Out-On-The-Town in Bala



Bala has a range of restaurants, pubs and hotels for a night out:

Stori Beers and Wines. A popular tap room where for craft Welsh beer, spirits, cider and wine.

 

Y Cafnod: Mediterranean Bistro

Plas Yn Dre: Bar, restaurant & hotel

The White Lion Hotel: Bar, restaurant & hotel

Visit castles, stately homes & historic places
  • Castles

    Conwy Castle

    A World Heritage site

  • Castles

    Caernarfon fortified town

    A World Heritage site

  • Castles

    Chirk Castle

    A magnificent medieval fortress of the Welsh Marches

  • Castles

    Castell Dinas Bran

    Great views of the Dee valley

  • Castles

    Castell y Bere

    One of "The Princes of Gwynedd" forts

  • Castles

    Caernarfon Castle

    One of the many impressive castles in North Wales

  • Castles

    Powis Castle and Garden

    Medieval castle, world-famous garden, magnificent collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and tapestries

  • Castles

    Plas Mawr

    The finest town house of its period in Britain



Visit castles, stately homes & historic places

Explore the rich heritage of North Wales while staying at Abercelyn, Bala


North Wales is the place to visit for castles, stately homes and historic houses and Bala is an ideal centre. At Abercelyn there are comprehensive guides available including "Wales Castles & Historic Places (CADW, Wales Tourist Board), Plas Mawr (CADW), Powis Castle Garden (National Trust) and more.

Some gems:

 

Around Bala

Bala has a rich history going back to pre-Roman times. The trunk road (A494) linking Bala with Dolgellau follows the route of a Roman road at Caer Gai, near Llanuwchllyn, and Llanfor, near Bala, are the remains of a Roman forts. In and around Bala are several 11th C Norman earthworks notably Tomen y Bala and a 13th C castle (Castell Carndochan) on an impressive crag near Llanuwchllyn, only accessible by a strenuous walk.

 

Further Away

There are many examples of Welsh classic castles, many were built by the English (Edward I) but now serve as important Welsh monuments. The “Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site - this includes Caernarfon, Conwy, Beaumaris and Harlech Castles, and are outstanding examples of medieval military architecture and planning. The Welsh also built castles such as the group known as "The Princes of Gwynedd". There are many historic homes in the area such as Erddig Country House and Plas Newydd House (Llangollen), while Powis Castle and garden are a little further away.

 

Medieval Castles
In Bala there is the 11th C Norman earthworks mound or "motte" known as "Tomen y Bala", which is 40m diameter and 9m high. At Pen-y-bont, where the River Dee flows out of Bala Lake, is a similar mound which is the remnant of a 13th century motte and bailey castle – probably constructed to guard the river crossing. It is known locally as Tomen Ronw (Gronw’s Mound). At Llanfor, to the north of the church, is a "ringwork" and adjacent to the A494 an earthworks known as Tomen y Castell.

Castell Carndochan is a ruined 13th C Welsh castle near Dolhendre (Llanuwchllyn). It was built on an on its impressive igneous crag forming a natural defence. Note that the ruins can only be visited by a strenuous walk, without paths in places. It is related to the castles at Castell-y-Bere in the Dysynni valley and Dolwyddelan, both of which are open to the public. It is thought that all three castles were built by Llywelyn ap Iorwerth.

 

Castles and Forts to visit near Bala:

  • Tomen y Bala, a Norman motte in Bala, other earthworks are (Llanfor) and
  • Castell Carndochan , a Welsh fort perched on a crag, near Llanuwchllyn
  • Caer Euni (iron age/Roman hill fort) near Sarnau
  • Castell Dinas Bran (Llangollen) a steep climb will be rewarded by the views and the fortifications
  • Tomen y Mur remains of a Roman fortification and amphitheatre (near Maentwrog)

 

World Heritage Site: The “Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd”:

  • Harlech Castll "the battlements spring out of a near-vertical cliff-face"
  • Caernarfon Castle "a brute of a fortress" and fortified town
  • Conwy Castle and fortified town - "one of the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain"
  • Beaumaris Castles (Anglesey) "the most technically perfect castle in Britain"

 

The Princes of Gwynedd:

 

Historic homes, gardens and more:

  • Bodelwyddan Castle and Park: a magnificent, restored Victorian mansion, set in magnificent parkland; is also the home of the National Portrait Gallery
  • Chirk Castle: a magnificent medieval fortress of the Welsh Marches (National Trust)
  • Erddig: Erddig is a fascinating 18th-C country house reflecting the upstairs downstairs life of a gentry family over 250 years; featuring a country park and formal walled garden (National Trust)
  • Plas Newydd House (Llangollen): the home to the "Ladies of Llangollen"
  • Plas Mawr (Conwy): An Elizabethan gem worth its weight in gold. The finest town house of its period in Britain (quote from CADW).
  • Powis Castle and garden: a medieval castle rising dramatically above the celebrated garden (National Trust)

 

Combined visits:

  • Chirk Castle and Erddig (Wrexham)
  • Chester Castle, walls and shopping
  • Harlech Castle and the beach
  • Llangollen: Castell Dinas Bran, Plas Newydd House, explore the town and eat in the Corn Mill
  • Plas Mawr and Conwy Castle
  • Visit the coast and Harlech or Criccieth Castles

 

Walks to a castle or fortification:

More information:

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Mountain and Downhill Biking from Abercelyn, Bala, North Wales


Mountain and Downhill Biking from Abercelyn, Bala, North Wales

Single-track MB trails, fast downhill trails and family trails through forests


Abercelyn is centrally located for several mountain biking centres and purpose-built downhill trails. Several mountain biking centres have beginner/family trails and cafés & bike hire. There are also many excellent locations for mountain biking close to Bala in the Penllyn Forest and the Berwyn Mountains.

The following bike-related facilities are available at Abercelyn:

  •     Bike Store (lockable) with work facilities
  •     Bike Wash
  •     Drying Room
  •     Mountain Biking Guides and OS Maps
  •     Ample parking in the grounds.

 

Specialised mountain bike venues, include:

  • Coed-y-Brenin: internationally known mountain bike centre, with 250 km of tracks, forest trails, skills area, café & bike hire
  • Gwydyr Forest Centre: 28 km Marin trail or extensive forest tracks
  • Hiraethog: a range of trails from family trails to a challenging 57 km trail, café & bike hire
  • Penmachno: 30km red trail
  • Coed Llandegla Forest: 46 km trails, family to black trails, café & bike hire

Downhill Trails: for experienced downhill riders

  • Antur Stiniog (Blaenau Ffestiniog): uplift, 4 trails, jump park, cafe, visitor's centre, British Championship venue
  • Revolution Bike Park (Llangynog): uplift assisted, downhill (300m descent) and freeride set in 110 acres of woodland

 

Mountain Biking

There is excellent mountain biking locally in the Berwyns and Penllyn Forest, further information in the library at Abercelyn Country house. Bala is centrally located for many dedicated mountain biking centres and trails, which are easily reachable by car (30 mins from Abercelyn).

