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Tomachlaggan Smithy
Ballindalloch
(21 reviews)
From £320 per week
Sleeps 4
3 bedrooms
2 doubles, 1 single sofa, 1 twin
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Weekly Rates

From DateTo DateWeekly RateDeposit
Sat 06 Oct 2018Fri 26 Oct 2018£400£120
Sat 27 Oct 2018Fri 09 Nov 2018£320£100
Sat 10 Nov 2018Thu 20 Dec 2018£320£100
Fri 21 Dec 2018Thu 27 Dec 2018£520£155
Fri 28 Dec 2018Thu 03 Jan 2019£520£155
Fri 04 Jan 2019Fri 08 Feb 2019£320£100
Sat 09 Feb 2019Fri 05 Apr 2019£320£100
Sat 06 Apr 2019Fri 26 Apr 2019£400£120
Sat 27 Apr 2019Fri 24 May 2019£400£120
Sat 25 May 2019Fri 31 May 2019£500£150
Sat 01 Jun 2019Fri 21 Jun 2019£500£150
Sat 22 Jun 2019Fri 06 Sep 2019£530£160
Sat 07 Sep 2019Fri 20 Sep 2019£500£150
Sat 21 Sep 2019Fri 04 Oct 2019£400£120
Sat 05 Oct 2019Fri 25 Oct 2019£400£120
Sat 26 Oct 2019Fri 08 Nov 2019£320£100
Sat 09 Nov 2019Fri 20 Dec 2019£320£100
Sat 21 Dec 2019Fri 27 Dec 2019£520£155
Sat 28 Dec 2019Fri 03 Jan 2020£520£155
Sat 04 Jan 2020Fri 07 Feb 2020£320£100
Sat 08 Feb 2020Fri 03 Apr 2020£320£100
Sat 04 Apr 2020Fri 24 Apr 2020£400£120
Sat 25 Apr 2020Fri 22 May 2020£400£120
Sat 23 May 2020Fri 29 May 2020£500£150
Sat 30 May 2020Fri 19 Jun 2020£500£150
Sat 20 Jun 2020Fri 04 Sep 2020£530£160
Sat 05 Sep 2020Fri 25 Sep 2020£500£150
Sat 26 Sep 2020Fri 02 Oct 2020£400£120
Sat 03 Oct 2020Fri 23 Oct 2020£400£120
Sat 24 Oct 2020Fri 06 Nov 2020£320£100
Sat 07 Nov 2020Sun 20 Dec 2020£320£100
Mon 21 Dec 2020Sun 27 Dec 2020£520£155
Mon 28 Dec 2020Sun 03 Jan 2021£520£155

Description

This charming traditional cottage was originally the local blacksmith’s and has been sympathetically modernised, whilst retaining the original character and atmosphere. The property enjoys far reaching views over the beautiful countryside and is set within an enclosed garden with seating, barbecue and a small pond. A substantial outbuilding provides secure storage for outdoor equipment and a full tennis table. This is an ideal place for relaxing and to enjoy the wide variety of wildlife, with red squirrels regular visitors. The cottage is surrounded by farmland and forest on the Crown Estate of Glenlivet and is a great base for exploring the Cairngorm National Park.

Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands, is only 4 miles away and offers a post office/shop, restaurants, tourist information and some lovely craft shops. Glenlivet is situated in the very heart of Speyside’s malt whisky country and offers the perfect place to discover and sample one of Scotland’s most famous exports. There is excellent fishing on the Rivers Avon and Livet, both tributaries of the River Spey and renowned for the quality of salmon and sea trout that can be enjoyed here. Glenlivet also offers numerous walking trails for all abilities, excellent mountain biking routes and skiing at the Lecht Ski Centre. Grantown on Spey (15 miles) is a lovely traditional Highland town on the River Spey and offers a choice of interesting shops and numerous cafes, bars and restaurants. There is also an 18 hole golf course surrounded by beautiful woodland. Aviemore (27 miles), the centre of the National Park, has a wide range of interests and activities to suit all visitors such as hill walking over the magnificent Cairngorm mountains, water sports at Loch Morlich, the Cairngorm Reindeer herd and the Strathspey Steam Railway. This is a great place for families with Landmark Adventure Park at Carrbridge and the Kincraig Highland Wildlife Park offering fun days out.

PROPERTY CODE: N859

Layout

Sitting room with open fire. Kitchen. TV/playroom. Double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath/WC. Ladder style stairs to first floor. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom.

