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

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ccampbell...
Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fantastic break with family and friends, lots to do, great actvities and wonderful outdoors.”
Reviewed 14 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016

A comfortable country home, we had a fantastic time with our family, friends and our dog ! Between us, we had kids aged from 3 to 16 and they were all kept amused for the weekend with a great selection of activities including swimming, tennis, snooker, darts and trampoline .... the kids didn't stop all weekend which meant that we could all relax and enjoy our break....We even managed a game of golf at the nearby course at Tighnabruaich..which had outstanding views !

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Liked best: Activities and facilities - great selection - we used the hot tub, swimming pool, games room and tennis court, so much to do !
Liked least: Midges - but, that comes with a holiday anywhere in Scotland
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
14 Jul 2016
Thanks for taking the time to review us - not all of our satisfied customers do, so we appreciate you taking the time. Look forward to welcoming you again soon.
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Elliot R
1 review
“Hen weekend”
Reviewed 18 June 2016 for a stay in June 2016

(posting on behalf of my girlfriend) I visited ormidale last weekend with a party of 16 of various ages. We all had a great time. The location of the house is excellent, set amongst beautiful scenery (bring midgie repellent!). The house is well equipped and the accommodation both downstairs and upstairs is of a high standard. The bedrooms were better than expected- I think they undersell them. Would recommend the house to others who want to enjoy time together as a large group.

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Management Response
18 Jun 2016
Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. We are usually ok for midges apart from at dusk. Thanks for coming, hope to see you soon....
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DDGEdinbu...
Edinburgh
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Great potential but below where it should be.”
Reviewed 29 February 2016 for a stay in February 2016
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As a large family group of mixed ages we stayed at Ormidale House for a week in February 2016. The accommodation is extensive but the house and facilities would benefit from quite a bit of attention, care and repair. For us it felt somewhat neglected and was quite a bit short of the marketing promotion and photos as contained on the associated website. While the weather was very wet for most of the week we were there, overall we had a very enjoyable time including exploring the peninsula and the Isle of Bute. On a nice day Otter Ferry is worth a visit for the beach and coastal walk, while Portavadie has a new (Sept 15) indoor leisure facility and outdoor hot pools. The village of Tighnabruaich is about a 15 min journey by car from Ormidale House and has a small Spar supermarket which provided a useful source of logs for the open fire at the house.

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Liked best: Extensiveness of the house which caters well for a large group.
Liked least: The house and facilities suffering from neglect
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
29 Feb 2016
I am very pleased that you had a good time and enjoyed the area. That's a real shame you didn't feel the house was the same level as the website indicates; that is one of the questions we always ask guests as we never want to look like we are over-selling. Some of our newest features like the reclaimed church pew breakfast room that people love, the baby grand piano in the drawing room, and the improved bedroom decoration and new curtains throughout - these don't even feature on the website, so that guests are pleasantly surprised when they do arrive. Most of our guests say the house exceeds their expectations. I am sorry that wasn't the case for you. But thank you for coming anyway.
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Rach M
Livingston, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
“Perfect house for large family get together!”
Reviewed 2 February 2016 for a stay in December 2015

Stayed here in December 2015, for a Christmas weekend away with family. Huge house with lots of character. Big kitchen, perfect for cooking for lots of people with a handy breakfasting area next to the kitchen, and also a grand dining room with a large table perfect for our Christmas dinner. The bedrooms were nice and I think everyone agreed the beds were comfy. Plenty of rooms including a games room and several sitting rooms. Lovely scenery on the drive here and I expect would be a nice place to stay during the summer in Scotland.

I would also recommend driving 25 minutes to nearby Portavadie Marina, where there are amazing leisure facilities, including an outdoor pool, which we braved in December!

I have stayed in other houses like this for family holidays but would definitely recommend this one as it is big enough for 20+ people and has really good facilities. Also not too long to drive for people coming from Edinburgh or Glasgow. The only thing I would say was not up to standard was the ensuite in the bedroom we stayed in, which wasn’t the cleanest and had a carpet which smelled damp. However other than this we all had an amazing few days and I would recommend staying at Ormidale House.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Families with young children Large groups
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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
People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
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