The Forest Enterprise provides specialised mountain bike centres, including:

Coed-y-Brenin: internationally known mountain bike centre, with bike hire facilities and cafe, (north of Dolgellau on the A470) where the 250 km of tracks include:

  • MBR (18 km)
  • Yr Afon (11 km)
  • Beast of Brenin (38 km)
  • Tarw (20 km) formerly the Red Bull
  • Dragons Back (30 km) Formerly the Karrimor route
  • Temtiwr (9 km)

Gwydyr Forest Centre: Gwydyr Marin trail (28 km) or extensive forest tracks. MTB link

Penmachno (5 km south of Betws-y-Coed) 19km trail

Llandegla Forest: with bike hire facilities and cafe, (on the A525, 7 miles west of Wrexham) (MBWales link)

  • Family Route (blue): 4 km/2.5 miles
  • Beginner Route (green): 12 Km/7.5 miles
  • Intermediate Route (red): 18 km/11 miles
  • Black run: 1 km/just over half a mile, with steep downhills and a wild series of jumps.

Lake Vyrnwy (intermediate, 21 km) start at the visitor centre Llanwddyn (near the dam).

Several routes in the Hiraethog area around lake Alwen and Brenig area, see also MB Wales

The Wayfarer a classic cross-country 48 km ride through the Berwyn mountains.

If the above are not enough, it is also possible to ride in the Machynlleth & Dovey Forest area, around 50 minutes by car.

Bike Hire

Bikes can be rented from:

  • Bike shop, R H Roberts, 7/9 High St. Bala, Tel: 01678-520 252 (see below)
  • Gro Cycles, Erw y Gro, Sarnau, Bala (on A494, 3.5 miles north of Bala), Tel: 01678-530 415 or 07867 984 314
  • Coed-y-Brenin Visitor Centre (north of Dolgellau on the A470), Tel: 01341 440742 (reservation recommended in main season)
  • Trawsfynydd Holiday Village Mountain Bike Hire, Bronaber, Trawsfynydd, near Coed-y-Brenin, Tel: 01766-540219
  • Beics, Beddgelert Forest Campsite (A4085) Tel: 0800 298 5835
  • Dolgellau Cycles, The Old Furnace, Smithfield St., Dolgellau, Tel: 01341-423 332
  • Llanwddyn village (near the dam), Lake Vyrnwy

More info:

Walking at Abercelyn, Bala, Snowdonia
  • Walks

    Walks around Bala

    Approaching the summit of Moel Siabod

  • Walks

    Walks around Bala

    A short walk from Abercelyn to the woods with bluebells when in

  • Walks

    Walks around Bala

    Mynydd Nodol with view of Llyn Celyn

  • Walks

    The Aran ridge

    A spectacular ridge walk

  • Walks

    Snowdon Walks

    The famous Snowdon Horseshoe with view of Llyn Llidaw

  • Walks

    Walks around Bala

    View of Bala, the lake and Aran ridge

  • Walks

    Moel Siabod via Daear Ddu Ridge

    An excellent introduction to scrambling

  • Walks

    Spectacular Views

    View of the Arenig mountains from Moel Emoel



Walking at Abercelyn, Bala, Snowdonia

Walks available include scenic walks, heritage trails, high-level mountain and more


When staying at Abercelyn there is a wide variety of walks available, including:

  • Walks directly from Abercelyn
  • Walks for families
  • All Ability Trails
  • Heritage Trails
  • Scenic walks
  • Mountain walks
  • Walks accessed using public transport or using the Bala Lake Railway

Walks directly from Abercelyn

  • Abercelyn Local Walk: a short walk (45 mins) through woods
  • Moel Y Garnedd (1180 ft/360 m): a circular walk of 2 hrs duration.
  • You can walk around the lake using the Leisure Network or Bala Challenge high route or part using the Bala Lake Railway or bus
  • Lake Bala Views: on the far side of the lake
  • Walk along the lake into Bala where a number of walks start

Suggested Programme of Walks

Short Walks:

  • Abercelyn Local Walk (Nurse College Woods and the poisoned stream)
  • Around Bala: several walks
  • Precipice Walk: near Dolgellau, one of the classic walks in North Wales
  • New Precipice Walk: near Llanelltyd, on the level with views of the Mawddach Estuary
  • Panoramic Walk: Barmouth with panoramic views of the Mawddach Estuary
  • Torrent Walk: Brithdir (near Dolgellau)
  • Pistyll-y-Meincian (waterfalls): from Rhiwargor car park (Lake Vyrnwy)
  • Pistyll Rhaeadr the highest waterfall in Wales (240 ft high)

Scenic Walks:

  • Moel Y Garnedd (1180 ft/360 m): from Abercelyn
  • The Tryweryn Trail at the National Whitewater Centre
  • Around Lake Bala or part utilising the Bala Lake Railway
    • Abercelyn - Llanuwchllyn (8 miles)
    • Llanuwchllyn - Abercelyn (6 miles)
    • Lake Bala circuit (14 miles)
  • Lake Bala Views: from the North end of the Lake
  • Mawddach Estuary: from Penmaenpoel
  • New Precipice Walk: Mawddach Estuary (on A496 to Barmouth)
  • Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall (240 ft high): from Tan-y-pistyll, near Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant (Berwyn mountains)
  • Mawddach Trail, Dolgellau to Barmouth or part
  • Creggennen lakes and Pared–y-Cefn hir with sea and mountain views
  • Cynfal falls and spectacular gorge

Some of the lower nearby hills have great views:

  • Moel Y Garnedd (1180 ft/360 m) direct from Abercelyn
  • Moel Emoel (1800 ft/549 m) from Bala or Llanfor
  • Moel y Llan (800 ft/241 m) near Llanfor
  • Foel Goch (2003 ft/611 m) near Sarnau or with Moel Emoel

Heritage Trails

  • Bala Town Trail
  • Betsi Cadwaladr Trail
  • A circular walk around Bala
  • Mary Jones walk – barefoot is optional!

Family Walks:

  • Family treasure hunt around Bala (Tegi-Bach)
  • All-ability trails are suitable for pushchairs
  • Walk along the lake and return by steam railway
  • The Tryweryn Trail at the National Whitewater Centre
  • Walk with a warden to learn about nature

Mountain ranges around Bala

There are three local mountain ranges (Arenig, Aran, Berwyn) readily accessible and Cadair Idris and the Rhinog Mountains, are a short drive away. Other parts of Snowdonia are also easily accessible including Snowdon, the Glyders, Tryfan, Carneddau, Cnicht and the Nantlle ridge.

To the south of Bala is the Aran mountain range with 14 summits above 2000 ft (610 m). An excellent walk is the Aran ridge, which includes principal summits: Aran Fawddwy (2969 ft/905 m) and Aran Benllyn (2904 ft/885 m).

To the west of Bala is the Arenig mountain range with 13 summits above 2000 ft (610 m). Arenig Fawr (854 m) is the principal summit - on the summit is a memorial to American Airman whose Flying Fortress crashed on the mountain. The famous artist, Augustus John, lived in a cottage “Nant Ddu” at the foot of the mountain Arenig Fawr. This inspired him to paint views of the Arenig Mountain under different light and seasonal conditions.

To the north-east and east of Bala is the Berwyn and Hirnant mountain range with 24 summits above 2000 ft (610 m). The three principle summits can be climbed in one walk, including: Cadair Berwyn (2723 m/ft 830 m), Moel Sych (827m/2710 ft) and Cadair Bronwen (827m/2710 ft). The highest waterfall in Wales Pistyll Rhaeadr (240 ft high) is located in the Berwyn Mountains.

