The Old Smithy - Holiday cottage with river views and wood burner

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

Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms

​Pet friendly

Bathroom underfloor heating

​Wood-burning stove

​River views

River seat​

Period features

Off-street parking

1x king bedroom with ensuite

1x double bedroom

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.

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.

"A lovely cottage in a beautiful location. Private steps leading down to the river and the log burning stove which will keep you warm after a day walking in the forest or hills...Five stars" March 2020

"Cottage was very very nice! Wonderful location. Very quaint. Nethy Bridge was delightful and full of surprises with the wee shops and cafe. Walks and scenery were to die for. Can't wait to come back." March 2022

"The Old Smithy was a lovely well equipped cottage that has been done to a great standard. The garden was a great size, secure and enjoyed by our dog. We have stayed in one of your properties before and will happily book with yourselves again, this is due to the excellent customer service and quality of properties. " July 2022

"Thanks again for a lovely time at The Old Smithy! Had a great time in Nethy as always, and the welcome gifts were well received. We will be back again. " May 2022

"Perfect cottage, perfect location, perfect holiday! Everything about the cottage is spot on, from the original booking, the correspondence & info, to the amazing welcome pack, which was very much appreciated. Total luxury and riverside garden a total bonus. Wonderful walks on the doorstep, so much to see and do. Wildlife a plenty. Same time next year, please! " May 2022

"A unique cottage in a tranquil location. Beautiful spot down by the river, it was so relaxing. Easy access to Aviemore and Grantown-on-Spey. Thank you for the welcome pack, it was much appreciated. Loved our stay at your fantastic cottage and would love to have a return visit some time. " May 2022

"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

"We really enjoyed our stay here, it's been a wonderful week. The cottage is lovely and very comfortable. We were blessed with fantastic weather and loved having our tea and coffee down by the stream in the mornings. We look forward to visiting the Cairngorms again in the future. " August 2022

"We really enjoyed our weekend at the delightful cottage." December 2021

"I had a wonderful break at The Old Smithy over Christmas, I wanted to be away with my two dogs somewhere peaceful, serene and beautiful which it was. The walks around me were fabulous and the Rothiemurchus walks were really lovely too, then lunch at The Barn. I will definitely use Seasgair again, Happy New Year to all of you! " December 2022