Guests should be aware that the Wifi can be slow and sometimes temperamental. This is simply because the cottage is in a beautiful rural location - a peaceful part of the world which is perfect for relaxing.

Facilities

  • Tomintoul 4 miles with hotels, restaurants, a post office with a well stocked shop and other craft shops.
  • BBQ
  • CD player
  • Driveway parking
  • DVD player
  • Electric cooker
  • Enclosed Garden
  • Flat screen TV with Freeview
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Garden furniture
  • Hair dryer
  • Heating and electricity included
  • High chair
  • Linen and towels provided
  • Microwave
  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Outbuilding with table tennis table
  • Radio
  • Stairgate
  • Travel cot
  • Washing machine
  • Wi-fi
  • 2 Pets only. Free of charge
  • Reviews

    (21 reviews)
    Tomachlaggan Smithy reviews
    I always try to give a fair and honest review. The old smithy at Tomachlaggan is ........Err....umm. Let’s start over. The cottage is well out of the way, but close enough to the village of Tomintoul to be handy ( about 5 miles away) The garden is large and well kept with areas left to nature as well as areas designed for guests. The house looks like a picture of a chocolate box from the outside, but as Forrest Gump said “ you never know what you are going to get.” Open the door and the small house is clean and tidy. The small kitchen is stocked with the essential items that you have forgotten. The small room for dining is adequate and the small ‘play room’ is the only room with a tv so play needs to be kept to a minimum if you want to watch the small tv. Did I mention it was small yet.? Oh yes I almost forgot about the stairs..... they are in the details as being ladder style, don’t try them if you are young, old, infirm, drunk, fat (that’s me) or scared of climbs. Once at the top the rooms are nice but trying to get into one room is deadly. You have a very small strip of floor before entering the room, this does not have a safety guard to stop you plunging down the stairwell. BEWARE! The house is a good base for touring the area, but I think it would feel cramped if there were more than a couple staying. I searched to find any dust or dirt but failed so well done to the be management team. But, it felt like you were visiting a aged aunt, the house was cleaned to within an inch of its life but there was a atmosphere I couldn’t quite comprehend. The house felt stuffy and needed a good airing.The furniture is a mismatch of styles that look like they have been bought from a auction sale rooms or a house clearance sale. The most modern items going out of fashion in 1970. I don’t know if this is intentional to add to the ‘old world charm’ I liked the area and the view, but almost had to go outside to look at it because the seal on the double glazing has perished and the condensation has filled the void. While we are on about negative points, when you are expecting guests please leave a note to say you have turned the radiators off, we sat waiting for heating to turn on only to find out the power had been turned off, then after turning it back on we had to find the welcome pack to find out how to reset them. Speaking of resetting things, the hot water is provided by either a back boiler behind the fire or an immersion heater. So you have a choice, light the fire and roast while the water warms up, or, flick a switch..... easy option. Well not exactly, the welcome pack warns you that the immersion heater has a habit of tripping out and needing to be reset. Now, remember the stairs and the deadly room...... guess where you need to be to reset it. I have just had major spinal surgery and my wife has a hip issue. So, climb the near vertical ladder stairs, brave the minuscule landing, manhandle the chest of drawers away from the wall, get down on your hands and knees, remove the hidden door, remove the safety cover and expose the immersion heater wiring. Press reset and reverse the process. Try to get up from the floor, avoid falling down the stairs, return to ground level and finally wash up. Repeat as necessary! The health and safety aspect of the cottage seems a bit lacking, The stair issue. Having to reset the immersion heater The extension cable draped over the top of the fireplace. Double adapters and extension cables in the bedroom Sorry for the rant but we saw this cottage advertised in cottages and castles after reading the advertisement I expected a better standard than this. Having said all of the above I think if the owners spend a bit of time and money bringing the inside of the cottage up to date with new furniture and a socket or two the place could be exceptional. I would have a trapdoor/drawbridge arrangement fitted at the top of the stairs so it could be lowered once you get to the top and you could then safely enter the bedroom. I am sorry if this sounds negative but the cottage has the potential to be an incredible destination for a family holiday, one which I would have returned to again and again, but it is let down by its dated interior and safety issues Unfortunately the site does not allow me to attach photographs View from outside 9/10 View from inside 4/10 Garden 10/10 Cleanliness 10/10 No heating for the first night 1/10 Bottle of wine, tin of biscuits and pint of milk waiting upon arrival, very welcome
