Wednesday 23 August 2017

'House of the Year not Home of the Year' - Stunning winner wasn't 'homely' enough for many viewers who feel runner up was 'robbed'

Home of the Year judges
Home of the Year judges
Susan Gorman and Alan Ross: Husband and wife Susan Gorman and Alan Ross bought the disused station nine years ago
Entrepreneur Louise McGuane and her husband Dominic McCarthy renovated an old cottage which once belonged to her grandmother
Louise McGuane and Dominic McCarthy's Co Clare Home: Judge Declan O'Donnell was thrilled with the frameless picture window in the Co. Clare cottage. Photo credit: RTE
Louise McGuane and Dominic McCarthy's Co Clare cottage: The judges were impressed with the kitchen which made use of the local parish hall's old floors. Photo Credit RTE
Louise McGuane and Dominic McCarthy's Co Clare cottage:The cottage once belonged to Louise's grandmother in Co Clare.
Louise McGuane and Dominic McCarthy's Co Clare cottage: A staircase made from old railway sleepers leads way to the couple's comfortable bedroom Photo Credit: RTE
Louise McGuane and Dominic McCarthy's Co Clare cottage: Judge Declan O'Donnell was thrilled with the 'floating' fireplace. Photo credit: RTE
Louise McGuane and Dominic McCarthy's Co Clare cottage: The couple split their time between London and Ireland
Louise McGuane and Dominic McCarthy's Co Clare cottage: The bedroom in Louise McGuane and Dominic McCarthy's Co Clare home. Photo: RTE
Louise McGuane and Dominic McCarthy's Co Clare cottage: The living area in Louise and Dominic's home in Clare Photo Credit: RTE
Louise McGuane and Dominic McCarthy's Co Clare cottage: The judges were impressed with the kitchen which made use of the local parish hall's old floors. Photo Credit RTE
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

After eight weeks the Home of the Year winners were finally revealed on Thursday night to be the owners of a stunning, sleek country cottage in Co Clare.

The cottage, owned by Louisa McGuane and Dominic McCarthy, was branded "jaw-dropping" by judges Hugh Wallace, Declan O'Donnell and Deirdre Whelan although they had a tough decision as all seven finalists hit a very high standard on the RTE show.

Many viewers were impressed by the cottage's slick architecture and huge windows and deemed it a more than worthy winner.

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Louise McGuane and Dominic McCarthy's Co Clare Home: Judge Declan O'Donnell was thrilled with the frameless picture window in the Co. Clare cottage. Photo credit: RTE

Other viewers, however, felt homeliness was a more important factor in judging the winner and felt the winner was lacking in this department despite it's stunning architecture and those cows.

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Louise McGuane and Dominic McCarthy's Co Clare cottage: The couple split their time between London and Ireland

Others took to social media to champion the rival Railway cottage which they felt was more 'homely'.  It was listed in the top three by the judges alongside a Wicklow bungalow.  The converted train station was also voted top by readers of Independent.ie in a recent poll.

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Husband and wife Susan Gorman and Alan Ross bought the disused station nine years ago
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Susan Gorman and Alan Ross: The heart of the station - the high-ceilinged and bright kitchen. Photo credit: RTE

Other houses had their fans too:

Although the Georgian Dublin apartment's exposed walls were not to everyone's taste:

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Esther Gerrard and Ed Coveney's duplex apartment: A marble mantelpiece in the kitchen

Of course there couldn't be a programme in Ireland about beautiful homes without some tetchy comments:

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