At the tip of the largest natural lake in Wales sits the town of Bala, where a population of just under 2,000 people welcomes visitors throughout the year. The town dates back over 700 years and its people are passionately Welsh, with 80 per cent of the population speaking the Welsh language fluently giving Bala the 11th highest percentage of Welsh speakers in Wales.

The market town is an ideal holiday location for outdoor pursuit enthusiasts, who enjoy outstanding facilities for white water kayaking, fly and coarse fishing, hill walking and cycling. Bala's location towards the very centre of north Wales is part of what makes it so popular, with many of Wales' beautiful coastal resorts within an hour's drive and the Snowdonia National Park - a designated area of outstanding natural beauty - right on the doorstep.

Bala became known in the 18th Century for its production of flannel, stockings, gloves and hosiery but the town's history stretches right back to 1310, when Roger de Mortimer founded Bala by Royal Charter in an attempt to tame what he saw as a rebellious populace in the Penllyn District.

Perhaps the longest-standing resident of Bala is the rare gwyniad fish, which was trapped in Bala Lake when it formed at the end of the last ice age, 10,000 years ago. The fish is found nowhere else in the world and is critically endangered due to changes in its natural habitat.

Visitors to Bala can indulge in a thoroughly Welsh holiday, with the voices of famous male choirs ringing out through the town and harps being played in homes and schools. Accommodation in Bala can be found in self-catering cottages that are beautifully in keeping with this much-loved town.

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There are 15 cottages near Bala.

Dolgadfa ref: OF3

Llandderfel, nr. Bala, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£818-£2296
4 star rating
Dolgadfa
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Comfortably sleeping 12 guests with access to 2500 acres of private land and exclusive fishing on the River Dee.
  • Sleeps
    12
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    6
  • Bathrooms
    5
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Bala (miles)
    4

Hen Hafod ref: 5516

Bala, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£263-£727
4 star rating
Character cottage with feature fireplace with lovely black range, in private location, with walks from the door, Bala close by.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Bala (miles)
    1

Maesmor ref: 16428

Bala, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£249-£723
4 star rating
A comfortable and affordable holiday home within walking distance of the centre of Bala, famous for its beautiful gardens and lake.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Bala (miles)
    0

Llanerch-y-baedd ref: 28970

Llandderfel, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£386-£1046
4 star rating
Far reaching views to Berwyn Mountains from this detached cottage with balcony, fishing on River Dee available.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Bala (miles)
    4

Y Bwthyn ref: CC612090

Bala, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£296-£787
4 star rating
Come and relax in this delightful holiday property and admire the stunning views across Bala Lake, where fishing is also available.
  • Sleeps
    3
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Bala (miles)
    0

Sisial Y Llyn ref: CC612079

Bala, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£617-£1712
4 star rating
Located by the lakeside, this holiday property is located just ½ mile from Bala and its many amenities and attractions, including the Bala Lake Railway.
  • Sleeps
    9
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Bala (miles)
    0

Glanfa ref: UK6012

Bala, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£383-£1069
3 star rating
In a quiet residential area in Bala, this single storey, detached holiday property lies within walking distance of the town centre and the largest natural lake in Wales.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Bala (miles)
    0

Crud Y Werin Cottages - Crud Y Wennol ref: 29120

Bethel, nr. Bala, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£253-£484
4 star rating
Lovely cottage with slate floors and in rural location, Llangollen with horse-drawn barges and Betws-y-Coed nearby.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Bala (miles)
    4

Hendy Bach ref: 11170

Bala, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£269-£610
3 star rating
A beautiful pair of Welsh stone cottages dating back to the 18th century retaining charm and character with exposed stone walls, beams and wood-burning stoves
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Bala (miles)
    0

Crud Y Werin Cottages - Crud Y Werin ref: 29119

Bethel, nr. Bala, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£264-£600
4 star rating
Stunning barn conversion with beams and original features, countryside views, close to Bala Lake with sailing, canoeing and fishing.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Bala (miles)
    4

Cae Cynddelw ref: UK6042

Llandderfel near Bala, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£326-£841
3 star rating
Set in an elevated position on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park this detached cottage has an enclosed garden and enjoys wonderful countryside views.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Bala (miles)
    3

Fron Feuno Cottage ref: JKT

Bala, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£388-£895
4 star rating
Just a mile from Bala and the beautiful Snowdonia National Park this is a stunning area for a holiday in North Wales.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Bala (miles)
    1

Awel Y Grug ref: CC612048

Sarnau, Bala, Gwynedd, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£272-£479
4 star rating
Amidst lush countryside and only 3 miles from Bala Lake
 
  • Sleeps
    3
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Bala (miles)
    3

Plas Gower - Rectory Cottage ref: IWA

Llangower, nr. Bala, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£285-£859
0 star rating
A romantic retreat just 200 yards from a lake, and 3 miles from the market town of Bala which offers most facilities.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Bala (miles)
    3

Plas Gower - The Rector’s House ref: OP7

Llangower, nr. Bala, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£849-£2124
5 star rating
An elegantly furnished Grade II listed house on the southern edge of the Snowdonia National Park, perfect for walking and cycling.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Bala (miles)
    3