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

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

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.

Alison Dawson
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
27 February, 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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(25 traveller reviews)


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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Simply Stunning!

  • 5 of 5

It's impossible to know where to start after our stay here. Everything about the cottage was superb. It was quaint, well equipped, squeaky clean, spacious, but cosy with high-end soft furnishings, comfortable beds, beautifully maintained gardens & the summerhouse....well, don't even get me started on that. All I know is I want one at home!

Our days started with a Full English breakfast (cooked on the very easy to use Rayburn), beautiful walks around the lake. The kind of walks where you see mountains, rolling countryside & waterfalls. We only live a few hours from the area, but felt like we were a million miles away. Late lunches in the pub (with a few classes of wine) then snoozing with a film in front of the vast logburner. OK, the snoozing was me while my partner went fishing for trout on the river.

We posted some photos on Facebook of our stay. Friends commented "that it looked like something from a film location", ...well it was better than that!!

All in all, the cottage & the location are seriously hard to beat. By far the most beautiful we have had the pleasure of staying in.

Thank you for letting us enjoy your beautiful cottage....WE WILL BE BACK 👍😁 xx

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to seeing you again.
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Just what we needed!

  • 5 of 5

Jill and I had waited nearly 9 months for this break at Alison's cottage and we weren't disappointed.

It was an area we had not been to before and the weather for Wales behaved very well!

It is a lovely cosy cottage with everything you could want. We ate our breakfast outside every morning facing the sun and the Welsh Hills.

It is peaceful and relatively unpopulated, a hidden gem. We walked, cycled and enjoy several evening drinks on the terrace overlooking the lake at the Tavern Bistro at the local hotel.

We cycled to Lake Bala on one of the hottest days of the year, a challenging but rewarding cycle, beautiful scenery all the way.

DiDi who welcomed us to the cottage was a delight, we got on like a house on fire and she was full of great information about the area, backed up the ample folder in the house, along with copious maps, if you happened to forget any of them. The bottle of red wine and Barra Brith as a welcome pack proved to be great muscle repair following long walks and cycles. A perfect location to kick back and relax, however you choose to relax. Not forgetting the lovely summerhouse at the top of the garden...all we needed was clear nights and moonlit skies and it would have topped off a brilliant holiday. We highly recommend the location, property, owner and housekeeper. We would love to come back and spend more time in a great location. Thanks Alison and DiDi for your wonderful hospitality...I've already told my brother about it...so watch out..it might become a family retreat!

Many thanks and see you again soon we hope!

Miranda & Jill

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We love it when we know that our guests have had such a wonderful time and want to come back. It really is a great place for getting out and walking / cycling in such an unspoilt and beautiful area. We look forward to seeing you again and hope your brother can visit us as well. Best wishes, Alison, Andrew & DiDi
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A real hidden gem

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful cottage with a stunning summer house. Just to relax in your beautiful summer house gazing at the night sky, a dram of malt whisky and La Traviata playing in the background - my idea of heaven.

I can't wait to return. Thank you so much.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sounds like you had a great time looking at the night sky. It is amazing the clarity of it and being able to see the Milky Way. Like the sound of the malt whisky! Look forward to seeing you again next year.
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Perfect cottage, in perfect location. A real gem.

  • 5 of 5

It was a real pleasure to stay at this cottage, we felt relaxed from the moment we arrived. The location was spot on for the dog, with so many walks from the door, water to play in and pheasants... We enjoyed exploring the area, drinking local beer in front of the wood burner or in the sunny garden, a couple of visits to the pub, and a trip to Llangollen which we last visted by canal boat 20 years ago. Thank you for making your cottage and its well kept garden available, and for the hard working DiDi who was there to welcome us on arrival and to wave us goodbye.

I would not hesitate to recommend booking this cottage, however if you don't do heights then its best not to take the roads to Bala at the top of the lake. Beautiful, but terrifying.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you enjoyed your stay. You are right the views as you drive over the tops to Bala are spectacular. Thank you for booking your holiday with us.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
26 Feb 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Spring
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 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

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

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Welshpool, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 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
  • 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
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • 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
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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