Stone Built Studio Cottage in Maerdy, Near Bala, North Wales - Peaceful Rural Location With Walks and Wildlife From Cottage Door
Comfortable, cosy with underfloor heating and nestling in upland-grazing land at about 1,000 feet elevation, this one-bedroom (one double-bed, sleeping two people) studio cottage has views down the valley and to the mountains beyond. The cottage is situated in 47 acres of private land being pasture fields and moorland with panoramic views towards Moel Famau to the north and the Berwyn range to the east and towards the Snowdonia range and Cadair Idris to the west and south. Located at the gateway to the Snowdonia National Park (on the edge of the Hiraethog region) but despite its rural location is closely accessible to the A5 trunk road and only 35 miles from Chester and 18 miles from Betws –y- Coed. There is a local pub (the Goat Inn) within walking distance from the studio cottage. Ideal for walks from front door, sitting and admiring the views or as a cosy base to come back to after a day walking or outdoor adventures with nearby Get Wet Adventure Company or White water rafting.
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About the Owner
Rosie and Julian own and look after Ty Bach, a short distance from their house in Maerdy near Bala. We moved into the house (previously owned by Julian's parents) when it became too much for his mum. Initially we planned to restore the house and move closer to work but we fell in love with the house, the moutains and surrounding area! Having go the bug we have moved on to refurbishing Ty Bach.which is now a cosy retreat for 2.
5 based on 21 holidaymaker reviews
From the first view of the cottage on slowly driving up the hill and then meeting Rosie, we were very favourably impressed. The cottage is, as other travellers have said, very remote but that is the beauty of it. Yes the path is rather steep( and you have to be careful of the partridge family who seem to like running round the nearby roads a lot !) but not very long and can easily be negotiated with care and the breathtaking views and peace and solitude is well worth the effort. The cottage is very cosy and immaculately clean with everything you could need. Theres just a few steps over the grass from the parking point, and then you enter the conservatory which has the wonderful views and if the weather is kind you have the picnic table outside to enjoy the peace and quiet, only the call of the buzzards (and the very vociferous sheep lol) can be heard - bliss. The cottage has a full cooker, fridge and plenty of storage room and the bed is very comfortable and the hot water plentiful, with a great shower. All in all a perfect home from home, albeit small but very compact, and who needs loads of space when on holiday. Good TV reception and mobile phone connection so everything one could need and the fresh air is an added bonus. Sadly we had to leave early because of commitments but we would not hesitate to visit Ty Bach again, it really is the perfect holiday get(hide)away. Thanks to Rosie for such a warm welcome. Do visit, you won't regret it !
Another wonderful week.
Another wonderful week in the peace and tranquillity of Ty Bach. On the Saturday we experienced four seasons in one day. Bright sunshine to snowfall all accompanied by the the calls and gymnastic display of the resident buzzards. There are so many lovely places to visit. We ventured out to Chirk Casle, a National Trust property and into Snowdonia. The rest of the week we were content to stay in the cottage and admire the magnificent view.
A lovely cottage for relaxing and doing nothing
We stayed here just to relax and chill for a few days, the cottage is small but ok for a couple. Everything we need was there, and sitting in the conservatory in front of a log burning fire reading a good book was perfect. Rosie and her husband were really lovely and made sure we had everything we needed to make our stay perfect. The cottage is quite remote and very quiet which is exactly as we wanted. Theres lots do do nearby and I can highly reccomend this place for a quiet relaxing break. We would definately return and reccomend this lovely cottage
Very good, peaceful and adequate for a couple.
This studio cottage is located well off the road so my wife and I enjoyed a very peaceful few days. The weather was very kind to us so we could enjoy the wonderful view across the valley and the only sound being the sheep and the birds.
We loved it and are planning to visit again in the spring.
Outstanding Cottage with Excellant views
This is a excellent little cottage well equipped and a ideal base to explore the Welsh countryside. Yes the cottage is remote but this is not hidden in any of the descriptions. If you want a base to explore then this is a excellent choice with outstanding views to return to after a day touring. Conway and other major tourists attractions are all easily reached . Rosie was easy to contact and travel instructions were spot on, use google view and you can see the tight turn of before you travel which makes navigating the narrow lanes very easy for the first time. We tend to eat out during the day and found major supermarkets near by , and the cottage is well equipped to cook on return. It was excellent to return and have a beer looking out on such a lovely view. The piece and quite was something we were looking for and got in abundance from this lovely location. Would recommend to anybody looking to get away from the pressures of day to day work etc.
