Staying at Dalnoid
Dating back into the mists of time, Dalnoid, originally a small farm, was acquired by the Fleming family in 1956 and was developed during the 1960’s and 1970’s as a very popular farmhouse B&B, tearoom and restaurant. In the early 1980’s Dalnoid was let and then subsequently sold to an Outdoor Education Charity from the North East of England and then had a chequered history leading to it’s almost complete dereliction.
In 2006, we bought Dalnoid and its 6 acres. Since then we have completely and sympathetically renovated Dalnoid removing the ugly and dangerous additions from the 1960’s and- 70’s.
Today Dalnoid comprises of: Dalnoid Farmhouse (our home), Old Steading Holiday Cottage, New Steading Holiday Cottage and Smiddy Holiday Cottage, all of which have been renovated to the highest standard for today’s discerning visitor. In 2014 we undertook further enhancements to the cottages including the addition of hot tubs to all 3 gardens, so that guests could enjoy the stunning views, and in 2015 we have completed an upgrade of Smiddy Cottage so that it now sleeps 4 and has a much bigger and brighter open plan living space, along with new central heating.
Autumn 2016 has seen the completion of the Glenshee Treehouse which is set on an elevated platform on the adjacent hillside amongst centuries old Scots Pine. The Glenshee Treehouse is an architect designed, octagonal building with a luxrious finish and breathtaking views of Glenshee.
Dalnoid Holiday Cottages sit within 6 acres of grounds which include a small field to the rear of the holiday cottages, a small orchard, large pond and further 3 acres which are gradually being planted with trees to provide an on-going source of wood for the woodburning stoves found in each cottage.
The grounds attract a wide range of wildlife ranging from mammals such as roe deer, pine martens, stoats and red squirrels, a great selection of birdlife changing throughout the seasons, amphibians such as frogs and toads.
As well as short walks within the grounds of Dalnoid Holiday Cottages, there are several walks which start from the Holiday Cottage doorstep. The views from the hill track above Dalnoid are spectacular and there are the remains of several old shielings (settlements) and hut circles to discover. There are a number of local maps and walking/mountain biking guide books placed in each cottage to help you plan walks/rides in the wider Glenshee area.
Dalnoid Holiday Cottages are working to provide a high quality, enjoyable and sustainable holiday experience for our guests and sustainable projects to date include: insulation well in excess of building regulations to cottages, ground source heat pumps providing heating to the Farmhouse, Old and New Steading Holiday Cottages, log burning stoves with logs sourced either from Dalnoid or nearby sustainable sources, extensive tree and wildflower planting, creation of a large pond for wildlife and recycling bins for each cottage.
During your holiday we encourage you to support our local village shops at Kirkmichael and Bridge of Cally, whilst the Wee House of Glenshee and Visitor Centre only a mile north on the A93 has a wide selection of local gifts and souvenirs, along with a lovely tearoom with woodburner. The Wee House also houses an informative and helpful visitor centre providing more information on the history, wildlife and outdoor activities to be found in the Glenshee area.
All guests staying at Dalnoid are provided with a small welcome pack, which includes home-made cakes and the essentials for a cup of tea on arrival. If you are visiting Dalnoid Holiday Cottages during the Christmas/New Year Period we provide each cottage with a real Christmas tree, plus a festive welcome pack.
During the winter months sledges are available free of charge for guests for sledging either in the back field at Dalnoid or further up the Glen at the Ski Centre. We have plenty of outdoors space for you to build snowmen or have snowball fights!
Essential food items and newspapers can be ordered in advance from Bridge of Cally Post Office, Sainsburys Tesco and Asda deliver via Online Shopping to Dalnoid Holiday Cottages, whilst the nearest supermarkets (Tesco, Sainsburys and Co-Op) are to be found in Blairgowrie. Blairgowrie also has an excellent selection of quality independent retailers including 2 butchers, fishmonger, delicatessan, farm shop and during the berry season farm stalls selling local strawberries and raspberries.