Suggested High-level Walks

  • Aran Ridge (2971 ft/906 m)
  • Arenig Fawr (2800 ft/854 m)
  • Arenig Fawr (2800 ft/854 m) & Moel Llyfnant (751m)
  • Berwyn ssummits: Cadair Berwyn (785m), Moel Sych (827m) and Cadair Bronwen (827m)
  • Rhobell Fawr (734m) and Dduallt (662m)
  • Cadair Idris (2,925 ft/892 m): Pony Path, Foxes Path or Minffordd Path (circular)
  • Rhinog Fawr (2360 ft/720 m) and the Roman Steps
  • Rhinog Fach (2334 ft/7120 m)
  • Northern Rhinog tops

And much more…….

 

Walking without a car

Some suggestions if you don’t have a car:

  • Several walks either start from Abercelyn or within a short walk away (e.g. Bala)
  • The principal bus route Barmouth-Dolgellau-Bala-Wrexham stops on request outside Abercelyn. This bus route has many stops that provide access to walks, e.g.
    • Aran ridge (Rhydymain to Llanuwchllyn)
    • Llandderfel to walk back to Abercelyn
    • Llanuwchllyn to walk back to Abercelyn either side of the lake
    • Llandrillo: walks in the Berwyn Mountains
    • Llangollen: walks around Llangollen & the Dee Valley
    • Dolgellau: walks around Dolgellau
  • The Bala Railway (seasonal) can be used to reach several points, e.g. Llangower or Llanuwchllyn including walks around Lake Bala.

Useful information:

Public Transport Information

Bala Lake Railway

Things to do in North Wales when staying at Abercelyn, Bala
  • North Wales

    Gardens of North Wales

    Bodnant Gardens - a most see for garden lovers

  • North Wales

    Rich Heritage of North Wales

    Caernarfon Castle one of the many impressive castles in North Wales

  • North Wales

    North Wales for spectacular views

    Creggennnen Lakes - tour the Welsh Lake District

  • North Wales

    Mountains and Railways of North Wales

    View Snowdon by train

  • North Wales

    Barmouth and the Mawddach Estuary

    Visit the seaside with mountain views

  • North Wales

    World Heritage Site

    Pontcysyllte aqueduct

  • North Wales

    Visit Portmerion

    One of the most popular visitor attractions of North Wales

  • North Wales

    Great Trains of North Wales

    Welsh Highland Railway



Things to do in North Wales when staying at Abercelyn, Bala

Some of the many visitor attractions, castles, gardens, railways, beaches to visit


There are a wide range of "things to do" for families, adventure seekers and those that just wan to tour the area.

Ten suggested "things to do" in North Wales:

The above is just a sample of the many tourist attractions available in North Wales and has been chosen to illustrate the quality and variety of tourist attractions, for more read on. The popularity refers to the VisitWales survey of attractions that charge admission.

World Heritage Site include:

  • Llangollen Canal and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
  • The “Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd” - this includes Caernarfon, Conwy, Beaumaris and Harlech Castles.

Other World Heritage Sites within travelling distance of Bala are Liverpool - Maritime Mercantile City (1½ hours) and Ironbridge Gorge (1¾ hours).

When staying at Abercelyn there are many other towns and villages that you can visit in North-Wales and Mid-Wales.

Places nearby:

Or a little further:


Activities:

Tourism Map of North Wales

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Special Offers at Abercelyn Country House

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Things to do around North Wales during your stay at Abercelyn Country House


These links have plenty of information available for your to plan your activities in detail:

 

Visit Bala: for activities, attractions, public transport, local information and much more

GoBala for Trails - walk, bike, canoe, car and more including Trails for children

 

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Resources to help with your stay at Abercelyn Country House


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Rock Trails by Paul Gannon includes mountain walks with geology, published by Pesda Press

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Wildlife when staying at Abercelyn, Bala, Snowdonia
  • Wildlife

    Canada Geese over Bala Lake

    The lake is a haven for wildlife and is internationally recognised (RAMSAR)

  • Wildlife

    Cormorant

    Many types of birds can be seen on the banks of local rivers



Wildlife when staying at Abercelyn, Bala, Snowdonia

See wildlife, including: Ospreys, Red Kites, Buzzards, moorland birds, otters, badgers, squirrels and much more


There are a wide range of wildlife which can seen at Abercelyn or not far awy in North and Mid-Wales.

There are otters in the stream at the Abercelyn and around Lake Bala. Seen in the garden are numerous squirrels, rabbits and many varieties of birds (see below), we have been visited by a pheasant and mallard ducks, with their young, on the stream. We sometimes see that badgers have visited us and they have been seen in the woods nearby. Owls can be heard, at night, and we have seen foxes, on several occasions, in our field next to the garden.

The following bird species have been seen in the garden: Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Collared Dove, Common Snipe, Crow, Dipper, Dunnock, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Heron, House Martin, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Jay, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Magpie, Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, Pied Wagtail, Robin, Siskin, Song Thrush, Spotted Flycatcher, Starling, Swallow, Tree creeper, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon, Wren.

The following birds species have been seen from the garden: Red Kites, Buzzards, Canada Goose, Herring Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Swift, Carrion Crow, Raven.

Bala Lake is a Ramsar wetlands site of international importance. The lake has 14 species of fish, including the Gwyniad (Coregonus lavaretus), a species of whitefish which is unique to Bala Lake. Around the lake and some rivers, are otters. The lake is also the home of the glutinous snail - Myxas glutinosa. This is the only location in mainland UK where this snail is found. Over the years, some 139 species of birds have been seen around the lake, including some unusual ones such as the great-northern diver, Bewick swans and the green sandpiper.

Birds which live along the Rivers Dee & Tryweryn include: kingfisher, heron, dipper, pied-wagtail, grey-wagtail, yellow-wagtail, goosander, merganser, nuthatch, tree-creeper, great spotted woodpecker and wren. In addition, there are various dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies along the banks.

The Berwyn National Nature Reserve (NNR) lies to the east and north-east of Bala - it is an important breeding ground for many upland birds, including: Merlin, Hen Harrier, Peregrine Falcon and Red Kite. Other upland birds that breed on the Berwyn include: Red grouse, Black grouse, Golden plover, Dunlin, Snipe, Curlew, Short-eared owl, Whinchat, Stonechat, Wheatear, Ring ouzel and Raven.

Ospreys have been seen occasionally around the lake. There are Osprey viewing points (March to August) at:


Ten places to see Wildlife:

  •     In the woods a short walk from Abercelyn
  •     Lake Bala: SSSI and Ramsar wetlands site of international importance
  •     Glaslyn Osprey viewpoint, Pont Croesor, more info
  •     Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve, Ynys-hir, with splendid viewing platform
  •     Lake Vyrnwy RSPB nature reserve and Visitor Centre
  •     Llechwedd Slate Caverns: Choughs view by RSPB remote TV monitors; nearby it is also possible to see Kestrels, Red Kites and Buzzards
  •     Mawddach Estuary: walk/cycle track, nature reserves, Arthog Bog, wetlands.
  •     Rhinog mountains: wild goats
  •     Berwyn mountains: upland birds
  •     Dyfi (Dovey) National Nature Reserve, Dyfed

 

More information:

The above is just a sample of the many opportunities available to experience wildlife in North Wales.

Eating Out when staying at Abercelyn Country House


Eating Out when staying at Abercelyn Country House


It is recommend that you book in advance, particularly for bank holiday periods, or if there is a major event taking place locally - note that some establishments may be closed in the winter and take last orders for food 8.30-9pm.

