Winner of Scotland's Home of the Year is revealed — plus a look at the nominees

The Victorian house has stone walls, a pvc door and a stone wall connecting to the house
Scotland's Home of the Year is finally announced after the competition was whittled down to six contenders after weeks of searching (Image credit: BBC)

After weeks of searching, Scotland's Home of the Year has finally been announced.

Season 5 of the BBC show concluded on Monday where the show narrowed down the contenders to just six which ranged from Edwardian mansions in Glasgow, to croft houses in the Highlands. 

Here we take a look at the final six contenders and the ultimate winner of Scotland's Home of the Year 2023.

Contemporary 'box' home in Aberdeenshire

Snowdrop House, a contemporary self build just outside St Cyrus in Aberdeenshire, was the winner of the North East and the Northern Isles category. 

Spanning two floors, Snowdrop House showcases a box-like design with views of the surrounding landscape and has a range of features, such as a games room, a state-of-the-art kitchen and a suspended fireplace in the living room, offering fireplace lighting ideas to others.

The gravelled driveway leads through the wooden gate up to the sheek black house with tall windows and unusual structure with one part of the house single storey and another double storey

Snowdrop house in Aberdeenshire was the winner of the North East and the Northern Isles category due to its contemporary 'box-like' design (Image credit: BBC)

Sandstone home inspired by William Morris

The Old Manse in Auchterarder, Perthshire was the winner of the Central category.

This sandstone-period property, dating back to the mid-19th century, was a renovation job for couple Kelly and Michel. 

They restored the period property, drawing inspiration from 19th-century British textile designer William Morris with all five bedrooms, three bathrooms and large garden inspired by his work. Although the cinema room was a nice add-on.

The house from the back garden shows a white block house with a balcony and grassy back garden with a pergola and a sitting area and a table with chairs with the garden barriers are hedges

The Old Manse in Perthshire was the winner of the Central category due to its sandstone structure and commitment to sustainability (Image credit: BBC)

16th-century dilapidated home revamped with recycled items

The South section's winner is the Manor House is a renovation on the outskirts of Peebles. 

Thought to date back to the 16th century, Manor House is now home to Megan, husband Mike and their children, Caleb and Emilia.

When the couple first came across the property it was completely dilapidated with holes in the roof and damp throughout. Nestled in the countryside, the home is full of salvaged items including an old science bench as a kitchen island.

The white walled home has been renovated and has a driveway and grassy front garden

Manor House was the South's winner, as the 16th century property was renovated using upcycled items (Image credit: BBC)

Croft house renovation in Skye

Lochbay, a historic croft house, made it to the final winning the Highlands and Islands category. 

The over 300-year old house is home to Denise and Bob and has stone walls over four feet thick in parts.

The house was the only home in the competition to be a croft house and beat off fierce competition, such as that from a Swiss style ski chalet, but ultimately won over the judges due to its uniqueness and extensive work done to make the home hospitable.

The aluminium panelled home with gravelled pathway has a separate outbuilding in a more traditional style with a triangle roof and brick structure

The unique, Lochbay, was the Highlands and Islands representative for the final with its thick stone walls and extensive, laborious, renovation (Image credit: BBC)

Edwardian renovation of three former townhouses

Kirklee Mansion, an Edwardian renovation, was the winner of the West section in a tightly fought contest.

The mansion in Glasgow’s West End, which was originally three separate townhouses, just about beat off competition from a French Rococo styled Victorian villa with judges being wowed by its traditional features.

The property is now split to form single level apartments with Kirklee Mansion sitting on the first floor, but despite being renovated the home has kept many of its traditional, Edwardian features.

The front of the Edwardian renovation of Kirklee mansion shows stone builds and many windows

Kirklee Mansion fought off tough competition to win the West category, but its Edwardian features won over the judges (Image credit: BBC)

And the winner is... the converted train station!

The winner of Scotland's Home of the Year happens to be the first property the show introduced the Old Train House in Edinburgh.

This was the winner of the East category way back in Episode one. A truly unique home, the abandoned train station with graffiti on its walls is home to Christina, her husband Ben.

The building remained empty for a decade until the couple transformed it into a family home that was fashioned with the homeowners' eclectic tastes and their commitment to sustainability. 

The three levels of the house are adorned with second-hand furnishings. The property also pays homage to its history, with graffiti on the exterior garden walls to give it a distinctive style.

The Victorian house has stone walls, a pvc door and a stone wall connecting to the house

The Old Train House was the first house of the show, and ultimately its winner, as the converted train station in Edinburgh, which was abandoned for 10 years, is the winner of season 5 (Image credit: BBC)

Scotland's Home of the Year 2024 open for entry

To see more brilliant home renovation ideas you can watch Scotland's Home of the Year on BBC iPlayer. If you are in Scotland you can also see this on BBC Scotland.

Applications for series 6 of Scotland's Home of the Year are now open, which you can apply by emailing scotlandshomes@iwcmedia.co.uk with a brief description of your home with some photos.

And if you have an amazing build, in Scotland or anywhere else in the UK, don't forget the Homebuilding awards, which are open for entry now too. You can read more about these in our Homebuilding & Renovating awards article.

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.