'Something out of a storybook' - 17th Century farmhouse is dreamiest entry to RTE’s Home of the Year yet
Thursday nights have been made so much more enjoyable with the return of RTE's Home of the Year, the programme that feeds our lust for interiors more than any other.
As per usual, the programme allowed viewers to peek inside three of Ireland's most beautifully designed homes, but it was a gorgeous 17th Century farmhouse that wowed the judges on Thursday’s show.
Home of the Year experts Hugh Wallace, Declan O'Donnell and Deirdre Whelan were seriously impressed by architects Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse, which was built by Quakers in the 1660s.
The couple have lovingly restored the Wicklow home since they bought it in 1994, successfully bringing a glimpse of the past into modern life.
Judge Hugh Wallace was particularly impressed with the home’s kitchen, which the couple lovingly call their hub, in which an original inglenook fireplace is the focal point.
Large, deep windows allow light to pour into the modest kitchen from dual points, and the judges were impressed with the unusual wooden counters, which were painted a deep rust colour.
The couple paid particular attention to the walls during their renovation, hoping to bring forward the original earthy colours, timber beams and stonework from 1660 into their modern home.
Perhaps the most impressive elements of the home were the original bread oven in the kitchen and a stunning old forge, which the judges said were amazing pieces of history to retain.
Hugh Wallace said: "It’s quite remarkable to have this in your house. To look up that chimney and see history 150 years later and there it’s still stood."
The home’s master bedroom was a step away from the lower level of the home, with high ceilings and a focus on natural light.
Speaking of the Geoghegan’s farmhouse, interior designer Hugh Wallace said the owners really respected the original building.
"The owners have imaginably maintained and restored this home. I love the colour scheme, the chilled out atmosphere and the respect they’ve shown these buildings."
Architect Declan O’Donnell was also impressed with the house, which will now feature in the final of the show.
"Turning a historic building into a home is about living slowly, respecting the building and giving it what it needs. The owners have really stayed true to this architecture," he said.
Interior designer Deirdre Whelan said: "Coming around the corner was like stumbling on something out of a storybook."
The Geoghegan’s house will now be placed in the final of Home of the Year, joining last week's winner, Alec Darragh’s contemporary Dublin home and the Gerrard-Coveney's Georgian apartment from Week 1.
Home of the Year is broadcast on RTE One every Thursday at 8.30pm but you can also catch it on the RTE Player.