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The Aran

Rhyd-uchaf near Bala, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 1074598)



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  • Icon/Feature/EVChargePoint Electric car charging
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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3 Customer Reviews

  • "An immaculately presented, very comfortable property in a fabulous and convenient location."

    Very good communication with the owners before and after our stay. Thank you.

    Reviewed by KareneJan 2022

  • "We had a great holiday here."

    Cottage was immaculate and finished to a lovely standard. Sofas were really comfortable, which was great because we’ve stayed in other cottages before where the sofas were uncomfortable/ cheap so to have a really comfortable sofa and chairs to relax on was fab. Great facilities and the place was lovely and toasty even though the weather was freezing outside. Good location close to Bala, the pub Plas Yn Dre was great (we went there twice). Would definitely recommend this cottage and my sister is looking at booking here next year! We’ll definitely be back!

    So pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay at The Aran.Hope to see you again soon ,Stay well Buddug and Mark Property Owner

    Reviewed by EmmaNov 2021

  • "Mark was a great host."

    We didn't realise that we were the first guests to stay there. The whole property was immaculate and decorated to a very high standard with premium appliances. The only thing that was missing was a washing machine but everything else that we needed was there. I would definitely stay here again and look forward to coming back next year. If you struggle to find the property (which we did) the What Three Words location is ///nails.sweated.plums

    Thank you Jonathan for taking the time to leave this feed back . We look forward to welcoming you back next year .Buddug and Mark Property Owner

    Reviewed by JonathanNov 2021

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The property

Bala 2 miles.

Encompassed by the stunning countryside of Snowdonia National Park in Rhyd-uchaf near Bala, Gwynedd is this stone-built barn conversion, The Aran.

Ideal for a family or group of four, this wonderful abode enjoys a mixture of the old and new interiors, with contemporary furnishing complimenting original features throughout, along with magnificent views of the rural vista.

After parking in one of the off-road spaces, make your way through the sunny shared courtyard nestled at the foot of this lovely dwelling before making your way inside to be dazzled by the open-plan living space, where you can find a fabulous kitchen boasting a vaulted ceiling, grey fittings with wooden worktops and hosting an array of integrated appliances.

After the designated chef has fixed up a delectable meal, enjoy dinner at the close-by dining table as you catch up with your loved ones about your countryside ramblings.

End the day by enjoying some quality time with your family in the sitting area, where you can curl up on the leather sofas and start a movie marathon on the TV.

When night falls, move across the ground floor to find a king-size bedroom also showcasing a vaulted ceiling with an A-frame feature, and enjoying access to an en-suite shower room.

Progress upstairs to find another king-size bedroom that savours views over the surrounding mountains, features stylish, grey accents, whilst enjoying access to a contemporary en-suite shower room; both shower rooms contain spacious walk-in cubicles and heated towel rails, so you can freshen up with ease.

The property enjoys access to an external, shared boot room where you can store any coats and equipment securely, as well as a large back garden, where you can savour a steaming cup of coffee on your private decked area, before stretching your legs on the large, shared lawn below.

A short drive will bring you to the market town of Bala, which boasts ample eateries that will suit anyone's taste, including the popular pub of Plas Yn Dre, as well as several well-stocked shops; the town also hosts a golf club and the idyllic river of Tryweryn, making for a lovely outing.

Bala is also close to Llyn Tegid, where you can access a range of watersports with the sailing club or Bala Adventure & Watersports service, along with being near the spectacular, national forest of Aberhirnant.

Travel further afield to find the town of Dolgellau, where you can enjoy a picnic in Marian Mawr, wander along the River Mawddach on foot or by bike and finish off the day with a bite to eat at one of the many eateries in Dolgellau, serving something to suit all tastes and budgets.

Being in the middle of Snowdonia National Park means you have plenty more to see and do, with the nearby lake of Tryweryn and National White Water Centre within easy reach, and the fantastic Zip World a little further away.

Create long-lasting memories at The Aran.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 1074599, together sleeping 10 guests.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, hand-held shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x king-size with walk-in shower, hand-held shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Shared external boot room
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
  • TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking on shared driveway with electric charge point
  • Shared front courtyard
  • Private back decking that leads to an enclosed, shared lawn
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 1.9 miles
  • Note: The electric charge point is able to be used via an app
  • Note: There are steps in the front courtyard and in the back garden, please take care

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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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

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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