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Penllyn House

Bala, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 999161)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "Amazing stay the whole family really enjoyed."

    Warm and welcoming the whole experience was brilliant. Very though full hosts with little touches that showed care and attention like the flashlights for the kids, wine and welsh cakes for adults and the welcome book full of help and local areas to visit. Really enjoyed and a great job with the house.

    Reviewed by IanJun 2022

  • "The cottage was very cozy and had everything we needed the owner was very helpful and went out of her way to accommodate us she was brilliant."

    This however can't be said for Sykes.

    Reviewed by AmandaMay 2022

  • "Penlynn House is a lovely, cosy holiday cottage with everything needed for a comfortable stay."

    Very clean. There are great walks from the doorstep and plenty of cafes, pubs and shops in the High Street. Y Hyb (The Hub) a few minutes walk from the Main Street is great for families; a lovely friendly restaurant with great out door play area and dogs are welcome. Also the cafe at the sailing club on the lake is dog friendly and has stunning views. We only had coffee and cake there but it was very nice. The pub opposite the cottage was very noisy on our first night but we think there was an October Fest. Other nights were fine. Although we always found somewhere to park it was a bit of an effort at times. The designated parking place at the back of the property is tricky to access and very difficult to reverse out from. Ceri and Gwyn kindly provided a dog bed and bowls and although our dog did his best to fit, he was just too big. It was a very nice gesture, as were the wine, Welsh Cakes and Milk. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, regardless of the terrible weather.

    Reviewed by BerylOct 2021

  • "Fantastic little cottage clean with all the amenities."

    It has a small garden area which you can sit in and let your dog get some exercise. There is a co-op opposite as well as a few bars and other shops. Bala lake is a two minute walk from the cottage. You can hire kayaks or paddle boards if needed but if like me you have your own you can purchase a permit from the car park to use the lake. I would definitely use this cottage again.

    Reviewed by DianeSep 2021

  • "The property is beautiful."

    It was very clean. Its in the most perfect location. The owners were easy to deal with and left out a few welcoming items too

    Reviewed by BrianAug 2021

  • "Great central location in Bala: possible to walk to the lake foreshore and do lovely walks from the house."

    Cottage very clean and had everything we needed. Not large, but cosy. Secondary glazing kept out street noise. (You can publish this but please don't include my name.)

    Reviewed by CarolineAug 2021

  • "Wonderful cottage ."

    Fabulous attentive care from owners who texted us . However we were only there for one night as my son tested positive for covers . Sykes were great on the phone . We however are still waiting for my insurance claim that I too out with Sykescottages ! It has now been nearly 6 weeks ….. not great .

    Reviewed by JuliaJul 2021

  • "Had an amazing stay in Bala the cottage was spotless and had everything we needed for relaxing evenings after busy days exploring the area with our dog."

    Staying on the high street opposite the pub and co-op I thought we would have more noise but really quiet even with the Euros on. Would recommend staying here to explore the area we would book again.

    Reviewed by RachelJun 2021

  • "We had a very pleasant stay in this cottage."

    Bonus toilet downstairs, WiFi, wine, milk. It was great we could chill at the end of the day. Very friendly pubs in Bala. Great base to explore Wales. The Bala lake was less than 10 minutes walk. The owners were very helpful and friendly when I had trouble with my WiFi, it was my error. We went to Betwy y coed, Barmouth village and beach, part of beach dog friendly. Porthmadog, you can go on a train through the mountains. We could take our dog on. Beautiful views, waterfalls. Very enjoyable holiday . Would definitely recommend staying in this cottage.

    Reviewed by BrendaJun 2021

  • "We chose Penllyn House because of its central location and it didn’t disappoint."

    The accommodation was 1st class offering everything you could think of for a comfortable stay which we certainly had. Ceri & Gwynn the owners have worked hard to provide a fantastic home from home for their guests and we would not hesitate to recommend Penlynn House,

    Reviewed by KenMay 2021

  • "The property overall was very good, a comfortable stay and the kitchen is well equipped."

