Holmwood House Glasgow

Holmwood House in the south of Glasgow was designed in the 1850s by the Scottish architect Alexander ‘Greek Thomson for the Couper family, who owned a nearby mill. Holmwood was acquired by the National Trust for Scotland in1994 . Prior to that it had been used as a Catholic primary school.

There’s a lot of work still to be done in the house to return it to its original state.

The bay window in the parlour is lovely.

holmwood house glasgow parlour bay window exterior

It affords an expansive view of the garden from inside.

holmwood house glasgow parlour bay window

The dining room is where the Greek influence is most evident. There’s a frieze with scenes from Homer’s Iliad

holmwood house glasgow dining room frieze

holmwood house glasgow dining room frieze detail

On one side of the black marble fireplace, some of the original stencil work has been exposed.

According to my guide, the National Trust plan to commission wallpaper with this design.

holmwood house glasgow dining room stencil close up

I loved the cupola. The obscure glass between the caryatids (stone carvings of draped female figures supporting the dome) has stars etched on it.

I enjoyed my visit to Holmwwood House. The volunteer guides were very welcoming and knowledgeable. It was good to be shown around initially, and then be able to wander round at my own pace to take photos.