The house

Holmwood House was built in 1857–58 on an elevated site at a bend in the River Cart, about three miles south of Glasgow.

The house occupies a large area of irregular shape, but only a small part of this space is occupied by anything other than a single-story building.

Designed by the renowned Alexander ’Greek’ Thomson, Holmwood House is a testament to his Neo-Greek style. Widely acclaimed as his finest villa, it was commissioned by James Couper, a prominent figure who co-owned a thriving paper mill with his elder brother Robert in the valley of the River Cart.

Beyond the gates, also designed by Thomson, the house is connected by a boundary wall to a smaller building that served as a coach house (now holiday accommodation) and stable offices.

Holmwood has impressive interior design and is surprisingly comfortable, with a great deal of imagination behind it. Participating in one of our tours allows you to explore the house’s architecture, unique design choices, and history.