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Idyllic Detached Stone Cottage With Log Burner And Beams Set In Private Gardens.



Updated: 17-Apr-2017
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

About the property

Cottage in Lake Vyrnwy, Nr. Bala, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales - Close To Lake, Shop and Pub. Great For Families, Walking, Cycling, Water Sports

Nant Llachar Cottage sleeps up to six guests in three bedrooms. This pretty detached stone cottage is a short walk from stunning Lake Vyrnwy with its impressive stone-built Victorian dam and surrounding RSPB nature reserve. Lovingly restored and furnished by the owners, the cottage still retains lots of traditional character and charm including beams, wooden floor boards and a large inglenook, complimented by a wood burning stove, a well equipped kitchen and modern conveniences. Nestling amongst private terraced gardens which include plenty of space to relax together with a summerhouse, the cottage sits on the edge of woodland and affords fantastic views over the Vyrnwy Valley. An ideal place for those seeking relaxation, the surrounding Welsh countryside offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities with something for the most energetic outdoor enthusiast including mountain biking, sailing, kayaking and river-rafting, along with more sedate pursuits such as fishing and bird watching. Bike hire is available locally at the nearby craft and visitors centre and sailing dinghies and canoes can also be rented from the boathouse on the lake. This area is superb for bird watchers being an RSPB reserve where numerous resident and migratory birds can be spotted including rare peregrine falcons. There are several bird-hides positioned around the lake which also offers good opportunities for salmon and trout fishing (permits available locally), along with boating. Nant Llachar Cottage is only half a mile from the nearest pub at the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel, serving real ales and bar meals in “The Tavern”, along with fine dining in the hotel restaurant. The village shop is just a short walk for stocking up on provisions and for larger shops, supermarkets are located in the nearby market towns of Oswestry, Llanfyllin and Welshpool. An ideal base for enjoying all that the local area has to offer, Nant Llachar Cottage is also an ideal retreat for exploring the wider area. Snowdonia National Park, Bala Lake, the Roman city of Chester, Shrewsbury, the Berwyn Mountains in Mid-Wales and the beautiful Welsh coastline are all within an hour's drive. Other great family days out within easy reach include Aberdovey with its sandy beaches, Harlech Castle, King Arthur’s Labyrinth for underground mine tours, the Centre For Alternative Technology and the National Trust properties of Powis Castle, Erddig and Chirk Castle to name just a few. Well behaved dog welcome.

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About the Owner

Alison Dawson
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
17 April, 2017

About Alison Dawson

We are a family from Chester. We purchased Nant Llachar in 1998 knowing the area having spent many family holidays here as children. Our own children have grown up loving the area too and have so many special memories of this fantastic corner of Wales. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

29 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(29 traveller reviews)

East Sussex

Simply idyllic

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful cottage in a truly beautiful setting. The cottage is well equipped and spotlessly clean. A lot of attention to detail has gone into making it so homely and Alison and Andrew have certainly gone the extra mile to make this an amazing place to stay. We especially loved the gardens and the summer house, which had lots of use with the fantastic weather we had last week.

We had a great time exploring the area both on foot and in the car. Fabulous scenery right from the front door.

Looking forward to staying with you again next year.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What fantastic weather you had last week. Spring time at the cottage is so lovely with all the daffodils out and the lambs in the fields. Pleased you managed to get in some walking and cycling. We look forward to seeing you again next year.
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Beautiful house,fantastic location,stunning views,everything you could want

  • 5 of 5

From the booking Alison (the owner) was always helpful and friendly

Welcome stayed for a long weekend in March and even though the weather was damp the cottage made it all so cosy and warm

Didi was lovely and helpful.

The cottage is beautiful,clean,and has everything you need.

Plenty of room and everything you need and is near so many places.

We will definitely be going back.

Thank you so much Alison and Didi

  • Review Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for booking your holiday with us. Alison & Andrew
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Superb stay!

  • 5 of 5

From start to finish Llanwddyn was a delight and the cottage is definitely the way to go! Ideally located for the pub, hotel, shop and the visitors centre at Lake Vrynwy the cottage provides cosy, complete comfortable accommodation. We were just a couple and felt at home immediately but the cottage can accommodate 6 easily. All mod cons in a traditional cottage setting. Checking in and out by the indomitable Didi was just an added delight.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words about Nant Llachar Cottage. We are very lucky with our location as there is everything you need close by and the area is so peaceful. DiDi is a real gem and really makes everybody feel so welcome.
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Cosy cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was beautifully presented and very clean with everything you would require. Although a little remote, perfect for us, the local village store provides enough to get by. The area is lovely and provides some lovely walks or cycling with many good destinations an easy drive away. I would recommend this property to anyone who wants 'an away from it all' type of break and I can imagine it would be more beautiful in the Spring/summer although the snow made coming in to the log fire more cosy.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay, despite the snow. It really is such a beautiful area and we try and make the cottage reflect the surroundings it is in. Thank you for being such considerate guests and please come back and visit us again. Alison & Andrew
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A little piece of heaven on earth

