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5.0/5 from 3 Reviews

100% Would Recommend


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Ben Shea Smart Home

(3 Guest Reviews)

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Review Summary

  • Homes 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Friendliness 5.0
  • Cleanliness 5.0
  • Facilities 5.0
  • Service 5.0
  • Location 5.0
  • Breakfast 0.0

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Ben Shea Smart Home Information


Ben Shea provides a truly unique holiday experience in Scotland. Built in1873, Ben Shea is a typical Victorian Villa that hides an ultra-modern interior. Completed in August 2019, Ben Shea is fully renovated providing a well-equipped holiday home with private garden. We partnered with Go Home Smart to refurbish it sympathetically, making the most of its character, whilst integrating it with the most up to date technology, providing our guests with a truly unique Smart Home experience. On arrival the house welcomes you with automated motion based lighting and heating is pre-set to an ambient temperature. Light scenes and music are available in most rooms. Night mode guides you to the bathroom or kitchen when it’s dark. Light scenes, music & shading are controlled from 5 point switches in rooms or a central iPad. However you don’t need to alter anything if you prefer not to. Motion initiates a lot of your smart home features, so don’t worry about having to ‘learn’ the house! The first floor has an open plan living area with a fully-equipped kitchen, including dishwasher and washing machine and a cosy sitting room complete with wood-burning stove. The stunning original stone wall is enhanced by lighting options. The coffee table raises and extends simply to suit your dining needs from 2 to 6 people. Both shower rooms have a walk-in shower, basin and WC, the first floor shower room has motion based music and lighting. When it comes to the bedrooms the biggest features are their luxurious beds – which are the same as the Savoy! Each can be made up as 1 x Super King or 2 x Single beds (twin set up). Rooms are complemented with automated shading, inset speakers, & ambient temperature control. Towels and linen are in your rooms On the mezzanine floor Ben Shea has a snug garden room, which leads to the private garden, also with motion sensor lighting. A lovely peaceful spot to wind down with a refreshing drink after the day’s adventures.

James and Louise of Speyside Cottages, putting a face behind their business. James moved to Dufftown attracted by the fresh air, open landscape and tremendous dog walks he and Dave (Sprocker, man’s best friend!) could enjoy. After meeting, James & Louise very quickly adventured, lived & started working together, literally building Speyside Cottages with its first development, The Milking Sheds. Louise moved from Aberdeen, attracted by Dufftown's way of life, & the potential to work in such a spectacular environment. It’s a relatively short journey from the city but it feels like a different world as you drive in, you can feel like the only person in the wild remoteness. They love to travel, good accommodation & experiencing new cultures is important. Sharing these elements from their region is key. By refurbishing old properties James & Louise know it inside & out as well as knowing they have re-purposed it for years to come. Creating homes each with a delight factor is key – These are homes they would love to stay in & want to share with others. Valuing the personal connection helps them gain satisfaction knowing guests have had an enjoyable & memorable stay.

Cleaning and safety

  • Professionally cleaned
  • Disinfected between stays
  • Staff protective clothing
  • Contactless check-in/out
  • No staff present
  • High-touch surfaces disinfected
  • Linens washed to local guidelines
  • Linens washed above 60°C/140°F
  • Mattress and pillow protectors
  • Washable duvet covers
  • Masks for guests
  • Request no staff entry to room
  • Staff trained in safety protocol


  • Free WiFi internet
  • Garden
  • Fire alarms with lights
  • Express check in
  • Express check out
  • Kitchen/kitchenette
  • Bicycle rental
  • Library


  • Free parking

Children's Facilities

  • Highchairs

Activities and Experiences

  • Animal watching
  • Clay pigeon shooting
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly fishing
  • Golf
  • Mountain biking
  • Walking
  • Adventure
  • Arts & crafts
  • Family fun
  • Fitness
  • Hunting
  • Special interest
  • Wild life
  • Hiking


