge garden and amazing views, highly recommend and hope to return."

    Reviewed by LorettaJul 2021

  • "Fantastic cottage, great location."

    Friendly, graciousness and hospitable owners. Delicious cake upon arrival. Hot Tub was sublime. Cottage is worth every penny - it retains its railway heritage with a real quirky feel. Suggestions for improvements would be: a few more large cooking dishes - we like to cook but there wasn't really anything to say cook a lasagne in etc. The cottage is very hot, the owners could save a penny or two just by adjusting the heating a fraction. Could do with a path over slate layer to the hot tub, just to protect feet for those without flip flops. Minor things really - but highly recommend this cottage to one and all. Enjoy.

    Reviewed by ClintonJun 2021

  • "It was a brilliant holiday, my grandparents owned the station over 30 years ago and I used to spend the summer holidays with them."

    The station is in great hands and has been very well looked after over the years - it was so good to be back and brought back some fantastic memories of sitting on the platform or in the single box listening to the birds and the river and chatting with my grandparents, who simply loved the station. We will most certainly be back again soon. Thank you Carys and Dewi!

    Reviewed by AlisonJun 2021

  • "Fabulous property well equipped with everything you could possible need."

    Extremely clean and we felt very safe in these strange covid times. Location and views from the back garden were amazing. The property has one of the best hot tubs we have ever come across. Owners were lovely. We will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by ChristineApr 2021

  • "The owners were very informative and friendly, visiting daily and confirming satisfaction."

    We did not need anything as the accommodation had all we needed and was Cov'd complaint. We hope to visit again in the not too distant future. Thank you Carys and Dewi.

    Reviewed by DavidMar 2021

  • "We loved the hot tub and the games room!"

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2020

  • "Lovely warm cottage."

    Obviously this year has been different in that there were no cushions on the chairs in the lounge. Fortunately we We’re expecting this and took our own with us so that made it more comfortable to sit in the evenings. It would also have been nice to have some slightly larger mugs in the kitchen, but that is really a personal preference and not a criticism of what is there.

    Reviewed by JaneSep 2020

  • "An interesting cottage converted from the station resulting in a rather linear layout."

    The garden is large and secure, at least our dog failed to find a way out. The location is excellent being just a few minutes from Bala which has most of the things you will need. Within an hour you can get to a wide range of activities, attractions and walks. The cottage is comfortable and well equipped although I felt that there was only just enough crockery and a couple of large mugs would have been nice. The hot tub is great and maintained on a daily basis, and I noticed that it was completely drained at the end of our stay. The history of the village is fascinating with its links to the 1916 Easter Rising.

    Reviewed by BruceAug 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage in a stunning and tranquil setting."

    Once an old railway station we loved to see the remaining features of this and enjoyed looking up the history of the station. The cottage was extremely well maintained and very clean. The facilities were superb like home from home, the owners have thought of literally everything that may be needed to make your stay perfect. We all loved the hot tub especially our two teenage boys, a great way to relax after a busy day of activities, in particular the day spent walking up and down Snowden. Location wise again fantastic we never drove over an hour to anywhere. Lovely owners too and we thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful cottage we hope to return again soon.

    Reviewed by ClaireAug 2020

  • "We booked Hen Stesion for a relaxing Christmas holiday and the place really didn't disappoint the place so comfortable and relaxing just what we needed."

    We had great fun with the grandson teaching him how to play snooker and the hot tub was lovely to wind down at the end of the day. This place was perfectly placed to visit lots of places all within an hours drive. Bala town is a lovely quite town with some nice pubs and eating out places. The owners are local farmers and we're pleasant and said we could walk on the field along the river with the dog which we all enjoyed. The only downside to this place is that we looked to book it again for this year and the price has shot up dramatic so will be looking at other sites

    Reviewed by StevenDec 2019

  • "Amazing cottage, was the perfect little getaway also the hot tub was exactly what we needed, didn't want to get out!"

    ! Would definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by HannahNov 2019

  • "Great location, we had a really good holiday."

    The cottage is set in a quiet area, very private, all you could hear was the sound of the rushing river. The cttage had everything we wanted in terms of internal furnishings and equipment. The Hot Tub was brilliant, it would have been nice if the external light overlooking the area could be switched to stay on longer, not that it was too much of a problem, it would just have saved us using a torch to find our towels. The cottage was extremely comfortable, warm and well appointed. We would defiantly stay again

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2019

  • "Fabulous, owners left some lovely home baked cake, milk & eggs for us."

