Glendaruel holiday house rental with private indoor pool, jacuzzi/hot tub and internet access and balcony/terrace

Ormidale House Estate - 4 houses for 33, 22, 16, 7

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House / 29 bedrooms / sleeps 1 Home 131907

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House / 29 bedrooms / sleeps 1

Key Info
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Ormidale House Estate consists of four separate houses - all listed on Holiday Lettings and Tripadviser - sleeping 77 people between them.

With a swimming pool, a tennis court, a football pitch and 22 acres of grounds, the estate has plenty of space for four separate parties.

When all the houses are taken together it makes a great conference venue, or a wonderful palace for a big private wedding or other celebration party.

Ormidale House sleeps 35 in 13 bedrooms.

The Mill House sleeps 22 in 9 bedrooms

The Old Barn sleeps 16 in 7 bedrooms

The Garden Cottage is an overspill option for up to 8 additional guests.

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 1, 29 bedrooms
Rooms 29 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms of which 7 Family bathrooms and 4 En suites
Will consider Corporate bookings
Access Car advised
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Private indoor pool, Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property
Pool Private indoor pool, Shared indoor pool
General Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Furniture King Beds (18), Double beds (4), Single beds (25), Bunk Beds (10), Cots (5), Dining seats for 50, Lounge seats for 50
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private indoor pool, Shared indoor pool, Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, Private tennis court, BBQ, Bicycles available, Trampoline, Private fishing lake or river
Access Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users

The Argyll and Bute 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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18 Sep 2015


"Beautiful house, beautiful surroundings."

There really aren't enough hours in the day to talk about how amazing our stay at Ormidale was. The house was absolutely beautiful and I was in awe from the second I arrived until our reluctant departure. It's a genuine struggle to pick out highlights when everything about this place is so spectacular, (though the hot tub and sauna probably deserve a special mention as this is where we spent most of the time). Beautiful, picturesque surroundings in the garden and wider locale. Can't recommend this place enough!! Thank you for a fantastic stay - I will be back!

15 Sep 2015


"the only place in scotland you are likely to see a cat cemetery from the 1800's!"

Let me start by saying what a fantastic weekend we had! myself and 13 of my friends stayed in the Argyll Barn property and from the first moment we walked through the door we knew we had stumbled on to something special! The house is even better than the pictures and descriptions, the amenities are fantastic, the pool, hot tub, games rooms ect all marvellous! and not only this but it was great value for money! Despite other properties being on the estate we found it very peaceful, the surrounding areas are breath taking! and as stipulated it even had its own piece of odd history in the form of a cat cemetery from the 1800's! I couldn't recommend this place more and we intend to go back for further holidays at this same location in the same house! The house, the site, the feel of the land, it allows you to forget the world and truly relax in such a picture perfect location. The house owner John was really helpful with anything we needed, he went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure our stay went well, great communication, great attitude, He was an absolute pleasure!

17 Jun 2015


"Fantastic place"

We had the most wonderful time last week at Ormidale. It's a truly magical setting! The weather was stunning and the accommodation just lovely, it worked perfectly with my friend and her wheelchair there wasn't anything she couldn't take part in or anywhere she couldn't go. Her accommodation in the garden cottage was perfect, both her mum and her personal assistant commented that it was one of the best they had been to so thank you and great job! The mill house is perfectly equipped with anything we needed or wanted we spent most of our time outside enjoying the hot tub and the beautiful surroundings. A great time was had by all, I would highly recommend Ormidale to anyone and hope we can come back again one day.

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