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Cwm Hwylfod

Property Address: Cefn-ddwysarn, Bala, Merioneth, LL23 7LN

Property Type: B&B

Price Range: £26 - £26

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Property Description :

Owner: Joan Best

Tel: +44 (0)1678 530310

Cwm Hwylfod is a genuine 400 years old sheep farm, set in a secluded hillside location about 5 miles from the small historic market town of Bala, on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park.

The Name "Cwm Hwylfod" means 'Valley of Happiness'. The building was originally an old inn (hence the connection with happiness) which stood at the junction of 5 drovers' roads. The old house, cleverly sited in a dip in the hillside and over-looking the Dee Valley, retains its thick outer walls and wooden inner walls made from old ships' timbers.

The views from the house are magnificent and there are plenty of walks from around the farm itself.

Cwm Hwylfod is a typical Welsh hill farm. There are about 300 sheep and assorted chickens and ducks. Visitors, especially children, are welcome to join in farm activities, they will be thrilled to feed the lambs, hens and ducks, collect eggs and generally "help" on the farm. (We can supply wellingtons and anoraks)

We have 3 sheepdogs which can be seen as they work with the flock.

All food served is home cooked, using as many local ingredients as possible. Children, babies, vegans, vegetarians and those on special diets are all catered for.

The Accommodation

Cwm Hwylfod has three letting bedrooms, two are twin rooms and the third room is a family room - giving a total of 6 bed spaces. All rooms have tea & coffee making facilities, washbasins with H & C and of course central heating for year-round comfort. There are 2 bathrooms.

We have a comfortable residents' lounge with colour television and there are washing and drying facilities, a cot and high chair and there is ample private parking.

Special Facilities

Cwm Hwylfod is in the centre of excellent walking country, and to make your walks more extensive, we offer to arrange a pick-up or let-down service for you.

We have maps and leaflets covering all areas and attractions, which you are welcome to borrow.

Pony trekking and water sports can be booked in advance.

Courses in EFL (English as a foreign Language) can be arranged at the house.


Bala, our nearest shopping facility, is approximately 10 minutes drive away. It is an attractive and lively historic market town within the boundaries of Snowdonia National Park (designated an area of outstanding natural beauty) ideally situated for touring North and Mid Wales. One would have difficulty finding a location as well situated as the Bala area. We are within an hour's spectacular drive of most of the coastal resorts of Mid and North Wales, not to mention the innumerable beauty spots and magnificent views within the interior of this beautiful region, including Mount Snowdon itself.

There are interesting shops, inns, restaurants and an intriguing historical Town Walk. Bala boasts its own lake - Bala Lake or Llyn Tegid, the largest natural lake in Wales, alongside which runs a charming narrow-gauge steam railway.

Llyn Tegid is the home of a unique fish, the Gwyniad (that's for real, not a legend) which is said to date back to the Ice-Age.


The Bala region is brimming with outdoor activities. It was the location for the World Canoeing championships on the challenging River Tryweryn, at the excellent centre you can book a white-water rafting experience! Bala Lake has a sailing club and a waterborne activities centre. People come from far and wide to use the lake for windsurfing etc. The River Dee is famous for fly fishing and there are opportunities for shooting game or clays. Walking is probably the most popular activity and little wonder with the wealth of beautiful countryside that abounds. Mountain climbing is also available nearby. For those who want to try out their 4-wheel drive machines, there are excellent courses available from Bala. The Tourist Information Centre is located at the Lake-shore and has all the information you will need to find the activities you require, or maybe you will find new ones to challenge you.

Access to Golf CourseAccept ChildrenBaby SittingCredit Cards AcceptedFacilities for ChildrenFishing NearbyFreezerLaundry FacilitiesMicrowaveWorking FarmFridgeGarden PatioCycle Hire AvailableCycle StorageLinen ProvidedPoolParking On-Site

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