Spend one night or a few in our retired travelling van, cosied up with the wood-burner lit or door wide open to enjoy the view in the summer. Sit on the stoop to watch the chickens go to the neighbours barn for their breakfast, make a cup of tea on the gas stove, and enjoy the peace + quiet of life without electricity. Facilities are basic here but the stars are very bright!
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Price includes £5 cleaning fee, this is to give discount for longer stays ;)
We are a working smallholding with sheep and horses as well as chickens and ducks. You are welcome to come hang out with the animals, and we can point you in the direction of some nice walks up in the forest further up our hill. We take on volunteers through the warmer months to help us with gardening and building projects, and often have friends and family to visit. The van has its own little space to chill out in with a great view across the hills, so if you'd like just to have some time on your own you can, although our friendly dog Molly may come to see if you want to play with her if we are busy and you look more fun!
The van itself was the home of one of our good friends for many years and holds lots of special memories. It travelled all over the UK, from forests to festivals, free parties to mountains, and even witnessed the birth of his daughter! When it became in need of too much work to pass another MOT, it didn't seem right for it to go to the scrapyard, so it came here to live and be loved.
****Please remember that this is an old campervan, not a hotel room. We endeavour to maintain it to be clean, tidy and comfortable; however it will always be "rustic" rather than "luxury" accommodation. We are working on building our house and landscaping our garden, so your surroundings will be "work in progress" rather than "nicely manicured."
This is clearly reflected in the price. The cleaning fee goes directly to our lovely neighbour who does the laundry as we don't have a washing machine yet. If you would like to earn a 5* review and a please leave the van as tidy as you can. :) The remainder of your financial contribution is shared between a savings fund for the little girl who was born in the van, Luna, set up by her daddy, and with ourselves. We are building an off-grid and traditional skills education centre on our land, and your holiday will help to fund us to teach people of all ages exciting things like blacksmithing, massage, herbal medicine, animal husbandry, making home-brew and all about alternative energy. Thank you! ;) ****
If you would like an off-grid experience with a little more luxury, have a look at our other listing 'The Hut on the Hill.'
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The van does not have mains electricity hook-up as we are off grid ourselves. If its really needed we can charge your phone but we recommend that you take the opportunity to have a complete break from modern life and just switch it off! There is good signal here though if you do need to check your email or tell your friends online how excited you are to be here... ;)
You are welcome to use our compost toilet, it has a fabulous library including several decades of National Geographics; just be aware that its about 50 metres from the van. We are constructing a compost toilet close to the van but it is not finished yet. There are no shower or bathing facilities at present, but there is a tub and a kettle in the van, just bring your own washcloth and towel. (Here is where you really start to get a feel for life on the road!)
Further up our track there is a path which leads into acres and acres of forestry commission trees with some spectacular views across to the Cairngorms and a large pond if you're feeling adventurous and fancying a dip!
We are about an hour away from Aviemore, and there are dozens of distilleries very close by. Huntly has supermarkets and a famers market on the first Saturday of every month with loads of fresh produce and other tasty delights on offer. A local speciality is meat of all varieites - game, free range goat, mutton, pork and beef, and fresh farm eggs. Inverurie is half an hour away and has lots of restaurants, cafes and independent shops. 40 minutes drive north and you're up on the coast, with pretty little coastal towns to visit. Between Banff, Macduff, Cullen and Portsoy you've a grand day out with loads of great charity shops, fresh fish, pubs, chippers and sandy beaches. Not forgetting Portsoy's famous ice-cream parlour!
If you like to fish, there are lots of fisheries nearby too. There are castles too of all shapes and sizes, from the eerie ruined Findlater Castle on the edge of a cliff, to the impressive Fyvie Castle with substantial gardens and grounds. Alford has both the Heritage and the Transport Museum, both fascinating, and the Keith to Dufftown Railway will take you back in time and drop you at the Glenfiddich Distillery for a tour and a dram! If you fancy live music or comedy, check the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen, or more locally, the Tin Hut in Gartly often has open mic nights and folk bands booked in to play.
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We're both at home most of the time as we are self-employed so are happy to tell you about our place and the local area if you are interested. We'd like you to enjoy your stay! (And we'd also like to maintain 100% 5* reviews...!) So please let us know during your stay if somethings not quite right so that we can fix it. Thanks! :)
If you are interested in booking a massage treatment during your stay, please have a look at my website: search "Willow Tree Therapies Huntly." I am a fully qualified and insured therapist with several years experience.
Otros aspectos destacables
You are welcome to bring your dog, but please only if it can be trusted around free range chickens and livestock! We have our own sheep and are bordered by neighbouring sheep and cattle farmers.
We also ask that you go outside to smoke - the van is a compact space and the blankets inside would absorb the smell too easily.
There is the most sweet, delicious spring water here. We collect our drinking water from the well up the hill, its about 5 minutes walk from the van.
We will also leave enough firewood in the van to run the stove. If you like to sleep in a space as hot as a furnace and go through a lot, we ask a small donation for another sack or two.
There is a kettle, cups, plates, pans and cutlery in the van if you would like to cook anything on the stove. There is also a teapot and a cafetiere, but please bring your own tea, coffee and milk. (Milk and other things which need to be kept cold will last suprisingly well in the 'fridge' - a metal box placed on the ground out of the sun.)
There are plenty of woollen blankets in the van that you are welcome to use and cotton bedding, pillows and duvet are provided.
We've also put lots of books in the van for you to read during your stay... there's pretty much something for everyone, including a few children's books.
On the topic of kids, we don't mind children staying in the van, but if we are building something or breaking up firewood there may be sharp tools around so parents need to remember this and accompany any children if they are in our garden.
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