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Beautiful Traditional Cottage in the Heart of Rural Aberdeenshire

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 4. 2 Bedrooms. 1 Bathroom.

Smithy Cottage is situated in a beautiful part of Donside in Aberdeenshire commanding 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. Walking, fishing, bird watching, horse riding and cycling. 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
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 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 Aberdeen & Grampian

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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average rating of 4.923077 based on 26 reviews

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: Jun 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: Apr 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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Lovely cottage and location

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed being in a rural location with great views of the Aberdeenshire countryside and easy access to walks, cycles and castles along the Don and Dee valleys. The cottage was well equipped, comfortable and modern with extra touches such as a welcome basket of goodies on arrival. The owner was very welcoming and attentive and made our stay very pleasant. We would definitely recommend to other families who like the outdoor life, although popping in to Aberdeen was also very convenient!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the positive review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Smithy Cottage. Look forward to seeing you again. Many thanks Karen
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  • 5 of 5

Very nice place. Owner very helpful. We had a great time!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review. So pleased you enjoyed your stay. Best wishes karen
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Idyllic Smithy Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Smithy Cottage is located on a hillside overlooking a stunning view of the Howe Valley and a long long view it is. Each time we left or returned we always stopped to just gaze across the rolling hills and checkered fields. The cottage itself was beautifully done and offered all the amenities and then some. The decorating was tasteful and invited relaxation--in fact it was often difficult to leave to go out and tour the countryside. Finally, the location was very central to the northern seaside, the castle route, and the neolithic sites in the area. We appreciated the help Karen gave us when we went to her with questions. Staying at Smithy Cottage contributed greatly to another wonderful trip to Scotland.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Smithy Cottage, despite the bad weather at times. Many thanks Karen
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Thoughtfully equipped, cosy cottage.

  • 5 of 5

A lovely cottage in a fab location with lovely country views. Thoughtfully equipped with everything you'll need for a short stay or an extended break. Rural position, but convenient for Alford or Insch for supplies, and handy for Whisky Trail and many gorgeous castles. Lovely comfortable cosy sitting room especially with log burner going! Thoroughly recommended.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Smithy Cottage. We hope to see you again. Many thanks Karen
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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 $25.79
Damage Deposit $64.47

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.

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