    Lovely place will definitely be going back.

    Reviewed by IslaSep 2019

  • "Great stay, warm welcome of home made cake etc."

    Lots of lovely secure garden for our two Border terriers, loads of parking space, and a hot tub, accommodation on one level and plenty of room as there was only three of us. Good central area to explore northern wales, easy to find with Bala not to far away with food shops and takeaways.

    Reviewed by HelenSep 2019

  • "We spent a lovely week here at the end of August."

    The house is clean and welcoming, warm and cosy....the homemade cake and butter was a lovely touch. Good distance from local attractions such as Snowdon and the rafting centre. The hot tub was great and it was lovely sitting in the quiet countryside after a long walk! We were expecting use of the woodburners as stated on the site, especially as we had a few rainy days and would have liked to end the day with a nice fire, however the fire was only for use in winter months which was disappointing. This should be clearly stated on the site. Lots of kitchen appliances were available however one hairdryer would have been great! Apart from that it was a great stay!

    Reviewed by NavneetAug 2019

  • "My family and I enjoyed a lovely week here."

    We arrived to home made cake which was such a lovely touch. There was also other essentials left for us. You are simply left to it by the owners, we only met them when they came to test the hot tub which can I say is a God send after a long walk! Bala lake is just a short distance (2-3 miles by car) We took our own Kayaks at some point of every day and you are only charged 3pound per boat per day or 10 for the whole week! Your are able to hire Kayaks or Paddle boards and hire wet suits there. We loved it here and would love to go back. Everything is not to far away. Conwy Falls, Swallow falls, Mount Snowdon and zip world. Very close to the cottage is a river which is also a nice walk, the dog loved it. There is only one thing and that would be food shopping, the coop in Bala is expensive but all the bigger supermarkets are a far distance away..I would suggest to book an online shop and have it delivered. I saw a lot of Asda and Tesco delivery vans.

    Reviewed by ChristopherAug 2019

  • "Hen Stesion is in a great location, just a short drive to Bala and just over a mile from the white water raft centre - a great family experience and recommended."

    On arrival we were greeted with lovely homemade bara brith and welsh butter, a lovely touch. The cottage is tastefully decorated and with all mod cons. The hot tub was a great facility and very well maintained. All in all a great holiday and thank you to the owners. I am sure we will stay there again in the future.

    Reviewed by MichaelJul 2019

  • "Nice welcome of bara brith, along with few necessities for a day."

    The old station is beautifully decorated and equipped well. Situated on a quiet cul de sac. Only fault is main bedroom has a double bed, could do with bigger as room big enough to accommodate. Bunks has a gap between wall and bed as a radiator impedes it from going flush to the wall. You will have to rely on driving as public transport not very good.

    Thank you for your feedback. We're pleased to hear that you like Hen Stesion. We will take your comments on board regarding the bedroom layouts. However, please note that the property is not located in a cul de sac, but on the perimeter of one. Kind Regards, The Customer Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2019

  • "Hen Stesion is a beautiful property."

    It has been renovated to a very high standard and the owners have thought of everything in the kitchen from pots and pans to dishwasher tablets and tea towels. Really comfortable beds with lovely bedding. The hot tub is an added bonus.

    Reviewed by DebbieJun 2019

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Hen Stesion."

    My partner is a train and railroads fan so really enjoyed the cottage features of the old platform, canopy and signal box. My niece enjoyed using the spa every evening. I slept very well in the comfortable double bed. All the white goods are of high quality. The location is lovely and peaceful but just a short run into Bala where there are plenty of choices to eat. My only complaint is the shower in the en suite. My partner is a plumber and he said it needs a new thermostat. Hope that helps and thank you for a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by ClareMay 2019

  • "It was a very nice holiday let."

    However the shop that was supposed to be two minutes away has closed down, so make sure you have bread and other necessities before you go. Milk, eggs and butter plus a few tea bags and coffee were provided on arrival with a lovely home baked fruit cake. A few more dishwasher tabs would have helped too. 4 were provided for a week. The kitchen was lovely. However, a whisk, and mixing bowls would have made it perfect. Hot tub was very well kept. We had a very relaxing week. Thank you

    Reviewed by MiltonDec 2018

  • "Lovely peaceful location with good access to nearby local village of Bala for shops and pubs, easy access for Snowdon."

