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“Excellent campsite”
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The Lazy Duck
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Reviewed 18 July 2014 via mobile

Camped here for three nights with my husband and we both highly recommend this campsite. All the facilities we needed as campers were readily available; clean toilet, awesome bush shower, hot water for washing up and campers' shelter for cooking in when it rained. The location of the Lazy Duck is excellent. We found the location ideal for visits to the Osprey Visitor Centre at Loch Morlich, Aviemore, Glenmore, the Highland Wildlife Park and the Highland Folk. Museum (as recommended by David). We saw red squirrels and roe deer whilst on walks from the Lazy Duck and are looking forward to returning in the future. Thank you for a lovely stay.

Stayed: July 2014
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lazyduckhostel, Owner at The Lazy Duck, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2014

Thanks very much you two. Yes, there is a huge amount to do from here. David & Valery have yet to complete the list and they have been here for 40 years! Glad you found the Lazy Duck camping just to your liking.

All the best,

David, Valery, Juan Carlos (JC) & Jo

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Reviewed 15 July 2014 via mobile

I stayed at Lazy Duch for a reasonable period of time and can affirm that the place is unique. Besides, it is good located, and I could even cycle to several places such as Aviemore while being there. Do not hesitate to try the hot tub at any time: you will not regret it. And last but not least, I would like to point out that the owners, David and Valery, were really nice to me and were delighted to show me the place and its surroundings!

  • Stayed: August 2013
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lazyduckhostel, Owner at The Lazy Duck, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2014

Good to know David that you felt well looked after and got to explore our part of the Cairngorms. Haste ye back.

All the best,

David, Valery, Juan Carlos (JC) & Jo

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Reviewed 3 July 2014

We've stayed at a number of camp sites and this one really is quite different, in a good way.

Everyone we met was pleasant and helpful, we got a good welcome and comprehensive tour of the site by JC upon arrival. The site itself is fantastically thought out, and the woodman's shower is actually really great (I was initially dubious but was won over by it).

We camped, the site only allows a few tents at a time so there is plenty of space. The camping ground is level and well kept, with a shelter provided for campers to use for cooking or sheltering in case of bad weather and chimineas to sit around on cool evenings. On top of all this, this surround area is beautiful.

We are really considering returning to stay in one of the huts at a future date.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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lazyduckhostel, Owner at The Lazy Duck, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2014

Thanks for your kind review. You are not the first convert to our warm water bush showers. We guess you were using the brand new Wild Willow shower which serves the 4 pitch lightweight tent camping ground. It really has been a hit and we are hurriedly doing a reprint of the 'Certificates of Courage' campers can award themselves, take home, frame and exhibit to impress their friends. Should you decide to try either The Woodman's Hut or The Duck's Nest 2 person eco huts on your next visit, be assured you can bush shower there too!

All the best,

Team Lazy Duck, 2014

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Reviewed 16 June 2014

Was a nice couples get away and the volunteer JC was great and really helpful. Took a while to shine to the owners but soon we where all feeding the ducks and chatting.

The woodcutters cabin was great and the eco friendly approach made it really fun to shower in the freezing cold under hot water overlooking Cairngorm.

4 stars!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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lazyduckhostel, Owner at The Lazy Duck, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2014

Thanks so much folks for your encouraging review. It looks as if you were staying in our Woodman's Hut on the edge of the 100 acre moor, looking straight to Cairngorm. Yes, the view from the warm bush shower there is one of the most unusual and rewarding you are likely to find around here.

Just to help you and others perhaps: Juan Carlos - JC - is not one of our international volunteer summer helpers. He and his wife Jo are managers here and as owners, Valery & David keep to taking rather a back seat so as not to confuse visitors. As owners and front runners here for 15 years and while still active, they now leave confidently the major hospitality role to Jo and JC. As you discovered perhaps, Valery is quietly busy growing salads and vegetables for guests and David can pop up anywhere to assist guests in the hostel, huts or 4 pitch camping ground and often is be found with the ducks. He always welcomes visitor interest.

We look forward to welcoming you back someday.

All the best Team Lazy Duck, 2014

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Reviewed 7 June 2014

Third time at the Hostel. Fantastic facility in a really beautiful setting. Sadly didn't have time for the natural hot-tub, but enjoyed a glass of wine next to the roaring fire. Very friendly and helpful staff.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

My partner and I fell in love with Lazy Duck the moment we came through the gate at the front of the property. We stayed in the Woodman's Hut so cannot comment on the other accommodation, but from the outside everything looked beautiful with lovely gardens and places to sit and watch the world go by. David and Valery both took the time to say hello and we took advantage of their offer of charging our phones/computers using the power station by the main house and had no problems re security.

The Woodman's Hut itself was a delight. Warm (Juan's warm welcome extended to have already fired up the wood burning stove for us!), cosy, well equipped and just the right amount of adventure (no electricity or hot water!). The books, games and radio provided kept us occupied, or we just grabbed one of the blankets and sat out on the porch to watch the red squirrels and world go by.

We also spent an evening in the hot tub which we highly recommend! Such a treat to watch the sun go down and stars come out in such a beautiful spot. We would love to return in the future, it is such a special place and I recommend it to anyone who wants to relax and have some 'time out' from the stresses of everyday life.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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lazyduckhostel, Owner at The Lazy Duck, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2014

Many thanks for your kind review. When folk travel all the way from London to dip into the elemental life of The Lazy Duck, we do our best to see that the reality here matches any rhetoric in the way we may have described this small 6 acre 'oasis' to you. That takes team effort and it's good that you came across us all - David, Valery Juan Carlos (JC) and Jo. Plus probably Andrew 2 yrs. & Django, supposed to be a working cocker spaniel!

This year again we are particularly grateful to our international volunteer summer helpers for their contribution from May until October - Thea, Holland, Gregoire, France, George, Canada, Barbara, Italy, Ian, England & Melanie, Holland.

Haste ye back!

Team Lazy Duck, 2014

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Reviewed 9 April 2014

This might honestly be my favourite accommodation to date.

My friend and I had the whole little hostel to ourselves during our stay at the beginning of April, but even if we'd had to share we couldn't have found better value for money. For the same price per night as other hostels charged us for a bunk bed and shower, the Lazy Duck offered us cooking and dining facilities, the joy of a wood-burning stove, free WiFi, a covered garden area with its own log fire/BBQ, and use of a hot tub and sauna, all in the most picturesque and peaceful of surrounds.

Both the owners and management were delightfully friendly and helped to make us feel "right at home" from the get go and there seemed always to be someone around had we needed any help.

Our stay here was a joy and far too short for my liking! We'll definitely be back.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Address: 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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