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Classical elegance and architectural tricks distinguish Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’s finest domestic creation

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Visitors are greeted by classical patterns etched into the sandstone of the house, as well as elegant cupolas, columns and floor-to-ceiling windows. Step inside to see friezes depicting scenes from The Iliad in painstaking detail. Look out for some of Thomson’s clever architectural tricks – in the dining room the door frames are tapered to give the impression of temple-high ceilings; elsewhere he created ‘false doors’ for symmetrical effect.

Follow the progress of our conservation work as we gradually reveal Thomson’s original stencilled wall decoration, much of which had been painted or papered over by subsequent owners. The dining room ceiling has been restored to its former glory with the recreation of original paint schemes and re-gilding of the cornice. Work will continue throughout 2019 to complete the re-stencilling of the entrance hall and main stairway.

There are pretty riverside grounds to explore as well as a small kitchen garden, planted with a range of Victorian herbs, fruit and vegetables.


Guided tours (maximum of 15 people per tour) are available, normally lasting around 1½ hours. Special interest architectural tours are available for a small extra charge.


We welcome school visits at Holmwood. For more information, please see our Learning pages.


The former coach house has been converted into a holiday cottage – a tranquil place to stay and just a short hop from Glasgow city centre.


Holmwood is the perfect venue for weddings, corporate events and private parties. For more information please see our venue hire pages