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!