Ormidale House Estate
House | 29 bedrooms | sleeps 68
Ormidale House was built as a seat of Clan Campbell in 1696. After ongoing minor changes through the centuries, in 1900 the house was substantially extended by the renowned Scottish architect Robert Lorimer to form the well-laid out, comfortable, bright, light, and spacious 13 bedroomed “laird’s house” that is available for weekend or weekly rent today.
It’s been pretty luxuriously equipped and nicely furnished, mostly with antiques. The new, comfy beds feature fabulous quality goose-down and feather duvets and gorgeous bed-linen, we’ve put some original Scottish art on the walls, bought half decent crystal for the table and generally tried to ensure that it’s as comfortable and well-equipped a place to stay as you’ll find in Scotland, without having any of the formality or grandeur of a castle or stately home. The house has a lovely, relaxing feel.
With a drawing room, TV room / snug, full-size Billiard Room, playroom, large kitchen with AGA and breakfast room downstairs - as well as the impressive dining hall seating 22 - Ormidale has sufficient accommodation to cater for any large house party. We have laid out the bedrooms to offer real flexibility; two rooms are set up as twins, three as king-size doubles, and one as a quadruple bunk room. The other seven bedrooms can be set up either as super-kingsize doubles, as twins, or even sometimes as triples. All bar two of the bedrooms have either an en suite bathroom or a basin. There are four further bathrooms, two separate loos, and a sauna. Altogether, the house has nine showers and ten wc's.
We now have an indoor heated swimming pool which is shared between the three houses on the estate. Each house gets their own hour of exclusive swimming time in the morning and in the afternoon – outside those six hours, it is a “free for all” in the pool.
The Mill House and The Old Barn, our stunning new steading conversions, opened in October 2008 and have been christened “the wow factory” by the early guests. They are just under 100 yards from the main house, with different aspects and their own gardens. Taken together, they can accommodate as many guests as the main house, and the large 80m2 open plan living area in the Mill House is the most spacious in any of the three houses. Many of the parties that have enjoyed the properties so far, took the Mill House and Old Barn together instead of Ormidale House itself. The Old Barn sleeps 14 guests in seven bedrooms, and the Mill House accommodates 22 in nine bedrooms.
The Garden Cottage sleeps from 2 to 9 additional guests, in the last of the developments, in the same courtyard as the Mill House and Old Barn.
|Size||Sleeps up to 68, 29 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared indoor pool|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Outdoors||Shared indoor pool, Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Trampoline|
The Central Scotland/Strathclyde region
Although just an hour and a half from Glasgow, Ormidale sits in some of the loveliest scenery in Scotland. The Kyles of Bute are renowned amongst both walkers and sailors as amongst the most stunning bits of coast in Scotland. Whatever the weather in Argyll – and we do enjoy a remarkably mild micro-climate - this is great country for site seeing, with every corner revealing a new variation on the theme of mountain, loch, valley, sky, woodland, sea, rock, beach. The Cowal peninsula is a fabulous base for an active holiday with marvellous wildlife, numerous gardens and other tourist attractions to visit, and all sporting activities catered for.
Ormidale has grounds of 23 acres, and sits about a mile above the head of Loch Riddon, enjoying complete privacy and lovely views down the glen to the river Ruel. The Island of Bute itself is as little as 15 minutes away from the house – accessed via a ferry from Colintraive – and was a “must visit” destination long before Stella McCartney got married there or former racing driver Johnnie Dumfries moved into Mount Stuart House as the new Marquess of Bute.
Inverary with its famous Jail and Castle, seat of Clan Campbell for the last few hundred years, is only 45 minutes away, as is Loch Lomond. Dunoon is another tourist destination in its own right, and just under half an hour away. You can get to Glen Coe in an hour and a half, to Stirling, Oban or Fort William in under two. Loch Ness and Edinburgh are easy enough day trips – reachable in less than 2 and a half hours.
As well as general site-seeing and trips to the Island of Bute, Inverary and further afield, there are a host of other activities you can undertake around Glenaruel. It’s fabulous walking country and we’ve also provided twelve mountain bikes for those who want to explore on two wheels rather than four. There are some really excellent and quite varied routes direct from the house, involving all sorts of terrain and levels of strain!
Golf – there’s a lovely 9 hole pay and play course ten minutes away above Tighnabruaich. We’ve supplied five bags of golf clubs for the house and they probably won’t be too fussed about the usual rules re golf shoes provided you don’t arrive in jeans and carve the course up. The same applies to the almost equally spectacular nine hole course at Blairmore & Strone, half an hour away. Cowal Golf Club at Dunoon and Inellan are the 18 hole courses in the area that welcome visitors.
Fishing - too many options to go into here, but you can spend anything from £9 per day to over £1,000 for river fishing in the area. You can fish for trout in our own stream for nothing or in the Lochen at the head of the river. Mackerel on a line in a boat on the Kyles is a right of passage for hundreds of West of Scotland kids every year. They swim in shoals all around these waters – the mackerel, not the kids - and there’s no permit payable.
It’s a fabulous part of the world for water-sports of all sorts. Horse-riding, climbing, canoeing, caving, archery, quad biking, paint-balling, and clay pigeon shooting are also all available either on site or in the area. It’s not our thing, and the house ain’t full of antlers, but we can help you arrange a day’s grouse or pheasant shooting, or stalking in season, if some of your party want to do that.
There is a wee shop selling all the basics at the camp-site in the Glendaruel valley, about a mile’s walk away, beside the historic Kilmodan standing stones. You get a slightly bigger choice in the Spar at Tighnabruich five miles away, and all year round opening. Dunoon is 16 miles away and is a thriving market / harbour town with award-winning bakeries, cafes and butchers, as well as a big Co-Op and a big Somerfield supermarket.
Scotland isn’t really well served by pubs in general; this area is definitely an exception. The Glendaruel Hotel is a lovely wee pub, a two mile drive away – or about a mile and a quarter as the crow staggers – and serves good pub grub or better. The Colintraive Hotel and Tighnabruich Hotel are each a tad busier and a tad more ambitious in terms of menu. Chatters in Dunoon is highly recommended, and the Whistlefield and Coylet Inns on Loch Eck are also worth a visit. Our favourite restaurant in the entire universe is on Loch Fyne, overlooking the old Castle Lachlan. (The view from the Inver Cottage terrace is one of the Robbie Innes pictures on our drawing room wall.)
It’s less than half an hour away from the house. The Benmore Gardens tea room is not half bad, either, and the Otterferry Inn and Loch Fyne Oyster Bar have good reputations (on which, it might be said, they trade slightly…) All in all, though, there are few areas of Scotland where you can enjoy such a variety of excellent, reasonably priced menus.
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9 Sep 2013
"Perfect place for a large gathering of friends to relax and have fun!"
We stayed in the Mill house of Ormidale House estate, and it was absolutely perfect for what we were after- a place that a large group (20) of us could relax, have fun and enjoy the countryside togeth… More
we are delighted to hear you appreciated the place and we love hearing words like perfect, gorgeous and fabulous!!! we cant please all the people all the time but it is great that at the end of a season we still have everything in good enough nick to impress your group. the staff love the comments about themselves, to!!!!
20 Aug 2013
"Great for a big family holiday"
I recently stayed at Ormidale house to celebrate my parents 60th wedding anniversary. What a wonderful adventure. There was more than enough room for everyone - which was great as there were 30 of us … More
Big family holidays is what we are set up for, and i am si pleased you loved the week. Your parents were delightful to deal with and it was just super to see so many generations happily mingling and enjoying the variety of facilities we put in place. Roll on next time....
