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The Old Barn - sleeps 16 with hot tub, pool, sauna – Home 131909 Apartment

  • 7 bedrooms
  • 16 sleeps
  • 2 nights min stay

The Old Barn - sleeps 16 with hot tub, pool, sauna – Home 131909

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  • Apartment
  • 7 bedrooms
  • 16 sleeps
  • 2 nights min stay

Apartment / 7 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms / sleeps 16

Key Info

  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Description from owner

Description

The Old Barn at Ormidale has taken us nearly three years to complete and no expense has been spared in establishing it as the most luxurious of our stable of properties. A travertine marble floor runs throughout the ground floor and offers a stunning contrast to the original exposed stone walls which feature in the kitchen and living area.

It's a stylish, contemporary holiday home, with a hot tub, a sauna, a TV room, a separate dining room, and a lovely big main lounge. The kitchen is gorgeous, featuring three ovens and a microwave and five electric rings. With use of Games Cottage (table tennis and pool tables, dart board) plus a football pitch, swimming pool (heated indoor) and a tennis court, this is a great estate to base a weekend away or a week's holiday.

Underfloor heating from an environmentally sustainable ground source heat pump provides constant heating through both floors of the property, which will accommodate up to 16 guests in total, with

The Old Barn at Ormidale has taken us nearly three years to complete and no expense has been spared in establishing it as the most luxurious of our stable of properties. A travertine marble floor runs throughout the ground floor and offers a stunning contrast to the original exposed stone walls which feature in the kitchen and living area.

It's a stylish, contemporary holiday home, with a hot tub, a sauna, a TV room, a separate dining room, and a lovely big main lounge. The kitchen is gorgeous, featuring three ovens and a microwave and five electric rings. With use of Games Cottage (table tennis and pool tables, dart board) plus a football pitch, swimming pool (heated indoor) and a tennis court, this is a great estate to base a weekend away or a week's holiday.

Underfloor heating from an environmentally sustainable ground source heat pump provides constant heating through both floors of the property, which will accommodate up to 16 guests in total, with our maximum adult occupancy set at 12.

The Cowal Peninsula 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.

Glendaruel

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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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Super King Bed
    Bedroom 2: King Bed
    Bedroom 3: Super King Bed
    Bedroom 4: Super King Bed
    Bedroom 5: Super King Bed
    Bedroom 6: Super King Bed
    Bedroom 7: Bunk Bed
    Beds in other rooms: Sofa Bed
  • 3 Family bathrooms

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Air conditioning
  • Private indoor pool
  • Jacuzzi or hot tub
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Bicycles available
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Safe
  • Sauna
  • Table tennis
  • Pool or snooker table
  • Games room
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • Video player
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer

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Access

  • Accessible for wheelchair users — please contact the owner for details before booking

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Payment
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Smoking
No smoking at this property

About the owner

John D
Response rate:
95%
Calendar updated::
28 Nov 2016
Years listed:
6
Based in:
United Kingdom
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, French


This Apartment has 7 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and sleeps 16. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 08 Jun 2010. Located in Glendaruel, it has 19 reviews with an overall rating of 4. The average weekly rate varies from $2268 to $3906.

The Owner has a response rate of 95% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 28 Nov 2016.

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“AMAZING SPACE! MAGICAL GETAWAY IN THE TREES! Even has a cat cemetary from the 1800's!”

Reviewed 15 Sep 2015

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!

I am so pleased that you had a good time. Thank you for visiting and taking the trouble to post such a nice review. I hope we see you again and that other people find the review helpful, too.

“Perfect for large parties”

Reviewed 19 Aug 2014

I booked The Old Barn for a large party of friends and was fairly nervous as it wasn't the cheapest option we found. However my decision was certainly vindicated. The bedrooms were are adequately sized, comfortable and clean, the bathrooms lovely, the kitchen full of everything we required and the dining room nice and spacious. However it was the extras that made it worth it - we made very good use of the private sauna and the hot tub and had an extensive, marathon ping pong tournament in the games room (which I won). Very helpful staff and beautiful location.

“Customer service & cleanliness of The Old Barn were second to none!”

Reviewed 27 Apr 2014

We decided to book 7 nights away at The Old Barn in March 2014. After reading some of the reviews we were slightly apprehensive. On arrival that changed from apprehension to excitement for our pending holiday. Our first impression of The Old Barn was how spacious/clean/well kept it was. The kitchen was a good size and I have to say very clean, all mod cons were inc. The kitchen lead out onto a patio area & hot tub (perfect to chill out in the evening with a glass of wine!). There is a sauna room that we used every day and a small tv room which my teenage son used a lot! The bathrooms were nicely decorated and clean, the bedrooms that we used were not very large but they were sufficient for us, the beds were very comfy and hubby and I are going to purchase a super-king after sleeping on one at The Old Barn (it was very very comfy!). The onsite facilities were: a games room which I think was a converted outbuilding, with a pool table down stairs (I have to say that the stairs were quite steep) and a ping pong table upstairs. I think it's a great room for kids/teens to go and hang out there is nothing valuable so no need to worry about breakages it is what it is a no frills games room. The swimming pool was great it was so nice to go for a swim when you wanted to, there are scheduled times to use the pool for each property which is great if you only want your party in the pool area. Management were willing to work around suitable times for us to use the pool when we wanted to use it which was a bonus, I would say the swimming pool room does need upgrading and am sure in due course it will be done. There was also a small tennis court at the front of Ormidale house, it defiantly is not Wimbledon it is more an area where you can play a game of tennis with your kids without fear of breaking anything/destroying the grass. It did remind me of a tennis court at my old secondary school a no frills area to play. I have to say that our overall experience of The Old Barn & facilities that it has to offer was a great one, we really enjoyed our stay and left feeling very relaxed. The management/customer service was fantastic and nothing was to much trouble. For me one of the best bits was how clean and tidy the kitchen area was all the utensils/pots/pans were very clean and I did not have to wash anything before using it.

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