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Rhyd Uchaf near Bala, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Broadband / WiFi

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was perfect!"

    Very cosy and in a quiet location but only 5 minute drive to Bala. It had everything we needed and we loved the log burner! Thanks for a great stay ☺️

    Hi We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay … and hope to see you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Oct 2023

  • "Had brilliant stay and would definitely come back"

    So glad you enjoyed your stay! We hope to see you again soon!….. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Annmarie4.7Sep 2023

  • "This is our second visit to Cartrefle and it was just as lovely."

    It's the best equipped cottage we've ever stayed in, in Wales.

    I’m just so delighted that you enjoyed your second stay! I hope it won’t be the last …. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2023

  • "What an absolutely beautiful cottage."

    Situated within easy reach of all the places we wanted to visit and more. The dog was spoilt with a dog bed, treats and plenty of walks. The cottage had everything we needed. We struggled to get the fire lit and felt it was a little cold at times but this didn't spoil our time there. We will definitely be back. Thank you for making our stay so memorable

    I’m so pleased that you managed to enjoy your time in Cartrefle (despite the weather Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.7Jul 2023

  • "Parking is dangerous as you cannot see up the road and vehicles come down fast."

    Garden steps very slippery. Temperature set at 7 degrees in the bedroom so not warm enough. Otherwise cottage was comfortable.

    Hi, I’m glad you thought Cartrefle was comfortable. Stone steps do get very slippy- we hope the hand rail in the back garden helped! We hope you were able to benefit from the garden at the front of the house. Luckily, being in a small hamlet, the traffic is not heavy but yes, sometimes, tractors do travel fast. Parking at the top of the (small) hill is also possible, if needed. I appreciate that you felt cold in the bedroom. The temperature on the heaters is not the same as the ambient temperature, which can be misleading. I hope that despite that, you were able to appreciate what Bala has to offer. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christina2.8Apr 2023

  • "Great cottage with everything needed for a pleasant stay will definitely try an visit again sometime next year ."

    So pleased you enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris3.8Nov 2022

  • "This is a wonderfully modernized property with everything you need for a relaxing holiday."

    To be critical as is typical of other holiday cottages it sleeps 3 so why are there 10 mugs, loads of wine glasses, 8 sets of crockery, more cushions than we could count etc which limits storage particularly for food and drink. Don't like not being able to control the heating ourselves. On property description add that it has a Tassimo coffee machine. Easier to buy beforehand! Duvet on the bed far too heavy and warm. Saying all that really enjoyed our stay and would book again

    Thanks for the useful advice re: coffee! I apologise about the heating. There had been a power cut which meant it was all a bit cock a hoop! Normally okay! I get what you say about the cushions!! I hope to see you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Matthew4.7Oct 2022

  • "A beautiful cottage, very well appointed and clearly meticulously maintained."

    One I wish to return to, just a lovely place.

    Thank you for such lovely feedback! I really hope that you are able to return…. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2022

  • "Myself, my son and I are just back from a lovely stay at Cartrefle."

    Set in peaceful surroundings the cottage had everything we needed for a lovely relaxing stay.

    Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amy4.7Aug 2022

  • "Quirky little place with everything uoure likely to need for a great week away."

    The garden is by far the icing on the cake!

    Thank you so much! Glad you liked the garden! Hoping to develop it further for next year!!! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine4.1Aug 2022

  • "We had a lovely short stay at Cartrefle."

    The cottage was nicely decorated and had lots of homely touches. Thank you for having us!

    I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay !! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise4.7Jul 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    Cottage was very welcoming and well presented. Kitchen had all the utensils, cutlery, plates, dishes, etc, that you could image, plus more. Very clean and tidy. lovely enclosed garden, facing out onto the fields. Very peaceful and secure for our Luna. Ideal location for days out and about. A definite must for anyone staying here is to read the dog walk book, even if you dont have a dog. Would definitely return and recommend to family and friends.

    Thank you for your lovely review!! We hope to see you again… Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2022

  • "Small but perfectly appointed, cartrefle is a stylish, comfortable and homely cottage with a large garden prefect for lazy summer BBQs."

    Had a very relaxing week away with the dog, garden is nicely secured from the road. Made use of the dog walking book and both felt very comfortable during our stay. Paul and Troy

    Thank you so much for your positive feedback! We hope to see you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Jun 2022

  • "What a truly wonderful cottage to stay in."

    A beautiful, quintessential British cosy cottage with style and comfort. It was the perfect setting for our holiday; a mixture of relaxing days and trips out. The location meant we were a short drive to a variety of quaint towns in Wales. The cottage had everything that we could need and more. We are so looking forward to staying again.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Jun 2022

  • "Had a very enjoyable stay at the cottage, it was clean and well equipped, we have a large SUV so a little hazardous parking in and exiting drive due to road being narrow and traffic coming down the hill, close to facilities in Bala being only a few minutes drive away."

    The cottage is set in beautiful surroundings and we enjoyed the views to and from Bala

    Reviewed by Steve4.7May 2022

  • "Cartrefel was lovely."

    It is small. Everything you could possibly want was available in the cottage. Furnishing we’re lovely.Very welcoming and cosy lovely throws are available. The stairs are very narrow I think they could be if it form some carpet. We had a problem with the Tv I texted,the housekeeper was there very quickly and the problem was resolved. We were not able to use the back door as the scaffolding was still up from recent work on next doorThis ment we were unable to let the dog out,the cottage is on the road while not a main road it caused some concern.

    Reviewed by Carol3.4May 2022

  • "Lovely homely cottage in an excellent position for the whole of North Wales"

    Thank you so much! I’m so pleased you enjoyed your stay!!! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Apr 2022

  • "Cottage itself was nice but very disappointed with the work going on in next doors cottage."

