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54 reviews
Private garden & hot tub
Local Welcome Basket
Spa treatments available
Bala White water rafting nearby
Snowdonia National Park
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Bala, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, Wales

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Andrew110...
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Great base to explore North Wales from............”
Reviewed 21 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

This place is as nice as the pictures show, great location by the river, and a short drive from all the good walks and trails.

Or just sit back and relax in the hot tub, glass of wine and bbq in the garden!

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Liked best: The whole place was great
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Ian M
Bedford, United Kingdom
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119 reviews
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“Very Nice Cottage”
Reviewed 13 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Had flexible arrival days so we were able to stay Thurs to Sun to suit my wife's working days. Great to arrive to find everything set up with goodies in the kitchen and fridge (although no soaps etc in the bathroom?). Well equipped with everything you'd need. Small but dog secure garden with hot tub and outside great for dining outside.
Internet not always reliable but we didn't go for that and you do need a car to get around but in a good location to go to lots of places.
Useful to be able to unload the car close to the door but we were a bit concerned when despite the instructions on the welcome letter everybody on the Friday changeover left their car outside (or as close as they could get) to their cottage but they'd all been moved to the car park by the Saturday. Which was good not to have to weave past cars to get out of your cottage.
Would definitely stay again.

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Liked best: Kitchen & Garden
Liked least: No road free dog walks from the door
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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John D
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“Peaceful tranquility. Quality.”
Reviewed 9 July 2015 for a stay in June 2015

What a peaceful place to stay, waking up every morning to the sound of birds singing. The bed could not have been more comfortable. Bathroom perfect, hot tub brilliant, and as an extra special touch a bunch of goodies when we arrived. Pure luxury .

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Paul_Darl...
Newmarket, United Kingdom
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“Excellent place to stay with everything you need”
Reviewed 4 July 2015 for a stay in June 2015

My wife and I stayed for four nights, which probably was not long enough. Our expectations from the website were quite high, but the cottage and the grounds exceeded this. we would recommend a stay in any of the Rivercatcher properties to anyone.
Access to the property was easy and unloading the car next to your front door is always a help. The cottage had everything you need with a very nice welcome basket and included all the little basic things you need for washing up etc. We generally cooked for ourselves every night.
The rooms were all very nice and spacious for the two of us. Nice details like hidden lights over the fireplace. Very comfortable and easy to relax in, with lovely views of the River Dee from the kitchen and dining table.
If you just want to chill and stay around the cottages, there is the lodge with table tennis, table football and a large TV, a good sized fenced off grassed area for yourselves plus access to the river and a patio with barbeque and hot tub, ideal for weary limps after a long walk. There are plenty of walks locally too. You've also got Wi-Fi and Netflix on the TV.
Aled looks after the place and keeps the grounds in excellent shape and the hot tubs well maintained. He's very friendly and helpful.
Also a short walk down the road is Tyddyn Llan, a Michelin starred Restaurant. Beautiful food with very amble portions, but you can go for two starters rather than a starter and a main, which would have been plenty for us.
Of the local attractions we visited Pistyll Rhaeadr, the highest single drop waterfall in the UK, and which is considerably higher than the Niagara Falls. It not far away on the map but will take you 40 minutes in the car. It is worth a visit. The is a paying car park, but you can park in a lay-by just down the road and it is then a short walk. if you do though beware of the protruding rocks that may catch the underside of your car. There is a café by the falls.
Snowdon is not too far away and Betws-y-Coed is a good place to stop at. The tea rooms by the station have the longest list of teas we have ever seen. If you plan to use the train make sure you book.
Portmeirion is somewhere very special an din eth sunshine it is just like being in Italy.
To finish we would recommend Rivercatcher to anyone.

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Liked best: That the place was home from home
Liked least: A little remote for food shopping
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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ljw47612
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Quality accommodation in a superb setting”
Reviewed 23 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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Ghillie's Cottage ticked every box for a relaxing self catering break; a really well equipped cottage with a gorgeous view and access to the river. All of our needs were catered for; the hot tub and log burner were very welcome when it rained and the weather turned cold. The cottage was spotlessly clean and tastefully furnished. Highly recommend

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Liked best: The quality of the accommodation
Liked least: The weather :-)
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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