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'Something out of a storybook' - 17th Century farmhouse is dreamiest entry to RTE’s Home of the Year yet

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Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The exterior

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The exterior

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The couple paid particular attention to the walls, hoping to bring forward the original earthy colours, timber beams and stonework from 1660

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The couple paid particular attention to the walls, hoping to bring forward the original earthy colours, timber beams and stonework from 1660

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The judges said the sitting room had 'Mediterranean feels'

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The judges said the sitting room had 'Mediterranean feels'

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The original bread oven in the wall (left) was an interesting feature of the farmhouse

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The original bread oven in the wall (left) was an interesting feature of the farmhouse

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The dual-aspect kitchen

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The dual-aspect kitchen

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The kitchen

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The kitchen

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The master bedroom

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The master bedroom

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The bread oven

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The bread oven

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The kitchen, with rust coloured counters

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The kitchen, with rust coloured counters

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: the sitting room

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: the sitting room

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: An old forge

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: An old forge

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The master bedroom

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The master bedroom

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Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The exterior

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.

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Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse was purchased in 1994.

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse was purchased in 1994.

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.

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Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The kitchen

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The kitchen

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.

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Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: the sitting room

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: the sitting room

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.

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Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The master bedroom

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The master bedroom

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.

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Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: An old forge

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: An old forge

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."

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Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The couple paid particular attention to the walls, hoping to bring forward the original earthy colours, timber beams and stonework from 1660

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The couple paid particular attention to the walls, hoping to bring forward the original earthy colours, timber beams and stonework from 1660

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.

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Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The bread oven

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The bread oven

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.

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Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The kitchen, with rust coloured counters

Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The kitchen, with rust coloured counters

Home of the Year is broadcast on RTE One every Thursday at 8.30pm but you can also catch it on the RTE Player.

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