The Dairy at Daviot - Luxury Cottages
Child friendly cottage, Highlands
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About The Dairy at Daviot - Luxury Cottages
The Dairy at Daviot is a converted 19th century farm steading offering gorgeously luxurious self catering accommodation on a private estate in the spectacular Highlands of Scotland. The Dairy enjoys a secluded idyllic countryside yet it's conveniently close to the cosmopolitan City of Inverness, gateway to the glorious Highlands, as well as many fabulous days out with the kids. Breath-taking scenery, ruined castles, tons of outdoor activities and even perhaps a search for Nessie. The Dairy is a wonderful place to explore from and escape back to.
The Away with the Kids review
The Dairy at Daviot is a sympathetically converted 19th century farm-steading offering fabulously luxurious self catering cottages. Set on a private estate in the spectacular Highlands of Scotland The Dairy is a perfect place to explore the local attractions, outdoor activities and the breathtaking scenery that the Highlands are renowned for – or else completely wind down and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Your cottage will be spacious, tastefully decorated and spotless with all you might need to ensure a relaxed self-catering stay. Ayrshire, our cottage, has a separate living room and kitchen/dining room, as has two others. The further three offer spacious open-plan living - perfect for family congregations at the end of the day. The lounges are uncluttered with leather sofas and cosy woollen cushions and throws, with flat screen tvs (with Freeview and a DVD player), digital radio and an iPod docking station to cover all entertainment requirements. Wi-fi access was a doddle and much easier than many hotels we have stayed in - despite the depth of the walls!
The kitchens are more than fully-equipped - again all spotlessly clean - including dishwasher, washing machine/dryer, microwave, a spacious fridge-freezer and all the crockery and glassware you might need for a banquet.
All cottages have a downstairs loo and storage cupboard to hide all of the things that you bring with you just in case - there is no need here.
Each cottage has two en-suite bedrooms; one super-king double and one twin. Our double would easily have fitted us all in, as it was Aggie had an extra bed lodged between the two singles and still there was heaps of space for them to play when the sun went down. All beds were tremendously comfortable (including the z-bed) with fabulous bed-linen and throws making it too cosy and hard to get up in the morning. The girls loved having their own decadent bathroom with a shower over the bath to help with hair washes. The Au Lait toiletries I considered a step too far but suitable appreciation was shown. I liked the big towels and aforementioned toiletries too!
For little ones
The cottages have lovely gentle views across the fields and woodland - gazing out at the sheep from her bedroom window was Lottie's favourite way of starting the day. Travel cots, high chairs, plug socket covers, stair gates, plastic plates and cutlery and a basket of toys all help with the issues that surround kids on holiday. The communal cobbled courtyard is somewhere the kids can play out safely within ear shot and make friends with other guests. Picnic benches offer the chance for adults to socialise too. The outdoor children's play area is ideal to let off steam at the end of a day sight-seeing whilst preparing tea - or sipping a G & T! It is out of view of your cottage and so supervision would be required for younger ones. The fresh air and space to run around will help with getting them to a fit state to sleep well!
Things to Do
Days Out choices are plentiful - we tried to spot Nessy and failed; the visitor centre is interesting for those slightly older though Aggie at two was fine going through. Eve and Lotts were fascinated and convinced it's just a matter of time before she's found! You might have more success on a boat to spot the gorgeous bottlenose dolphins, otherwise visit the Highland Wildlife centre or one of the numerous castles around, the glorious Cawdor Castle near Inverness or the ruins of Urquhart Castle, overlooking Loch Ness.
The Dairy Cafe
The Dairy Café is a real gem. Across the courtyard you'll find a lovely place to eat seasonal, local produce simply prepared on the premises; food is available all day. It was lovely to know that once we arrived no cooking was required. I popped to the café with the girls to check out the menu - it was fabulous. As they say the proof is in the pudding - it is the mains and the salads too -fabulously fresh and so tasty we all savoured our meal - and our delicious selection of cakes afterwards. I could go back there right now! It is an excellent idea to avoid the hassle of arriving somewhere with a hungry clan to feed by pre-ordering your dinner, breakfast or even a picnic hamper for one of your lovely family days out.
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