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“Excellent example of Greek's architecture”
Review of Holmwood House

Holmwood House
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National Trust for Scotland Discover Ticket: Scotland Sightseeing Pass
Ranked #73 of 286 things to do in Glasgow
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Owner description: Masterfully designed by Alexander 'Greek' Thomson, Holmwood is a family home with grand imagination behind it. Cupolas, columns and floor-to-ceiling windows exude elegance, while the bold opulent decoration echoes the colours found in ancient Greek temples. 2017 is Thomson's bicentennial year. The property is celebrating this through a year long special events programme, check the NTS website for details. Recent recreation of the magnificent original stencil decorative scheme in the Dining room allows appreciation of the intended vision of Thomson and on going work to continue the recreation will be progressing throughout 2017.
Reviewed August 3, 2013

This is an amazing example of Alexander Greek Thompson's work. The detail in the building is outstanding. The National Trust for Scotland are doing a brilliant job of restoring the interior. The staff are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed June 18, 2013

Even using the Postcode given in the SNT's official app our Sat Nav had a problem finding it and we eventually had to ask a local householder to direct us. As we entered the premises we heard the joyous laughter of children who had made three scarecrows in the garden and it soon became obvious that the House and its environs are family friendly. The staff were very welcoming and after the initial "briefing" we explored at our own pace. The diningroom is of typical "Greek" Thompson design and there is an excellent folder explaining the various drawings of Greek mythology on the surrounding frieze. There is still much to be done restoring the house but given the enththusiasm of the staff they deserve as much support as possible. Before we left we had 5 cups of excellent coffee out of a cafetiere for a very reasonable £4.50.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

Alexander 'Greek' Thompson's finest residential building is being painstakingly restored to its former glory by the Scottish National Trust. Don't come expecting the finished product but what is being revealed, and the process of it being revealed, makes for a fascinating visit. The staff were knowledgable and passionate, the cafe is charmingly homespun, all-in-all I loved it.

2  Thank Soper
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Visited Holmwood today and was immediately impressed when we came through the gates and looked up at the house - a beautiful villa which is immediately recognisable as an Alexander "Greek" Thompson design. On entering we were greeted by a lovely elderly gentleman who explained about the building of the house, the many architectural features which display Thompson's style, and how it had come to be in the hands of National Trust Scotland (NTS). We were then free to wander around. It is a beautiful house and, if the money was available, would be utterly stunning if it were fully restored to its' original grandeur. At first glance I thought it shabby, thinking paint had peeled off walls, then I realised that small sections of original features painted on the walls have been exposed to allow people to envisage the décor of the house when first built. One of the ladies who volunteers as a guide explained that NTS have agreed a restoration plan for the dining room and I fully intend returning to see that. After a leisurely wander round we went for coffee in the little tea room - a cafetiere for two, a muffin and some chocolate for £4.50 which was excellent value. The cakes on offer are limited and not home bakes or anything like that but then they don't appear to have the facilities to offer that. In any case, the charm of Holmwood and the lovely staff in it more than made up for lack of home baking! Please visit this hidden gem of a house; surely the more who visit, the more money the NTS will get to restore it? Here's hoping! Finally, the reason I call it a hidden gem is because it is not well signposted. I had to get directions from AA Route planner as the NTS website has very basic directions.

2  Thank Meeklymilli
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

On one of the few sunny days in Cathcart I really enjoyed visiting the gardens full of mature trees and the restored kitchen garden.The house is now open to the public and easily accessible to those with limited mobility.There is time to sit at your leisure in the rooms and soak up the calm atmosphere and amazing interior and architecture.Sorry National Trust but you are again giving the impression that you are elitist and saving the nations gems ...but not for the man in the street.It was nice to see you have allowed a family ticket for £10 for your Halloween event...which I am sure will be great.However many organisations have FREE events.Open your properties for a donation or free one afternoon a week to locals with their kids.Everything including signage reads "keep out Plebs"(in the recent words of a revered politician).Future Greek Thompsons out there need seeds planted in childhood.Your fees are prohibitive.I would pay £1xvisit and call weekly as opposed to a birthday treat.The tea was great but could have done with a soup and sandwich.Also you have not made the most of your resident ghosts if you want to raise funds :-)

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