    Also there is a Co-op across the road which is very well stocked and an excellent selection of food etc. Parking was a bit tight around the back even for a small car. The owners left a bottle of wine, Welsh cakes and milk in the fridge which was nice. The property is a good base to travel from and overall I would recommend it.

    Thank you so much for your comments, the advert explains regarding off road parking for a smaller car and roadside parking for larger vehicles and we hope this will be clear enough for guests. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and that you visit us again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ZhatoonSep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in close walking distance to local shops, pubs and lake Bala."

    Very homely and nicely decorated with everything we could need.

    Reviewed by NicholasSep 2020

  • "Well equipped property, handy for bars and restaurants in the town."

    Bala is well place for visiting Snowdonia, Anglesey and the coast. Although on the main street noise was not a factor in staying hers.

    Reviewed by GeorgeAug 2020

  • "Lovely cottage - great location, clean and cosy."

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2020

  • "Lovely cosy house in an ideal location on the High Street with easy access to Bala lake."

    The enclosed garden/ patio area was very useful (we were lucky to have nice weather) and perfect for our toddler and dog. The house was very clean and the owners were thoughtful and happy to help. We’ll definitely be back as we found Bala to be a great base from which to explore North Wales. Highly recommend!

    Reviewed by ClaireAug 2020

  • "We had a lovely stay in Bala."

    The house was very clean and comfortable and everything we needed. Treats on arrival was a lovely touch as was the text message to tell us the house would be ready a little early if we wanted to get in.

    Reviewed by SamAug 2020

  • "Fantastic house with all essentials."

    We don't have anything to complain and completely enjoyed our stay. Very clean and felt very re-assured at this challenging time of viral pandemic. 10 minutes walk to Bala Lake. On the high street. Although just opposite to co-op & pub, we did not suffer from noise pollution. Reduced business in the pub might have contributed partly to it. Our hosts, Ceri & Gwen, were always in touch and very helpful. Only thing to remember that entrance to parking space is very tight for bigger car. We left our car on the free roadside parking at the back. Upstairs Wi-fi connection was slightly patchy at times. Overall - Highly recommended.

    Many thanks for your feedback, we do pride ourselves on cleanliness. We hope it is clear on the advert moving forward that the offroad parking is for smaller cars and that larger cars would need to use roadside or public car park and hopefully this should stop any future disappointment. We have checked the wifi and there have been no further issues and we can confirm that the wifi is sufficient for general browsing and emails etc and also we have the Smart TV downstairs which is fully enabled. We had double glazing installed to minimise any road noise and we're glad this has worked well. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SupriyoJul 2020

  • "We love Bala."

    So nice to have a street with individual shops and not a huge supermarket. The people are friendly and helpful. There are many places to walk your dog and other towns are only a short drive away. The accommodation was absolutely delightful. Probably an early 19th century 2 up/2 down and extended. Very well appointed and comfortable with a very nice welcome tray of wine and Welsh cakes on arrival. A thoroughly enjoyable break which is well worth a repeat!

    Reviewed by JohnFeb 2020

  • "The owners of this cottage should be an example to all, they were in contact with me before I travelled and just before we were due to leave with little information on things."

    The cottage was spotlessly clean with little extras like toilet rolls, towels , kitchen cleaning gear, etc . The beds were comfortable, nice sized kitchen with all mod cons , dining room and living room, all were good. The cottage is in the middle of the high street and a good place to base ourselves for some lovely walks around the area. I recommend this place to couples or small families and I would return again. Sykes were very good to book through from start to finish , keeping in contact / updates. Thanks all.

    Reviewed by NeilJan 2020

  • "Please apologise to owners because we had to leave dishwasher on, hadn’t realised how long the cycle took, and our check out time came before it had finished."


    Reviewed by CatherineDec 2019

  • "Enjoyed visting family in Bala the property was situated in a great location with all amenities right on your door step."

