The Old Smithy

Cosy cottage full of character and history, with steps leading down to its own private stretch of river bank and walking distance to Nethy Bridge

​Pet friendly

Bathroom underfloor heating

Period features

​Wood-burning stove

​River views

River seat​

Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms

Off-street parking

1x king bedroom with ensuite

1x double bedroom

1x twin in upstairs 'cabin'

Space for a cot

TV in both bedrooms

​​Large family bathroom


Bluetooth speaker

Dishwasher & washing machine

​Free WIFI


Patio and large enclosed garden

Storage for sports equipment


When you spend a holiday in this beautiful cosy cottage, you’re staying in a little piece of history. Whilst some parts date back to 1806, the house was totally renovated in 2012 to provide a charming balance of modern living with uniquely beautiful period features. The Old Smithy is the old blacksmith’s cottage and you can still see the old ford across the river where the horses crossed from the farms beyond, and even the large stones in the lawned garden where the smith did his work.

This peaceful little cottage is located in an elevated position on the banks of the River Nethy. The south-facing cottage garden is home to a 150 year old oak tree and because it is enclosed, is perfect for children and dogs. From the garden some wooden steps lead you down to what is possibly the cottage’s most endearing feature – a bench set right on the river bank. Here you can enjoy some quiet evening reading with a dram or two, some informal fishing, bird and nature watching, or simply just take time to appreciate the relaxing sight and sound of this lovely Highland river flowing by.

Inside, the open plan living area looks out onto the garden and is arranged around the impressive original stone fireplace, which now houses a modern and efficient wood-burning stove.

In fact with underfloor heating in the two bathrooms, dishwasher, washing machine, WiFi and Playstation 3, this cosy cottage everywhere manages to retain its traditional character and period charm whilst providing every comfort and convenience that you would expect from a modern self catered holiday.

The large master bedroom has a king sized bed, TV and DVD player and en-suite shower room. There is a large family bathroom, and a pretty second double room overlooking the garden, with its own TV and DVD player. Up the wooden attic stairs is ‘the cabin;’ a perfectly snug hideaway for older kids with two comfy single beds, bean bags and twinkling fairy lights.

With its tranquil riverside setting, The Old Smithy is in the perfect location to enjoy a slower pace of life and to admire the local wildlife quite literally from your doorstep. But once you venture out, you will find yourself just a short walk from the beautiful village of Nethy Bridge, in one of the most famous and well-loved parts of the Cairngorms National Park with a multitude of activities and natural attractions to choose from.

"The Old Smithy is a really beautiful little lodge nestled on the outskirts of the quiet picturesque Nethy Bridge. Ideally located for our skiing needs between Cairngorm and Lecht, and just a short drive from the main town of Aviemore. Judith was the perfect host, answered all our questions and provided everything we needed, even leaving us a card and welcome drinks. The Old Smithy is clean, tidy and well equipped with everything for a self catering stay. The log burner and view is simply stunning. Highly recommended stay! Thank you!" February 2018

"This is a lovely cottage in a beautiful location. Private steps lead down to the river and the log burning stove will keep you warm after a day walking in the forest or hills. Cannot recommend this place enough and the hosts, Tanja and Judith, are most thoughtful and welcoming. Five stars." September 2017

"The Old Smithy is a special place, a real home from home. The house itself offers an extremely high standard of accommodation with many lovely design touches and is very well equipped. It's location is outstanding with a fabulous garden with great walks and bike trails on the doorstep. You really couldn't ask for more from a holiday cottage." June 2017

"Very good holiday cottage. Thank you for another great fortnight here. " September 2018

"What a beautiful cottage in a lovely setting. All you need for a wonderful holiday. " October 2018

"This is our 3rd stay at the Old Smithy and it gets better each time. It really is a wee home from home and we will definitely be back for a 4th stay. " October 2018

"The cottage is so well appointed and everything has been thought of. We loved the wood burning stove which kept us so cosy. Thanks for the goodies which you left for us. We'd love to come back sometime. " December 2018

"Exactly what we needed for a few days exploring the highlands. It was chilly outside but beautifully warm and welcoming at the Old Smithy. Had some really good nights of sleep thanks to the comfy bed, and a perfect amount of indoor space for reading, watching tv and playing board games. Thank you!" January 2019

"Had a fabulous time at The Old Smithy. Had everything we needed, plus more! Thanks for the goodies and welcome cards also.....very much appreciated after a long journey here! Will have to visit again when the weather is a little warmer. " January 2019

"A grand wee place, cosy and plenty of warmth after the snow and the wind of the mountains. Welcome pack a nice touch. " March 2020

"First class house, very welcoming and cosy. Great selection of welcome gifts, very thoughtful. Played board games by the fire each night and great walks nearby for the dog! No doubt we will be back soon! Thank you " March 2019

"Lovely relaxing week re-discoving Nethy Bridge and the surrounding area. Great to come back to the toasty log burner each day and we saw a few red squirrels on our travels and in the garden. " October 2019

"We've really enjoyed our stay in the Old Smithy. The scenery is stunning and it has been really refreshing to be situated in such a secluded area, not having to listen to any cars outside, only the sounds of the stream. It has been extremely pleasant and is certainly a cottage I would come back to again. " January 2020

"We had a truly wonderful stay at the Old Smithy- loved it and was perfect for all of us and our 10 month old cocker spaniel, Nia. The location is perfect as we love walking and gives us some lovely walks nearby but access to the wider area." May 2021