'House of the Year not Home of the Year' - Stunning winner wasn't 'homely' enough for many viewers who feel runner up was 'robbed'
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.
Love the winner of #HomeOfTheYear - amazing house and clear winner— Liz Denieffe (@lizdenieffe) April 27, 2017
Correct choice for home of the year...stunning house...#HomeOfTheYear— Rose Duggan (@RosemdugganRose) April 27, 2017
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.
So the home with the unpainted exterior and building site garden won #HomeOfTheYear am I missing something— HartoftheHome (@HartOfTheHome) April 27, 2017
Isn't it supposed to be #HomeOfTheYear as opposed to 'artsy gallery type echoey house of the year.' There were way more worthy entries.— Ellen Barr (@EllenBarr1) April 27, 2017
#HomeofTheYear I hope the owners appreciate how those cows won it for them.— Lily (@LilyMcInerney) April 27, 2017
The one with the voyeuristic cows? Yep, it won #HomeOfTheYear.— Carole (Ducky) (@IrPsych) April 27, 2017
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.
#HomeOfTheYear Railway Cottage was the real HOME. The Clare cottage while amazing was like a visitors' centre, not lived in. Or homely— Tracey H Coe (@tracey_coe) April 27, 2017
Home should reflect the residents surely. Not the architect. Railway Cottage...take a bow. #HomeOfTheYear— VincentZaraArt (@VincentZaraArt) April 27, 2017
#HomeOfTheYear has to be the railway cottage....— Rachel Carr (@RachelC1966) April 27, 2017
#HomeOfTheYear winning home not really a home when they're only in it a few times a year... Should've been railway house.— Sinead Nelson (@Shinners9) April 27, 2017
Other houses had their fans too:
I've been in the Grangegorman house and it is amazing but does it have cows looking in the window? No. Worthy winner #HomeOfTheYear— Damien O'Connor (@ratskins) April 27, 2017
Apartment should have made it to final 3 of #HomeOfTheYear. creative, understated, tasteful. A close second to the cottage in Clare for me.— Liz Denieffe (@lizdenieffe) April 27, 2017
Although the Georgian Dublin apartment's exposed walls were not to everyone's taste:
#HomeOfTheYear The absolute notions of the apartment with the exposed walls. Get that family a good plasterer for f**k sake.— Justin Kelly (@JKellyIRL) April 27, 2017
Of course there couldn't be a programme in Ireland about beautiful homes without some tetchy comments:
If Hugh Wallace liked my home i would move. #HomeOfTheYear— Damien O'Connor (@ratskins) April 27, 2017
Disgusting property porn on rte. I want a prize of 10k for the tenant who makes the best of their grotty 6x6 flat #HomeOfTheYear— Laura (@fingalpimpernel) April 27, 2017
#HomeOfTheYear on RTÉ during the current housing crisis is just crass.— Not Dave (@highreland) April 27, 2017