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13 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, Sleeps 35
Glendaruel, Cowal Peninsula, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

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Peaches19...
Bathgate, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Relaxing break in a property with Plenty of Character”
Reviewed 31 January 2016 for a stay in December 2015

We stayed in December - large family group of mixed ages accompanied by our furry friends. The House is beautiful with great character, as are the sizeable grounds which are great for walking and wandering with the dogs and taking in the views and fresh air.

The property is very spacious with a rustic interior. We had a party of 17 and never felt as though we were lacking in space. Two sitting rooms (one with/one without a TV - open fire in the one without the TV), a games room with an open fire and many other areas ensured there was more than ample room for everyone to relax without stepping on each other’s toes.

The kitchen is huge (and well equipped) which provides more than enough room for prepping meals for a large group. There is a dining table which comfortably sat our entire party and again, there is an open fire in this room which adds to the charm. We had a fantastic family Christmas dinner during our stay.

During our stay we left the grounds and travelled about 30 minutes (maybe less) to a newly opened complex named Portavadie Marina Spa. £12 gives you all day use of the facilities which include an outdoor infinity pool which overlooks Loch Fyne with views to the Isle of Arra. Well worth the trip for those wishing to get out and about during the day.

Travel to and from the area is relatively simple. We took the Ferry from Glasgow on our way to Ormidale but took the scenic route home. I'd recommend the scenic route if heading back in the direction of Glasgow or similar. You won't spend as much in petrol as the ferry costs and the roads are better, not to mention the views. (On the subject of petrol, fill the tank in advance as there aren't many stations around and opening times can be sporadic).

The property certainly has its own quirks and character and although not brand new nor blemish free - it is entirely fitting with what you would expect from a property of this type and period and makes for a comfortable and warm get away in the Scottish countryside.

We are looking at returning at some point this year and would recommend Ormidale House for anyone looking to get away from it all.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Lack of petrol facilities (our own fault!)
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
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Doreen H
Broxburn, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Amazing house in a great location”
Reviewed 24 January 2016 for a stay in December 2015

Picked Ormidale House for a large family weekend break and the house lived up to and beyond every expectation. We decided not to take the ferry to Dunoon, and it was so worth it, the scenic drive was beautiful. Upon arrival we were met by the owner and given a short guided tour around the house. Ormidale House is a grand old house with so many original features, open fires in 3 reception rooms, with ample wood provided, that's if you are happy to disturb the ram who wonders round the grounds and likes to snooze in the wood shed!! Having the space and variety of things to do was great for the group as not everyone wanted to watch the live boxing on sky TV. The kitchen had every possible utensil you could think of and cooking breakfast on the Aga with huge frying pans was all part of the experience. If you're visiting in the winter, bring extra jumpers as it's a big house to heat, but hey , we're in Scotland. Family all wanting to go back next year.

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Liked best: The group were left to enjoy their weekend and there was no problems with our pets, as we had more than one
Liked least: had hot tub problems
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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Management Response
25 Jan 2016
THANK YOU FOR COMING AND THANKYOU FOR YOUR KIND COMMENTS. YOU WILL ALL BE VERY WELCOME BACK.
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Andrew N
Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Beautiful house, perfect accommodation for large groups”
Reviewed 24 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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I visited Ormidale House as part of a large group and upon arrival I was very impressed with the appearance and presentation of the house. It is extremely large and spacious, with many rooms for separate purposes, but the house still manages to maintain a sensible layout, meaning that you can easily find whatever room you are looking for throughout the house without getting lost.

The facilities within the house were also very impressive, and it is clear that everything a large group may need has been considered and included within the house.

As an added bonus, it was very simple and straight-forward to travel there by car, making the holiday less stressful from the start.

Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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James V
Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Fabulously well equipped house with stacks of character in a beautiful location”
Reviewed 23 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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The Ormidale House was the perfect location to celebrate a significant birthday with a wonderful group of friends. On arrival it was great to explore the house and look at all the unique features, paintings and ornaments.
The large kitchen is very well equipped making it easy to cater for a group. The dining room has a very long table with lots of chairs, the perfect place to serve dinner. A games room with snooker and pool is great for whiling away a rainy afternoon. The jacuzzi and sauna lovely for relaxing.
Whatever the occasion, The Ormidale House is an amazing venue for getting together with friends or family.

Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Stuart C
1 review
“Never stayed anywhere like it”
Reviewed 23 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015

Though the pictures were impressive they could not possibly do the beauty of Ormidale House justice. It is incredibly well maintained, with a wide variety of tasteful decorations

You could really feel the history from this incredibly well preserved building.

Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Lauren S
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Out of This World”
Reviewed 23 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015

I had the pleasure of staying here for a short break in September and it was the most magical and beautiful place I have ever been. The drive there is filled with spectacular views and landscapes but nothing compared to the grounds and house. From the moment I set foot inside I was transported to another world and instantly felt like I was in a fairy tale! The house is so well kept and I love the traditional charm of the place. You will never find yourself bored here, the grounds are screaming out to be explored and you easily lose track of time while chilling out in the hot tub. I will hopefully be lucky enough to come back to this house and I have already recommended it to friends and family :) Thank you so much for a great stay!

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Liked best: The hot tub
Liked least: Having to leave!!
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Families with young children Large groups
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LyndsayPa...
Glasgow, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Best weekend of our lives!!”
Reviewed 23 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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I booked Ormidale House for a 12 friends for a friends birthday weekend, John was very fast in responding and very pleasant to deal with. When we arrived we could not believe how absolutely stunning and vast this property and it's gardens are! I stayed inside the house for the full 4 days and still didn't get to see everything as the is property just has sooooo much to see and do! The house was opulent and beautiful with roaring fires, a huge dining table, beautiful drawing room and billiards room and solo much more!! We spent lots of time in the hot tub and cooking delicious dinners on the aga. There were soooo many beautiful bedrooms everyone could have their own room with stunning views of the gorgeous gardens. I really cannot recommend staying at Ormidale enough!! It was the weekend of a lifetime, we made many memories that I will never forget. The perfect opulent getaway if you really want to spoil yourself!!!

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Liked best: Trampoline, hot tub, billiards room, absolutely everything!!!
Liked least: Not one complaint!!!
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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