    The property itself was cosy, clean,warm and the owners have thought of everything to make your stay a comfortable one. We will definitely return to this property as you couldnt wish for better.

    Reviewed by MargaretNov 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely."

    Everything we needed and more. Spotless, cozy and great location. Would highly recommend it. Thankyou for a great break. Welcome wine, biscuits and milk were lovely. Even had a bed for our dog provided but we had our own. I am sure we will be back. Perfect!!!

    Reviewed by CarmelOct 2019

  • "We had wonderful time in Snowdonia, is beautiful place for rest and to enjoy the family time ."

    The cottage is very nice, you can feel like at home. We will come back to visit the a Snowdonia again:-)

    Reviewed by JadwigaAug 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely."

    It was ideally placed for all off the local amenities and although it was right on the Main Street opposite the pub is was very quiet. It is close to Bala lake which is nearby and about a 10 minute walk. We were very lucky to have had some lovely weather too and this made eating breakfast in the garden a real pleasure. A lovely find and we would definite stay again.

    Reviewed by KarenJul 2019

  • "Lovely cottage with full amenities."

    Plenty of books and games for rainy days. Milk and bread awaiting us on arrival was a bonus as was the wine and Welsh cakes. Village had everything you could wish for, food shopping, eating and drinking. The pub opposite was a bit noisy, but the triple glazing in the cottage helped keep out the noise.

    Reviewed by LindaJun 2019

  • "Well equipped cottage with helpful owners."

    Milk, cake and treats for the dog were a very nice touch. We have a large car but found plenty of places to park locally. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by DenisJun 2019

  • "Excellent very well furnished house The welcome pack was a lovely bonus nice ..."

    Excellent very well furnished house The welcome pack was a lovely bonus nice touch spotlessly clean couldn't fault it in any way

    Reviewed by StephenJun 2019

  • "Just to let you know we cut short our holiday and went home after three days."

    The cottage was lovely we appreciated the little extras but the pub opposite was a hell hole and more like a nightclub. The thumping base and drunken shrieking and shouting spilled out on to the pavement on Saturday night and went on until 2am! I checked out the pubs website to see their licensing hours are 1am on Friday and 2am on Saturday what on earth was their council thinking I pity the poor local residents who actually live there. As a result Sunday was written off feeling like a zombie with a massive headache all day. Early Monday morning woken by the pub or Co-op delivery lorry and Tuesday pouring rain so we thought we would cut our loses and enjoy the rest of the week at home. We are not lily livered and lived seven years on town high streets with pubs nearby you just expect their doors to have closed by 11:30 midnight tops. What I have learned is the next holiday I book I will make sure I do some very thorough research before I part with my hard earned cash and read any online reviews in full.

    Thank you for your feedback, I can advise that it is made clear at the end of the property description that some noise disturbance is possible due to the location of the property. We are sorry that this may have come as a shock to you but we feel as though guests are made clear of this upon booking. If you would like to discuss this further, please contact our customer relations team on 01244 345 700, option 1, option 3. We are open 7 days a week, 9-7pm. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PenelopeJun 2019

  • "No problems at all."

    And all good.

    Reviewed by JackMay 2019

  • "Really well appointed cottage."

    The owners went out of their way with thoughtful additions like wine, Welsh cakes and fresh bread! Loved the little touches like the record player. The garden was lovely and private and the parking space a real bonus in this busy, popular area

    Reviewed by ClaireMay 2019

  • "The contact with the owners before hand to arrange the beds was excellent."

    We had a lovely local welcome pack waiting for us and after a long journey this was very welcome. We could not get our large car into the parking space but easily found parking. Cottage was well equipped and wanted for nothing for 4 adults. Very quiet in the high street. Needed the doctors whilst there and got an appointment the same day ! Location brilliant as coop is over the road and a butchers 2 doors away. 30 minutes to Snowdon. Would definitely stay again as so much to see ,do and walks galore.

    Reviewed by DawnApr 2019

  • "Penllyn House, Bala."

