Rates from:
651.00 GBP


  • Simmental entrance
    Simmental entrance
  • Open plan living
    Open plan living
  • Open plan living
    Open plan living
  • Twin bedroom
    Twin bedroom
  • Black Isle Dairy Ice Cream
    Black Isle Dairy Ice Cream
  • Cafe
  • Play park
    Play park
  • Double bedroom
    Double bedroom
  • Barley field
    Barley field
  • Simmental lilies
    Simmental lilies

Dairy Cottages - Simmental

Scotland, United Kingdom

Per week

from 651.00 to 952.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Alison Gow

Member since Nov 2015
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:1 day 22 hours
  • Availability Updated:8 days 12 hours

BFB's Overview

With its own gelato-style ice cream bar and licensed cafe, little ones and grown-ups alike are in for a treat staying in one of the 4-star cottages that make up Dairy Cottages.

In the spectacular Scottish Highlands, just outside Inverness, The Dairy is owned by a 4th generation farming family who’s herd of Holstein and Jersey cows produce the creamy milk for their homemade gelato. There are 15 tempting flavours to try as well as seasonal fruit sorbets and frozen yoghurts, plus families are welcome to visit their Black Isle Dairy to find out how it’s made.

In 2008, the owners completed the conversion of several pink sandstone farm buildings into six, 2-bedroom cottages, clustered around an original cobbled courtyard at the heart of their private estate. Not stopping there, they also opened the Black Isle Dairy ice cream bar and a lovely cafe which is open daily from 10am to 5pm, serving luscious sandwiches, salads and afternoon teas, appetising 3-course menus, children’s menu and Sunday roasts. Homemade dishes from the cafe are available to take-away and can be pre-ordered and in the fridge on arrival, accompanied by a bottle of wine and Scottish shortbread in the welcome pack.

The cottages have been appropriately named after traditional breeds of cattle and individually designed to enhance the original character with contemporary interiors, including colourful tweeds, luxury linens and locally commissioned photography. All the cottages are comfy, cosy and well equipped with flatscreen TV’s, DVD player, digital radio, iPod dock and free WiFi, and the bright, modern kitchens have all the essential appliances and cookware for family self catering. Each of the cottages has two ensuite bedrooms, made up as one super king-size double and one twin room, with Egyptian cotton linen, fluffy towels, Au Lait toiletries and hairdryers.

For families to spill outside, the cottages have outdoor tables and barbecue facilities plus children will make a bee-line for an enclosed children’s play park with a sunken trampoline, playhouse, swings and a sand pit with buckets and spades. Fields and woodlands surround the cottages but watch out for the hairy, horned Highland cows!

Accommodation overview

Dairy Cottages comprises six cottages which each have two ensuite bedrooms with space for a travel cot or z-bed, which can be provided.

Simmental is a bright, contemporary cottage for a family of 4, plus a baby in a cot and/or toddler in a z-bed. The entrance hallway, sitting room area and bedrooms are all fitted with oatmeal-coloured wool carpets which are cosy for little toes while the dining/kitchen area and bathrooms are tiled for less stressful spills and splashes. Simmental has an open plan living arrangement, comprising a comfy sitting room area and dining kitchen. The sitting room is furnished with leather sofas, plump cushions, soft throws and a coffee table for playing with the games provided, or families can watch Freeview channels and DVD’s on the digital flatscreen TV, listen to the digital radio or their own iPod or make use of the free WiFi. The dining kitchen is fitted with pale sea-green units and includes a Whirlpool oven and electric hob, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, combined washing machine/tumble dryer and all the essential cookware and crockery, including a bottle steriliser. There is an oblong dining table that seats 6 and highchairs are available. Upstairs, the master bedroom is made up as a super king size bed and the second has twin beds, both with fitted wardrobes and storage and featuring a Velux skylight as well as a traditionally deep sash and case window. Both bedrooms are ensuite, with a bath and overhead shower, washbasin and WC in each. There is another WC downstairs.

Location Information

Dairy Cottages is in a prime location for exploring and experiencing all that the Scottish Highlands is world famous for, from its awesome scenery to the mysteries of Loch Ness! The gateway city to the Highlands, Inverness, is only 6 miles away but The Dairy feels deep in the countryside, with their herds of cows in the surrounding fields and woodland valleys to go ‘roaming in the gloaming’.
The cafe at The Dairy is an effortless and delicious option for eating out or buying a take-home meal, with specialities such as classic Cullen Skink soup, Loch Eribol crab and prawn spring rolls, Highland Venison casserole, ‘Scrabster’ fish pie and Macaroni with local Connage cheese. Besides the cafe, there’s also the Black Isle Dairy Ice cream bar, with over 15 flavours to choose from, available by the scoop or in take-home tubs. The nearest pub to The Dairy is 3 miles away.
The thriving city of Inverness stands on the banks of the River Ness, crowned by a pink sandstone castle and providing a good combination of things to see and do, great shopping and plenty of places for eating out. Families can explore the historic Old Town, have lunch in one of the riverside restaurants or pavement cafes, visit the acclaimed Castle art gallery or see what’s on at the Eden Court theatre, cinema and arts venue. For golfers, Inverness Fairways (5 miles) is just one of the many links and championship courses in the Highlands, renowned as some of the best and most spectacular in the country.

