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“Holmwood House”
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Holmwood House
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Ranked #72 of 338 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 19, 2014

I understand renovation is ongoing but there's not a lot to recommend this house. I found it dark and depressing. No furniture, no indication how they lived in those days. The grounds... laid out to grass with some spectactular trees, but that's it. Would not go back.

2  Thank Jenny M
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

After a visit several years ago and the restoration only starting, with dreadful leaking & a lot of roof repairs needing attended to, we were delighted on our recent visit. So pleased to hear The Coach House is keeping plenty of guests & therefore helping the cost of repairs. Our guide at the door was very knowledgable and helpful and the lady in the tearoom was just lovely. Great cup of coffee! Amazing to think the original designs being covered up all those years and particularly like the way you are showing small details of them that you have to actually look for them. Thank you for a lovely day!

Thank 251Mariner
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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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