BBC Scotland’s Home of the Year has been announced on Monday evening, as all nine finalists held their breath when the final decision was made.
New Tolsta on the Isle of Lewis pipped the other eight finalists to the post, as owner Tom couldn’t believe the news as the judges congratulated the beautiful home.
Speaking on the win, Tom said: “Labours of love are in themselves worthwhile as can be seen with my embroidery.
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“I certainly didn’t at any time imagine I would be entering a competition and even less to be winning anything.
“My labours, if you can call them that, gave me great satisfaction in getting ever closer to a point of comfort.
“If I still had the strength I’d love to do it all over again but maintenance work will always be required.
“For now though, I need to muster all my strength for the annual peat cutting season!”
Check out our gallery below for a more in-depth look to the winning home!
New Tolsta is a traditional, early 20th century croft house on the north east coast of Lewis, New Tolsta in Stornoway is home to artist Tom.
Since buying it in 2006, he has painstakingly restored the croft house to create a truly unique home full of his artwork with traditional pieces of furniture.
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Having been uninhabited for 37 years, New Tolsta was in a terrible state until Tom returned it to its former glory as well as adding his own distinctive style throughout.
Judge Anna Campbell Jones had this to say about Tom’s deserved win: “We are always looking for individual homes filled with the expression of the homeowner’s personality and taste – and of course love.
“I don’t think we have ever seen such an exceptional example of a home meeting these criteria.
“The overwhelming sense of the person who lives there communicated via the cornucopia of his incredible creations, from the painted floors, to the embroidery to the artwork on the walls, all by his own hand – what a genius!”
Fans flocked to social media to send their congratulations to Tom, and of course, have their own opinions heard on the win.
One Twitter user wrote: “I love the Lewis man so much, he and his house must be protected at all costs #shoty”
Another said: “Well done! Thank goodness!! #shoty”
And a third wrote: “Brilliant decision #shoty best house won”
However, a fourth commented: “New Tolsta not for me what this show is about – not inspirational not emulatable just one person’s art – like an exhibition space not a home #shoty”
Another agreed, adding: “Couldn’t live in a very tastefully converted building, but would happily live in a house in the middle of nowhere full crap? Give me a break…#SHOTY”
More comments read: “Nae sure aboot that outcome #shoty”, and “Thank gawd the box never one… #SHOTY”
And finally, one concluded: “#SHOTY Worst house won. What’s wrong with these judges?”
Do you think the New Tolsta home on the Isle of Lewis was the deserving winner of Scotland’s Home of the Year?
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