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

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chinkynor...
Great Harwood, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“lovely location shame about the quality of the house”
Reviewed 11 March 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
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
31 Jul 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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maisie c
Durham, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“wonderful atmospheric old house”
Reviewed 24 June 2012 for a stay in May 2012

Ormidale House was a great place to stay for a large group of us. It's perfectly kitted out with games rooms, plasma tv, wi-fi, snooker and every mod con you can think of in the kitchen.

But it's the character of the House which makes it so great. It has a step-back-in-time feel, not overly grand so as to be unfriendly but definitely smacking of bygone wealth and good taste. We lazed around it all day, using the swimming pool, sauna, table-tennis, snooker et cetera - it's a lovely, leisurely place to bask in, ideal for our large group with enough choice of rooms to split up and lose the kids, and a big dining room for evening get-togethers.

The area looked beautiful but to be honest most of us, including me, didn't leave the grounds - there was good golf somewhere nearby, according to my husband.

The staff were great, and standards of cleanliness were first class, clean, quality sheets and towels etc. Absolutely nothing detracted from an idyllic break.

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Liked best: The sense of ages past in a house with every modern need
Travelling group: With Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Families with young children Large groups
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K K
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Truly amazing, best wedding venue ever”
Reviewed 28 May 2012 for a stay in May 2012

Coming back down to earth after a truly amazing stay at Ormidale House.
Just had our wedding day (12th of May ) followed the next day by my 40th on a fantastic weekend. From booking the holiday with the owner, who is a very helpful and professional chap, to arriving for the weekend and meeting the resident estate managers, everything flowed and nothing was too much trouble, there was always someone around if needed and if not you could get on with enjoying your stay. The house is impressive but feels very welcoming and relaxed, everything is just as it appears on the website, clean tidy and well cared for. The house was full of family and friends but never felt too full and we had a lovely laid back wedding, which was the plan. The guys in our party gravitated to the popular games room for a bit of pre-wedding relaxation! Its definitely a party place as the house comes alive when its full of people. Everyone said what a beautiful setting it was and we were all sorry when it was time to leave. It is the best way to start married life and one of the most magical weekends I've ever had. I look forward to returning.

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Liked best: The house looks very grand but feels very welcoming
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Other
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Families with young children Large groups
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Suzanne M
east of England
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35 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Drawing Room - The Creative Holiday I needed”
Reviewed 15 May 2012 for a stay in March 2012

I needed a creative, relaxing holiday. That is exactly what I got!

I met a wonderful group of people, the other participants, the wonderful art tutor and the house owner John. I saw some amazingly beautiful scenery, got some drawing and painting crammed in, took 100s of photos and got to relax in a house that I would otherwise never have had the chance to stay in (I loved the huge bed!), not forgetting sitting in the hot tub surrounded by daffodils admiring the views at 4pm in the afternoon.

As one of the group that took part in this first ever run of the 'Drawing Room' I can say I had a fantastic time. As the other review mentioned there were "hiccups" along the way (but c'est la vie - when any of us do something new for the first time, is it not?), these blips were handled in the best possible way and to me that is all they were. Our "Drawing Room" was the first to take place and I am so glad I was part of it.

I would go again!

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Liked best: relaxed atmosphere - staff very helpful - and the odd
Liked least: indication that renovation work taking place - but on an old house, as any with any house maintenance work is part of life
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Large groups People with pets
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