With just 8 beds The Lazy Duck is one of the smallest independent hostels in Europe. It is is fresh, colourful, snug and a regular haunt of return visitors, families and small groups. Nearest neighbours? 40 colourful cavorting waterfowl enjoying the pond by day and sleeping tight by night. Wood fired hot tub frequently available. Infra red sauna - please enquire about rates for either and book by 10.00am on the day. Facilities 6 individual bed spaces, plus 1 double. All beds are curtained or partitioned and lit. Norwegian 'Jotul' wood burning stove, full gas cooker, cooking pots, crockery, cutlery and glassware for 8. Reference maps, books, radio, CD player, games, free wi-fi and internet point. Sheltered covered garden with basket chair seating and dining table, BBQ/wood fire, 2 person sauna, safe, dry storage for bikes, skis and outdoor gear. Free range eggs when available. Oh! and L. Duck's guitar for reasonably skilled players only. Smoking: No thanks Pets: No Disabled Access: Call for details Our 'Woodman's Hut', a romantic stand alone retreat for two, with box bed, star gazer and south facing verandah looks straight to Cairngorm and Bynack across a neighbouring 100 acre moor. Similarly The Duck's Nest by the waterfowl pond and the Lambing Bothy complete with lambs, might be worth a look. Separately available, May to October, is a 4 pitch lightweight camping ground for 2-3 person tents with campers' shelter, hot and cold water, flush loo, chimenea fire and enviable bush shower all provided. Small is beautiful. Do come.
The Lazy Duck
This latest 2-person lodge is much in the style of the the Cairngorms National Park Design Award winning 'Woodman's Hut', opened in 2011. Perched, this time, at the edge of waterfowl ponds with native goldeneye alongside mandarin, widgeon,... read more
An exceptional waterside and wildlife location with remote forest and moorland walking from the door. It will take you 5 minutes via the Woodman's Path to reach the Poet's Seat looking direct to Cairngorm, the Northern Corries and Bynack Mor and another ten minutes to find yourself immersed in the rare and intriguing juniper 'forest' of neighbouring Lettoch Farm. Legendary hot water open sky bush shower and sweet airy composting toilet.
The Lazy Duck: hostel, off grid huts and lightweight camping
The lodges comprise of 2 bedrooms accommodating up to a maximum of 4 people and are fully equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay. -fully centrally heated -double glazed -integrated dish washer -integrated fridge freezer -flat screen lcd tv -fully equipped bathroom with bathtub -linen, cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils -private verandah -services included In the open plan living area you can relax in comfortable lounge furniture with LCD TV or dine at the table set for 4. And naturally on site you also have access to Loch Kinord Hotel with its excellent AA Rosetted restaurant and whisky bar.
You sit in a 1 acre grazing field backed by swathes more of Old Caledonian pine. Settle on the nearby Poet's Seat where there are extensive views south to the Cairngorm Mountains. 200 acres of heather and birch moorland adjoin the homestead... read more
Sheltered and roofed warm water bush shower, state of the art composting toilet / deer and bird hide. Wood fired hot tub and infra red sauna for 2. In the field just you, the sheep, lambs and hens. We work there too of course but, be assured, the geese have now gone to another home! A flock of 30 or so waterfowl and the legendary lazy ducks, in fact Exhibition Aylesburies, cavort in the pond or laze on the bank.
The Lazy Duck - hostel, off grid cabins and lightweight camping
Rooms Kitchen Gas hob Electric oven Dishwasher Fridge/Freezer Utility room Washing machine/Tumble dryer Dining room Extensive serving and storage area Living room Wood burning stove Freeview TV Master bedroom King size bed Twin bedroom (3) Single bedroom (2) Family bathroom Shower room Amenities Wifi Linen and towels Highchair and cot Gas central heating Logs Garden Off road parking Pets welcome
Standing alone on the fringes of a seventy acre pinewood the intimately designed Woodman's Hut with verandah makes a rare hideaway for a couple. It looks south across the neighbouring one hundred acre moor to Bynack Mor and Cairngorm Mountain. ... read more
A Cairngorms National Park Design Award winner,this hut is unique and stands alone well away from the hostel, cottage, camping ground and main house. Much of the building relies on timber felled and milled here at Badanfhuarain in 2010 when a two hundred and sixty year old Scots pine was damaged by snow and the hard decision made that it had to come down. Larch slabs from Castle Leod, Strathpeffer and storm damaged oak all have a place in the hut thanks to craftsmen Rob and David. A hot water outdoor shower clings to the east wall and a state of the art, sweet smelling composting toilet hides among the nearby trees. Kettles heat water on the closed woodburning stove. Cooking is by a double ring gas stove with oven and grill. Lighting is by T light candle lanterns and background 12 volt warm white electric. By design,there is no mains electric or TV. There are books and a game or two though and a simple radio. Guests are advised to bring a good head torch both to reach the hut in the dark and perhaps for reading in bed, - and their favourite music making or playing equipment. Warm Knockando Woolmill rugs are available to make early morning or evening sitting on the storm lantern lit veranda a cosy experience. A good malt helps. A small safe peat burning pot stove is provided for minimalist outdoor cooking. Protection of the forest means we are unable to permit other BBQ equipment to be used. Washing water gathered from the roof into a re deployed whisky barrel supplies the hut via an unbelievable brass tap over the stone sink. Drinking water is supplied from the house. The traditional king size box bed with windows to the forest, the mountain and to the canopy of stars above - says it all. Towels, bed linen, all kitchen and dining requirements provided. WiFi and phone top up - 2 minutes walk Wood fired hot tub frequently available. Infra red sauna - please enquire about rates for either and book by 10.00am on the day.
The Lazy Duck