  • Check in
    16:00 22:00
    Early check-in available on request
  • Check out
    Late check-out available on request
  • Child Policy
    Infants and children welcome
  • Smoking Policy
    No smoking
  • Pets
    Pets by arrangement
  • Parties Allowed
    Parties not allowed
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It should be noted all living accommodation and bedrooms are accessed by stairs only at Ben Shea Smart Home


A car is recommended when staying at the property
  • Road from Aberdeen Airport (46.7 miles)

    via A96 and A920 by car

    - Take airport road to A96

    - Follow A96 to A920 Huntly

    - After Huntly roundabout take the next Left to A920, Dufftown

    - Follow A920 to T-Junction arriving into Dufftown

    -Turn Left onto Fife Street and follow until you see Ben Shea Smart Home, 21 Fife Street, on left - If you arrive at the iconic Clock Tower you have passed it

    - Parking is readily available onstreet

    Safe Travels

  • Road from Inverness Airport (48.5 miles)

    Via A96 and A941

    - Continue to A96

    - Follow A96 to Edward Avenue / A941 in Moray

    - Follow A941 into Dufftown, you will pass The Balvenie & Glenfiddich Distilleries this becomes Balvenie Street, continue straight to the crossroads at the iconic Clock Tower

    - Turn left onto Fife Street, Ben Shea is no 21 on the right side of road

    - Parking is readily available on the street

    Safe Travels

  • Road from Glasgow (181.0 miles)

    Two options from Glasgow to Dufftown with similar time and distance

    Via A9 a scenic route (181miles)

    - Get onto the M8 then follow M80

    - A9 to Doune

    - Continue on A95 into Aberlour, keep on A95 until you can Turn right onto A941,Duffttown

    - Follow A941 into Dufftown, takes you past Balvenie & Glenfiddich distilleries on left, this becomes Balvenie Street and takes you to the iconic Clock Tower

    - Turn Left onto Fife Street / A941, Ben Shea is on the right side, no 21.

    Via A90 (195 miles) this takes you through Stonehaven and via Aberdeen

    - Join the M8 at junction 12 take A80 to Riddrie/Stepps

    - Join M80 slip road to Kincardine Br / Stirling

    - Merge onto M80

    - Merge onto M9

    - Take M90 heading to Aberdeen

    - Take the Exit towards Aberdeen A90

    - Continue onto A90 Use the left lane to take the B979 slip road to A90 North / Inverness

    - Take Aberdeen Peripheral Road / A90 Slip

    - Take exit towards C89C and then follow A96

    - Follow A96 until arriving into Huntly turning left to A920 to Dufftown

    - Follow A920 to Dufftown T-Junction, Turn Left onto Fife Street

    - Ben Shea is on left of Fife Street, parking onstreet.

    - If you arrive at the iconic Clock Tower you have passed Ben Shea

    - Safe Travels

  • Road from Edinburgh (175.0 miles)

    Edinburgh has 2 similar routes in time and distance

    Via A90 (175 miles)

    - Join A90 and follow it going through Dundee and towards Aberdeen

    - Take the B979 slip road to A90 North / Inverness / A96 / Aberdeen

    - At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route / A90 Slip road

    - Stay with Aberdeen Peripheral / A90

    - Take exit towards C89C Chapel of Stonewood At Craibstone Roundabout take the exit to A96

    - Follow A96 passing through Huntly roundabout Turn Left onto A920

    - Follow A920 into Dufftown, at T-Junction Turn Left onto curving hill and this is you on Fife Street

    - Ben Shea Smart home is on the left with readily available on-street free parking

    Via A9 (167 miles)

    - Take Leith St / A9000 and Queen St to Queensferry Rd/ A90

    - Follow M90 and A9 to A95 Highland

    - Continue on A95 into Aberlour, keep on A95 until you can turn right onto A941, Dufftown

    - Go straight on into Dufftown passing the world-famous Glenfiddich Distillery onwards to the iconic Clock tower

    Turn left onto Fife Street

    - Ben Shea is 21 Fife Street on right, with on street parking readily available, no charges or permits apply

    - Safe Travels

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