In Bala (15 minutes on foot, or no time by car):

  • Bala Spice Restaurant, 81-83 High St., Bala, LL23 7AE; Tel: 01678-521 935
  • Plas-yn-Dre (Mansion House) Restaurant, 23 High St., Bala; Tel: 01678-521 256
  • White Lion Hotel Restaurant or bar-menu, High St., Bala; Tel: 01678 520314
  • Y Cafnod, Bala High Street

With children:

  • Plas-yn-Dre Restaurant (see above) has a children’s menu
  • White Lion Hotel Restaurant (see above) has a children’s menu
  • Eagles Inn (see below) has a children's menu

With dogs:

  • Plas-yn-Dre Restaurant (see above)
  • Bryntirion Inn (in the bar) (see below)
  • Eagles Inn (in the bar) (see below)


Inns (within 10 minutes drive):

  • Bryntirion Inn: Pub near Llandderfel, Tel: 01678-530205. Dogs are allowed in the bar
  • Eagles Inn: Pub in Llanuwchllyn, Tel: 01678-540 278.


Nearby:

Llanelltyd (near Dolgellau, 30 minutes by car)

  • Mawddach Restaurant: Family run restaurant Tel: 01341-421752 (Llanelltyd on the Barmouth road, 30 minutes by car), stunning barn with views of the Mawddach estuary; featuring fresh, locally sourced, seasonal produce from own & local farms

Dolgellau and nearby (25 minutes by car):

  • Dylanwad Da: Wine Bar and Café, Porth Marchnad, Dolgellau, LL40 1ET, Tel: 01341 422 870.
  • Meirionnydd: Cellar restaurant, Smithfield Square, Dolgellau, Tel: 01341 422 554, 17th Century cellar with granite walls and floor of huge slate slabs, formerly the county jail house. 

Llangollen (30 minutes by car) has several good, informal places to eat:

  • Gales Wine & Food Bar:18 Bridge Street, Llangollen, Tel: 01978 860 089
  • The Corn Mill: Restaurant overlooking the River Dee with excellent views of the Town Falls (upstream from the bridge), Dee Lane, Llangollen, Tel: 01978 869 555.


For that special occasion (reservation essential):

  • Palé Hall Country House Hotel a grand historic house with a fine dining restaurant – open to non-residents – created in association with Michelin-star chef Michael Caines; Llandderfel (15 minutes by car) Tel: 01678 530 285.
  • Tyddyn Llan Restaurant Michelin * & Egon Ronay ** top 25 restaurants in the UK, Llandrillo (15 minutes by car) Tel: 01490 440 264;
  • Hotel Portmeirion Two AA Rosettes; near Penrhyndeudraeth (35 minutes by car) Tel: 01766 772 440;


Further away:

plus many others not listed here........

Things to do near Bala when staying at Abercelyn, Bala, Snowdonia
  • Around Bala

    White water rafting

    At the National White-water Centre near Bala

  • Around Bala

    Amazing Views

    Three mountain ranges and Lake Bala

  • Around Bala

    Off-roading

    At dedicated sites near Bala

  • Around Bala

    Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid)

    A Mecca for watersports

  • Around Bala

    Explore the rich history and culture

    Of Bala and Penllyn

  • Around Bala

    Bala Lake Railway

    A must do with children



Things to do near Bala when staying at Abercelyn, Bala, Snowdonia

Experiernce, Welsh Culture, the lake or the many activities available


There are a wide range of "things to do" for families, adventure seekers and those that just want to tour the area.

Ten suggested "things to do" around Bala:

Other "things to do" near Bala, include:


For more information:

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Biking at Abercelyn, Bala, Snowdonia, North Wales


Biking at Abercelyn, Bala, Snowdonia, North Wales

Cycling on quiet roads, over mountain passes, car-free roads around Bala


There is excellent routes for biking around Bala for mountain biking, car-free trails and cycling on quiet roads and mountain passes.

The following bike-related facilities are available at Abercelyn:

  • Bike Store (lockable) with work facilities
  • Bike Wash
  • Drying Room
  • Biking Guides and OS Maps
  • Ample parking in the grounds.

Information on biking routes from Abercelyn (on roads or car free trails)

There are many quiet roads locally, e.g. Bala to Llanuwchllyn along the back of the lake or Bala to Llandderfel and Cynwyd along the Dee Valley. Bala is the home of the Wild Wales Challenge a demanding tour, of around 80 miles, over mountainous roads held on the August Bank Holliday Sunday each year - organised by Merseyside CTC.

Marked “Bike Routes around Bala” on roads (see leaflet available from GoBala, the Tourism Information Point and Abercelyn):

  • 11: Bala - Llanuwchllyn (16 km, 10 miles)
  • 12: Bala - Llanuwchllyn - Lake Vyrnwy - Bala (37 km, 23 miles)
  • 13: Llanuwchllyn - Trawsfynydd (22 km, 14 miles)
  • 14: Llanuwchllyn - Dolhendre - Llanuwchllyn (6 km, 4 miles)
  • 15: Bala - Rhyduchaf - Parc - Bala (13 km, 8 miles)
  • 16: Bala - Llandderfel - Cynwyd (18 km, 11 miles)


A Bala Round (2½ hours, 16 miles, 26 km): this ride affords an easy introduction to the lovely countryside around Bala including Lake Bala (Llyn Tegid). The road, pleasant and well surfaced, runs parallel with the narrow-gauge railway before taking you into open countryside, dominated by the stark profile of Arenig Fawr. Bike hire available in Bala from R H Roberts. (South Gwynedd Leader Network)

Mawddach Trail is car free and runs from Dolgellau to Barmouth (18 km, 11 miles one-way). The Mawddach estuary is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the country and is also a bird sanctuary. The trail (tarmac/gravel) was previously a railway line and is therefore flat! Start at Dolgellau and have lunch in Barmouth (cross the estuary via the wooden railway bridge) and then return to Dolgellau. Call at the George III (17th) Hotel Penmaenpool, for lunch or refreshments. Bike hire available in Dolgellau. Sustrans info. The CTC Mawddach Trail circuit follows quiet roads and the Mawddach Trail to provide a circular ride of 22 miles (36 km). It includes Cregennen Lakes and is described as one of the best short rides in Wales.

South Snowdonia Greenway: Making use of trails, forest tracks and quiet back-roads of up to 43 km through the heart of South Snowdonia. Travel down from the lake at Trawsfynydd via open moorland and forest down to the coast of Cardigan Bay at Barmouth. Shuttle bus runs on some days pre-booking required and several restrictions!

Trawsfynydd Lake Circuit: 8 miles around the lake on cycle/walking tracks, minor roads and the A470 (cycle provision). There is one steep part on the trail with a loose surface, which goes for around 400meters about 600 meters form the main dam.

Cadair Idris circuit route: Dolgellau - Cregennen Lakes - Dysynni Valley - Abergynolwyn - Tal-y-llyn Lake - Dolgellau. This circuit takes in some splendid scenery including Tal-y-Llyn. Its a challenging ride of 51 km (32 miles) with 1,200m (4,000 ft) ascent on roads and tracks with plenty of climbin- see CTC info.

Lake Vyrnwy: the 12 mile (19 km) shoreline provides one of those rarities in mid-Wales - a long flat, circular road. The journey around the lake is becoming even more enjoyable by the creation of a sculpture trail (Cycling in Rural Wales)). There is also a bird sanctuary, bike hire and refreshments available or try the Tower Tavern at the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel. Bike hire available in Llanwddyn (near the dam). Information.

Llyn Brenig: a 11 mile (18 km) route around the lake mainly on tracks with a short distance on a road. The CTC route starts at Llyn Brenig and is a 30 mile circuit on quiet roads.