Views to die for
A compact cottage just right for 2 adults. The big plus is the location with breathtaking views. The track from the lane is steepish and stony but with reasonable care there should be no trouible The foot of the bed is a little close to the wall but don't let that deter you from staying here.The birdlife here is great with about 40 species recorded. The owners are very helpful and not at all intrusive. As an elderley couple we did not do much walking but I can recommend driving the minor road from Bala to the northern tip of Lake Vyrnwy. Note that the local pub (The Goat) was not serving food midweek.when we were there. The nearest pub food was at Corwen (so-so!) although you could try the Rhug Estate Farm facility. Llyn Brenig is worth a vsit but the "Ewe Phoria" sheepdog center on the OS map appears to be defunct.
From the Owner
“The property has been owned within the family for over 40 years and Ty Bach itself was originally the tool-shed to the small-holding. In later years Ty Bach was used as the log-store. The garden and moorland has a far-away peaceful feeling. There are remnants of ages gone-by on the land for example sheep-dip; dry-stone walls; and an example of fortifications. The main house is believed to have been built in the 1700s as a shepherds "overnight" rest although it was extended in the 1800s when it became a small-holding. The land will have been used by goat shepherds driving their goat herds to market across the Hiraethog region. Ty Bach comes with much history as an outbuilding to the main house.”
Activity and Interests
Nearest beaches are about 50 minutes driving distance.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is about 1 hour 15 minutes driving distance.
Dolgellae 25 miles
Barmouth 35 miles
Llangollen 15 miles
Betwys-Y-Coed 18 miles
Ruthin 16 miles
Close to the Get Wet adventure company in Bala which offers gorge walking, high ropes, raft building and paintballing.
Approx 10 miles to Tryweryn White Water Rafting.
Approx 15 minutes to fishing at Llyn Brenig.
There is a supermarket (Co-operative) in Bala plus cafes, restaurants (approx 5 miles), a delicatessen and various cafes and bakery in Corwen (approx 5 miles). There is Rhug Organic Farm shop (approx 2 miles) which has a restaurant and takeaway service. 16 miles to Ruthin, a picturesque market town with shops, bars, restaurants and Tesco. 15 miles to Llangollen which sits on the River Dee with restaurants, bars, shops (Co-operative).
26 Dec to 1 Jan sees the Mince Pie Express Llangollen Railway now running to nearby Corwen departing Llangollen.
Corwen Christmas Fair is on 6th December with local gifts and music and The Rhug Organic Farm welcomes locally made crafts on the same day.
On sat 13th December there is the Christmas food fair at Rhug with tastings.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
21 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
29 Oct 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
23 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
25% of the full rental price or £100 whichever is the larger of the two sums is required to secure booking with balance paid 6 weeks before arrival.
Bookings can be made by email or phone. Payment can be made by bank transfer or by paypal but in the latter case there is a fee of 3.4% (which is what paypal charge to receive the monies and transfer on).
Changeover day is Fridays. Out of season we may be able to be more flexible on this. Arrival is after 3pm and departure by 10am although we will do our best to meet any special requests as regards time.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
- 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“Although the surroundings are rural, beautiful and wild at times giving the impression you are in remote countryside, it is only 5 minutes drive down the private track and onto the lane to the main road (A5). It is convenient for days out in Snowdownia, Betwys y Coed, Llangollen with its various festivals or even the coast (about an hour) but equally can be enjoyed for what it is: a rural retreat in the countryside where walks and wildlife abound. Walks are peaceful and private.”
- Heating ...
- Living Room ...
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove ...
- Kitchen ...
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- En-suite with wc, basin, walk in shower and heated towel rail (in addition to underfloor heating).
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
- Bedroom 1
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, en-suite bathroom and TV with freeview and integrated DVD
- Notes on accommodation: There is a washer which has drying function (although no separate dryer) and freeview TV with DVD player. Sorry no pets and strictly non smoking. Please note that the private track off the lane (about 1/4 mile to the studio cottage) can be difficult in Winter and driving on the private track in the snow and ice is not recommended. Feel free to contact the owner for any additional details on access and parking Outside: There is a private garden area with decking and picnic bench. There is access over stile to wildlife pond and to walks on private moorland. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. Towels, linen and cleaning are provided on changeover or weekly. Other: There is also a conservatory heated by a wood-burning burning stove with views down the valley and to the mountains beyond. Plenty of bird life to observe with owls and buzzards nesting nearby (and Red Kites do fly-over).