In the Moray Firth, families can zoom off in a high-speed RIB to see Bottlenose Dolphins and no trip to The Highlands would be complete without going in search of Nessy. Cruises on Loch Ness are available from just an hour to full day excursions, including visits to Urquhart Castle and the award-winning Loch Ness 2000 Monster Exhibition.

Another not-to-missed family day out from The Dairy is to the Landmark Forest Adventure park at Carrbridge (30 mins). There’s something for all ages, including theme park rides, Tarzan and Wee Monkey clambering trails, Lost Labyrinth maze, fun Wonder Wood, wacky Bamboozeleum, Ant City indoor adventure play and lots more.

Throughout The Highlands there are numerous ancient castles and strongholds to explore, which each have their own story to reveal, from Fort George near Inverness to Macbeth’s brooding Cawdor Castle. The new, interactive visitor centre at Culloden, also tells the tale of the last full-scale battle on British soil, between the Jacobites and Highland clans.

The Cairngorm National Park is less than an hour’s drive (30 miles) and a great way to sit back and enjoy the scenery is on the Strathspey steam railway between Aviemore and Broomhill. Besides being Britain’s only serious Ski Resort, Aviemore is home to the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre where children can see these lovely animals up close in a paddock or free ranging on the hills and treks are available in the summer months. To swap the mountains for a day by the sea, Nairn Beach (16 miles) is a beautiful sandy bay, backed by dunes and with a promenade for a pushchair stroll.

Nearest medical services: Raigmore Hospital 5 miles

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 10:00


Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 28 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 10:00


Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 28 days prior to arrival


1 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 : £903 /week1 Nov - 20 Dec 2019 : £651 /week21 Dec 2019 - 2 Jan 2020 : £952 /week1 Jan - 2 Jan 2020 : £952 /week3 Jan - 29 Feb 2020 : £651 /week1 Mar - 30 Apr 2020 : £903 /week1 May - 31 Aug 2020 : £952 /week1 Sep - 31 Oct 2020 : £903 /week1 Nov - 20 Dec 2020 : £651 /week21 Dec 2020 - 2 Jan 2021 : £952 /week1 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 : €1011.243 /week1 Nov - 20 Dec 2019 : €729.0353 /week21 Dec 2019 - 2 Jan 2020 : €1066.116 /week1 Jan - 2 Jan 2020 : €1066.116 /week3 Jan - 29 Feb 2020 : €729.0353 /week1 Mar - 30 Apr 2020 : €1011.243 /week1 May - 31 Aug 2020 : €1066.116 /week1 Sep - 31 Oct 2020 : €1011.243 /week1 Nov - 20 Dec 2020 : €729.0353 /week21 Dec 2020 - 2 Jan 2021 : €1066.116 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 10:00


Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 28 days prior to arrival

Discount Notes

Who owns this place?

The Mackenzie's are a farming family who have always lived in the Highlands and farmed the land.
Dereck and Roz live on the estate in Daviot House and are both hands on helping with the running of the business.
Nicholas Mackenzie is a fourth generation farmer who has now taken over the milking of the cows from his
father Dereck and makes his own homemade ice cream, which he serves in the ice cream parlour next to the
holiday cottages. Alison Gow is the Reception Manager who looks after the day to day running of the cottages and will give
you a warm welcome and look after you during your stay. When Alison is unavailable Dereck or Roz are
on hand to meet and look after you. During your stay you may meet Dereck working about
the farm or Roz walking the dog or popping in for some ice cream.

What do they love about it?

Dereck and Roz completed on the sale of Daviot Estate in 2003 which included the steading a listed B building. They have taken immense satisfaction from seeing the buildings which had fallen into
a state of disrepair being restored to their former beauty. After a great deal of hard work they were very excited to welcome the first guests to The Dairy at Daviot at the beginning of July 2008. Since then
they just love to bump into guests and hear how much they are enjoying their stay in the beautiful surroundings of Daviot Estate. Dereck and Roz describe where they live as "idyllic" and for them being able to
share this beautiful, peaceful part of the world with others gives them great pleasure.

What do the kids love about it?

Children staying at The Dairy at Daviot will love playing in the play park and eating the ice cream from the Black Isle Dairy. They can see the Highland cows looking out from the field and learn
about the ice cream making and always ask to visit the farm.
The Dairy at Daviot is very child friendly and our cottages have become a home from home for many of our returning guests.

Fast Facts

Sleeps up to 5 + infant in 1 x double bedroom, 1 x twin room (an extra bed can be provided.)

Airport under 2 hours drive

Dalcross airport is just 12 minutes drive away.

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

Narin beach is just over 15 minutes drive away.

Amenities within Walking Distance

There is a lovely farm cafe on site, complete with home made ice cream and homemade meals.


Babysitting can be arranged day or evening for £10 per hour.

Nursery Gear (additional)

Travel cots , z-beds, highchairs, baby bath, steriliser, stairgates, bed guards, socket covers, plastic crockery and cutlery.

Indoor Toys

Bath toys, general toys, books, games and U and PG DVD’s.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

Pre-arrival shopping can be arranged, a good welcome hamper is provided and meals can be ordered at the onsite cafe.

Outdoor Toys

Playpark, with sunken trampoline, sandpit with buckets and spades, swings and shute and playhouse.

Onsite Restaurant

Farm cafe on site complete with home made ice cream!

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates are provided.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

Private courtyard with seating.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Wi-Fi is provided.

Friendly Animals

Set on a working farm.


Fairways golf course is just 5 miles away.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Multiple travel cots and highchairs can be provided.

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