Ormidale House and Estate is a very special place to stay. Built on the Cowal’s peninsula,about a mile above the head of Loch Riddon, Ormidale enjoys gorgeous views down the glen to the river Ruel.
The accommodation comprises four properties; Ormidale House, The Mill House, The Old Barn and the Garden Cottage. All are close to each other on the estate and all are self-contained, so can be booked as individual properties. The three main properties share the swimming pool.
Ormidale House was built as a seat of Clan Campbell in 1696, with the most recent extensions by Robert Lorimer in 1910. Working with Lorimer was the renowned Victorian landscaper, Sir Thomas Mawson – his work can still be seen on the estate today.
The House is large, sleeping 24 adults (plus 7 children), in 13 bedrooms with 8 bathrooms. Downstairs, the reception rooms are equally generous, and include a huge dining room, snooker room and drawing room. The house also has its own sauna and hot tub.
The Mill House
During the late 1800’s, the Mill House housed a hydro-powered forestry mill, which serviced the local Scots pine industry. The building was restored and converted in 2006 by the owner, John, and now sleeps up to 16 (plus 8 children). The Mill is very open and spacious, with high-vaulted ceilings and a giant glass arch onto the courtyard. There are9 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, huge open-plan living room, and sauna and hot tub.
The Old Barn
The Old Barn was actually once stables, byre, and groomsman’s cottage, originally designed by Robert Lorimer when he overhauled the main house in 1910. Ormidale’s owner, John, recently converted the buildings into one comfortable barn, with under-floor heating and cosy rooms. The barn sleeps 12 (+4 children), in7 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms. Downstairs is a large living room, dining room and kitchen, with, of course… hot tub and sauna.
2 bedrooms and two bunk rooms, shower-room and kitchenette, all on an accessible ground floor, for up to 9 additional guests.
Edmund’s Choice of Extraordinary Feature
“One of the great advantages of Ormidale is its flexible space…you can have a brilliant holiday with family or friends, but not be on top of each other all the time. Great for those times when you need a bit of a breather, from everything going on.”
About the Estate
The properties sit in an estate of 22 acres, above the Kyles of Bute on the Cowal Peninsula (1.5 hrs from Glasgow airport). There’s a huge amount to do, both on and off the estate; swimming, walking, cycling, hill-walking, golf, sailing (atTighnabruaich or Holy Loch), canoeing, caving, archery, quad biking or paint-balling. Or should that exhaust you, a gentle boat trip to the Isle of Bute might help!
The country sport in the area is fabulous; the fishing is particularly impressive. There is also grouse or pheasant shooting, or stalking.
The Ormidale Estate is a great place for holidays with family or friends. It also suits special celebrations, weddings, reunions, or corporate and business use.
Ormidale offers various packages – including Luxury Bootcamp, the ‘Drawing Room’ club, ‘Feast of Scotland’ cookery and country sports. Guide pricing is for the main house only.