    Great place being pet friendly with a hot tub Loved the cake on arrival

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2018

  • "The cottage was lovely and comfortable , fully equipped and scenery was to die for."

    Ample parking and quite . Hot tub was a bonus. Would recommend visitors to take a holiday towel for use when using the hot tub . Garden had enough space for children to play ball games in. Would return to this property for another stay.

    Reviewed by KarenSep 2018

  • "Cottage is like home from home."

    Really enjoyed the welcome gifts left for us .Had a really good time and so did our friends that joined us . Would be nice if they had a visitors book to put comments in.

    Reviewed by DianeSep 2018

  • "The directions need updating as the shop has now gone, it needs to read turn left at the bnb sign."

    Had to ask for more loo rolls and tea towels and they were supplied immediately. It would be handy if there were towel rails in the bathrooms. But all that said it’s a wonderful holiday cottage.

    Reviewed by TeresaSep 2018

  • "The property was well placed for visiting Snowdonia and mid Wales."

    We enjoyed the seclusion of Hen Stesion especially when relaxing in the hot tub following a busy day. Some of the views around Hen Stesion are outstanding. The property is well equipped and tastefully furnished and we are considering bringing our families back.

    Reviewed by GrahamSep 2018

  • "A really lovely holiday house, great for a family holiday (2 adults, 3 children)."

    Spacious, modern, very well equipped and the hot tub was fabulous. We would happily return.

    Reviewed by AlisonAug 2018

  • "The accommodation was perfect and far exceeded our expectations."

    It was clean, comfy and had brilliant additional extras (hot tub and pool room) and in a great location with fabulous activities near by.

    Reviewed by JustinAug 2018

  • "Cottage was absolutely gorgeous, we had a really relaxing week there."

    Very clean with everything you need to make it feel like a home from home. Lovely touches such as fresh flowers in the hallway and homemade cake left on arrival.

    Reviewed by CherylJun 2018

  • "We had an amazing stay in the Hen Station."

    The owner was lovely, he recomended fabulous trips to us in the local area and across Snowdonia. The cottage is in the corner of the road so we had a beautiful view to a field. We felt so relaxed in this isolated environment however inside the cottage all the facilities were almost brand new and perfectly cleaned. The hot tub also new and well looked after by the owner. We were also managed to reach every tourist attractions within 45 minuets drive (Seaside, highest point of Snowdonia, waterfall, slate mine) but there were plenty of local trips from the doorstep.

    Reviewed by BoglarkaJun 2018

  • "Absolutely brilliant easy to book and pay for."

    Clear instructions about gaining entry on our arrival date. Fantastic property, photos don't do this beautiful place as much justice as it should. Such an easy and ideal place to relax or spoilt for choice on super walks in the area. No shop in the village but everything is in Bala you could need. We had a food delivery which made it all the more relaxing. Great owners who were helpful and kind ( lovely cake). Would totally recommend this bungalow to anyone. Would love to return

    Reviewed by JMay 2018

  • "Enjoyed a great week in this converted station."

    Sunshine each day in which to enjoy the hot tub in the garden.

    Reviewed by KeithMay 2018

  • "Amazing property with so much history."

    Found myself looking around the living room trying to work out where the booking office et al used to be. Absolutely beautiful surroundings and a place we instantly fell in love with.

    Reviewed by DarrenApr 2018

  • "Fantastic clean warm cottage in a beautiful location and love the quirkiness of stopping in an old railway station."

    Owners have done so well in providing all the comforts. Hot tub and mini pool table was a real extra hit with my 16 yr old son. Location is good as it's quite but half hr drive from the main areas. Even the village has its little slice of history . Weather was great just a few hrs of rain even though it promised some awful weather. Love this cottage and was sad to leave.

    Reviewed by KathleenMar 2018

  • "So clean and everything is of a high standard."

