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“A Greek Thomson gem”
Review of Holmwood House

Holmwood House
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National Trust for Scotland Discover Ticket: Scotland Sightseeing Pass
Ranked #73 of 292 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 July 1, 2014

The house is in the process of being restored so you get not only glimpses of the original, outrageous design, but the guts of restoration challenges too, nice staff happy to provide you with background, it is obviously a joy to them. Its a stunning house and lots of information about its ownership and the design of the murals, the architecture and the striking features, largest plate glass windows in Europe when built. It also gives you insight into the fabulous wealth of business men at that time.

Thank Mike B
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Reviewed June 24, 2014

Greek Thomson's architecture is very interesting but unfortunately the same cannot be said for this house. The woman at reception was not manning the desk and we had to wait a good while to be seen and have our cards checked. When she did eventually see to us, she was rude. This seems to be the standard at many National Trust properties. A lot of the house is in need of work and it is clearly being done gradually. The room which did stand out was the dining room, where the steward was really interesting and gave us an insight into some of the unique features of the room.

3  Thank George M
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Reviewed June 22, 2014

We went to visit this house with reasonable expectations, but it was something of a disappointment with the exception of the dining room and the helpful room steward in that room. The lady who eventually came to "welcome" us in was standoffish and not particularly helpful, she did what she did by rote. More work is going on at the house and the history is quite interesting but unless you have loads of time on your hands, and we didn't, this is an attraction best left on the sometime list.

2  Thank Donald M
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

Holmwood house is truly a hidden gem ...... perhaps better signage would help. My visit was wonderful and the staff really charming. They were well informed on the history and architure and took time to guide us around and point out the wall decoration and interresting pieces of furniture. I particually appreciated the original detail that has been left on the walls and its painstaking restoration.
The coffee was exceptionally good. All in all a great day to spend a 'drieg' Glasgow afternoon.

1  Thank Jacky F
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Reviewed May 1, 2014

beautiful property shame about the staff. As one of Glasgows hidden gems for architecture and location , our visit was spoiled by rude arrogant and disinterested staff who made us feel unwelcome . Shame on you National Trust. I can only suggest that if the current staff don't like their current employment and find paying, visiting members of the general public such a pain, then they should seriously consider a change of occupation

3  Thank kelly m
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Julie G, Manager at Holmwood House, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2014

Dear Kelly

I am genuinely sorry you had this experience at Holmwood House. All of our staff and volunteers are passionate about promoting the property to visitors and very much enjoy chatting to visitors about Alexander 'Greek' Thomson and of the history of the house. I would very much like to discuss your review to find out more about what happened on your visit.

You will see from our review rating that this is an unusual experience to have at Holmwood and I hope that you would be willing to give us another chance.

You can contact me on jgilliland@nts.org.uk

Thank you for the feedback.


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