Forest walks on the doorstep, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness. Mountain views
Hello. I'm Antonia - together with my husband, Richard, I run a holiday rental business - Moniack Lodges - two, cosy waterside lodges with woodland gardens just a few fields away from our home in the countryside, near Inverness. I'm a lover of food (especially cheese), travel, long walks in the countryside - through forests and across moorland - and never happier than when outdoors or with my family. I love a wee trail run with our dogs, a German Shorthaired Pointer named Olive and a young wirey pointer pup named Truda, and paddle in our canoe on our local lochs whenever I get the chance. When we're not busy with preparing for and greeting guests from around the world, we are bat watching - our other business is a bat consultancy and advice service... really interesting work, which gives us lots of opportunities to see a variety of bats flitting by and to enjoy many a beautiful Highland sunrise and sunset. We love to travel light and often like to stay in 'off-the-beaten-track' locations - are both keen photographers (me...a snapper really) and really enjoy tasting local foods, trying to snaffle the odd recipe along the way. We love welcoming visitors to Moniack and the Highlands; we feel really lucky to live where we do and enjoy sharing what we love about the Scottish Highlands, our favourite places to visit, best walks, views and eateries.
Why Owner chose Inverness
We love trees... and the Scottish Highlands... the hills, beaches, lochs, wild places - we were once holiday makers here and loved it so much we decided to make our family home here!
What makes this Chalet unique
The forest walks among some of the tallest trees in Britain, on the doorstep - Reelig Glen Tall Trees Trail - is what kept us coming back to this corner of the Scottish Highlands. We love the smell of the woods, the changes in colour, the sound of Moniack burn running down from the gorge... fabulous! We're sure you will fall in love too...
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Smithywood is a delightful lodge in a beautiful, quiet location with lovely walks on the doorstep. Antonia is a very friendly and helpful host who had obviously worked hard to ensure that your every need is provided and the lodge is spotless. The fence round the small garden was perfect for our dog. We would highly recommend this lodge
Jill and Graeme
Thank you for choosing to stay with us - we enjoyed meeting you and it was our pleasure to host you both and your dog in Smithywood. Thanks, also, for your kind review, for the great visitor tips you wrote in our guest book and for looking after Smithywood during your stay.