    I had read there was work on at the beginning of the year but thought it would have been complete at the end of April. The workmen were on the roof hammering most of the day and we couldn't sit out either at the back or the front. The back of our cottage was unsightly as well with rubbish from the work going on. I did note in the guest book that a 20% discount was given because of this situation, I haven't been offered that.

    I’m so sorry to hear this. I was assured that the work would be finished by Easter. Communication has been poor. I will speak to Sykes. I would be happy to offer you some compensation. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jean3.1Apr 2022

  • "Fantastic property."

    Very comfortable and cosy. We really enjoyed our stay very much. Will come back again. Thank you.

    I’m so pleased that you enjoyed your stay.!! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nia5.0Mar 2022

  • "Such a lovely little cottage."

    Full of character and very comfortable. Kitchen had everything you need, beds were comfortable and a nice bathroom. The only thing I would say is that the property owner had control of the heating so we couldn’t turn it up or down ourselves, it was cold in the cottage so we had to have the heater on most of the time and the heated blanket on the bed every night. It did say in the manual that we could message the owner to turn it up which we did the first night but we didn’t notice any difference.

    Hi, I’m so glad you liked the cottage! I’m so sorry to hear that you felt it was cold. I keep it on a schedule (21 degrees downstairs, cooler upstairs) so I guess it must have been a cold few days there. I hope it didn’t spoil your time there.. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elyse4.7Mar 2022

  • "We had a lovely week at the cottage, so comfortable and so well equipped, beautifully furnished, ideally placed to visit Harlech, snowdonia and Barmouth and great country walks within walking distance and spectacular scenery Great log burner kept us toasty warm."

    Highly recommended

    I am so delighted that you enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Jan 2022

  • "Amazing cottage such a perfect place to spend our anniversary"

    So glad you enjoyed your special day ! Thank you for your lovely feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angela4.7Dec 2021

  • "We loved our stay at your beautiful cottage."

    It exceed our expectations in terms of accommodation, facilities and location. We would definitely recommend to others and we would like to return at some point. Thank you.

    Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! I'm so glad you enjoyed your break and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julian5.0Nov 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x day bed and a Juliette balcony
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Electric heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster, coffee machine
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Enclosed front gravelled garden with furniture and enclosed multi-level rear garden with gravelled area, decking, patio and furniture
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2.2 miles
  • Note: There are 13 rocky and uneven steps in the rear garden, please take care
  • Please note: Property can only accommodate 7 day bookings and short breaks from a Saturday to a Saturday
  • There is no facilities to accommodate outside of these change over days
  • Please note the next door property will be having a new roof fitted work will commence on the 23 Jan 2022 , the back garden will no longer be secure as access will be required for the work to go ahead

The property

Bala 2.3 miles.

Nestled in the peaceful hamlet of Rhyd Uchaf, a stone's throw away from the charming market town of Bala, rests this stone-built cottage, Cartrefle.

Boasting an interior full of character and tucked away in a peaceful countryside location, Cartrefle is an idyllic base for a small family looking for a rural escape to North Wales.

Park up in your private off-road parking space and marvel at the picture-perfect exterior of this lovely dwelling, beautifully-adorned with a canopy of greenery over the charming porchway, enticing you to step over the threshold and begin your magnificent holiday.

Be charmed by the traditional décor of the open-plan living space, thoughtfully laid out with whitewashed exposed beams, a warming woodburning stove and a farmhouse style kitchen tucked away at the rear of the sociable space.

Make use of the range of modern amenities provided to rustle up a hearty meal before serving the fruits of your labour at the nearby dining table, with seating for four so you can gather together and recount the days adventures over a glass of wine.

Settle down for the evening in front of the television to enjoy a movie marathon, gently warming your toes with the glow of the electric fire, or in the warmer weather, venture outdoors and indulge in an evening tipple in the peaceful setting of the rear garden, backed by the tranquil views of the surrounding fields.

When sleep calls, head back indoors and climb the stairs to the first floor where you'll find two delightful bedrooms, a double room and a single with a pull-out trundle bed, each fabulously-appointed with a character exposed stone feature wall.

In the morning, enjoy a leisurely wake-up with a steaming cup of coffee as you watch the sun rise with a solace seat in the front garden before jumping in the shower to prepare for a day of adventure.

Head off to the local town of Bala, home to the largest lake in Wales, Llyn Tegid, where there is an excellent selection of watersports on offer; try your hand at canoeing, kayaking or paddleboarding, or for a more leisurely day out, enjoy a scenic stroll alongside the banks of the tranquil waters, providing excellent views of the surrounding hills.

After working up an appetite, head into the centre of Bala where you'll find a range of delicious eateries to choose from, serving something to suit a variety of tastes and budgets, or head to the local convenience store to pick-up some ingredients to prepare from the comfort of your holiday home.

Situated within the Snowdonia National Park, there's a host of walking, cycling and hiking routes available from your doorstep; lace up your walking boots and embark on a two-footed adventure to the summit of the nearby Mynydd Nodol, with views across Llyn Celyn from the top, or thrill-seekers can tackle the challenging climb up Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales.

Jump in the car and head to the bustling town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, where you can tour the picturesque landscape of the surrounding countryside aboard a steam-hauled train at Ffestiniog Railway, explore the ancient underground quarry of Llechwedd, or for a unique experience, journey through the mine via a thrilling zip-line course.

Whether you're looking for adventure or relaxation, Cartrefle is the perfect base.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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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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Please note: Property can only accommodate 7 day bookings and short breaks from a Saturday or to a Saturday. There is no facilities to accommodate outside of these change over days
Please note the next door property will be having a new roof fitted work will commence on the 23 Jan 2022 for two weeks, the back garden will no longer be secure as access will be required for the work to go ahead

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas