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Ormidale House & Estate

Ormidale House, Glendaruel, Argyll PA22 3AF

13 reviews


£3,595 - £4,995

Full Weeks

£4,795 - £6,995







The Ormidale Estate set in the hills of Argyll. Beautiful, luxurious and unforgettable...

Sleeps up to 56 in 33 bedrooms with 15 bathrooms. The main house sleeps 22. Weekends from £3,595 to £4,995, full weeks from £4,795 to £6,995. For shorter stays please enquire.

If fully occupied, price per person per night is usually between £12 and £30.

  • Catering Available
  • Countryside Walks
  • Hot Tub
  • Indoor Pool
  • Pet Friendly
  • Self Catering
  • Snooker or Table Tennis
  • Wedding Facilities
  • WiFi
  • Working Fireplace

A stunning private, historic, 23 acre estate, in gorgeous scenery - the very best of Scottish weddings Seats up to 90 indoors and the total venue capacity is 200.

  • Catering Available
  • Civil Ceremony License
  • Fireworks
  • Gardens
  • Self Catering


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

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 are 9 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),  in 7 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms. Downstairs is a large living room, dining room and kitchen, with, of course… hot tub and sauna.

Garden Cottage

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 (at Tighnabruaich 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. 


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3 months ago

A large group of friends and I stayed in the house for two nights in January 2017 for a friends 21st birthday. The house was very spacious and the hot tub facilities went down a treat for us all! However, our overall experience has since been far more negative than we ever could imagine and I would advise that anybody considering this house steers clear. Upon arrival, there was no staff member in sight and no information on how to get the keys. After around 15 minutes outside in the cold while some members went to look for a member of staff, we tried the door to find it was unlocked and the keys were sitting on the dining table. That meant there could have been anybody in the house at the time we arrived. While I didn't use the pool facilities myself, several of my friends did and unfortunately returned only thirty minutes later complaining the pool was freezing cold, before they got into the hot tub. This was afternoon time on our second day and was the only time any of us entered the pool area. While they were there, countless photos and videos were taken of each other and in some show clear rotting of the tiles around the shower area. We have clear time stamps on these photos and videos. Since returning, the birthday girl has received countless nasty emails from the owner of the house, John, in which he accuses us of causing £2000 worth of damage to the tiles in the shower area on our first night (even although not one member of my group entered the area until the next afternoon, as previously stated). He has referred to us as 'drunken species of fools' and accused us of lying, stating his staff members heard us banging on the wall in the pool area on the first night. The same staff members who we tried to find NUMEROUS times throughout our stay and were nowhere to be seen. We are 100% confident that nobody was on site for the duration of our stay. John refuses to provide evidence for his accusations and we have since sought legal action against him as he point blank refuses to return the safety deposit to us. Furthermore, our group leader has been contacted by others who have had similar experiences with John. I would urge everybody to look elsewhere for bookings as what was a fantastic few days away with friends for us has been overshadowed by a legal battle with a landlord who has no respect for other people.

3 months ago

We are a group of friends who have been meeting every year for 20 years. We had a lovely weekend at Ormidale .We had mixed weather so enjoyed a glass of wine on the terrace one evening and the next day relaxing by a roaring fire in the sitting room. I would highly recommend this property it is definitely up there as one of the best we have stayed at. Staff were great and very helpful.

3 months ago

Me and 10 friends stayed here and had possibly the worst experience of a weekend away. We stayed in the old barn which the clue is in its name the condition of this "lodge" was like an old barn. To start with the man John who I believe runs this estate is a very rude individual, after seeing reviews from ormidale house recently saying the hot tub was not working for other guests my friend emailed John to ask about this to which his reply was very rude and he said the hot tub was in fact working however on arrival the hot tub was broken! John offered no gesture of good will for this and simply stated there was nothing he can do me and my friends where not happy about this however decided it would not spoil our weekend, things got worse however when we realised the general cleanliness of the old barn was terrible flies flying around the plug holes of the sinks and dirty cups and glasses in the cupboards. The worst thing thought that this abssoloute cowboy done was take £50 a head deposit off of us due to this myself and my friends made sure we left the lodge in the exact same condition it was in when we arrived. John emailed saying an inspection had been done and everything was fine and we would be receiving our deposit back to then email a couple of days later with a whole list of problems that we supposedly left the lodge like from not stripping the beds (which was not stated anywhere we had to do) to the fact there was red stains all over the carpets and walls..unfortunetly for John myself and friends had taken pictures of every room where there where problems as soon as we got there all of which have the date and time so we will be using these to make sure we receive our full deposit back! I will leave you with a picture of the games room we told we would have compared to the games room we did receive ps you can tell John is not a very nice person just by looking at all the bad reviews and his responses to them he always has an answer for everything