    On arrival, Penllyn House felt so homely, and we gave it a 10/10 straight away! It was beautifully furnished throughout, had a brand new fitted kitchen (with dishwasher), plus utility area (with washing machine, and tumble dryer), and also a downstairs toilet. Upstairs, the 2 bedrooms were lovely, with extremely comfortable beds, and a very attractive, brand new bathroom. The owners have very obviously worked hard to ensure the guests stay is a comfortable, and cosy “home from home” atmosphere, whilst retaining as many of the original features as possible; e.g., the lovely quarry tiled flooring in the dining room, exposed beams, and vaulted ceiling in the kitchen. A very attractive property, convenient for the various shops in Bala, and spoilt for choice with restaurants, pubs and takeaways. Although it is in the centre of Bala, it was so peaceful (and private). We had a terrific week staying there, and are looking forward to our next visit.

    Reviewed by AMar 2019

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x' 2"6 twin (zip/link beds so can be a double on request)
  • A third child can be accommodated in the main bedroom on request, with a foldaway bed
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor cloakroom with WC and basin
  • Kitchen
  • Utility area
  • Dining room with electric fire
  • Sitting room with electric fire.
  • Gas central heating with electric fires
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV with Freeview, DVD, DAB radio, record player, WiFi, selection of books, games, vinyl and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate on request
  • Enclosed courtyard with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome (downstairs only)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes 1 min walk
  • Note: There is one step up to the dining room and one step up to the kitchen
  • Note: The cottage is located on the towns high street and there may be some associated noise
  • Note: Parking is accessed at the rear of Arenig Street, carry on down the High Street from the cottage and turn right onto Arenig Street, just after the garage on the corner
  • Customers can easily locate parking spaces free of charge on this back street
  • There are also 2 public car parks located in Bala.

The property

An attractive Victorian townhouse ideally located in the centre of the well-known market town of Bala which lies within the beautiful Snowdonia National Park.

This lovely cottage provides an ideal base and suits couples, friends or a family.

The cottage has a lovely welcoming atmosphere throughout and still retains many of its wonderful original character features such as quarry tiled flooring, bay and sash windows and exposed beams.

Decorated and tastefully furnished, this cottage has a lovely homely feel to it, the kitchen is modern with high ceiling and spotlights and is well-equipped for all your needs, while boasting a separate dining room with quarry tiled flooring, a cosy sitting room with bay window, comfy seating and a warming electric woodburner effect fire, ideal to relax in front of after a day on the mountains or lake.

Upstairs there is a modern bathroom and two stylish bedrooms.

On a warm summer's evening, why not sit outside your holiday home?

The paved courtyard is great for alfresco dining or to simply enjoy a relaxing drink, and plan your next day of adventure.

On your doorstep is the colourful town of Bala, famous for its lake, Llyn Tegid, which is the largest natural lake in Wales.

The town has a good selection of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants and home to a wide selection of watersports including sailing, windsurfing and kayaking.

Also, within easy reach from the cottage is the National Whitewater Centre where you can enjoy a day of adventure and adrenaline.

There is also the renowned mountain bike centre at Coed y Brenin, making it a great base for walkers, mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Further afield, why not visit the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog and take the world-famous Ffestiniog narrow gauge steam train to the harbour town of Porthmadog?

Alternatively, visit Llechwedd Slate Caverns, which is now also the home of Zip World Titan and Caverns, and Bounce Below, an underground system of trampolines.

For more leisurely pastimes, take a trip on the Bala Lake Railway, or spend a day on one of the many sandy beaches at Barmouth or Fairbourne.

There really is something for everyone, and this cottage is an ideal base from which to enjoy them all at any time of the year.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £75.

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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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Region Information

Note: Parking is accessed at the rear of Arenig Street, carry on down the High Street from the cottage and turn right onto Arenig Street, just after the garage on the corner. Customers can easily locate parking spaces free of charge on this back street. There are also 2 public car parks located in Bala.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas