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Beautiful Traditional Cottage in the Heart of Rural Aberdeenshire

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

Sleeps 4. 2 Bedrooms. 1 Bathroom.

Smithy Cottage is located in a stunning rural position to the north of Alford in Aberdeenshire, a picturesque village set in the heart of Upper Donside. The cottage commands superb countryside views over the Howe of Alford and beyond.

Smithy Cottage sits in a large mature garden with steps up from the ample parking area.

There are a wealth of things to do and see in Donside and nearby Royal Deeside. The cottage offers a quiet retreat to escape the pressures of modern living. The local countryside also provides an abundance of outdoor pursuits most notably hill walking, fishing, bird watching, horse riding and mountain/road cycling. If you like cycling why not book with Grip Tours who offer guided cycling in Deeside and Donside - tel Derek on 07784 153850. Skiing in the winter months with the Lecht 50 mins drive, Glenshee and The Cairngorms 1.5hrs drive.

The nearest village of Alford has a large supermarket, swimming pool, library, coffee shops, Bistro, gift shops, an open all year round dry ski slope where tubing is also offered.

Local attractions include The Grampian Transport Museum, The Alford Valley Railway (a real hit with the kids) and Alford Heritage Centre. Alford also has an 18 hole golf course.

If you enjoy fishing, a permit can be obtained from the Forbes Estate Office which is a 5 min drive away.

Smithy Cottage is situated in the heart of the Castle and Whisky Trail with some of the oldest distilleries in the world.

Take part in the many events including Lonach Games in August and the various Highland Games held throughout the region. Aberdeen airport is only 40 mins drive and Aberdeen is only 50 mins drive. There is also a direct train from Insch, 10 mins away, to the popular Union Square shopping mall in Aberdeen.

We provide a welcome pack - milk, bread, butter, crisps, biscuits, ground coffee and of course wine.

We also provide washing liquid, washing powder, dishcloths, dishwasher tablets, dish towels, kitchen towel, hand wash and toilet roll.

We allow dogs for an additional fee of £20.

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Amenities

Alford Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Newly installed shower room with good quality fittings.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Two bedside cabinets and chest of drawers.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Bedside cabinet and chest of drawers
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • skiing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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average rating of 4.90625 based on 32 reviews
5

Beautiful & Welcoming

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a long week end and had a fabulous time. Karen was very helpful informing us of access and providing a lovely welcome pack. The Cottage is decorated tastefully and well-kept. The cottage has everything for a comfortable stay - appliances and accessories (including a pre-made fire) make for a home from home. I can't recommend this Cottage enough if you wish to enjoy the seclusion and beauty of the Scottish countryside.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. It is certainly located in a beautiful spot. We look forward to having you back again. Many thanks Karen
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5

Spotlessly clean ,lovely welcoming basket & cottage well catered for .

  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 nights at new year , an amazing time was had by my wife ,our dog & myself , a real treasure to have stayed in will definitely be returning

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at New Year. We look forward to seeing you again. Best wishes Karen
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Cosy cottage in a quiet rural settings - dog friendly

  • 4 of 5

Very much enjoyed our stay at the Smithy and the owner Karen was very helpful. Internet was good and lots of sheep free dog walks nearby. Only real negative was having to carry all our Christmas gear up a series of steps from the car - access might be a bit of an issue for some. Otherwise very quiet and enjoyable stay !

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review. We are so pleased you and the dogs enjoyed your stay. Many thanks, Karen
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Dog friendly 5* cottage in the heart of Aberdeenshires Castle country

  • 5 of 5

We were delighted with this very well renovated cottage , everything had been thought about from the welcome pack to the wood burning stove . Cosy , quiet and comfortable .

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your stay at our cottage. Many thanks Karen
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Beautiful cottage in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is situated in a wonderfully tranquil spot. We counted 4 cars passing the whole 5 nights we were there!

Everything was beautifully presented and spotlessly clean. We've never been to such a well equipped cottage, either. Everything is thought of right down to a torch, brollies and a cracking radio in the kitchen!

We had some really lovely days out to the Cairngorms, Aberdeen and the local market towns, but one of our favourite days was spent chilling out in the cottage on a rainy day, playing Scrabble in front of the log burner. Bliss!

This is far and away the best rental cottage we have ever stayed in and we hope to return again soon.

Thank you so much, Karen. Your warmth and kindness were greatly appreciated xxx

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a wonderful review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. We were pleased to be able to give you a much needed break. We look forward to seeing you again. Many thanks, Karen
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Smithy Cottage, Keig

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in Smithy Cottage. It is a very comfortable, splendidly well equipped cottage situated in a beautiful part of Aberdeenshire. Karen ensured that the whole booking process was very easy and that we were well informed on all aspects.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Smithy Cottage. Hopefully we shall see you again. Many thanks Karen
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Owner

Owner
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About The Owner

We are Alan and Karen Brunnen. We live 5 mins from Smithy Cottage with our 2 daughters, our Labradoodle, Westie, 2 cats and 3 chickens.

We have lived in Keig for nearly 10 years and love this area with its spectacular views.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2014

Why The Owner chose Alford

We bought Smithy Cottage in 2014. The previous owners had it for over 40 yrs and used it as an escape from city life. It had open fires for heat and candles for light. As tempting as it was to leave it this way we went ahead and installed electricity which gave the cottage lighting, heating and hot water for the first time in its circa 250 yr life. The cottage was the local Smithy for many many years, some of the stonework in the garden is the original workshop. Many generations of the same family are buried in Keig Churchyard.

We also installed a new shower room, a new kitchen with integrated appliances and new flooring throughout. A log burner was also installed and heaters in every room. After 11 months we were finally ready for guests in July 2015.

Map

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Dyce International Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Alford
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Alford Golf Club
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Insch
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Alford
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
The Lecht
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $27.9
Damage Deposit $69.74

Rates are subject to change for 2018 bookings.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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