    Felt so comfortable staying here. It's peaceful and quiet yet only 3 miles to Bala. Lovely walks and day trips. Hot tub easy to use and clean, and so lovely to sit at night under the stars with a drink, chilling and talking about the lovely days we had here. Had a chinese take away from New China in Bala which was first class and a lovely traditional Sunday roast at Bryntirion Inn. The owners have put a lot of thought and love into Hen Stesion which means you get a fabulous fuss free holiday. From the heating being on when we arrived, fresh flowers in the hall, to homemade Bara Brith (the best I have tasted

    Reviewed by JackieMar 2018

  • "We had a fabulous stay at Hen Stesion."

    The house was warm, welcoming and clean and very comfortable for everyone in our party (3 adults and three children). The hot tub was a real bonus particularly for my husband who was suffering with a knee injury. The location was super - overlooking fields and a river which you could see and hear from the hot tub. A super holiday!

    Reviewed by JulieFeb 2018

  • "Lovely holiday - the cottage was perfect and we had everything we needed."

    Reviewed by VictoriaDec 2017

  • "A warm and comfortable holiday cottage in an excellent location, well equipped ..."

    A warm and comfortable holiday cottage in an excellent location, well equipped and with a fabulous enclosed garden - would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2017

  • "The location was great, just what we wanted."

    The house was extremely comfortable and very cosy. Lovely places to visit in the area and very friendly people.

    Reviewed by CarolynSep 2017

  • "Had a delightful stay."

    Very comfortable cottage. Lovely and clean and the hot tub was the icing in the cake.

    Reviewed by PhilipAug 2017

  • "Great cottage and friendly owners, just very minor points to improve include: clothes drying line or airer, mugs as cups quite small and hangers in wardrobes other than that fantastic."

    Reviewed by BrianJul 2017

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The property

This detached former railway station has been successfully renovated into beautiful holiday accommodation, situated in the village of Frongoch about 3 miles from Bala, north Wales.

Whether you're a railway enthusiast or on the lookout for a quirky holiday home, this is your chance to stay in a former station on the Great Western Railway's Bala Ffestiniog Line.

Although the railway line and trains are no longer there, you do get a feel for what it may have been like during that bygone era.

This delightful character property is ideal for a family looking to stay somewhere a little different in a quiet, rural location but within easy reach of local amenities and activities.

Enter the single-storey property into a welcoming entrance hall, off which you’ll find the three bedrooms, family bathroom and the sitting room.

Walk through the sitting room to the well-appointed kitchen-diner, which is finished to a very high standard.

This will be an enjoyable place to cook a meal at the end of a busy day, before relaxing in the sitting room with its wooden beams and red brick fireplace.

Of the three bedrooms, the master double boasts an en-suite shower room, and all three look out over spectacular views of the rolling countryside and nearby river.

The property has off-road parking for 4 cars.

There is also a delightful patio at the back, which was actually the former station platform and makes a comfortable and relaxing place to sit with a drink and take in the views over the nearby countryside.

The former signal house has been converted into a games room with a small pool table and is a great place for the children to play, whilst the adults enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot tub, the perfect way to end a day of adventures.

The nearest town with pubs and restaurants is Bala, which is roughly 3 miles away.

The National White Water Centre is a little over a mile away, and there are lots of opportunities for walking nearby.

Hen Stesion is the perfect place for anyone who loves the outdoors and wants to stay somewhere with lots of character.


  • All ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC; 1 x twin, 1 x adult bunks
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburner effect stove
  • External games room.
  • Oil central heating with woodburner effect stove
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking for 4 cars
  • Patio and garden with furniture and hot tub
  • External games room with small pool table
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Cafe half a mile at the white water rafting center
  • Pubs and restaurants 3 miles
  • River 1 min walk
  • Note: There is limited mobile phone signal, due to location
  • Note: Please ensure children are supervised at all times when using the hot tub
  • Note - No stag / hen or similar

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About the location


Bala 3 miles; Dolgellau 21 miles.

Fron Goch is a small village ideally located between the beautiful lakes of Bala and Celyn, and surrounded by the Arenig mountains. The village has a small shop with café, and is renowned for the National Whitewater Centre on the River Tryweryn, which is only 10 minutes walk. The bustling market town of Bala is just under 3 miles away, 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 Gwyniaid, a relic of the Ice Age. Renowned as a centre for great watersports including fishing, sailing, canoeing, windsurfing and white water rafting, Bala is also the headquarters of the narrow gauge Bala Lake Railway. The town itself has a range of interesting shops, inns, 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 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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
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