Holmwood House – Glasgow

Last month we visited Holmwood House in Glasgow which is an Arts and Crafts property owned by the National Trust. It was designed by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson. It isn’t a massive house, just four bedrooms and over the years has been owned by various people, before the National Trust took it over a Roman Catholic convent inhabited it and they made some strange changes to some rooms, including installing ‘confessionals’ in the dining room! The National Trust is slowly putting the place back to how it looked in its glory days.

The hall walls have just recently been refurbished, all hand painted by four men apparently, I don’t know how they had the patience for that!

Holmwood in Glasgow

There are various designs of floor tiles that have withstood the years well.

Victorian Hallway floor tiling

There had been a private school in residence at one point and had damaged the lovely wooden flooring, all part of the building’s history now I suppose.

Upstairs room wooden floor

I’ve never seen a ceiling like the very ornate one on the oriel window of the drawing room below. It was designed so that the blinds and curtains are recessed behind it so you can’t see the top of them, very posh!

Drawing room Holmwood Glasgow
A close up of the window recess ceiling.
ceiling Drawing room , Holmwood

The colour scheme in the drawing room is certainly vibrant.
Holmwood Drawing room

I have no idea why there’s a hallstand in the drawing room. Holmwood is still a work in progress.
Drawing room , Holmwood, Glasgow

The ceiling ‘rose’ in the midle of the drawing room ceiling is quite unusual, the actual ceiling is marbled, a paint effect I think. At first glance I thought they had had some water damage but phew, it’s meant to look like that.

Holmwood Drawing room  ceiling

I have quite a few more photos but that’ll do for now. I thought I’d already done a post about the outside of the house but apparently not.

Marooned in Fife

Marooned is exactly how I feel as the Forth Road Bridge has been closed for the last week or so and will remain closed until after the New Year. Crack(s) have been discovered. I suppose it’s a good thing that the bridge is inspected very frequently for signs of stress. I’ve never been happy going over it but over the last couple of months even Jack said that he wasn’t happy about driving over it – maybe he’s psychic! Below is a photo of the crack in the structure.

Forth Road Bridge

Anyway, it means that we’re marooned on the Fife side of the River Forth, and we usually go into Edinburgh once a week or so. There seems no point in going on a long detour to the Kincardine Bridge, especially as it is going to be chock full with people who just have to get to Edinburgh for work purposes.

So my Christmas shopping, such as it is, is going to be done fairly locally this year. It strikes me that some shops might be happy about that. One town which I’ll probably be visiting is Perth. I thought you might be interested to see a photo I took earlier in the year of the ceiling of Perth’s Lakeland shop. I love kitchen ware shops and I’m putting that forward as my excuse for not noticing before that the shop has a wonderfully ornate ceiling. How grand is that for a kitchenware shop?!

Perth Lakeland ceiling

I’m usually quite good at looking up and seeing the details of buildings, although I most often scrutinise the outside of buildings. It was only when Laura mentioned that Lakeland was part of Perth’s Open Doors weekend earlier in the year that I thought I must have missed something – too intent on looking at kitchen stuff I suppose.

Back in the mid 19th century the building was the Central Bank, and it was designed by David Rhind in Italian palazzo style.

Lakeland Perth

Be sure to look up if you’re visiting the shop.