BBC Scotland’s Home of the Year viewers were in for a treat this week as the judges headed West to visit three more beautiful homes up for the award of best Scottish property.
So far, Lorne Cottage in Fort William, The Ostro Passive House in Kippen, The Pastel House in Orkney, Firestation House in Hawick, New Tolsta in Lewis, Victorian Terrace in Edinburgh and Pentland View near Glasgow have made the finals for Scotland’s Home of the Year.
So, who joined them from the West coast of Scotland?
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First up is Knockbuckle House, a recently built five-bedroom detached property in Kilmalcolm, home to Graeme and Hazel and their children Harry and Scarlett.
Flowing round the south facing garden, the ground floor of the house features a lounge, dining kitchen and an office.
On the first floor, there’s a master bedroom with dressing room and ensuite bathroom and four more bedrooms, two of which have a linked mezzanine play area.
There’s even an outbuilding, complete with home gym, hot tub and sauna.
Designed by Graeme and Hazel who are both architects, the couple wanted to create a modern arts and crafts home which has subtle nods towards Rennie MacIntosh design.
The judges were very taken with the style of the home, as Kate Spiers complimented the windows bringing in lots of natural light to the living-room area.
Next in line for the judge’s consideration is a converted farmhouse just south of East Kilbride. Craigend Farm is the family home to Kate and Kenny and their three children – Alex, Jack and Frankie.
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A converted farm house dating from the late 1800s, the five-bedroomed home has been developed over time and now houses a lounge, games room and gym, kitchen diner with adjoining social space and a bar.
There’s also a mezzanine level with piano lounge area.
Michael Angus described the second home as a type of maze of a home, but he was enamoured with the architecture that went into creating this home.
The final contender from The West is the Rhu Boathouse in Helensburgh. Originally built around 150 years ago to service naval officer’s lodgings, the Rhu Boathouse is now home to Patricia and Patrick and their dog, Alva.
Upstairs in the renovated terrace, there are two bedrooms, a study and a bathroom whilst the ground floor has a living room and kitchen diner.
Patricia and Patrick favour antiques and upcycling and their home is full of items with sentimental value.
Returning the property to its original period style, the couple’s colour schemes are muted yet warm and welcoming.
All three judges were in love with the level of styling that went into curating this home, as Anna stated there was a very “gentle feeling” about this home.
Overall, Rhu Boathouse were the winners by just one point, as it got full marks from all three judges on 30 points.
Craigend Farm got 27 points, and Knockbuckle House came in a close second at 29 points.
Viewers flocked to social media to share their thoughts on the final decision, and for once many were in agreement.
One Twitter user said: “Omigosh an actual home made it into #shoty ! How did that happen ! Lovely #house3″
Another wrote: “House 3, there’s a lesson in understatement. Winner this week, surely #shoty”
And a third said: “This is more like it, something attainable with character #shoty”
More comments read: “House 3……this is more like it…..a renovation, an eclectic personal mix and a real home! My favourite #SHOTY”, and “Home 3 is just lovely! #shoty”
However, some viewers were less than impressed with the voting scheme, as one Twitter user said: “The usual eleventytwelve out of ten from the judges #shoty”
And another agreed, writing: “I think someone said this the other week – what is the point of having the marks up to ten when no one ever gets under 7? May as well mark out of five #shoty”
Episode nine of BBC Scotland’s Home of the Year will air on Monday, May 30 at 8:30pm on BBC Scotland, in the search for the newest contenders from the East coast.