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Home of the Year: Peek inside the gorgeous 150-year-old farmhouse that took the crown


By Sarah Finnan
12th Apr 2022
Home of the Year: Peek inside the gorgeous 150-year-old farmhouse that took the crown

One of seven homes to have made it to the final, this year’s Home of the Year prize went to a gorgeous 150-year-old farmhouse in Co Wicklow. 

Over the past eight weeks, viewers joined judges Hugh Wallace, Amanda Bone and Sara Cosgrove in exploring 21 of Ireland’s most gorgeous homes. Ushering us all in beyond the threshold, families and couples all around the country welcomed us into their homes to give us the grand tour. 

As is always the case, there could only be one winner though, with Kate and Shane Byrne’s 150-year-old Wicklow farmhouse ultimately taking the crown. 

While the property itself has been in Shane’s family for decades, the couple added a modern extension when they moved in in 2018, knocking through all of the smaller rooms to create an open plan living space with plenty of natural light.

Noting that maintaining their home’s sense of history was really important to the family –  whose son Max, is now the fourth generation of the Byrne family to grow up there – Kate said that the whole family is absolutely delighted by the good news.

“We are just so over the moon and blown away by the reaction to our home. For our farmhouse to make the final, never mind win, is just so incredibly flattering. It is not something thing we could have ever imagined happening. Our house is a part of our family’s history and is truly a home, not just a house. For the judges to see and recognise that is amazing.”

Adding that a home “is not about the size of your floor plan or budget” but about “the feeling the house gives you and those that visit it”, the Byrnes also said that they were blown away by the standard of the homes showcased in this year’s competition. “The other houses in the competition were beautiful and it’s such an honour to have featured alongside them. Just being part of the competition is such a great experience and one I would highly recommend,” she continued.

So, what set it apart from the rest?

According to Hugh, the Wicklow farmhouse was a clear winner. “Arriving you knew there was something special and walking through the door I just loved the hall. The scale and size of the kitchen was terrific and that big dining room table was smashing! It was amazing because once you went through that door you could just feel the heartbeat of this spectacular home,” he commented.

“There’s the intangible which is so important, that feeling when you walk around the home – of the family, the fun, the history, the memories that are in that home – that’s what makes a home for me.”

Amanda echoed his sentiments, noting that it was the property’s connection with its surroundings that sealed the deal for her. “This home is full of light, spacious, comfortable, uplifting and has a great connection with the surrounding landscape. Sometimes homes are all about how they make you feel and our winner just made you feel good.”

Sara described the house as “a hugely worthy winner”, saying that she loved the peaceful feel of the baby’s bedroom in particular. “The home had wonderful flow and had a lovely combination of old and new. I loved the living areas, in particular, the unique u-shape layout and seamless connection to the outdoor terrace and farm beyond. The bedrooms also had a very serene feel, with the baby’s bedroom, in particular, hitting a cheerful and uplifting note.”

Now in its eighth season, the popular RTÉ show has been a big hit since its inception with last year’s finale claiming a 29% audience share and a consolidated average of 423,000 viewers according to The Irish Times

Meanwhile, second place went to the upside-down home in Co Down which made great use of its location by “grabbing sensational views and tonnes of natural light”, while the minimalist, red brick Dublin city home nabbed third place. 

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