Holmwood

Holmwood House
Holmwood

Holmwood, now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, is a unique villa designed by Glasgow’s second most famous architect, Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson. It was built in 1857-8 for James Couper, a local businessman. Thomson’s original room decoration, based on themes from the classical world, is being uncovered and we’ve followed the progress of this continuing conservation work over the years.

Here, a piece of original wall paper has been uncovered in the dining room, and the barometer sits atop the fire-place in the hall:

A selection from the classical frieze:

Beautiful floor tiling:

Ceilings and dome:

When we first visited, it was empty, and although still not fully furnished, it now looks more like a home.

There are also attractive riverside grounds to explore and a small kitchen garden, planted with a range of Victorian herbs, fruit and vegetables. Unfortunately, while we were in the house the heavens opened so we didn’t spend long outside.

All the more time to spend taking tea in the small café!

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41 thoughts on “Holmwood

  1. jazzfeathers September 18, 2016 / 19:23

    Such a beautiful place. I really like the outside 🙂

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  2. findingnyc September 11, 2016 / 00:53

    I love the architectural and decorative details in homes like these, Anabel. It’s always interesting to see the tile patterns on the floors, and those ceilings are gorgeous!

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  3. BeckyB September 10, 2016 / 10:59

    Wonderful . . . . somewhere else to add to my Scottish list when I next make it up. Hoping to pop up in a few weeks but nothing booked and time is beginning to run out for us. Sy maybe next year . . . . .

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  4. inesephoto September 10, 2016 / 04:07

    I love old wallpapers. It is wonderful that this villa is so well preserved – there are so many neglected places lost forever.

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  5. rosemaylily2014 September 9, 2016 / 07:50

    Very elegant – love the tiling! How the other half lived in those days!

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  6. Claire September 8, 2016 / 23:37

    What a gem! I’ve never been, but definitely on the To Visit list soon – thank you for sharing!

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    • Anabel Marsh September 9, 2016 / 00:08

      Definitely worth visiting. Just had a look at your Linley blog – intriguing!

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  7. restlessjo September 8, 2016 / 07:10

    Lovely old place! I do like old things 🙂 And I wouldn’t mind having that barometer sit on my mantelpiece.

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    • Anabel Marsh September 8, 2016 / 14:17

      Thanks for the lovely link! I just popped over to have a look.

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