Alwen Trail: a 7 mile (11.5 km), easy, off-road trail round the Alwen reservoir in the lonely Hiraethog moors. Can be extended to Llyn Brenig (see above) making a 14 mile (22 km) "Two Lakes" route.

Various routes suitable for family cycling in the Hiraethog area, including Llyn Brenig and the Alwen reservoir.

The extensive forest tracks (250 km) and Fun Route at Coed-y-Brenin are suitable for hybrid bikes.

The following are more strenuous hill climbing routes, using quiet roads over mountain passes with excellent views:

  • Bala to Lake Vyrnwy via Cwm Hirnant (460m).
  • Llanuwchllyn to Trawsfynydd via Lliw vallet (531m).
  • Llanuwchllyn to Llanymawddwy via Bwlch Groes (545m) the highest road pass in Wales
  • Lake Vyrnwy via Eunant valley to Bwlch Groes (545m)
  • CTC route: Bala to Lake Vyrnwy (34.5 miles, 600m+ ascent) via Bwlch Groes (545m) with return via Cwm Hirnant (460m).

 

Bike Hire

Bikes can be rented from:

  • Bike shop, R H Roberts, 7/9 High St. Bala, Tel: 01678-520 252 (see below)
  • Gro Cycles, Erw y Gro, Sarnau, Bala (on A494, 3.5 miles north of Bala), Tel: 01678-530 415 or 07867 984 314
  • Coed-y-Brenin Visitor Centre (north of Dolgellau on the A470), Tel: 01341 440742 (reservation recommended in main season)
  • Trawsfynydd Holiday Village Mountain Bike Hire, Bronaber, Trawsfynydd, near Coed-y-Brenin, Tel: 01766-540219
  • Beics, Beddgelert Forest Campsite (A4085) Tel: 0800 298 5835
  • Dolgellau Cycles, The Old Furnace, Smithfield St., Dolgellau, Tel: 01341-423 332
  • Llanwddyn village (near the dam), Lake Vyrnwy


Local Bike shop & hire: R H Roberts (7/9 High St. Bala) Tel: 01678-520 252

  • Junior Cycles & Trailer bikes
  • Prices include helmets, tool kit, pump, locks, route info & loan of OS map if required.

 

Local Bike Hire: Gro Cycles, (on A494, 3.5 miles north of Bala), Tel: 01678-530 415 or 07867 984 314:

  • Mountain bikes or road bikes (adult or child)
  • Trailer/"bug"
  • Parking & refreshments available

 

More information:

Outdoor Activities available near to Abercelyn, Bala, Snowdonia


Outdoor Activities available near to Abercelyn, Bala, Snowdonia

Including: mountain walking, climbing, whitewater rafting & canoeing, sailing, high ropes, zip-wire, go underground and more


Bala is the outdoor centre of Snowdonia - with spelendid mountain, lake and rivers and a wide range of outdoor activities available, including:

  •     mountain walking, scrambling, climbing and abseiling
  •     whitewater rafting
  •     canoeing and kayaking: on lakes, whitewater rivers, estuaries and the sea
  •     sailing: boardsailing and dinghy sailing on Lake Bala
  •     open water swimming in Lake Bala
  •     biking: on car-free trails, quiet roads and challenging mountain passes
  •     mountain biking and downhill biking on purpose built tracks
  •     orienteering
  •     high ropes
  •     canyoning

10 Great Escapes in Snowdonia by VisitWales


Mountain Walking

Abercelyn is within the Snowdonia National Park and offers both strenuous walking or relaxed scenic walks suitable for young children. Mt. Snowdon, Cadair Idris and the Rhinogs are within easy travelling distance by car for a day’s walk. To the west of Bala is the Arenig mountain range with 13 summits above 2000 ft (610 m). To the east of Bala is the Berwyn mountain range with 24 summits above 2000 ft. To the south of Bala is the Aran mountain range with 14 summits above 2000 ft including the famous Aran ridge. A feature of local mountain walking is the solitude. There is a comprehensive set of walking Trails avaiable at Abercelyn and advice. There are walks directly from Abercelyn and other local walks include lake walks which can be combined with a ride on the Bala Lake Steam Railway.

There are also walks through nature reserves and forest parks, many of which are signed.


Rock Climbing & Abseiling

Several activity providers offer instruction in rock climbing & abseiling in the Snowdonia National Park.

There is a small indoor climbing wall at Llangollen, with instruction available.


White-water kayaking, canoeing and rafting

The National Whitewater Centre on the River Tryweryn, is less than 10 minutes by car from Abercelyn, and provides some of the best "reliable" white-water (grade 3-4) in the UK, with regular releases guaranteeing good water conditions. The River Tryweryn has hosted not only many national slalom & white-water racing events but also the World Championships in 1981 and 1995 and the Junior white-water racing World Championships in 2002.

The River Dee flows out of Lake Bala and further downstream the Serpent’s Tail and Llangollen Town Falls have hosted many national and internal slalom & white-water racing competitions. At Mile-End Mill in Llangollen there is a permanent white-water site, which is not reliant of water releases. Llangollen is around 30 minutes drive from Abercelyn.

Lake Bala is an ideal venue for beginners or for more experienced paddlers to work on paddling technique before venturing to the River Tryweryn or Dee. Bala Adventure & Watersports Centre, located on Bala Lake Foreshore, have canoes and kayaks for rent and also provide courses.


Sailing

Lake Bala, the largest natural lake in Wales, is a very popular venue for sailing. Access is provided at the Lake Foreshore only a few minutes from Abercelyn. Bala Adventure & Watersports Centre, located on Bala Lake Foreshore, have windsurfers, dinghies and catamarans for rent and also provide courses. They also have a large sailing boat which will take up to seven adults for a cruise on the lake. Discount available for Abercelyn guests.

The Bala Sailing Club is located on the north-east end of Bala Lake only 5 minutes drive from Abercelyn.


Cycling on roads or dedicated tracks

There are several quiet local roads for cycling, e.g. around Lake Bala and the Dee valley and also quiet roads over mountain passes with spectacular scenery. There are six “Bike Routes around Bala” on roads, which are signed. The Mawddach trail (18 km, 11 miles one-way) is car free and runs through the Mawddach estuary, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the country. More Information on cycling


Mountain and Downhill Biking

There are many excellent locations for Mountain Biking in the Berwyns and Penllyn Forest near Bala and specialised mountain bike sites at Coed-y-Brenin Forest Park near Dollgelau, Gwydyr Forest Centre, Penmachno and Llandegla Forest.

Mountain bikes can be rented from the Bike shop in Bala (R H Roberts). More information on Mountain and Downhill Biking


Orienteering

An easy route, suitable for beginners/children, and two harder routes at Coed-y-Brenin Forest Park near Dollgelau.


For the more adventurous, things to do include:

Activity North Wales located in Bala offer a wide range of outdoor activities.

If you need help to arrange your activities just contact Abercelyn Country House or ask when you stay with us.


Map


Map


How to find Abercelyn Country House


How to find Abercelyn Country House


Abercelyn Location MapAbercelyn Country House is in Llanycil, on the A494 Bala to Dolgellau Road, 1km from Bala (direction south-west), opposite Byd Mary Jones World (Llanycil Church).

Please note that there are two entrances for Abercelyn - please use the one with the three gates.

