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Daviot Lodge


Daviot, Inverness-shire. IV2 5ER.

Tel: +44 1463 772 215


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Our review

Just a few miles south of Inverness, this beautifully designed Country Lodge is a contemporary house but looks like an Arts and Crafts period mansion. Surrounded by a pretty garden and acres of fields, Daviot Lodge is just a mile down a lane off the A9 – but you feel you are in the heart of the countryside.

Margaret and Alex Hutcheson welcome guests to their most comfortable and charming home where the ambience is all about leisure and relaxation. A spacious lounge with two huge soft sofas are in front of a log fire, (blazing in winter), coffee table with piles of glossy magazines and bowl of sweets. Whether you would like a cup of tea, glass of wine, beer or whisky, your hosts will be more than happy to serve you refreshments.

Seven immaculately decorated bedrooms vary in size and furnishings, but all offer a touch of luxury – bed linen, perhaps a tartan throw, soft towels, fragrant toiletries, Tea tray with shortbread (fresh milk available), Decanter of sherry and chocolates, armchairs, TV and DVD player (library of movies to borrow), fresh flowers and candles. Attention to detail is marvellous where housekeeping and cleanliness is immaculate.

The views from the Lodge are just stunning –miles of farm land with cows grazing in the meadow beyond the garden hedge. Two bird feeders outside the Dining Room window attracts blue tits, sparrows, robins and even pheasants who peck at the seeds and nuts on the ground.  Watch out for rabbits too as well as perhaps an inquisitive deer wandering nearby.

The Hutchesons have owned and managed Guest House accommodation since 1983, previously at their former farmhouse nearby. Margaret in fact grew up on a farm, where her mother ran a B&B so you can be assured of most professional, hands on hosts. Nothing is too much trouble so don’t be afraid to ask.

As evening meals are not served, advice is given on the best places to eat and drink nearby and in Inverness. If you don’t wish to drive, a chauffeured lift to the local Culloden Moor Inn is offered both there and back. Taxis can also be arranged to restaurants further afield. On return from your evening out, perhaps relax in the lounge with a drink and when do retire to bed, what a surprise. The fairies have been in to turn down your bed, draw the curtains, wash coffee cups and sherry glasses, and light candles. What a warm and unexpected welcome “home”.

The next morning rise and shine for breakfast and a real Scottish feast is in store. Porridge, or choice of cereals, delicious rhubarb, prunes and seasonal berries. Eggs as you wish, with bacon, Stornoway black pudding, sausages, mushrooms, vine tomatoes (roasted in the oven); Classic dishes such as Kipper or Scrambled egg with smoked salmon. If you prefer, a Continental platter of ham and cheese. The jam and honey are from a local farm and as you sip your tea or coffee, watch the wildlife outside the window as the birds enjoy their breakfast.

The visitor book illustrates the diverse nationalities who travel to Daviot Lodge from America, Canada, Europe, India, Australia and across the UK.  Many return time and again, whether for work or leisure, to explore the Highlands, and driving around the North Coast 500 circular loop from Inverness. Many guests stay for several days as an excellent base for touring around Loch Ness, Culloden, Castles, Distilleries, golf courses, city sights, shopping and culture. With such kind and courteous hospitality from Margaret and Alex, no wonder many guests return time and again to stay at their Daviot Lodge. A true home from home. 


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