Badanfhuarain was first settled by the Macdonalds from Lochaber and is on the 19th century traditional travellers’ camping ground used when they were taking their horses from Lochaber to the ‘Wool Fair’ in Inverness.
Owners / Occupiers
The original cottage by the Caochan Fuaran burn was lived in for thirty five years and extended by Jimmy McGillivray, master builder and joiner. On still summer evenings Mrs McGillivray could be heard from the houses in the village calling to her goat, Nessie’ to come for milking.
The McGillivray family have frequently visited their old family home, often on the Sunday after the Nethy Games and been welcomed by David & Valery Dean who lived there from 1974 until, in 2019, handing the house to their son Roger and his young family as their permanent home.
Badanfhuarain House was designed and overseen in 1977/78 by John Fleming of The Dell of Abernethy who grew up in the village as a son of the Manse.
It was the first timber framed house erected by the Grantown firm, A.W. Laing; the mason was Bill Lawson, also of Grantown with his brothers Ernest and Gregor.
The Tomintoul slate on the front roof was laid by Jimmy Smith and his son Ronnie of Tomintoul. John Fleming himself laid all plumbing and installed the electrics with his wife and daughter. David saw to the painting and landscaping with the help of, amongst many others, Bert More on the digger.
It was fully restored in 1995. Now known as The Duck Keeper’s Cottage it is home to the steward tenants for The Lazy Duck Hostel, eco Huts and Camping. It sits next to the more recent Dean family home in 6 acres of pines, grassland, heather and duck ponds The lazy Duck
Construction date 1904 approx.
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