Maps:

  •     Google (Map, Satellite, Terrain views)
  •     Streetmap (OS based)
  •     Google interactive aerial view or map of Abercelyn Country House


Postcode: LL23 7YF (Note certain SATNAVs will take you to the centre of the post code area - we are dierctly off the A494)

Grid Reference: SH 914349 (OS Maps: Explorer OL18, OL23 or Landranger 125)

Latitude: 52.901007 (North 52 deg. 54.058 minutes);

Longitude: -3.615575 (West 3 deg. 36.930 minutes)

Public Transport serving Abercelyn Country House, Bala, Gwynedd


Public Transport serving Abercelyn Country House, Bala, Gwynedd

Bus, train and airport information


Travel Line CymruBy Bus

By local Bus: the Bala to Dolgellau bus-service stops at Llanycil Church just outside Abercelyn. Bus service: Barmouth-Dolgellau-Llanycil-Bala-Wrexham (T3) GHA Coaches: 01978 820 820

One-stop public transport information: Traveline Cymru: 0871 200 22 33 Traveline

Bus timetables provided by Gwynedd Council (select: Local bus service timetables, then: T3)

National Express has a seasonal daily coach service London to Llangollen with connections to other routes, e.g. via Shrewsbury or Birmingham. There is a regular local bus service from Llangollen to Bala (see above).

By Railway

There are railway stations at Wrexham, Chester & Barmouth with bus connections to Llanycil (see above)

By Taxi:

  • Global Taxis (Bala) - Tel: 078 503 702 32 (8/15-seater)
  • Biscuit Travel - Tel: 079 693 349 23 (8-seater)
  • Tacsi Elly's Taxi - Tel: 07434 718283 (8-seater)

By Air

The nearest major airports are

  • Liverpool (1½ hours by car)
  • Manchester (1½ hours by car)
  • Birmingham (2½ hours by car)

By Sea

Nearest Ferry Ports are:

  • From Ireland: via Holyhead or Liverpool
  • From northern Europe use the P&O North Sea Ferry from Zeebrugge or Rotterdam to Hull

Information sources:

History of Abercelyn and the


History of Abercelyn and the

Llanycil, Bala, Gwynedd, Wales


Abercelyn Country House

Abercleyn Country house was built in the early Georgian period (1729), as the Rectory to St. Beuno Church (Llanycil Church). The house appears to have been extended several times. The oldest part dating from the 16th century, comprising 'The kitchen', two upstairs bedrooms and an ancient cellar. This older part of the house apparently used ship's timbers in the construction. The dining room was added around 1970. The single-storey extension at the rear was more recently added when it was the garage and chauffeur’s room. The most recent addition was in 1992 when a small storeroom above the dining room was rebuilt into a larger room

The main outbuildings comprise the orginal stables building (1774) (the Poor House) and the Tithe Barn (1729 or earlier), which was used to store the produce from the tax levied by the church.

In 1890 the property ceased to be a rectory and was sold into private hands for the princely sum of £1,150. The orginal 'Deed of Sale' is framed and displayed in the Hall of Abercelyn Country House . The conveyance document was signed and sealed by both the Lord Bishop of St Asaph and the Archbishop of Canterbury. 

One notable owner was Mr George Palmer Holt, the chairman of the Blue Funnel Shipping Company. Mr Holt bequeathed several works of art to the Walker museum in Liverpool and Sudley House also in Liverpool (Mossley Hill). Sudley House was bequeathed to the City of Liverpool by Emma Holt, who is related to George Palmer Holt.

Abercelyn Country House has been used as a Country Guest House since 1990 and is Grade II-listed by Welsh Historic Monuments, as a former rectory retaining good original external character and of a building of more than special interest".

 

The Cottages

The original stable building with hay loft (Poor House) was built in 1774. The was converted into self-catering accommodation in 1993.

The Tithe Barn was converted into self-catering accommodation in 2006. Abercelyn Tithe Barn is also Grade-II listed as a barn retaining good original character.

 

The Garden

In the garden, is an "Old Privy" with a once continuous 'flush' from the stream via an underground pipe and tunnel, then back into the stream through the original stone block wall.

At the rear corner of the house is a small well opening filled by a natural spring which was the old farmhouse's water supply in the past. There is also another site of a well in the garden although this is now covered over.

The garden has been developed over a number of centuries and in the last few decades has been further landscaped around both house and cottages. Flowering trees and plants can be found throughout the year, starting with the snowdrops each New Year.

The field of Abercelyn has a wonderful grove of ancient oak trees surrounding an outcrop of moss covered rocks and stunning views of Lake Bala (Llyn Tegid).

 

The Stream - Aber Gwenwyn Feirch

The fast moving mountain stream, 'Aber Gwenwyn Feirch', which forms the west boundary to Abercelyn. Another name found on maps is 'Nant Gwenwyn Meirch'. The stream is contained by the bedrock base, and has rocky pools as well as small waterfalls and rapids when raining. One of the pools by the house is flat bottomed with an arc of stone blocks or seating and was dammed to proved extra depth for the water pipe to the "Old Privy".

According to local folklore, is known as the “Poisoned Stream”. Apparently after the battle of Naseby (1645), Oliver Cromwell instigated a hunt for Royalists - Rowland Vaughan, an ardent royalist, lived at Caer Gai, near Llanuwchllyn. Cromwell’s men came over the Berwyn Mountains and camped on the banks of the stream on their way to Caer Gai. Local women put leaves from a Yew Tree into the stream above the camp - the horses of the Cromwell’s men drank from the stream and were poisoned. This allowed Rowland Vaughan to escape - he then lived in a cave on the Aran Mountains. His home was destroyed by Cromwell’s men, although he did return later to rebuild his home.

 

Llanycil and Church (The Secluded Church)

The Church (St. Beuno) dates back to the 8th C. but was extensively rebuilt in 1881. The Church was closed in 2003. In 2007 it was purchased by the Bible Society who intend to turn it into the Llanycil Faith Heritage Centre but is now called the Mary Jones World. The Llanycil Faith Heritage Centre or Mary Jones' World opened in September 2014. The centre cost about one million pounds and tells the story of Mary Jones and the formation of the Bible Society.

The hamlet of Llanycil used to be larger than now. Directly across the road from Abercelyn the Cross Keys Tavern and a row of houses once stood. These were demolished in 1959 when the old single track road was widened to produce the A494. A photograph was taken in the 1930's showing an old car turning off the A494 to Parc with the tavern on the left.

 

Lake Bala (Llyn Tegid)

Bala Lake or Llyn Tegid, which is 100 yards from Abercelyn, is the largest natural lake in Wales approx. 3.5 miles long, 0.8 miles wide and 150ft deep. The lake fills an old glacial valley dammed by moraine depoists above the the Bala–Talyllyn fault. The Lake is the home of a unique fish, known as the “Gwyniad” - an indigenous land-locked herring, which was left after the Ice age ended 12,000 years ago.

Local legend relates that the lake was formed as punishment for the misdemeanours of Tegid Foel (Tegid the Bald) - a local prince. His mansion, with all its occupants, were reputedly drowned one night during a drunken orgy, after guards neglected replacing the cover on a magic well which would otherwise overflow at night. Only one survived – an itinerant harpist who was led out of danger by a small bird calling repeatedly, “Vengeance has come…”. When he awoke on the hillside in the morning he saw a huge lake filling the valley with his harp floating on its surface!