    Owners Response: "We always welcome comments from our guests and thank you for taking the time to write a review. We try to provide as much information as possible on the website to help guests decide whether the cottage is suitable for their requirements. We recognise that people may have different tastes but believe that the images and general description provide an accurate impression of the size and overall style of the cottage and grounds. The cottage is marketed as sleeping up to 4 as there are 3 double bedrooms, 2 living rooms and one bathroom. The cottage was originally the local blacksmith’s and it was important to us to try to retain the character of the building whilst providing a warm, welcoming and homely atmosphere. The safety of our guests is extremely important to us. We recognise the staircase has to be used with care and so there is a photo of the stairs and upper landing on the website clearly showing the gradient of the steps and that they are ladder style stairs. There are wooden boards at the top of the stairs that fit neatly over the opening to allow for safe movement in the upstairs landing. These are found adjacent to the bannister in the landing. The water for the cottage is heated by back fire boiler and an immersion heater. There is a safety cut out device on the immersion heater, installed in response to a recommendation provided to all households by the Health and Safety Executive. If the fire is lit, then the immersion heater is not required but the safety device can trigger if the immersion is left on. We have provided simple clear instructions on how to reset the switch if this happens. It would not be possible to relocate the immersion downstairs. The radiators should have been left on for your arrival and we will remind our housekeepers to do this in future. The property is checked annually by a registered electrician and this was carried out on 20/6/18. We do not know why an extension cable was draped over the mantelpiece and we will speak to our housekeepers to ensure that this does not happen again. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Of course, it is very important to us that our guests feel comfortable in the cottage. We encourage our guests to get in touch if they have any questions (our contact details are in the file) and we will try our very best to help you. Response from Cottages & Castles : We have had this property since 2014 and not had any mention about the stair but will take your on board your points and will organise a visit in the coming weeks."
    Mrs Roberts - September 2018
    The Cairngorms have been our holiday destination for >30years and Tomachlaggan Smithy is one of the best cottages to use as a base. Ideal for the Grantown motor show and all day walks through Glenconglass.
    Mrs Johnston - September 2018
    Brilliant cottage in a fantastic setting. Loads of wildlife on your doorstep, deer, squirrels, small birds and birds of prey, stoats, hares, all around the cottage. Well presented and has everything you need, and close enough to town to stock up. We had a lovely week in this beautiful part of the world and would recommend to anyone looking to get away from it all. Good wi-fi, well equipped kitchen, all round well appointed cottage
    Mrs Pearson - August 2018
    The cottage was good value for money if a little small. There was only two of us so there was enough room but if there were more it would be crowded. The cottage was well equipped with some nice touches in welcome gifts. The position was brilliant surrounded by wild life. It is somewhere we will go back to
    Mr Milner - April 2018
    Our week long stay just wasn't long enough at this wonderful property. The remote setting with the stunning scenery suited us to a tee as it was exactly what we wanted. Surrounded by beautiful countryside with plenty of wildlife (even spotted a Golden Eagle whilst driving the A9), we were in paradise. Good wi-fi and mobile network (O2) even though we were in a remote area. The property owners were extremely helpful and made our arrival that much easier after our 11 hour drive from Wales- helping us out with directions to the property and letting us know where the local store was (Tomintoul) and open so we could get some groceries. This little cottage had everything we needed including a large garden for our dog to explore. With plenty to see and do this proved an ideal base for us- with tourist attractions like Balmoral Castle about an hours drive away, a week just wasn't long enough. Having fallen in love with this area of Scotland and this property in particular we will be returning, for longer, next year!
    Miss Lloyd - October 2017
    Cottage reached via single track road with passing places. Clean comfortable beds. Upper floor not ideal for the elderly or infirm as the stairs are too narrow and steep (rather ladder like in construction.) The sitting/dining room with open fire which in cold weather will need to be lit to suppliment the electric heater is shabby and not particularly clean. The fire place had not been emptied of ashes although the fire had been set on our arrival. Coal has to be fetched from the large three part dilapated out house in the garden 40/50 metres away. Small TV with little choice of programmes situated in another room. WiFi adequate. The Dyson vacuum cleaner had not been emptied. The bathroom although cosy was unhygienic with blood marks on the carpet and no bath mat supplied making showering potentially hazardous. Kitchen adequate.
