Accommodating up to 10 (with 2 extra spaces for kids), Smithy Croft is one of the most well equipped properties in the area and only 6 miles from Aviemore!
Extensively renovated in 2019, the property commands a sublime position on the banks of the River Dulnain in the village of Carrbridge. The exceptional outside space makes this the perfect choice for a highland getaway - a hot tub, large decking, BBQ, Pizza Oven, chill out space, Smuggler’s Cove - it’s got it all going on!
Inside at a glance:
1 King Size Master Room with Ensuite
2 Family Rooms - 1 x Master Bed, with 2 bespoke bunks in each room
2 Junior Bunks & 1 Sofa Bed on the Gallery
Open Plan Kitchen, Dining & Living Space
Entrance with storage for outdoor gear.
Outside at a glance:
Large new decking
Hot tub for 6
Outdoor sitting area
Firepit with seating
Smuggler’s Cove - exceptional play area for kids
Views of the River Dulnain
BBQ & Dining area
Quiet road & good access to River walks
2 min walk from village shops
In more detail…
You’ll be hard pushed to find a lodge that delivers more.
The fabulous outside space features a hot tub with a bar surround where you can let your troubles bubble away as you relax by the river. A dedicated al fresco dining area with a BBQ, Pizza Oven, plenty of prep space and a large dining table for everyone to gather around for the evening’s festivities.
When the weather is fine there is plenty of chill-out area for everyone to relax outside. Then as the sun starts to set, light the fire pit and gather round for a dram and to swap stories.
The kids will be delighted when they discover Smuggler’s Cove! The shipwreck play area in the garden with swings, slides and a real boat to play in. The garden is private and secure with a lockable gate down to the river. They will have hours of fun while you get some time to relax in the sun.
The inside has been equally well thought out and sits over two levels. The large open plan kitchen, dining & living area sit under a stunning vaulted ceiling.
The kitchen has everything the chef for the night will need - 2 cookers, plenty of prep space & space for friends to gather around and keep the chef’s wine glass topped up.
A bespoke bar area has been built using an original whisky barrel and features both a white wine and a red wine fridge, and plenty of space for mixing cocktails.
The dining & living area is wonderfully bright and airy with a gorgeous new stone-built fireplace. The setting for a long evening of good food, great chat, board games and many laughs!
There are 3 bedrooms - 1 Master King Size suite, and 2 Family Rooms. The Master Room is on the first floor and a haven of comfort and luxury to ensure a wonderful night's sleep.
The 2 family rooms on the ground floor will delight parents and kids! There is a master bed for the parents, and 2 custom built enclosed wooden bunks for the kids. The bunks have a light and power sockets so they have their own wee den.
There is a bathroom on each level, a large utility near the entrance and a new hand-built cloakroom space at the front door.
We love our dogs too, and well-behaved dogs are very welcome at Smithy Croft. There are so many walks right from the front door, along the River Dulnain and through the pine and birch woods near the lodge. There is a tap outside the kitchen door if you need to give pooch a rinse after a muddy walk.
We ask that no dogs are allowed in the bedrooms and that they are kept off the furniture. Dogs may not be left alone in the house unless securely crated. There is a charge for each dog - £10. This will be charged after your booking and we'll get in touch to arrange it.
Perfect for active families and adventure lovers!
Carrbridge and the surrounding area are known as the playground of the Highlands, there is so much to do for all ages… and abilities. You'll find plenty of things to do on our blog at Caledonian Escapes, however here are some of the highlights …. zip lining, mountain biking, skiing, climbing, go karting and quad biking, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, hill walking, sailing, gorge walking, lying on the beach… ! We're sure there will be something for you.
Equally, Carrbridge itself is lovely quiet village so you can really get away from the hustle and bustle here and enjoy a slower pace of life. The Old Packhorse Bridge is just a short walk from the lodge and it’s worth a photo at this iconic landmark. The village itself has a shop, a petrol station and a couple of cafes, restaurants and pubs so you can enjoy some local cuisine a short walk from the lodge.
The famous Landmark Adventure Park is about 10 minutes walk from the lodge and well worth a visit with the whole family, and some of it is open all year round. Another family favourite is visiting the Polar Bears and the other beautiful animals at the Wildlife Park near Aviemore.
Even just taking the dog for a walk can be a discovery. There are plenty of woodland and river walks near the lodge which can be added together to make longer walks. You can also explore the trails through the ancient Rothiemurchus forest, around the wonderful lochs and lochans, or into the foothills to discover a bothy or a breathtaking viewpoint. There are walks for all levels, so you can go high and long, or gentle, low and easy… but you will not be disappointed.
And of course, after a day exploring, you will discover all the wonderful places to stop for coffee and cake, a pub lunch, or a long dinner over wine. The surrounding towns and villages around Carrbridge also have a wide variety of things to do and places to refuel. Of course, you can pop into Aviemore which is only about 10 minutes drive away which has a wonderful buzz and energy, and plenty of shops if you need supplies. We are more than happy to pass on all the information you need to make sure you get the best from your holiday in the highlands.
You'll find lots more ideas of what to explore on our Caledonian Escapes social media feeds and website :)
We know that often the first things kids ask is “What’s the wifi code?” But there is so much on offer for kids that hopefully you’ll won’t need the code!
There are plenty of trails around for easy low level walking and mountain biking. One right from the front door follows cycle route NCN7 to Sluggan Bridge, where you can let you mind go back in time and imagine General Wade’s redcoats using the bridge to ford the river. Recently built in Carrbridge is a bike park, just near the school, so great kids (young and old) to brush up on their bike skills. If the kids are a bit more adventurous on the bikes, then Laggan Wolftrax is just south of Aviemore and offers some get downhill trails and a cute cafe in the carpark for a well earned cuppa and cake.
Other brilliant activities for kids include the zip line park just south of Aviemore, and Treezone at Rothiemurchus. There is also tennis, horse riding, segways, go-karting, indoor soft play and a whole bunch of activities to enjoy on the water at Loch Insh and Loch Morlich.
After all this, you’ll be ready to head back to the lodge to relax in the hot tub, get the BBQ on and start planning the next day’s adventures.
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