Enchanting & Cosy Country Retreats
Enjoy the Luxury of Central Town Locations
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Striking Smart Home
Ben Shea Nestled in Rural Dufftown
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Peace & Tranquility with a Coastal Retreat
Couthy Harbour House, Moray Coastal Trail
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Relax in Nature. Discover the City
Aberdeen City Apartment, Ferryhill
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Our story

We love to know our guests have had an enjoyable and memorable stay.

James moved to Dufftown, attracted by the fresh air, open landscape and tremendous dog walks he and Dave (our Sprocker) could enjoy.  Louise relocated from Aberdeen, the potential to create our family home & live in a small friendly town and be surrounded by stunning scenery was too hard to resist.  We love to adventure and travel together.  .  

By travelling regularly in past careers we discovered what was important to us for comfortable accommodation and being lucky enough to stay in high quality and stylish venues we appreciated the attention to details, and the difference it makes.  

We started working together in Dufftown, building Speyside Cottages from the ground up with our first holiday home project, The Milking Sheds.  By refurbishing properties, which is a passion of ours, we know it inside and out.  We’re able to breathe life into an old property knowing it is secure for years to come.  We also have fun creating stylish spaces, each holiday home has a unique feel and delight factor.  These are homes we’d love to stay in ourselves.

We want to create and share wee gems of accommodation, and connect you with local experiences from our Speyside region. We appreciate the personal connection when we travel so we do our best to provide this for our guests. From local information, connecting guests with local business, or we can help with reservations in advance or during your trip.  
By booking direct we can connect easily – a simpler way than through a 3rd party platform.

At the same time we are only here if you need us, if you have an itinerary in place or simply want to work or rest & relax in a beautiful home that’s fantastic, you have self-check in along with your privacy & peace for you to cherish.  

We hope you find and then enjoy your holiday home in Speyside with us, we like to call it the ‘home of your Speycation’.
We’re here if you need us.

James & Louise Creane-Smith

Enhancing your Holiday

Exceptional Scottish Hospitality – As owners of our homes, we focus on the details

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Wild Remoteness yet central Town locations

Coutryside, Seaside or City there is fresh air and plenty of space to explore.  Whether it is a hike up Ben Rinnes, a custom whisky walk, coastal trail or ambling along the Isla way before enjoying a dram, there is something for everyone.  Need help with plans, ideas or local bookings just let us know.  What do you fancy?

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Large Family & Friends Getaway together

In Dufftown our 3 homes can host for 10 guests. Plan for outdoor BBQs, detox in nature with walks, tours and laughter, it’s a perfect backdrop for family, friends and groups. 

NEWS!!  Coming Spring 2022 our 4 holiday homes in Dufftown can host for up to 20 Adults, ideal for a celebrations, family occasions and Group stays

Sleep Glorious Sleep
Rest & Relaxation

When it comes to our bedrooms the biggest features are their luxurious Speyside beds – which are the same as the Savoy!  

The single beds ideal for Twin bedroom set up can all be made into sumptuous hotel quality Super King beds too.

Property Highlights

We strive to provide quality & memorable holiday homes in Speyside & Aberdeen that we would love to stay in ourselves

From 1 - 5 Bedroom Homes

Sleep 1-6 Guests

Up to 20 in Dufftown across 4 holiday homes

Peaceful & Central Locations

Self Check-In

Arrival Pack Options

Dogs Welcome

Homes have a Garden

Free WiFI

Hear From Our Happy Guests

We love and appreciate that so many of our guests have taken the time to spread the word of our wee part of the world

Discover your Holiday Home in Speyside

The Home of your ‘Speycation’ from glorious countryside to stunning coast, and even a city break – where would you like to explore?

Fancy a Romantic Getaway?

We have the perfect location in any of our homes for a romantic break.  

Enjoy the luxury of space, a stylish home and the warmth of a cosy wood burner in either Ben Shea Smart Home or at our off-grid coastal retreat Couthy Harbour House.

A cottage is ideal for cosy couple breaks, go on you deserve to get away from it all!

We're Good To Go

We are embracing guidelines and best practices for our holiday homes.  In addition to our typical high standard of cleaning we have implemented BS EN 14476 certified products for an additional disinfectant phase.  This includes a food safe version used in the kitchen.

We don’t want to overwhelm with detail, as ultimately you are on holiday to relax and ‘get away from it all’.   We have risk assessments in place and are happy to share any further information or answer any questions you have. 

Each home operates a self-check in policy as standard.  A range of cleaning materials are supplied in each home for your use throughout your stay. 

For Families

Discover our homes suitable for your whole family

Couthy Harbour Home is ideal for families looking to enjoy the sand between their toes & playing in the salt air, before relaxing in the large social kitchen, dining, living and garden space.  Sleeping up to 6 and well-behaved dogs welcome this is a perfect family holiday coastal retreat.  

The Milking Sheds can have a travel cot supplied for infants.  For those happy with a cosy cosy cottage, the sofa bed can be used for a 3rd guest

Ben Shea Smart Home is a teenagers delight with Smart TVs throughout, reliable WiFi and ease of airplay music streaming.  Not to mention all the smart features that can be customised.  A wood burner makes for cosy evenings too.

Aberdeen City Apartment lends itself well to family holidays with its peaceful location, Ferryhill within the heart of the City.  Tire out playing at Duthie Park and enjoy the wonders of its diverse Winter Gardens.  Local family-friendly pub walking distance.  A short drive takes you to Union Sq or the beach boulevard and its range of leisure and amusement options for fun bowling,  a movie or crazy golf.

Benefits Of Booking Direct

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Use any of the booking buttons within this website to make instant bookings and secure online payments.  Please either call or email us too and we can make the booking on your behalf, following up by email.  If you are not quite ready to book then why not call for a chat to answer any questions or make sure the home is right for you?

The benefits of booking direct mean that you are dealing direct with us, the owners – James & Louise and we like to think and hope we have a reasonable common sense approach. our review comment on our positive communication.  No third party holds your deposit or payment.  No hour long wait to call centres.  Standard terms of cancellation are 100% refund until 2 weeks prior to your arrival date.  Thereafter we will endeavour to re-let your dates and make a relative refund based on this.  Due to Covid travel restrictions in your home area or ours then worry-free date changes can be made at any time and if it’s within 2 weeks of arrival we can still provide a Covid refund too.

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