4 months ago

Fifteen of our family stayed at Ormidale House between 20-23 April this year. there are four properties within this estate to rent. We rented the Mill House which has been beautifully converted.. The Mill House sleeps far more than the 15 that we were, we had more than enough personal space for ourselves and some extra freedom too. The Mill House has been thoughtfully renovated with luxury in mind, the main room is lovely and has everything that a large party needs. The bedrooms ( i have seen that other people have said that they are a bit small), we loved their quirkiness, if you want hotel rooms...then stay at a hotel? this is a beautifully converted Mill House, simple as that. Our family aged between 10-90 years old stayed and we all loved it here, it had a little something special and oldie worldly for all of us, there was of course the pool for the kids, beautiful small walks for the oldies, just enough time for a small sherry, but for the more adventurous of us we had a discovery of a climb/walk behind the Mill through aged forestry that was amazing, the kids were fascinated by the 4ft tall ants nests that we found and the natural beauty, freshness of the wild trees. The children aged 10-15 years made a bridge from stones and discarded bits of wood across the beautiful water fall that travelled pass the X Box needed everyone....just a little imagination. The house is positioned so very well for access to Loch Fyne and a few adventures to other beautiful places. we went for our father in laws 90th Birthday and we all had a lovely, relaxing time....For those that were lucky our favorites was the Owls at night...we loved to hear them in the quiet of the night. lovey memories. Holly Boyd

4 months ago

This secluded historic house was perfect for our wedding . The grounds are beautiful, the house itself just wonderful.Our guests were accommodated in the main house and loved their bedrooms which were large and very comfortable. Our family stayed in the mill house ,which is modern and open plan on the ground floor with cosy and comfortable bedrooms upstairs . There was plenty of room for every one . The owner was hugely helpful and a pleasure to deal with .Thank you John for answering all of our questions and being so obliging .Our caterers were Marc and David from Allonuscatering.They and their team were top class .Their food was fabulous and they could not have been more helpful. All in all an unforgettable stay in a truly magical setting.

6 months ago

A wonderful place to holiday with kids. There was so much to do on site! Games in the house, a jumping castle and a trampoline, walking through the woods - within the estate! - Plus soft play in the leisure centre in the town nearby (Dunoon?), and archery for the bigger kids. There was plenty to do, and I would have loved to explore the nearby beaches. Beautiful scenery too. Really enjoyed.

6 months ago

We had a wonderful time in this very comfortable & well equipped house. Plenty of space lots to do for adults & children of all ages! Luxurious beds, linens & plentiful towels. Somewhat erratic showers - but manageable! Wonderful grounds & a scenic area. Would love to come this way again.

6 months ago

Lovely house, was really perfect for a week with extended family. Kids and adults had a fantastic half term spent in Ormidale. A few minor issues such as pool at cool temperature so only a joy for serious swimmers, but on the whole would certainly recommend. Beautiful and huge grounds - we hardly left the property all week as there was plenty on site to keep everyone busy and happy

6 years ago

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6 years ago

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6 years ago

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7 years ago

Just arrived back from our second trip to Ormidale House We all had a fantastic time The groups (tap dance class all females)ages ranged from 13 years to over 70 years and there was something to suit everyone We enjoyed long walks in the beautiful grounds and surrounding areas We also had some wonderful meals in the large dining room The bedrooms at Ormidale are extremely comfortable We had an Ormidale's got talent night in the large drawing room and had lots of fun Unfortunately the swimming pool was being repaired and we could not use it We had a bonfire which was prepared for us by the most helpful caretakers It was amazing being outside under the stars This is our second visit to Ormidale House and it was fantastic We are already thinking about returning next year As Ormidale is an ongoing project we are sure we will see improvements next year Thank you Linwood Tap Dancers

7 years ago

Ormidale House, Glendaruel, Argyll PA22 3AF I left Edinburgh at 09:30 and headed off to Ormidale. Geographically it's next door to Glasgow, in all other aspects it's a million miles away. The route to get there took me via Loch Lomond and Loch Fyne and it's a stunning drive, uncrowded in November and even in the rain did not detract from the area's beauty. Many hours later I drove through the gateposts of Ormidale House. There were guests staying but fortunately (by prior arrangement) they were happy let me have a quick look round. Despite the house looking less 'majestic' than some of the others on this site, it is in no way indicative of the interior and is far more substantial than most houses in the area. Inside it was warm and welcoming - it has a large kitchen with aga, a vast basement drying room, dining room for 25+, two sitting rooms, one big drawing room, games room with billiards, sauna and multiple large televisions. There is also an indoor swimming pool that is shared with The Mill and The Old Barn - two separate but nonetheless nearby properties. The bedrooms themselves were decent, spacious and with good views. One was slightly colder but I say this out of making the review impartial rather than because it was freezing or a big issue. One bedroom had two sets of bunk beds, the rest were all twins or doubles. For those bringing a helper there is a bedroom with direct access to the kitchen. The bathrooms were clean and some a little 'dated' - not a problem for anyone but the most demanding and they are due to be re-fitted over the coming weeks. For reference from the house's website; 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 ensuite bathroom or a basin. There are four further bathrooms, two separate loos, and a sauna. Altogether, the house has nine showers and ten WCs. Floorplan. The two nearby houses, The Mill and The Old Barn are not as substantial but would provide useful overflow accommodation. Both have been recently decorated to a high standard (no expense spared, including underfloor heating) and feature the same saunas and multiple TVs that Ormidale House has. As a rule of thumb The Mill has smaller bedrooms and is more tightly packed than either The Old Barn or Ormidale House - but is still comfortable and has a large open plan area downstairs with plenty of seating. The Mill and Old Barn share car parking and a wall, Ormidale House can be considered largely as separate from the others but still shares some garden and the pool. All in all I think Ormidale House predominately suits walkers and golfers and would provide a very comfortable base from which to explore the area. When the rains come (as they inevitably will!) the pool, billiards, sauna and TVs should come in useful. A solid bet.


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