 

Roman Times

Abercelyn is situated on the A494 Bala to Dolgellau road, the route of which was a Roman road. There are Roman remains in the area, e.g. near Llanuwchllyn, at the end of the Lake, is a Roman auxiliary Fort named "Caer Gai". The Fort was garrisoned from AD 75-130 and contained a civil settlement and a cemetery. The Fort was positioned on an important strategic route near sources of gold, lead and manganese.

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Terms and Conditions


Terms and Conditions


Deposit:

  •     A deposit equal to the first night's stay is required

 

 Cancellation Policy:

  •     This deposit will be refunded if cancelled more than 7 days before arrival.
  •     In the event of a "no-show" or booking reduction (after arrival date) no refund will be given and the full amount is due.

Arrival and departure:

  •     Arrival from 4pm (unless by arrangement)
  •     Departure by 10am (unless by arrangement)


Smoking Policy: Strictly non-smoking

 

Privacy Policy: We will not provide your contacts details to third parties

 

Pets / Assistance Dogs:

  •     Pets are not permitted in Abercelyn Country House (only in our cottages)
  •     Assistance dogs may be permitted in Abercelyn Country House only by prior arrangement


WiFi:

  •     Free Wifi
  •     The signal strength is very good but subject to service provider (i.e.not guaranteed)
  •     Access Terms and Conditions of use apply which will be provided at Abercelyn Country House


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How to Book a Room at Abercelyn Country House


How to Book a Room at Abercelyn Country House


Check room availability under "BOOK NOW" or by calling us on 01678 521 109 or 0739 1099 724 to check availability.

We take a deposit equivalent to the first night's charge, by debit or credit cards or by cheque.

 

Please make cheques payable to "Nigel Wightman" in pounds Stirling (GBP) only and send by post at least 3 weeks prior to your stay to us at:

Abercelyn Country House, Llanycil, Bala, Gwynedd, LL23 7YF, Wales, UK.

 

Please mention any special requirements such as dietary, assistance with luggage, assistance dog attendance, storage of sports gear, early requests for breakfast, etc.

For our cancellation policy, please go to Terms and Conditions.



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Check Availability and Book Rooms at Abercelyn Country House


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Choice of rooms:

  •     Aran:      double (super-king), en-suite with whirlpool spa bath & shower over bath
  •     Berwyn: double (super-king), en-suite whirlpool spa bath & shower over bath
  •     Arenig:   double (standard), en-suite with walk-in shower grand-deluge

Note:

  • Open from April to October - see booking page for details
  • Single occupancy rooms are subject to availability
  • Minimum 2 night stay (per night charge - see below)
  • Breakfast is complimentary

 

We also have self-catering cottages available.

 

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Fast Facts for Abercelyn Country House


Fast Facts for Abercelyn Country House

Bed and Breakfast Accommodation


  • Breakfast service: 8:15am to 9:00am (otherwise by arrangement)
  • Arrival from 4pm (earlier by arrangement)
  • Departure by 10am (later by arrangement)
  • Non-smoking policy all indoor areas
  • No pets allowed (Assistance dogs by prior arrangement only)
  • Range of credit cards / debit cards / cheques accepted. (cheques clearance prior to arrival only)
  • Drying Room
  • Large bike - sports equipment store with tools available and bike / sports equipment wash area
  • Free off road parking
  • WiFi (Free)
The Berwyn Room at Abercelyn Country House


The Berwyn Room at Abercelyn Country House

Spacious super king bedroom with luxury en-suite bathroom


Berwyn room and luxury en-suite bathroom

The Berwyn is a spacious double room with views of Lake Bala and the Berwyn mountains. The bedroom and bathroom sash windows both face south. The bedroom is furnished in keeping with a a country house. There is a luxury en-suite bathroom with views past Llanycil church of the Berwyn mountains. The Berwyn bedroom has a floor area of approximately 20 square metres.

Room:

  • Super king sized bed (6ft, 1.8m wide) and solid iron frame and a 4-season white goose-down duvet and pillows (synthetic available)
  • Matching bedside tables and reading lamps
  • Luxury bed linen, towels and velour robes with slippers
  • Central heating via two radiators, one with thermostatic control;
  • Flat-screen TV with DVD player, teletext, remote control with digital TV and radio
  • Clock-radio (the clock is automatically set using a radio signal)
  • Furniture: antique pine wardrobe, chest of draws with marble-top and tiled splash-back, oak bedside cupboards with marble tops, two bedroom chairs and table, luggage rack
  • Beverage tray
  • Hairdryer

Luxury en-suite bathroom:

  • Whirlpool bath with hand-held mixer shower/taps
  • Power-shower with thermostatic control (over bath)
  • WC
  • Wash-basin with mirror and light/razor outlet (110/230V)
  • Central heating via a radiator / towel rail
Accessibility Statement for Abercelyn Country House


Accessibility Statement for Abercelyn Country House


Section 1 Travel to Site

 

Telephone: 01678 521 109 (international +44 1678 521 109)

 

Location:

  • In Llanycil opposite the old Church on the A494 (Bala – Dolgellau) road (1km from Bala towards Dolgellau)
  • Grid Reference: SH 914349 (OS Maps: OL18, 23 or Landranger 125)
  • Latitude: North 52 deg. 54.058 minutes; Longitude: West 3 deg. 36.930 minutes

 

Car parking within the grounds of Abercelyn Country House. The car park is located to the side of the House with the entrance 100m from Llanycil Church towards Bala on the A494.

Drop off points and Taxis access as for the car park above (not suitable for large buses – there is a lay-by on the A494 (Bala – Dolgellau) road in Llanycil.

Bus stops: The Arriva 94 bus service (Wrexham-Bala-Llanycil-Dolgellau-Barmouth) stops in Llanycil (Telephone: Traveline 0870-608 2608, Arriva Cymru: 01495-592 111)

 

Routes to Bala / Llanycil:

  • By car from north: M56 Chester A483 Wrexham A5 Llangollen A494 Bala (A494 or A5104 are alternatives to A483)
  • By car from east: M54 Telford A5 Shrewsbury A5 Llangollen A494 Bala (B4396 Knockin - Pen-y-bont - Llangynog B4391 is an alternative to A5/A494)
  • By train: to Wrexham then bus to Llanycil (Arriva 94)
  • By coach: National Express to Llangollen (seasonal) then bus to Llanycil (Arriva 94) (National Express telephone: 08705 808080, Disabled Persons Travel Helpline: 0121 4238479)

 

Section 2 Building Environs

House main entrance:

  • Directly from the main car park via 12 steps (max. height 21-cm), approx. 25-m distance
  • Directly from the secondary car park via 4 steps (max. height 50-cm), approx. 50-m distance (approx. 15-m distance with temporary car parking)
  • The path & steps are slate and can be slippery when wet
  • Lighting is provided to main and secondary car parks, main entrance and paths (at intervals)

Garden safety: The garden has a mountain stream running through it and parents must decide if their children require supervision when in the garden near the stream

 

Section 3 Building

Main Entrance:

