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Ormidale House - sleeps 30, pool, hot tub, sauna

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13 bedrooms
8 bathrooms
35 guests
1 night minimum
Holiday Rental House
A fabulous, luxurious, historic 'laird's house' with 13 bedrooms and ample space for a house party of up to 35. Ormidale House sits in 22 acres of private grounds in beautiful scenery. The house is brilliantly situated for sight-seeing around the West Coast. The immediate area is renowned for some of the best walking in Scotland, and it's a great base for fishing, riding, shooting, golf, sailing or cycling. We've put in 6 fishing rods, 12 bikes for different sizes (with helmets), and 8 bags of golf clubs. There's loads to do in the area, and some great local pubs and restaurants, but we've also tried to make it comfy enough for people who don't want to go anywhere else. Ormidale House was built as a seat of Clan Campbell in 1696. After ongoing minor changes through the centuries, in 1...A fabulous, luxurious, historic 'laird's house' with 13 bedrooms and ample space for a house party of up to 35. Ormidale House sits in 22 acres of private grounds in beautiful scenery. The house is brilliantly situated for sight-seeing around the West Coast. The immediate area is renowned for some of the best walking in Scotland, and it's a great base for fishing, riding, shooting, golf, sailing or cycling. We've put in 6 fishing rods, 12 bikes for different sizes (with helmets), and 8 bags of golf clubs. There's loads to do in the area, and some great local pubs and restaurants, but we've also tried to make it comfy enough for people who don't want to go anywhere else. Ormidale House was built as a seat of Clan Campbell in 1696. After ongoing minor changes through the centuries, in 1900 the house was substantially extended by the renowned Scottish architect Robert Lorimer to form the well-laid out, comfortable, bright, light, and spacious 13 bedroomed “laird's house” that is available for weekend or weekly rent today. It's been pretty luxuriously equipped and nicely furnished, mostly with antiques. The new, comfy beds feature fabulous quality goose-down and feather duvets and gorgeous bed-linen, we've put some original Scottish art on the walls, bought half decent crystal for the table and generally tried to ensure that it's as comfortable and well-equipped a place to stay as you'll find in Scotland, without having any of the formality or grandeur of a castle or stately home. The house has a lovely, relaxing feel. With a drawing room, TV room / snug, full-size Billiard Room, playroom, large kitchen with AGA and breakfast room downstairs - as well as the impressive dining hall seating 24 - Ormidale has sufficient accommodation to cater for any large house party. We have laid out the bedrooms to offer real flexibility; two rooms are set up as triples, three as king-size doubles, one as a quadruple bunk room and another as a family room for up to six bodies!! The other six 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 en suite bathroom or a basin. There are four further bathrooms, two separate loos, and a sauna. Altogether, the house has nine showers and ten wc's. As well as a private hot tub for each house, we now have an indoor heated swimming pool which is shared between the three houses on the estate. Each house gets their own hour of exclusive swimming time in the morning and in the afternoon – outside those six hours, it is a “free for all” in the pool. There's a football pitch and a tennis court, a games cottage and a bouncy castle. With thousands of acres of forestry on our doorstep, the property is idea for explorers of all ages, on two legs or four!!!More
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Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Safe
Towels Provided
Air Conditioning
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Private Garden
Cycling Trips
Hairdryer
TV
Corporate Bookings
Parking
Rural/Countryside Retreats
City Getaway
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Playground
Horse Riding Nearby
Shared Tennis Court
Internet Access
Trampoline
VCR
Toaster
Telephone
Staffed Property
Cooker
Grill
Sauna
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Hot Tub
Game Room
Pool Table
Long Term Rentals (Over 1 Month)
Central Heating
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Good Nightlife
Balcony
Ping Pong Table
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Terrace
Private Indoor Pool
Fireplace
Additional amenities & feature info
With a large drawing room with open fire, huge dining hall, play-cum-TV room, extra TV room snug, breakfast room, games room with full size billiard table, kitchen with 4 oven Aga, the living accommodation is flexible enough and comfortable enough to suit most types of parties – and at most times of year. We've tried to make it more luxurious and better equipped than our own house, so that even a wet weekend will be a comfortable and memorable one.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A group of 35 of us stayed in this house for a long weekend, ages ranging from infants to 60's. It was absolutely amazing, the house is spectacular in every way. There are plenty of bedrooms for everyone to sleep in and the beds are...More

Date of stay: November 2018
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johnD1963, VR Owner at Ormidale House - sleeps 30, pool, hot tub, sauna, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

It is so lovely to get this lovely reaction from your group. Thanks for coming and thanks for taking the time to review us. I am glad you appreciated the house, the area, the facilities and the staff! We would love to have you back...More

Reviewed 5 November 2018

Just back home after our 10th year visiting Ormidale House and it was fab, fab, fab as usual!!! We were greeted by Pamela and her hubby, the housekeepers on arrival who attended to our every need throughout our stay - and with a group of...More

Date of stay: November 2018
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johnD1963, VR Owner at Ormidale House - sleeps 30, pool, hot tub, sauna, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2018

Thanks so much for the ongoing custom and the glowing review. We love this tradition and I am pleased you enjoyed yourselves.

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Reviewed 17 October 2018

Ormidale House is a country house of great character, in a magnificent rural setting, which proved an excellent choice for our family reunion, bringing together cousins from various parts of Britain and North America. There is lovely country to explore, by car or on foot,...More

Date of stay: July 2017
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johnD1963, VR Owner at Ormidale House - sleeps 30, pool, hot tub, sauna, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2018

Thank you very much for taking the time to review us. We didn't have an entirely problem-free season but it is lovely to hear your overall positive feedback. Thank you for your fair assessment and for taking the time to make it.

Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

We stayed at this house for a week to celebrate my uncle & aunt's wedding. There were many of us (around 20) and it was plenty spacious with different rooms for all sorts of entertaining (games room and the dining area were use most by...More

Date of stay: July 2018
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johnD1963, VR Owner at Ormidale House - sleeps 30, pool, hot tub, sauna, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2018

Thanks so much. What a lovely review. We hope to see you again. Best wishes to all your lovely group.

Reviewed 11 October 2018

Lovely walks, cycle rides and places to visit. Or you can just relax in hot tub or swim in pool, play snooker, read etc. We found Ormidale house exactly as described and it suited us well.

Date of stay: June 2017
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johnD1963, VR Owner at Ormidale House - sleeps 30, pool, hot tub, sauna, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2018

Thanks for the review. I am glad it went so well, and that you found us exactly as described.

About the Owner
John D
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Rate:95%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:June 2010
Availability
December 2018
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As well as general site-seeing and trips to the Island of Bute, Inverary and further afield, there are a host of other activities you can undertake around Glenaruel. It’s fabulous walking country and we’ve also provided twelve mountain bikes for those who want to explore on two wheels rather than four. There are some really excellent and quite varied routes direct from the house, involving all sorts of terrain and levels of strain! Golf – there’s a lovely 9 hole pay and play course ten minutes away above Tighnabruaich. We’ve supplied five bags of golf clubs for the house and they probably won’t be too fussed about the usual rules re golf shoes provided you don’t arrive in jeans and carve the course up. The same applies to the almost equally spectacular nine hole course at Blairmore & Str...
How to get there
- Glasgow Airport, an hour and a half drive away - Prestwick Airport, an hour and three quarters drive away - Railway Station is Gourock, connecting to Dundon Ferry Port (25 minutes)
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