Windy Hill, Kilmacolm

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Windy Hill
Drawing for 'Windy Hill'.jpg
Mackintosh's design for Windy Hill
Alternative names Windyhill
General information
Status Extant
Type House
Architectural style Art Nouveau
Address Rowantreehill Road
Town or city Kilmacolm
Country Scotland
Coordinates 55°53′24″N 4°37′13″W / 55.890101°N 4.620414°W / 55.890101; -4.620414Coordinates: 55°53′24″N 4°37′13″W / 55.890101°N 4.620414°W / 55.890101; -4.620414
Construction started 1900
Completed 1901 (1901)
Client William Davidson
Design and construction
Architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Designations Category A listed

Windy Hill or Windyhill is a house designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and furnished by him and his wife, Margaret Macdonald, in Kilmacolm, Scotland.[1] It is Category A listed and remains as a home in private ownership. Windy Hill is also the name of a hill in the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park which borders Kilmacolm.[2]


The house was commissioned in 1900 by William Davidson, a provisions merchant, who was Mackintosh's friend and patron.[1] Mackintosh not only designed the Art Nouveau-style house, but also, with Macdonald, its decor, furniture and fittings, including fireplaces, panelling, stained glass and lights.[1] They also designed the 2 acres (0.81 ha) garden.[1] The house was completed and occupied in 1901.[3] Job books and correspondence relating to the commission are held at the Hunterian Museum, who have made digital scans available online.[3]

Walter Blackie and his wife viewed the house, with Mackintosh, before commissioning him to design Hill House.[4][3]


'Windy Hill' from Rowantreehill Road in 2007.

In 2014, the house's fifth owner, David Cairns, who had painstakingly sourced craftspeople to authentically restore it, placed it on the market for an estimated £3 million.[1] After it initially failed to sell, there were calls to buy it for the nation, to ensure its preservation.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Davidson, Max (26 April 2014). "For sale: Windyhill, a rare Charles Rennie Mackintosh house". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
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  3. ^ a b c "M189 Windyhill, Kilmacolm". University of Glasgow. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Call to buy Charles Rennie Mackintosh's £3m Windyhill house for the nation". 15 February 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
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