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A 6 acre oasis in the Cairngorms National Park where nestle an 8 bed hut hostel, 3 off grid 2 person eco cabins and a 4 pitch lightweight camping ground. Waterfowl ponds, cultivated areas, sheep and hens are to be enjoyed with views straight to the mountains. There is nothing but moorland and forest in between. The Lazy Duck is close to mountain bike trails, skiing and snowboarding, climbing and plateau treks, rafting, kayaking, fishing, golfing and plenty of whisky distilleries. Landmark Forest Adventure Park, Highland Folk Museum, Highland Wildlife park and the leisure pool at the Aviemore Centre are all within easy reach and of top class quality for visitors. Small is beautiful at the Lazy Duck. We say 'Been Active? Come home to slow living' with our hot tub, sauna & visiting Swedish massage practitioner.
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An absolutely perfect couple of days. pure escapism from the daily grind, surrounded by nature. We stayed at the Lazy Duck a romantic, cosy wooden lodge situated beside a beautiful duck pond. Highlights: Enjoying freshly baked bread and fresh eggs for breakfast, enjoying a
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Response from lazyduckhostel, Owner at The Lazy Duck
Responded 17 Nov 2018
That's really kind of you both. Were so glad it all worked out for you with so many plusses for you to look back on. Haste ye back David & Team Lazy Duck
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My bf and I had the most relaxing stay here in early September. The lodge was the perfect size for two with everything we needed for the week. The outdoor shower was a great experience, as was having breakfast with the ducks and squirrels every morning. The staff were friendly
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Response from lazyduckhostel, Owner at The Lazy Duck
Responded 14 Nov 2018
Thanks very much Katie. What we like doing is sharing with you the morning feeding of the waterfowl and large lazy ducks. You may have noticed that as soon as they have been fed by us at the further end of the pond they rush off to find you for some more. It is good that you both returned home refreshed. All the best, David & Team Lazy Duck
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I really am not sure my words will do this beautiful haven any justice. What incredible people David and Valerie are so full of knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the environment and all their happy animals ducks hens and Soay sheep. What an achievement the Lazy Duck
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Response from lazyduckhostel, Owner at The Lazy Duck
Responded 14 Nov 2018
Thanks so much both of you. Discerning and inquisitive guests such as you really make it for us. The whole team commented most happily on your stay. Yes, a highlight for us, as well as them we know, is when children are leading the morning feeding of the waterfowl. It's just so new to most of them and those, young in heart, of all ages, seem never fail to respond to an invitation to be a part of it. Come again, David & Team Lazy Duck
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We only stayed one night but I’d like to go back and explore more. It’s a stay with a difference which makes it perfect. We went to a local hotel for dinner which was amazing big I would like the chance to cook on the bbq and relax in the woods. With ducks and wildlife all
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Response from lazyduckhostel, Owner at The Lazy Duck
Responded 14 Nov 2018
You are right. Elemental living mixed with whatever you like best is no bad recipe for a mindful detox. Next time we bet you'll be sure to make best use of the hut hostel's BBQ. Haste ye back. David & Team Lazy Duck
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Just spent 2 nights in the Woodman’s Hut at the Lazy Duck site. Such a really great site!! Lovely welcome from Katriona who showed us around and explained the cabin. Turned out she was around for the whole time we were there and she was terrific, especially enjoyed watching her
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Response from lazyduckhostel, Owner at The Lazy Duck
Responded 14 Nov 2018
Thanks James. It's good to read that the Woodman's Hut suited you both so well. It was the first hut we built after the hut/hostel, a design award winner within the year and still the favourite for couples who are searching for that bit special remoteness in these busy times. We'll see you again perhaps, David & Team Lazy Duck
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Lazy Duck Hostel, Eco Cabins & Lightweight Camping Ground
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Lazy Duck Hostel, Eco Cabins & Lightweight Camping Ground
Outside The Woodman's Hut
The Woodman's Hut
Hello, the hot tub isn't free. think we were about £7 per person for a hour. they also add some very nice oils which are good for you and are very relaxing. as for the distance, it depends on the cabin you hire. we normally have the 8 bed cabin which is about 15-20 feet away. I suggest you take a pair of flip flops. we love the hot tub, even on a cold night we have found it very relaxing and soothing.. hope this helps..
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hi do you take motor homes ,
to my knowledge, I don't think they do take motorhomes. they have a small camping area for tents only. hope this helps.
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"Could not rate service ratings as it wouldn’t tick"
"Take some thing(s) with you to occupy yourself when in the cabin."
"The duck cabin doesn't allow children but other cabins and tenting did."
"We enjoyed the Duck's Nest as we were just a twosome and liked the privacy."
"Woodsman Hut for remoteness - a bit a away from everything else."
United KingdomScotlandBadenoch and StrathspeyNethy Bridge
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