Inside RTE’s Home of The Year – The dreamy lakeside cabin that won the judges' hearts
A dreamy cabin in Westmeath was last night crowned the winner of RTE’s Home of the Year.
Judges Hugh Wallace, Deirdre Whelan and Declan O’Donnell fell in love with the lakeside abode, owned by Egon Walesch and his partner Richard Goodwin.
The property was refurbished when Egon inherited it from his late father six years ago and the interior design lover was keen to keep the memories of his family life a main feature of the home.
To achieve their dream home, the couple knocked internal walls to create an open-plan living space bringing together the kitchen and sitting room areas and opening up the high ceilings with exposed rafters.
The lake is easily accessed by sliding doors which make the most of the cabin’s beautiful surroundings.
The couple split their time between their Westmeath bolthole and London, and came out on top of stiff competition throughout the series.
“It’s our dream home and then to have other people like it is fantastic, I think my parents would be really, really proud,” said Egon.
Richard added: “We put a lot of effort and love into that house so have that repaid today is an immense feeling.”
Judge Hugh Wallace explained why the cabin was the clear winner of the series.
“I am so relieved, this place had it all for me from top to toe.
“I mean it was the surprise of opening the door that made is exceptional.”