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Rhyd y Bod Bach

Cynllwyd Uchaf near Bala, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 1024469)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

  • View on map


  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
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  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

The property

Resting at the bottom of the highest mountain pass in North Wales, Bwlch y Groes is this tranquil base attached to the owner’s home.

Rhyd y Bod Bach lies in the southern area of Snowdonia National Park in the small hamlet of Cynllwyd Uchaf overlooking the beautiful Aran mountains.

Forming the front half of a Grade II listed farmhouse dating back over 500 years, with the owner occupying the lower section, it offers accommodation ideal for a group or family of four, boasting its own driveway and access.

Enter the property through the stable door and come into an amply-equipped kitchen with oak units and a classic AGA which runs the central heating, accompanied by a double oven as well, you will adore whipping up some fantastic dishes in here.

Enjoy your tasty treats in the living room/diner which holds a dining table, a sofa and armchairs to choose from, you will look forward to returning to this snug spot each day snuggled up around the woodburning stove.

After a day of adventure retreat to one of the three double bedrooms on the first floor, all offering their own unique charm and bright and airy settings, you can ensure that each member of the groups has a delightful spot to rest in between fun-filled days.

The bedrooms share a gleaming bathroom, accessed via a set of stairs on the first floor, the quirky set up of this room allows you to choose how to best prepare for your day with either a soak in the bath or a refreshing rinse in the shower.

Outside, an orchard provides a perfect spot in which to sit and enjoy the magnificent views, with the owners lovingly tending to this area over the last 10 years, planting a hay meadow and reintroducing hedgerows too, they are proud of how many wonderful varieties of birds visit and feed in the garden.

In the summer months, there are always herbs growing which guests are welcome to help themselves to, making a lovely fresh addition to a delightful dish made in your self-catered home-from-home.

Beautiful in all weathers and seasons, the valley is steeped in folk lore, stories of giants, fairies and bandits, with footpaths that criss-cross the valley, there’s one leading down to Llanuwchllyn village which is about a mile and a half away.

Here you can take a ride on the narrow-gauge railway which runs along the east shore of the lake from Llanuwchllyn to Bala, or visit the famous Eagles Pub, which also serves as a local shop selling groceries, for one of their farm grown, home-cooked meals.

Why not travel in the opposite direction to Lake Vyrnwy, a naturally beautiful place with an RSPB reserve, bicycle hire, and a country hotel and spa serving afternoon teas, and offering relaxing beauty treatments and country pursuits such as clay pigeon shooting, and fly fishing, all of which are open to non-residents.

Bala itself is around 6-miles away, with a good selection of independent shops including two award-winning butchers, as well as a small supermarket with several major superstore chains offering delivery to the property too.

With two sailing clubs on the lake and hire facilities for canoeing and kayaking, as well as a leisure centre with a swimming pool, a golf club which offers a summer membership, and white water rafting at the national centre, you won’t be short of things to do here.

So whether you’re a hardened hill walker or casual ambler, you want to fish for trout or tiddlers, watch red kites or robins, go thrill seeking or take a scenic drive, visit the coast at Barmouth or the moors and mountains, or simply relax in beautiful surroundings, Rhyd y Bod Bach provides a wondrous base for a rural retreat with your loved ones.


  • Three bedrooms: 3 x double
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, hand-held shower, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove.
  • Woodburning stove
  • Double oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc in in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: The bathroom is accessed via a set of stairs on the first floor

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

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.

Please note that there is a small stream that runs through the garden, families with children must be mindful of this.
Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £100.
Although not on the property grounds please note that there is a river located at the bottom of the neighbouring field.
Lockable storage for bikes is available if pre-arranged with the owner.

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