Enchanting & Cosy Country Retreats
Enjoy the Luxury of Central Town Locations
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Ben Shea Nestled in Rural Dufftown
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Aberdeen City Apartment, Ferryhill
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Our story

James moved to Dufftown, attracted by the fresh air, open landscape and tremendous dog walks he and Dave (our Sprocker) could enjoy.  I relocated from Aberdeen as 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 this 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 gems of accommodation, and connect you with local experiences from our Moray, 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 helping 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 and do reach out with any questions, we really are happy to help. 
it’s important to us that your stay is awesome!

James & Louise Creane-Smith

Enhancing your Holiday

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

Glenrinnes - wide open country side on your doortep

Wild Remoteness yet central Town location

Close to town amenities, yet 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 & where do you fancy?

Calling all Group Holidays & Celebrations!

In Dufftown our 4 homes can host for 22 guests. Plan for BBQs, detox in nature with walks, tours and laughter, it’s a perfect backdrop for family, friends and groups, particularly if you are getting married at Aswanley

Check out The Tannochbrae our recent refurbishment enables a whole house private stay for up to 12 guests
The Tannocbhrae, 1872 stunning Victorian home in the heart of Dufftown, Moray Speyside

Sleep Glorious Sleep
Rest & Relaxation

When it comes to our bedrooms the biggest feature is their Luxurious Sumptous Speyside beds – these are the same as you would find at The Savoy!  

Relax into hotel quality beds with crisp white linen and fluffy white towels as standard – Enjoy the zzz’s and return home supercharged!

Hear From Our Happy Guests

We love and appreciate that so many of our guests have taken the time to share their experience. We hope this illustrates how we aim to deliver as hosts.

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 1-12 Guests

Up to 22 in Dufftown across 4 holiday homes

Peaceful & Central Town Locations

Relaxed Self Check-In

Arrival Pack Options

Dogs Welcome

Free WiFI

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!

Holidays for all the Family

 Ben Shea Smart Home has delights for all the family, 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.  Have fun at Duthie Park and the wonders of its diverse Winter Gardens.  Two local family-friendly pubs are walking distance too.  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.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If your question is not answered here, or you would like further detail please contact us using form below, or following links:

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Call:  +44 (0)7794 681 807

SMS:  +44 (0)7801 350 723

Whatsapp: +44 (0)7801 350 723

Email: stay@speysidecottages.com

We’d love to hear from you.

Use any of the booking buttons or click here to make instant bookings & access secure online payments.  Please either call or email us too, links above 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 past Guests Reviews praise 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.

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