Our History

Etruria Townhouse is a historically listed building in a conservation area of the Kilmarnock town centre. This stylish Victorian home was built ca. 1870 for travelling businessmen on the Duke of Portland’s estate. The road on which the home was built grew rapidly from a tree lined avenue on the estate into an affluent urban thoroughfare. Proprietors Alan and Liz Johnson purchased Etruria 10 years ago and, after having to take it back to the bare sandstone, with true passion have restored it back to its former glory. With traditional character and a modern quirky slant, Etruria is a perfect home from home.

Your hosts are Alan and Liz Johnson. Alan is a top-class welder and metalworker to trade, collaborating with the likes of sculptor John McKenna on projects such as the bronze relief mural that adorns the Grand Lobby of the ocean liner RMS Queen Mary 2. Liz comes from a background of antique trading and restoration (keeping the best pieces for Etruria!), and later moved on to work with the Ayrshire Cancer Hospice, managing all of their retail locations in the county. Tip the CatLiz’s keen eye for quirky unique items and knowledge of antiques helped raise millions of pounds for the Hospice. When not at the helm of the Etruria empire, Liz and Alan occupy their time skiing and motorbiking around some of Scotland’s fantastic roads. Last but not least, Etruria is also home to “Tip” the cat. Tip is a domestic shorthair and therefore should cause minimal impact to all but the most allergic guests. Liz and Alan give her no access to guest rooms or the guest lounge.