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Lazy Duck Hut Hostel, Eco Cabins & Lightweight Camping Ground
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Reviewed 30 June 2013 via mobile

Spent a night at the lazy duck campsite, which is on the glamping side of camping- everything is available if you ask and staff and owners are on hand all the time. The facilities are great- even the bush shower. You can tell that the owners love the site and they're always looking for ways to improve- I'm not sure what else could be done though!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

Excellent well equipped hostel in great location. The outside sheltered BBQ area is a real gem and the plentiful supply of wood a real bonus. The log burner inside makes it really cosy. The only slight downside is the rules about going down to the river but this is for understandable reasons.

Room Tip: Four bunks downstairs accessed off the kitchen and people upstairs have to walk through.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 April 2013

I spent three nights at the Lazy Duck in April 2013. It was quite amazing. Very quirky but very comfortable whilst still in keeping with the feeling of being in the wonderful forest around Nethy. Lots of privacy but it would be a good idea to go with close friends. If you are here in winter or anything other than high summer then you'll need a torch if you are out at night. My group of friends an I loved the wood burning stove and the big fire outside. WE had a visit from a red squirrel every morning and there are views of the Cairngorm massif from the kitchen table. I would definitely go back.

Room Tip: There are other cabins but the lazy duck hostel fitted us down to the ground.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 March 2013

This was our 4th trip to the Lazy Duck, previously we have camped twice and once we stayed in the hostel. There is no doubt the surroundings are very lovely and to be honest on previous stays we did have any real complaints... the owners although lovely are a little overbearing and sometimes slightly intrusive but maybe that was just because we had young kids in our group.

Ok this time we camped for one night and although there was plenty room in the normal campsite for some reason other guests we're given the whole area to themselves?!?! this left us being put the the ''overflow" camping field which with our 2 year old daughter was very concerning as after we pitched the tent we notice that the whole field was surrounded by an ELECTRIC FENCE. If it wast relatively late at night and we hadn't been driving for 2 hours we would have packed up and gone home!! Sorry to say we wont be back and would like other campers with young children to beware!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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lazyduckhostel, Owner at Lazy Duck Hut Hostel, Eco Cabins & Lightweight Camping Ground, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2013

Oh dear, what a shame that your 4th visit to us was spoiled by a worry over the electric fence. This was a necessary precaution to safeguard campers from the intrusive noses of our new born Soay lambs which are far too inquisitive for their own good. Your concern is quite understandable; we apologise and yes, last year one other family of regular Lazy Duck campers, chatting about the problem with us on departure, did ask when we would be back to normal.

The adjacent regular camping ground together with campers' shelter, swings, hammock and chiminea fires is now fully operational again for 2013. The ground has taken longer than we had hoped to completely re surface and re grass and have the drainage of rainwater running away satisfactorily.

Given that you have been such regular visitors to both the hostel and the camping ground we would be very pleased to make any return two night camping trip you might consider making, 'on the house'.

All the best

L. Duck & Friends

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Reviewed 7 September 2012

My teenage daughter and I stayed at the Bunkhouse for 3 nights. We had a great stay. Loved the woodfire stove. Very peaceful to walk around and unwind after a day of sightseeing. The only complaint I have is my GPS didn't want to find the place so well so we had to stop for directions. The support staff was very friendly and helpful and the bunkhouse is very clean and tidy and comfortable.

Room Tip: we slept in the top cubby area of the house - may be difficult for people who can't do ladders w...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 July 2012 via mobile

This hostel only has 8 beds, and is more like a cabin than anything. It was in such a serene location, if you are happy to make the effort to get there, it's definitely worth it. For groups it would make for perfect accommodation. I spent half a day just enjoying the cabin, with the fire on, listening to some folk music. You can even buy some freshly baked organic bread. The owner took me along to the highlander games which was great. Be prepared for a lot of ruled though, and if you want to be left alone, probably not the place. There is also no smoking on the whole 6 acres so smokers be prepared for that (and maybe even some advice to quit).

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed 15 July 2012

The hostel is small but has everything you need and a wonderful character. It is on the edge of the village, with Abernethy Forest a mile away and Red squirrels on the feeder outside the window. Staff were friendly and very helpful. There is a cottage, hut, small campsite, the owners and their ducks on site so there are a few ground rules but they are obvious enough and it all works well. To anyone who finds Aviemore and Glenmore a bit brash, busy and overdeveloped, come here and you'll fall in love with Speyside afresh.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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Address: 300 metres off the Nethy Bridge to Tomintoul Road | At the village boundary, Nethy Bridge PH25 3ED, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Badenoch and Strathspey > Nethy Bridge
Amenities:
Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Nethy Bridge
Price Range: £7 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 6 acre oasis in the Cairngorms National Park where nestle an 8 bed hut hostel, 2 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 & resident yoga teacher. ... more   less 
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