    Owners Response: "Thank you for taking the time to provide a review for the cottage. This is very helpful and we appreciate feedback and comments from our guests to help improve our standards. We endeavour to provide a clean, comfortable and warm living space for all our visitors and apologise if you feel that there are some matters that have concerned you. The stairs are described on the website as “ladder style stairs” and there is a photo which provides a clear indication of this. We also have a stairgate at the bottom step for young children. We hope that this provides guests with a good picture of the access to the upstairs bedrooms and whether it will be suitable for their stay. Tomachlaggan Smithy is a traditional, rural cottage and the fireplace is the original fire, in keeping with this. We have modern Dimplex digital electric heaters in every room, which were installed in March 2015 and we find that these provide a cosy environment. We always ensure the fire is set for guests arriving and that there is plenty of free fuel available. The fire should also have been cleaned out and of course, we will make sure that this happens in the future. The large outbuilding is the original Smithy and we think has some lovely features, including the original furnace and stables for the ponies. There are two photos on the website showing the distance from the cottage to the outbuildings. The fuel is kept in the stables with garden equipment and the other shed holds the table tennis table with space for bikes and other outdoor equipment. There are two main living spaces; the family room with TV and games, and the sitting room with a fire, record player with records to listen to. The TV provides Freeview, which is detailed on the website and we also have WIFI provided by BT, where you can access BBC iplayer and other websites. The small mark on the carpet in the bathroom is insulation foam from works that were undertaken under the bath. We have tried to remove it but find it is rather stubborn. The carpets throughout the house are always professionally cleaned at the end of the season and this should remove it. We provide clean towels with a bathmat for guests and in future, we will provide a non-slip mat within the bath for your safety. We try to give comprehensive information on the website to help guests decide whether the cottage is suitable for their requirements and we review this on a regular basis with Cottages and Castles. We hope we have addressed your concerns and thank you again for your comments."
    Mr Barclay - October 2017
    A well stocked cottage in a wonderfully remote location. We very much enjoyed relaxing in front of the fire listening to records. Another highlight is the excellent garden, including a table tennis table in the garage which provided great fun for the kids and ourselves. The highlight of our holiday was towards the end of the week when we had a crisp clear sky and were astounded to have a magnificent view of the milky way! Although relatively small the cottage was perfectly adequate for our party of 2 adults, 2 kids and a dog. Another great bonus was the kids TV room with lots of toys and games to enjoy. Highly recommended and we hope to return in the future.
    Mr Aitken - October 2017
    It was our first stay in the Scotland and we discovered this beautiful region of Speyside. The weather was pleasant, finally Scot, with every day a small rain. Fortunately a fireplace waited for us in the cottage. A little bit old-fashioned cottage in the countryside, among the moor and its sheeps.
    Mr Claude Et Magali - July 2017
    Perfect for a quiet weekend away.
    Mr Foreman - June 2017
    A lovely little cottage tucked away in the countryside. Large garden for dog to run round and play. Field to the front full of wildlife: deer, game, hares, birds, etc. Peaceful sitting out and taking in views. Tomintoul nearest village with most amenities. A lovely bistro and pub. Town of Grantown on Spey further along with more shops, bank, etc. Lots of castles and distilleries in the area. And just around the corner from the Smithy are the Glenrivet Bike Trails. Would certainly visit again.
    Miss Sharpe - May 2017
    Very nice cottage with lovely views. Red squirrels in the garden a delight. Very warm with plenty of fuel for the fire which was easy to light. Close to attractions.
    Mr Whieldon - October 2016
    A lovely cottage which suited us perfectly. Everything we needed was in this cute cottage and 2 reception rooms meant there was space to socialise. The view is amazing, gardens are pretty and teaming with birds and I even saw a pine martin! Although the the location is very picturesque, it is quite remote, and I would have struggled to find it in the dark. We found the key for the shed where there was table tennis, but sadly didn't find paddles or balls.
    Miss Lynch - July 2016
    Had a great break here with our two dogs. The garden is lovely and the area is so quiet it was a relaxing break away. The cottage itself is basic but it has plenty hot water, is generally warm and cosy with good WiFi and has everything you need. Will hopefully be back again soon.
    Mrs Murphy - July 2016
    Had an amazing weeks stay at Tomachlaggan Smithy, a great wee house with everything you need for a week away. Beds were very comfortable and the house is very cosy especially with the fire lit. Great garden for the dogs to explore with loads of animal activity at night. Tomachlaggan Smithy is an ideal base to explore the surrounding area and there is a great walk for anyone who likes to for a quiet stroll or a trek just up the road at the Glenlivet bike trials. Definately be coming back.
    Mr Drury - March 2016
