Three stunning Lanarkshire properties compete for place in Scotland’s Home of the Year final

A converted farmhouse near East Kilbride, a converted apartment in Motherwell and an eco-friendly cottage near Biggar are in the running to win Scotland’s Home of the Year.

The three stunning properties are competing for a place in the final at Glasgow’s House for an Art Lover.

TV judges Anna Campbell Jones, Michael Angus and Kate Spiers will this week decide on the finalist from Glasgow and the Clyde Valley which features a North and South Lanarkshire property.

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Glencairn apartment in Motherwell’s Dalzell House

Mark and Shelley Cormack have been fans of the show for many years and “love watching” the variety of amazing homes across Scotland. The couple say they “feel lucky” to live in such a special historic building so decided to put their Glencairn apartment in Motherwell’s Dalzell House forward for the show.

Glencairn Apartment owners Mark and Shelley Cormack

Dalzell House was originally built for the Dalzell family in the 1400s and generations of the family lived there for over 400 years. The house was developed into 18 private apartments in 1980, many of which have retained the original features.

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The Cormacks told the BBC: “We felt extremely lucky to have been selected as one of the top three homes in our region, so we were super excited about the whole process.

“Our style has evolved the longer we have lived in our home. We started off aiming for a contemporary look but with the flat being part of a Castle it allowed us to introduce some weird and wonderful twists and accessories. I think the longer we live here the more of the weird and wonderful creeps in so who knows what it may look like in 10 years’ time!

“We loved our home before even being selected for the program and knew wherever it came in the running order we would still love living here. Being accepted to be on the program just makes it that little bit more special. The takeaway for us is that there are no two homes the same and that’s what makes the show so interesting. Scotland has many, many wonderful homes to be proud of.”

Pentland View in Elsrickle is an eco-friendly cottage

Also running in the same category is Pentland View in Elsrickle which is owned by Rachel Cohen.

Rachel shares her family’s experience of retrofitting a traditional Scottish building and living in an eco-home, to show that it can be light, bright, airy and modern without any sacrifices on design or comfort as well as economical to run.

Pentland View owner Rachel Cohen

Rachel said: “We feel particularly lucky to have been able to build our dream home and to have been in this rural environment with access to so much green space throughout lockdown.

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“I fell in love with our home when we first saw it because it’s almost identical to my grandparents’ old croft house in the Outer Hebrides. The house was derelict and had been empty for 30+ years, but we were clear from the start we didn’t want to demolish it (even though it would have been much more economical), because although there’s nothing unique about it, as a standard agricultural worker’s cottage, it is a part of the Scottish rural landscape and architectural vocabulary, and we value that.

“We worked hard to ensure the house has no carbon inputs, it is heavily insulated, and we have solar panels, batteries and a heat pump powered by renewable electricity. Our cars runs almost entirely from solar power in the summer.”

This episode will be shown on the BBC Scotland channel on Monday, May 16 at 8.30pm.

Scotland’s Home of the Year finalist Craigend Farm, East Kilbride

And the finalist from the West will be judged in episode eight of the BBC program which features the stunning Craigend Farm.

Kate and Kenny Walker live in the converted farmhouse on the outskirts of East Kilbride with their three children Alex, Jack and Frankie.

Craigend Farm owners Kate and Kenny Walker with their children

Dating from the late 1800s, the five-bedroomed home has been developed over time and now houses a lounge, games room and gym, kitchen diner with adjoining social space and a bar. There’s also a mezzanine level with piano lounge area.

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Craigend Farm is among three finalists from The West along with Knockbuckle House in Kilmalcolm and the Rhu Boathouse in Helensburgh.

This episode will be shown on the BBC Scotland channel on Monday, May 23 at 8.30pm.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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