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Ormidale House & Estate

Ormidale House, Glendaruel, Argyll PA22 3AF

8 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
  • Indoor Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • 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.

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. For details of packages, Special Offers or Last Minute Deals, please visit Ormidale’s website using the link above.



2 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.

2 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.

2 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

5 years ago

[...] of our houses, Hafton Castle, is actually in Dunoon, and another, Ormidale is close by. Both are great bases to visit the Games [...]

5 years ago

[...] house names that come up sound so magical; Assynt House in the Highlands, Roshven with its lake, Ormidale overlooking the Kyles of Bute. Or castles! Hafton or [...]

5 years ago

[...] but at the moment we’re working with two of our favourite Scottish houses, the Ormidale Estate and Assynt House. Country Sport is a big thing for Landed Houses, and we’re looking at how we [...]

6 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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