At first glance Bala may seem a little isolated. Upon closer examination we found it to be a lovely small town, beautifully located, with a perhaps surprisingly wide range of local businesses and other facilities, and almost ideally located as a centre from which to explore Snowdonia and North Wales. It is around 80% Welsh speaking. We spent four days there in mid-October 2013 and loved it.
And that experience was considerably enhanced by our happy choice of Cysgod y Coed as a place to stay: great setting, very quiet, but no great distance to Bala Town. Accommodation, comfort, food can all be tick box rated - the Tourist Board has, deservedly, awarded four stars - but we found it hard to imagine more hospitable and caring hosts than Melanie and Mike Williams, whose home this is. They built the house themselves and the love and effort they put into it shows.
In the 'Bach' (the adjacent self-catering accommodation) is written a prayer that those who enter as guests may leave as friends. Our hosts certainly made us feel very much at home, without being in any way instrusive. May others beat the same path to the same door and enjoy as much as we have.
Gill and John Townson
Charminster, Dorchester, Dorset
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a small four star business set in beautiful surroundings within walking distance of the market town of Bala in the Snowdonia National Park. The location is great for a peaceful break, a base for touring or for activities such as cycling, walking, fishing, canoeing and white water rafting. We have self catering accommodation just for two people. Both properties are on one level. Cysgod Bach Cottage - is modern and stylish and has everything you need for your holiday. There is decking outside in the South facing secluded garden. Caban y Saer (Carpenter's Cabin) - for two people. It sits on the edge of the river Hafesb with a huge deck where you can enjoy the peace and quiet. Equipped with everything you need for your stay with us. Croeso mawr/A Big Welcome! Mel & Mick ... more less