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

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Tracey B
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Great house beautiful location”
Reviewed September 6, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Ormidale House was a great venue for our annual family holiday. 12 adults, 6 children and 4 dogs had a thoroughly enjoyable week. The house is grand but not pristine, making it comfortable and welcoming. The grounds are beautiful and are well cared for. The setting is amazing. It really is worth just taking the time to stand (or sit) and stare.

As others have said the swimming pool is not enormous but is big enough to provide great fun for young and old alike - especially with the addition of an inflatable toy or two. We also managed to make use of the tennis court in between the rain. Great walks for the dogs and the most amazing anthills in the woods.

We have not given 5 stars or top marks for booking and customer service because of having to ask for the return of the security deposit. The initial part of the booking process was great. John rang us to discuss requirements and replied promptly to emails. Sounds like we may have been unlucky but we did also have to ask for receipt of both the deposit and balance payments to be confirmed. Confirmation was then always received and always with an apology. The security deposit was refunded promptly once asked for - again with an apology.

Customer service at the property was great. Iain and Marie were invariably friendly and helpful but not intrusive. Any small problems, ranging from finding snooker cues with no tips, to my parents forgetting to pack a radio to listen to, were sorted very quickly - so don't be afraid to ask. Iain was very willing to share his knowledge of the local area, lending us maps and guidebooks and suggesting places to visit.

All in all a great holiday venue for an extended family - would love to have been able to give it 5 stars.

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Liked best: Space and general level of comfort inside the house together with the beautiful setting.
Liked least: Had to ask for return of security deposit 17 days after departure - it was then refunded promptly with an apology.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Sep 25, 2015
Thank you so much for leaving a review and for coming to stay with us. I think your review is very fair and will help other to assess us. I appreciate we would have had a 5 out of 5 review from you if I hadn't been a bit inefficient myself on the admin side. Another apology!!! I hope we see you again and promise that our normal service form that side is a bit better!!!
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MoiraG990
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Fabulous House and Stunning Location”
Reviewed August 12, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

We booked the house for a hen weekend and it was absolutely perfect. We were a party of 24 adults and the house accommodated us all very comfortably with room to spare. The bedrooms are lovely and the beds are very very comfortable. The ground floor has so many public rooms if you want to break up into smaller groups but the drawing room is ideal for getting everyone together for a good old knees up as is the billiard room for some good old fashioned family fun. The house provides everything you could possibly need and I agree that it's "luxurious without being intimidating". I feel they have got the balance just right.

Marie and Ian are lovely and very attentive, always on hand if you have any questions. We had a couple of very minor issues which were attended to immediately. They made us feel very welcome and were happy for us to party into the small hours, provided of course we were mindful of other visitors and followed a few "house rules" regarding outside noise etc.

The swimming pool is small but we used it in smaller groups and it was absolutely fine. The grounds and outside space are lovely but we unfortunately didn't get the benefit of this as it rained all day Saturday so that was a shame.

We also used the caterers, Don and Marie, for a sit down meal on the Saturday night. They did a great job and the food was excellent. They arrived approx an hour before we planned to sit down and they just got on with it. They set the table, cooked and served our meal and also filled the dish washer before the left too so all in all a great service. The dining room is stunning with plenty of room for our party of 24.

The house is situated in a beautiful part of the country with stunning views en-route. The roads were better than I expected but there are some single track roads with passing places if taking the ferry route so be mindful of this.

All in all a great experience but you would have to spend longer than a weekend to really take advantage of all this house has to offer - maybe next time :-)

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Liked best: Everything - there's nothing not to like about Ormidale
Traveling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
Aug 15, 2014
Thank you so much for the kind words. The staff work so hard to make everyone's stay just as perfect as it can be - it is lovely when it is appreciated. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Rachelmoo...
Glasgow
1 review
“Excellent all round- unbeatable location”
Reviewed July 16, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

We stayed for a best friends hen weekend and it was flawless. We stayed in the millhouse. The place is perfect- easy checkin, Ian in particular was extremely helpful and laid back. Huge common area which could seat 19 of us comfortably. Fantastic kitchen equipment including staples like tea sugar etc which makes a big difference. Rooms are totally fine. Hot tub was essential! Great grounds and garden. Feel secluded despite being so close to the other houses. Huge amount of kitchen and freezer space. Didn't use pool or tennis area. Pool pretty small but looked fine. The best thing is the area - best area in scotland. Fantastic info sheet included- we went to invercottage for a fantastic champagne lunch overlooking a castle and beautiful water; also went to otter ferry and went for lunch which can't be missed- fantastic drive/ superb views. Totally brilliant. We will be back.

