Northern Ireland

Newcastle home named 'House of the year'

A house in Newcastle, County Down has been named BBC Northern Ireland's House Of The Year.

David and Frieda Scott's cliff top house picked up this year's overall title, beating off tough competition from five other homes across NI.

They were presented with a trophy at a ceremony hosted by series presenter Laurence Llewelyn Bowen in the Ulster Museum in Belfast.

Owner David Scott said he and his wife were "delighted to win the award". 

"We found the whole experience much less stressful than expected and pay tribute to the producer and crew for showing our building to its best advantage."

Carolyn and Stewart Moore from Portstewart were named as runners-up, while Louise Meharg's house in Helen's Bay took third place.

The Individual Merit Award went to Brian Bleakley and Elizabeth Dobbin from Annahilt, outside Hillsborough.

Beautiful homes

Image caption An exterior view from David and Frieda Scott's cliff top home

Throughout the series of programmes, three beautiful homes from across Northern Ireland were featured each week with one from each programme selected to go through to the series final.

The expert panel of judges viewed and evaluated the three houses in each programme and made their final decision on the winners, based on the following criteria: architectural integrity; interior design; use of space/circulation/layout/natural light/lighting; external merit; environmental credentials and overall ambience and appeal.

They were Des Ewing, award-winning architect; Michael Dunn, freelance property consultant with over 20 years experience as an estate agent and Suzanne Garuda, international interior designer, who has worked on everything from royal palaces to luxury yachts.

You can watch the programme again by clicking here.