Attraction in Cathcart
Holmwood has been described as the finest domestic design by Alexander 'Greek' Thomson. It was built in 1857-8 for James Couper, who with his brother Robert owned Millholm Paper Mills on the banks of the River Cart, below the house. The architectural style of the house, which was designed for a small family, is a picturesque adaptation of classical Greek. The elements of the principal elevations reflect the three reception rooms, their access and linking hallway and stair.
Central in the design is the circular lantern over the staircase. Horizontality predominates and the wall which links house and stable lodge emphasises this. Many rooms are richly ornamented in wood, plaster and marble. Thanks to investigation by Historic Scotland, Thomson's original rich decoration, based on themes from the classical world, is beginning to emerge. Much of the original stencilled decoration has been found, and visitors may follow the progress of continuing conservation work. The small kitchen garden is planted with a range of Victorian herbs, fruit and vegetables. Audio tour, CD Rom.
Nearest UK Airport: Glasgow
Tourist Info Number: 0871 572 0610
Months Open: 1 Apr - 31 Oct
Groups/Parties Welcome: Yes - Must pre-book
Car Parking: Yes
Admission Price: £3.50
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