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Tomachlaggan Smithy
Ballindalloch
(18 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 26 May 2018Fri 01 Jun 2018£500£150
Sat 02 Jun 2018Fri 22 Jun 2018£500£150
Sat 23 Jun 2018Fri 07 Sep 2018£530£160
Sat 08 Sep 2018Fri 21 Sep 2018£500£150
Sat 22 Sep 2018Fri 05 Oct 2018£400£120
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

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

    (18 reviews)
    Tomachlaggan Smithy reviews
    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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    Cottages & Castles Ltd. (acting as agents for property owners) provides a guarantee for tenants who have to cancel their holiday at a cottage.

    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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