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautifully appointed stone cottage that more than met the needs of our family of five and one small, scruffy dog. The owners have such lovely taste and have obviously lavished this property with much love. It's ideally situated within an easy walk to Lake Vyrnwy and even though we were there in the winter (Feb half term) we found lots of fun things to do in the vicinity - that was when we could tear ourselves away from the cosy log burner. We all feel like we have found a gem and will definitely be back for another visit.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you had such a lovely holiday. The area is beautiful even in February. It is great to come back and snuggle up by the wood burner (with a glass of wine) after a walk in the hills We look forward to you coming back to Lake Vyrnwy again
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Home from Home, beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

Quite apart from the location, which is in my view, right next to the most beautiful lake in the UK, the cottage itself is everything you could wish for.

We arrived and the whole place is so clean, and then you have the cosiness of the log burner to look forward to in a traditional inglenook and lovely bedrooms, all of a good size; the cottage is so much bigger on the inside compared to looks on the outside.

I particularly liked the fact that the TV is tucked out the way on a pivot hinge so you can properly ignore it during your stay and instead play games that are provided and cook up nice food after a walk.

Truly wonderful and we will be returning !

Thank you

Emma and Darren Ryder

  • Review Submitted: Nov 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : The Tavern at 1 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Lake Vyrnwy Hotel at 1 Miles


Lake Vyrnwy is within easy reach of the beautiful North Wales coastline. 1 hour drive to beaches at Aberdovey, Barmouth and Fairbourne. Further afield but still easily a day trip is Halech and Porthmaddog.


The cottage is only a mile to the nearest pub at the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel which offers a choice of bar meals and real ales in “The Tavern” and fine dining in the hotel restaurant. It’s only a short 10 minute walk to the village shop where you can stock up on provisions. Larger supermarkets are located at the nearby market towns of Llanfyllin (15 mins drive), Welshpool and Oswestry (both around 30 minutes drive).

Further Details:

The cottage is located on the edge of woodland half a mile from Lake Vyrnwy with its majestic Victorian dam, its fairy-tale tower and unique sculpture park. It provides a perfect base for exploring both the local area as well as further afield: Snowdonia, Bala Lake, the Berwyn Mountains in Mid-Wales, the Roman city of Chester, Shrewsbury and the wonderful Welsh coastline are easily accessible within an hour’s drive.

This stunning area offers a multitude of activities for the outdoor enthusiast including walks of all grades in the local hills, valleys and forests, mountain-biking, fishing, river-rafting, sailing, canoeing and bird watching.

Cycle hire is available from the nearby craft and visitors centre and canoes and sailing dinghies can be rented from the lake boathouse.

The famous Lake Vyrnwy half-marathon takes place every September attracting thousands of runners and spectators alike.

The lake itself is well stocked with salmon and trout and for those who enjoy fishing, local permits and boat-hire are available from the nearby hotel.

This is great ornithology country – the area is an RSPB reserve. Resident and transient birds can be spotted in the deciduous woodland and nearby open hills and the region is noted for its visits by rare peregrine falcons. Several bird-hides are located around the lake.

Sandy-beaches at Aberdovey, the castle of Harlech, underground mine tours at King Arthur’s Labyrinth, the Centre for Alternative Technology and the National Trust properties of Powis Castle, Erddig and Chirk Castle all provide fantastic days out for the whole family.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Spring
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
3 Jun 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
24 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Holidays
15 Jul 2017 - 18 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer holidays
19 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
October Holidays
21 Oct 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Minimum stay, 3 nights subject to season.
Sorry, no stag or hen parties.

Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover day Saturday, but this is negotiable on request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Updated: 17-Apr-2017


Property Type

  • cottage


  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Location Type

  • mountain
  • village
  • waterfront


  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Spacious bathroom with bath, separate shower, toilet and wash basin situated next to the bedrooms. Towels and fresh linen are all included.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with King size bed Bedroom 2 with Double bed Bedroom 3 with Bunk beds


  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Children welcome (young children may need supervision in terraced back garden) There are some low doorways - extra care needed for taller people Outside: The terraced garden contains a number of beautiful borders, lawned areas and a large patio, ideal for summer barbecues and perfect for late-night, star-gazing and comet watching: The Milky Way is often clearly visible in the pollution-free night skies. There is parking for up to three cars. Utility Room: A separate utility room includes a WC, washing machine and tumble dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, bedding and linen are included. Other: There is a bespoke summerhouse within the garden with stunning views. It has electricity, CD player, settee and armchair.

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