This review was taken from parenting lifestyle blog ‘Cracked Nails & Split Ends’. Tanya & her family enjoyed their Scottish adventure courtesy of the Dairy at Daviot and Baby-Friendly Boltholes. Find out how they found their stay below;
Last week I finally got to visit my dream location, Inverness, the Highlands. I’d never been this excited about going on a holiday in a long time, and what surprised me, was how excited the kids were; even the pending 9-hour drive didn’t deter their excitement – they couldn’t wait to see the mountains and visit the Loch Ness.
Where we stayed
The Dairy at Daviot is a converted 19th-century dairy farm offering luxurious homely self-catering accommodation for families in the beautifully secluded idyllic countryside of the Highlands of Scotland. It’s conveniently central and a great base for access to the Inverness city and the breath-taking Highlands.
The surroundings of our cottage were stunning. With a backdrop of beautiful mountains, a river just a short walk, and with busy wildlife (hares running past our living room window most evenings, the odd pheasant walking past, to the highland cattle in the field, and many different types of birds).
The Dairy at Daviot has 6 cottages, each one named after a cattle breed, we stayed in the Jersey cottage.
The cottage has two bedrooms, one with a king-size bed, the other twin bed. The bedroom with the twin beds was large enough to fit a further put-me-up bed. The soft furnishings used on all beds were Egyptian cotton bed linen and luxury duvets, which all ensured for a great nights sleep. Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom (there is an additional toilet downstairs). The quirky windows in the upstairs bedrooms overlook the courtyard and surrounding landscape (which include beautiful fields and mountains). The luxurious soft furnishing continued through the rest of the cottage, with real wool throws on the sofas, to plump pillows and thick fluffy bath towels.
There is a fantastic open plan kitchen (fully equipped kitchen, including a washer-dryer and dishwasher), a full-size dining table with 8 chairs and a cosy lounge. There are three sofas, thus plenty of room to snuggle down in front of the large floor-to-ceiling window which allows for a breath-taking view of the surrounding area, perfect snuggle area to wind down in after a long day of exploring.
There is wifi and a TV. Included are family DVDs, plenty of board games and a handy supply of baby gear onsite for those travelling with pre-schoolers. In addition, there were folders of information of the area, including a comprehensive folder that listed an array of local walks with printouts of each route.
There was also an onsite play park which the kids LOVED! They used it every day, it had:
- A large sandpit with toys.
- In-ground trampoline
- Climbing fort with a slide.
- Picnic bench
We found the Dairy’s café (onsite) a great addition. It made life so much easier. We could dive in for a hearty, family-friendly meal after a busy morning exploring and they even offer a pre-order dinner, breakfast or picnic service. The food was always fresh and tasty, ensuring we all cleared our plates! The cafe also offers a delicious selection of cakes, as well as locally made ice-cream – yummy.
The design and décor of the cottages themselves create a comfortable home from home atmosphere that is perfect for couples, or families looking for a short or extended stay. It is perfectly placed for making the most of the Highland capital and equally for getting away to enjoy the wildlife and area.
The Dairy at Daviot is the perfect place/introduction to our first visit to the highlands, and we will definitely be returning soon. Check up what we got up to on our Highland adventure below.
The code is: BFBDAVIOT and is valid until July 2019.
This review was originally featured on parenting lifestyle blog ‘Cracked Nails & Split Ends’. You can read the full review and check out Tanya’s other fabulous posts here