  • Steps and ramps: the main entrance has two steps (included in Section 2 above); ramps are not available
  • Doors are conventional type; the minimum width is 75cm
  • Recessed door mat with edging strips
  • Floors and layout:
  • Ground floor: guest’s lounge, dinning room and WC are accessed by a corridor which is mainly level apart from one door-threshold and one ramp, the minimum width is 75cm
  • First floor: guest bedrooms all with en-suite bath/shower rooms (including WC); accessed by a staircase with banister (15 steps, minimum width 90-cm) and landing with banister
  • No lift.
  • Ground floor corridor: wooden floorboards & slate tiles with rugs.
  • The Library - Guests' Drawing Room: fitted carpet.
  • Dining room: floorboards.
  • Bedrooms, landing and stairs: fitted carpet.
  • Hall & stairs with access to all bedrooms
  • Downstairs WC is available.
  • Assistance Dogs are welcome (otherwise pets are not permitted).
  • Assistance with heavy luggage is available upon request.
  • Night bell: is provided on the first floor landing.
  • TV with radio, teletext and remote control is provided each bedroom.
  • Radio is provided in each bedroom.
  • Task lighting is provided in bedrooms (table lights) & guest lounge (reading light).
  • Well lit corridors, doors in contrasting colours.
  • Mobile phone network service is available (a stronger signal is available outside the house).
  • Accessible information: menus and registration forms available in large print, upon request.
The Arenig Room at Abercelyn Country House


The Arenig Room at Abercelyn Country House

Double room with luxury en-suite (grand deluge power-shower)


Arenig room and luxury en-suite bathroom

 

The Arenig is a double room with views over the garden to Lake Bala and the Berwyn mountains. The Arenig bedroom has a charm of its own with several interesting features. The "bay-style" window, which faces east, and has internal Georgian wooden shutters. There is a luxury en-suite shower-room with a spacious walk-in power-shower - "Grand deluge". The Arenig bedroom has a floor area of approximately 14 square metres, excluding the "bay-style" window and original wardrobes.

 

Room:

  • Double bed (4 ft 6 ins, 1.4m wide) with wrought-iron headboard and 4-season white goose-down duvet and pillows (synthetic available)
  • Matching bedside tables and reading lamps
  • Luxury bed linen, towels and velour robes with slippers
  • Central heating via a radiator with thermostatic control
  • Furniture: two built-in wardrobes, two bed-side tables, two bedroom chairs with table, luggage rack
  • Wall-lights above the bed and in the sitting area
  • Flat-screen TV with DVD player, teletext, remote control with digital TV and radio
  • Clock-radio (the clock is automatically set using a radio signal)
  • Beverage tray
  • Hairdryer

 

Luxury en-suite shower-room:

  • Spacious power-shower "Grand deluge" with thermostatic control (walk-in)
  • WC
  • Basin (45-cm) with mirror and light/razor outlet (110/230V)
  • Heated towel rail / radiator
Aran Room at Abercelyn Country House


Aran Room at Abercelyn Country House

Spacious double (super king-size) room with luxury en-suite bathroom


Aran room and luxury en-suite bathroom

The Aran is a spacious double room with views past Llanycil church of Lake Bala and the Berwyn mountains. The sash window, which faces south, has a window-seat. The bedroom is furnished in keeping with a a country house. There is a luxury en-suite bathroom, with views of the garden and mountain stream. The bathroom is accessed via two steps from the bedroom. The floor area of the Aran bedroom is approximately 18 square metres.

 

Room:

  • Super king-sized 4 poster bed (6ft, 1.8m wide) with wooden headboard and 4-season, white, goose-down duvet (synthetic available)
  • Matching bedside tables and reading lamps
  • Luxury bed linen, towels and velour robes with slippers
  • Central heating via two radiators, one with thermostatic control; electric fan-heater
  • Flat-screen TV with DVD player, teletext, remote control with digital TV and radio
  • Clock-radio (the clock is automatically set using a radio signal)
  • Furniture: satinwood wardrobe and dressing table, pine bedside cupboards, occasional table, chaise-longue, 2 bedroom chairs, luggage rack
  • Beverage tray
  • Hairdryer

 

Luxury en-suite bathroom:

  • Whirlpool bath
  • Power-shower with thermostatic control (over bath)
  • WC
  • Wash-basin with mirror and light/razor outlet (110/230V)
  • Central heating via a radiator with towel rail
Breakfast at Abercelyn Country House


Breakfast at Abercelyn Country House

Freshly prepared using home-made and local ingredients


We prepare breakfast individually for our guests, using the best ingredients, including:

 

Breakfast buffet (to start):

  • Fresh fruit juices
  • Freshly prepared fruit salad
  • Fresh bread (brown & white)
  • Fresh fruit salad
  • Fresh whole or skimmed milk
  • Yoghurt - made in Wales
  • Cereals
  • Range of tea and coffee

 

Main courses:

Traditional British Breakfast (made with Welsh produce):

  • Bacon (thick middle-cut dry cured in Bala or Danish smoked) - local produce from our award-winning butcher
  • Sausages - local produce from our award-winning butcher
  • Fresh free range eggs (fried, scrambled, poached or boiled) - from a local farm
  • Sautéed mushrooms
  • Grilled seasoned tomatoes
  • Baked beans in tomato sauce
  • Bread or toast

Continental Breakfast:

  • Selection of Welsh and International cheese
  • Fresh croissants / hot rolls / Bara Brith / toast

Scottish Breakfast: porriage made using lightly toasted milled Scottish oats with full cream milk (with your choice of toppings)

Norwegian Breakfast: scrambled eggs with smoked salmon

American Breakfast: large home made freshly prepared pancakes with maple syrup and bacon


Special diets catered for - please advise when booking.

If you have any special requests, please ask us.

Rooms and Facilities at Abercelyn Country House


Rooms and Facilities at Abercelyn Country House

Grade-II listed, Georgian, historic country house


Abercelyn Country House is a Grade-II listed building extended in the early Georgian period (1729) on to an earlier 16th century house (the kitchen). Abercelyn is set in 8 arces of private gardens / field overlooking Bala Lake in Snowdonia National Park. The private residence provides luxury bed and breakfast accommodation from April to October.

Summary of service and facilities at Abercelyn Country House:

  • Library with open fire place
  • Three spacious en-suite rooms
  • Dining room
  • Choice of freshly prepared breakfast
  • Gardens with mountain stream
  • Wireless Internet
  • Private parking off road
  • Bike - sports equipment storage / drying room

 

For that Special Occasion:

  • If you make a booking as a gift - we can provide you with a voucher
  • Chocolates, bouquets, celebratory beverages, etc. can be arranged
  • Help making reservations at restaurants in Bala or nearby Michelin Star restaurants

 

The Rooms at Abercelyn Country House

At Abercelyn Country House the en-suite rooms are provided with high specification furniture and fittings in keeping with a luxury hotel. The luxury bathrooms have all the modern comforts including whirlpool spa baths and / or power-showers.

  • Aran: a double room (super king size bed) with en-suite luxury bathroom including whirlpool spa bath and power shower
  • Berwyn: a double room (super king size bed) with en-suite luxury bathroom including whirlpool spa bath and power shower
  • Arenig: a double room with en-suite with luxury "Grand deluge" power shower


The guest rooms have the following facilities:

  • Flat-screen TV with integral DVD, digital TV & radio
  • Free Wifi connection
  • Luxury linen & towels,
  • Four seasons goose-down duvets / pillows (anti-allergic upon request)
  • Luxury velour robes with slippers
  • Information folder
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How to contact Abercelyn Country House


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Abercelyn Country House & Cottages


Abercelyn Country House & Cottages

Llanycil, Bala, Gwynedd, LL23 7YF, North Wales, UK


Abercelyn Country House is proudly run by the owners: Margaret and Nigel Wightman.

 

Food Standards Agency rating:

We have been award a Level 5 (5/5 - Very Good) rating for our food preparation and handling.

Our food hygiene practices are vital to ensure all food served to our customers is of the highest food-safe standard.

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