(Only downside is we had to give a £950 cash deposit which we didn't get back for close to ten days. But we did get the lot back)

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Management Response
Aug 15, 2014
It is lovely to hear such fulsome unsolicited praise. We do try very hard to merit five star reviews and it is a pleasure for us to read them. (And helpful for future guests, as they try and assess us against the competition!!)
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Diane D
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Our Amazing 25th Wedding Anniversary at Ormidale House”
Reviewed September 24, 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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I booked Ormidale House and the small cottage for our 25th Wedding anniversary.We took 31 family and friends away for the weekend for this really special occasion. The whole weekend from start to finish was amazing, the house had a great feel to it and was big enough to accommodate the 26 people we had in there. The main lounge and snooker rooms gave a great atmosphere as everyone was able to come together after dinner and enjoy either our quiz on the Friday night or the karaoke on the sat. The cooking facilities were amazing and the aga gave plenty of room for all the food to be cooked for 31 people. The small cottage accommodated the 6 people we had in there but any more would have been too cosy. The house was clean and tidy and the beds were so comfy some of our guests struggled to get up the next morning. This house is really what you make it there is a real sense tradition about it and if you look at some of the old books you get al feel of life in the house years and years ago which adds to the mystique. I would recommend the house we had the best time ever. I also booked fishing with Donald who was amazing with the guys his mobile number is 07799661493. He is happy to take a call. Also I booked the golf and a mini bus to take them there and back. I used the Tighnabruaich Service Station for the bus hire the number is 01700 811425. They were outstanding and the service was first class. I could not rave about the weekend enough we were completely organised for the weekend which made it even better. I am happy to share my experience with anyone who is looking to book this wonderful location. One wee tip if you are hiring a coach just make sure it will fit through the gates at the bottom. This added to our weekend when we took boxes of beer up to the house in a wheelbarrow.....What a laugh!! Thanks John for your help, Marie and Ian on site were great also and were around when we needed them which wasn't very often. Thanks again Diane and Brian Drummond.

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Traveling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
Sep 25, 2013
What a lovely write-up. What a fantastic weekend. What a lovely party... please send us some photos and please come back soon!
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Wazabadoo
1 review
“Brilliant place and setting”
Reviewed July 31, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

Amazing country manor with everything you could want for party or week away. Set in idyllic glen with mountain and forest backdrop. The house itself is huge and very well appointed.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Sep 16, 2013
We sometimes take our scenery and surroundings for granted. You are right. It is breathtaking. We are very lucky indeed..... glad you found the house up to scratch.
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hoopyseve...
Glasgow
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great place to stay with large family”
Reviewed April 5, 2013 for a stay in April 2013

21 of us descended upon Ormidale for an Easter weekend getaway, from the ages of 5 to 78. We stayed in the old barn but also hired the cottage for the teenage boys. They loved having their own place, music and junk food was the order of the day for them.

The old barn is stunning with full sky TV for kids, teenage boys used the games room and the younger kids loved the swimming pool. All in all it's a great place to stay, and if you need anything Ian part of the on site management team can't do enough for you, we were a little cold one night, and 5 mins later he was at the door with oil filled radiators. Oh and the hot tub has to be my favourite, if only I could have managed to get 5 mins to myself in it.

Hope to return again next year.

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Liked best: The hot tub and the old barn house were my favourites
Liked least: Was cold at night, BUT the management company supplied extra heaters, can't be faulted.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
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chinkynor...
Great Harwood, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“lovely location shame about the quality of the house”
Reviewed March 11, 2013 for a stay in January 2013
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We recently attended a friends wedding at Ormidale and have to say we agree with the last review about the shabby condition of the house. It was in a beautiful location but when we arrived the heating wasnt working properly so it was very cold and uninviting. The bedroom we were occupying had no curtains and the sink was in front of it and overlooked the gardens. It also had a connecting door to the next bedroom that was unlocked and had no key quite unnerving. As the last person mentioned there were lights not working and the bathrooms were poor quality. Our son stayed in one of the other houses and the fridge when they arrived was dirty and they had mouldy fruit in the fruit bowl not what you would expect to find if it had been cleaned. Then they found 2 of the bathrooms wernt working. One of the hot tubs had a broken lid so didnt work and by the end of the weekend the pool had gone green as nobody was maintaining it. They describe it as luxury but sadly this is not what we got so unless you are near enough to check this place out it wasnt what was we expected. Fortunately as we were all friends we pulled together to make our friends wedding a lovely and memorable day but no thanks were to the owners and staff at ormidale.

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Liked best: location
Liked least: quality and cleanliness
Traveling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
Jul 31, 2013
We cant agree all of the criticims are fair, but some are. We had real staff problems at the time this review was posted - and some of what is said here is fair comment. We issued an apology and a significant refund to the couple getting married, and to all other guests at around this time. They actually promised us a positive review because they appreciated what we had been through, staff-wise, and how we responded to the problems. Sadly, that hasn't been forthcoming. We have new staff, now. And we have had a series of very positive guest feedbacks since my new team started in March. We have shutters not curtains. All bedroom doors can be locked if guests request that. The swimming pool is open and clean. The heating is working fine. The two star rating is really a little harsh, even for then. the wedding hosts said they were paying for four star from us and only got a three star experience. We strive to do a lot better, and we usually do. We are almost always full, with loads of repeat business, and lots of our confidential internal surveys give us a 5 out of 5 rating from guests. A bad couple of months under a wrongly-appointed estate management team. We are over that now. Apologies issued. Improvements in place.
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