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Beautiful Traditional Cottage in the Heart of Rural Aberdeenshire

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


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.

More Details

Member since: 2015
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Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
December 5, 2017

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.


Alford Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Newly installed shower room with good quality fittings.
  • 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
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Beautiful Traditional Cottage in the Heart of Rural Aberdeenshire
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 30 reviews

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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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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Everything is just perfect at this amazing cottage!

  • 5 of 5

This is our fourth stay at the cottage in two years (and second in three weeks!) which I think says it all. We absolutely love it! The cottage, its garden and the location are beautiful. It is well furnished and maintained and has everything you need. Karen is the perfect host - really lovely to deal with, genuinely interested in ensuring you have a great time and very responsive. This time we were celebrating my sister's birthday and Karen kindly left a birthday wishes note and a couple of special food and drink items for her as a surprise which she was delighted with. Once again thanks for everything Karen. We hope to be back for many years to come!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for another fantastic review. We put a lot of time and effort into maintaining the cottage to a high level and reviews like this make it all the more worthwhile. We are so pleased you enjoyed your last visit to celebrate your sister's birthday. We look forward to seeing you again. Best wishes Karen
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Beautiful cottage in a perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

Love this accommodation! Karen is so easy to deal with from the initial booking to the end of your stay and always very helpful and timely in her responses. She has renovated this traditional cottage to an exceptionally high standard. All rooms are designed beautifully with thoughtful touches and make very effective use of the space available. The cottage is also equipped with everything anyone would need for their stay and has a great outdoor area with beautiful views. I had stayed here for 6 nights as a solo traveller last year and enjoyed it so much wanted my family to experience it this time around. They were very impressed also, had a great few days holiday and, like me, didn't want to leave.Thanks very much for everything Karen, including the welcome pack, and hope to be back (very) soon! :)

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the fabulous review. I'm so pleased your family enjoyed the cottage too. I very much look forward to seeing you again. Many thanks again.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Dyce International Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Alford Golf Club
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
The Lecht
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $26.69
Refundable damage deposit $66.73

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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