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Lazy Duck Hostel, Eco Cabins & Lightweight Camping Ground

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300 metres off the Nethy Bridge to Tomintoul Road | At the village boundary, Nethy Bridge PH25 3ED, Scotland
Lazy Duck Hostel, Eco Cabins & Lightweight Camping Ground
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Swansea, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed in the Woodman's Hut for 6 nights, and they were the bests ever! We had a wonderful stay, loved having no electricity, no real running water (It was January, so everything was frozen). I espacially loved the evening in front of the fire reading books and just talking to my boyfriends and drinking a glass of red wine.... More 

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Greenock, United Kingdom
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13 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a lovely stay, the hostel had everything you could expect and lots more,too nice to be called a hostel. We enjoyed walks to the castle.The hottub experience was amazing, and staff all seemed lovely. Wouldn't dream of marking the place down for it as it wasn't that big of a deal but there was a lot of rules.I travel... More 

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lazyduckhostel, Owner at Lazy Duck Hostel, Eco Cabins & Lightweight Camping Ground, responded to this review

Thank you for your appreciations and helpful observations. It's a shame you felt a bit overpowered by the hospitality and modest arrangements to ensure guests get the most out of their stay and enjoy their visit. What we suspect has happened here is that our young and enthusiastic International Volunteer Summer Helpers may just have burdened you with too much... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recently stayed there for one night in the Lazy Duck Hostel. All I can say is how impressed I was with the property and the fantastic staff and owners. Everyone from the volunteers to the property manager JC were friendly, engaging, and helpful. The hostel cabin had everything we needed and more. The ammenities included a great grill area... More 

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lazyduckhostel, Owner at Lazy Duck Hostel, Eco Cabins & Lightweight Camping Ground, responded to this review

Thanks so much from you folk across 'the pond'. You are right than in JC & Jo, managers and current Volunteer Summer Helpers, Celia, France and Umut, Turkey we have a thoughtful, hospitable 'can do' team who are doing their best to make you and everyone feel that the effort you have taken to get to us has been worth... More 

Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

My boyfriend drove us to Aviemore (Nethy Bridge) for three nights here. Stayed in the stunning "woodman's hut". Extremely beautifully constructed, completely immersed in nature - looking up at the stars through the skylight. Self catered, for warm cosy, isolated nights in with a loved one, with a log burning stove and candles. The shower and toilet are not for... More 

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lazyduckhostel, Owner at Lazy Duck Hostel, Eco Cabins & Lightweight Camping Ground, responded to this review

Again, you hit the nail on the head. Thanks very much for your kindly response to your stay. Your picture of stove side cosiness says it all. David & Team Lazy Duck More 

Inverness, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 via mobile

It you want a break away from the crowd and modern day amenities this place is ideal for you,yes you have to put a bit off effort in to get hot water to have a shower but this is part of the charm of staying in a place like this. The pay off is blissful peace and quiet surrounding's with... More 

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lazyduckhostel, Owner at Lazy Duck Hostel, Eco Cabins & Lightweight Camping Ground, responded to this review

You're spot on here. Jed sings of being 'right where I wanna be'; more to do with the love and friends around him than with anything material. Maybe these values reveal themselves between couples who stay tucked up in The Woodman's Hut and all Lazy Duck. Hope so. Thanks for prodding us into a more than usual thoughtful reply David... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Just back from 2 nights in the woodmans hut. This place is truely unique with it being in the forrest and the view of the cairngorms. It is basic in the sense that there is no running hot water and it's an outdoor toilet but that is what sets this place a part from any other. Everything there has been... More 

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lazyduckhostel, Owner at Lazy Duck Hostel, Eco Cabins & Lightweight Camping Ground, responded to this review

Thanks so much. Clever of you too in highlighting the essence of what this place is all about. Haste ye back. David & Team Lazy Duck More 

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Stayed here for 3 nights, had the most amazing time. So quiet and peaceful. Staff very helpful and place was immaculate. Highly recommend the Scandinavian hot tub on a star filled evening. Took a bit of getting used to the loo and shower, but once you get over the shock then it's no bother at all. Will be back, again... More 

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lazyduckhostel, Owner at Lazy Duck Hostel, Eco Cabins & Lightweight Camping Ground, responded to this review

Thanks folks for highlighting the immaculate presentation of your accommodation. Thanks too for pointing out that, while you had to brace yourselves initially to feel comfortable with the unfamiliar composting loo and bush shower you proved to yourselves, beyond any doubt, that you were right to choose this kind of holiday for yourselves. We sometimes usefully surprise ourselves when we... More 

Inverness, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Stayed here recently in the cabin. If you are expecting luxury, its not. If you are expecting a shower, well, while the concept of showering outside may seem exciting.... the reality of having to boil your water, bring it outside then hoist it up and then stand in a dog bed, yes you read that right, a dog bed while... More 

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lazyduckhostel, Owner at Lazy Duck Hostel, Eco Cabins & Lightweight Camping Ground, responded to this review

Oh dear, what has happened here? Have we really made such a bad slip up as to welcome you with an uncleaned composting toilet and an unusable shower? If so then multiple apologies for our carelessness. We really wish you had come to us early in your stay and we would have jumped about to put things right. We have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Just WOW!everything was utter perfect the ducks nest was an amazing cozy hut perfect in every way and more,already looking to book again for near future!scenery= divine!we love this place and surroundings,staff were 1st class and fresh bread to die for!we think 5 stars is not a high enough rating for this place!the ducks pond is gorgeous and well kept,also... More 

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lazyduckhostel, Owner at Lazy Duck Hostel, Eco Cabins & Lightweight Camping Ground, responded to this review

Great Barry that you found just what you were looking for and have taken the trouble to write about your stay here. Haste ye back! More 

Aberdeen
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I could rant on endlessly about my love for this place, but I'll try to keep things concise! We stayed at the Ducks Nest cabin on the 1st and 2nd of March and had the best few days ever! JC was very welcoming and we found the owners/staff very friendly and helpful. The cabin itself is gorgeous in every way... More 

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lazyduckhostel, Owner at Lazy Duck Hostel, Eco Cabins & Lightweight Camping Ground, responded to this review

Well once again, many, many congratulations you two. If your man went down on one knee in the hot tub to propose you're lucky still to have him alive and not drowned. Thanks for mentioning Valery's little book of wise words. There is one in each of the two huts and you're right, many folk tell us it helps them... More 

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