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The Lazy Duck Hostel, Ecohuts & Camping

Nethy Bridge, Highland, Scotland

3 luxurious eco-huts for 2 adults and a rustic hut hostel for up to 8 guests in the Cairngorms Nat.Park. SAUNA & HOT TUB available to book!

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If you want quirky elemental living then The Lazy Duck is the place for you!

Just a short drive from Aviemore, you will discover a variety of accommodation options that include three uniquely designed year-round eco-huts, a quirky mountain-hut style private hostel, together with a tiny 4-pitch, pine and golden broom-fringed camping ground.

This is a diverse, friendly homestead of ancient woodland, flower meadow, watercourse, grassland & moor covering 6 acres and surrounded by many hundreds of acres of pine forest and heather moor. Sheltered by old Caledonian Scots Pines, Lazy Duck looks south to the Cairngorm Mountain range with peaks and corries providing an epic backdrop. The name 'Lazy Duck' comes from the resident Exhibition Aylesbury ducks and with just a few minutes watching them around the pond, guests will see why. The thirty or so other waterfowl comprising Mandarin, Wigeon, Goldeneye, Whistling Duck and more can be admired from the pond's Welcoming Seat.

Each ECO-Hut is designed solely for two adults. Guests can relax on a private deck, fire up the outdoor chimenea and watch the red squirrel, crested tit, siskin, heron, waxwings, crossbill, deer, Soay sheep, ducks and chickens about their own business. Take time to slowly prepare meals in the fully-equipped, compact galley/kitchen. Stretch out in the extra long, unbelievably comfortable king size Hebridean style 'box bed'. Refresh in the hot water bush shower and make use of the surprisingly sweet-smelling compost loo. The solar power & candlelit Woodman's Hut is completely off-grid, the Duck's Nest overlooks the ducks playing or idling in the pond and the Lambing Bothy is the neighbour to sheep, lambs and chickens and gardens in a one-acre field at the edge of the forest.   

ECO-HUTS can be booked Fri-Mon £375, Mon-Fri £440 or a full week with Monday or Friday arrivals for £815 with cost based on 2 guests. 

LAZY DUCK HUT-HOSTEL is colourful, rustic and mountain-hut style, sleeping up to 8 people, perfect for families and small groups. Open-plan, with a long sleeping gallery for a double and 2 singles, accessed by a ship's ladder and downstairs 2 set of cabin bunks with shower room adjoining. There is a snug kitchen/living area with Bluetooth radio, books and WiFi. All warmed by a wood-burning stove.

The Hostel is booked out to private groups only, with a maximum of 8 guests. To book Mon-Fri the cost is £400 based on up to 4 guests, with an additional cost of £80 per each extra person. To book Fri-Mon the cost is £360 based on up to 4 guests, with an additional cost of £75 per each extra person. A full week costs £760 with Monday or Friday arrivals. 

The tiny 2-PITCH CAMPING GROUND for 1, 2, or 3 person tents has a candlelit, furnished dining area under a wet weather shelter with cooking tables and storage boxes plus two chimenea fireplace/bbq's with tree-stump seats. Two swings for 'children' of any age plus chill out hammocks will aid your relaxation and now the legendary Lazy Duck bush shower in the forest is the perfect way to reconnect with nature. Access to an indoor flushing toilet, washing up sinks, hot and cold running water is also available.

CAMPING is £15 for a tent with 1 person + £5 per additional person and if offered between 1 May to 31 October.

An infra-red SAUNA for 2 with music offers a deep-heat detox and a wood-fired HOT TUB allows you to end the day in pure, often starlit relaxation. The cost for the hot tub for a 1 hour private session is £10 per adult and £5 per child under the age of 10. The sauna costs £7.50 for 1 person or £10 for 2 people. Both require booking and are only open at certain times. 

A small WELLBEING STUDIO opens directly into the forest and is a dedicated space for yoga, massage, music, meditation by special arrangement.

You can connect to the free WiFi almost everywhere on site. Mobile networks can be patchy.

Sorry, we cannot accommodate pets due to free-ranging 'lazy ducks', hens and sheep...

Room Types 

The 3 Huts are for two adults only.

HUT HOSTEL is for up to 8 guests and comprises of 2 single beds and a double upstairs, 4 single bunks downstairs, all open plan. Accessible with a ramp for the front door available on request.

CAMPING is for max 3-person tents and 2 pitches only.

 

 

 

Room Types

Double
Whole property for 5 or more

Nearest Airport/s

Inverness