    We are a family with a young child and we had a lovely holiday in Tomachlaggan Smithy. Things we loved: - beautiful view - great area for walking, we went on many hikes - playroom with toys for different ages, so also for our little man - books to read, about the area and also lots of fiction - the kitchen is very complete, we could find everything that we needed - the owners were friendly and eager to make our stay pleasant - sitting by the fireplace at night Would definitely recommend!
    Mrs Wagenaar - Van Der Most - July 2015
    Out in the woods, but central to many attractions. Saw deer, rabbits, hares, pheasants, grouse, and a weasel. Sheep everywhere. Garth Hotel in Grantown and the Dalnashaugh Hotel are good places to eat; get resv. Go to the Speyside, Cooperage, Cairn Mountain R/R and Glenlivet !!! Best garden in GB is Drummond in Crieff !! Avoid Inverness, all the tourists are there!! If you are driving, be careful, roads are hilly, windy, narrow, and they drive on the wrong side !!! Summer happens in July, but don't pack any shorts; temps 65/50 and wet. Good time, but my grandkids would have been bored.
    Mr Streitman - July 2015
    We loved our week at Tomachlaggan Smithy, despite almost continual rain! Given the exceptionally cold weather for August we greatly appreciated the open fire and ample firewood. We had not appreciated that the cottage was on the doorstep of the Glenlivet bike trails, so this was an added treat. The proximity for easy dog walking in the adjacent forest was great too. The reasonable value price reflects some slightly dated aspects, but this only added to the charm. The only small point for improvement could be a new washing machine (I think the bearings may be worn as it was very noisy and the cycle never finished, leaving water in the drum and we had to run the spin programme). A more powerful shower pump given the low water pressure would be ideal too. But these are by no means complaints, it's a lovely place and we'd return. Thank you for a lovely week 'away from it all'.
    Mrs Jenkins - August 2014
    a great place to relax and enjoy the highlands. in 20 minutes you are in the hot spots of the highlands. the cottage is excellent for 2-4 persons and we enjoyed the open fire in the evenings together with a nice dram.
    Mr Thelen - August 2014
    Excellent location. Peaceful, private, warm and clean. Good size for a base to explore the surrounding areas. Everything you need has been provided, including board games and toys for kids. The table tennis table was great fun in the evening and the outside seating provided stunning views across the highlands. We have all recommended to family and friends already. Brilliant!
    Mr Petchey - June 2014
    We have nothing but praise for this property, and for the owner, who added so many thoughtful little touches and nice surprises to really help make our holiday so special. We had everything we needed, and knew assistance was at hand should we need it (which we didn't, as everything was designed to be very easy for us). The cottage itself is beautiful, in a beautifully remote location, yet within easy reach of many attractions, walks, tourist spots, wildlife haunts, and more - we certainly were not short of choices of things to do. In fact, we would dearly have loved to have had an extra week, just to be able to spend more time idling about at the cottage. It feels like a home and within minutes of arriving, I had the most settled feeling that I could live there quite happily indeed. For those looking for a base from which to explore the Cairgorms, Tomachlaggan Smithy is ideal. It is surrounded by the Glenlivet Estate, which has created a number of very clearly marked walks and hikes of varying distance and complexity, and the location is close to both the Whisky Trail and lots of cycle routes. For bigger mountain walks, it would only be a shortish drive to get right into the heart of the Cairngorms. It is also very easy to get to such fantastic places as the Highland Wildlife Park, which I cannot recommend enough, and it's also a fairly easy drive to get to Inverness (where the automaton clock in the shopping centre has always been a personal favourite). The local village of Tomintoul is pleasant, but rather limited in terms of groceries, etc, but it is possible to find all one requires in the town of Grantown on Spey, which is a short drive away. Despite the steep stairs/ladder at the cottage, we felt perfectly comfortable, even with a young (19-month) daughter, since the owner very obligingly set up her cot in a downstairs room for her. She had such fun talking to the sheep acoss the fence, and spotting deer, hares, red squirrels, lapwings, swallows, and so much other fantastic wildlife that we ran out of space on our 'things we have spotted' list! Tomachlaggan Smithy is a warm, welcoming, wonderful find that we would not hesitate to recommend to anyone wishing to escape to the Highlands, and somewhere we are already planning to revisit as soon as we are able.
    Mr Buchan - May 2014
    The Cottage was perfect for me and my dogs and I very much appreciate being able to have the dogs with me- the garden was brilliant.
    Mrs Kirk - March 2014

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    If it is necessary to cancel your holiday, for any of the reasons A 1-5 below, you may do so at any time up until the close of business on the last working day before your tenancy commences and we will refund your balance. Your deposit is not refundable. If you have made a late booking and paid in full you will receive your payment minus the normal deposit sum (usually 30%).

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