15 Aug 2013
"Brilliant location with excellent staff"
Myself and 14 others stayed at the Millhouse in the Ormidale Estate for a weekend in August and thoroughly enjoyed it! The open space in the house consisting of lounge, tv and kitchen, was fantastic a… More
I am glad you had a great time and appreciated the staff's helpfulness. We make it very clear that the bedrooms in the Mill House are small but we do spend extra on posh and comfy bedding to make up for it. The downstairs is the glory....
1 Aug 2013
"Great few days"
We had a greeat time at the Ormidale estate. There was loads to do during the day and plenty of space to relax at night. The site caretakers were very helpful and helped us at every opportunity. I par… More
I am so glad you enjoyed it - thanks for taking the time to post a review. Most of our guests are similarly impressed but don't bother writing anything so the occasional carp gets undue prominence. We really hope you'll come again.
31 Jul 2013
"Great weekend with friends in a luxury countryside house"
A large group of friends were meeting for a 30th birthday party and Ormidale House was the chosen estate. Turns out it was a great choice: all the rooms were clean and comfortable and there were a nu… More
We are delighted you enjoyed it; we love our bats as well as they eat 100,000 midges each per day or something ridiculous. We had some bad times earlier in the year and weren't quite hitting our standards - we are back properly delivering as we want to.
31 Jul 2013
"Amazing country retreat!"
A large number of friends an myself stayed here for a get-together a few weeks ago, and the location was superb. The house had more than enough amenities to cater for all our needs- from a great kitch… More
It is great that the group enjoyed the experience at the Mill House. We set ourselves up primarily for families and prioritise their needs - bikes, trampoline, swimming pool, etc - but it is nice that groups of adults also use Ormidale for business or pleasure purposes and we get lots of corporate awayday style bookings, now, as well as University reunions, landmark birthdays and even the occasional well-behaved hen party. With swimming pool and hot tub and sauna on site, it is halfway to a pampering venue already! It appears this may have been a well-behaved stag party though we didn't realise that at the time.....!!
31 Jul 2013
"Fantastic House, Fantastic Location"
Was there for a friends birthday weekends and the house accommodated us brilliantly. The house has many large rooms and beautiful grounds that made the our time there memorable. Would definitely boo… More
Thank you for your positive comments. We look forward to seeing you again.
4 Jun 2013
"The Scotland we love"
Fabulous setting, special place for a huge get together. We went at New Year and filled the place with family and friends but it still felt homely. Ideal setting for outdoor pursuits and the kids also… More
7 Sep 2012
"Fab place for a short break"
27 of us stayed at the Mill House and Garden cottage and we all had a wonderful time. The house does not make any claims about it's bedrooms in the Mill House so we couldn't complain about … More
14 Jun 2012
"Very Very Very dissappointing"
We stayed at The Old Mill as a large group across two cottages. We are seasoned holiday cottage goers and we usually book top end accomodation. We found Ormidale did not do what we expected it to be.… More
We find this review incredible, and unfair. We had a hugely demanding party of guests, here, some of who's expectations were way above those of most people coming on self-catering holidays. We routinely survey every party that comes to Ormidale and we specifically asked the guests immediately before and immediately after these people what they thought. The other parties gave us 5 out of 5 on virtually every one of the 11 categories on which we asked for assessment. We never want anybody to be unhappy with their experience of our lovely houses and facilities. We do take comments seriously and despite getting such specific positive feedback from all the people on either side of this party, we actually gave this group £480 back because they were not satisfied. we dont want to whitewash ourselves; I am sure there were some specific areas where they had fair criticisms to make. (The grounds have since been tidied up; we had had some staff issues that meant proper attention hadn't been paid to this area.) But I don't think their comments are fair, overall, and nor do our other guests. We are full virtually every weekend and week this year and the vast majority of guests come from personal recommendation. It is very depressing to see a review like this in print and "on the record" when we know we are doing a really good job for more than 90% of our clients.
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