Premieres Thursday March 20 at 8pm on five

This new nine-part series sees the owners of some of the most beautiful properties in the country competing for the right to say they own Britain’s Best Home. The series focuses on individuals who are passionate about their own homes: ordinary and extraordinary people who have toiled over build, design and d́écor to leave a personal stamp on their properties. The first episode in the series visits a mock-Georgian house in Hertfordshire, a converted chapel in Yorkshire and a stunning seaside home in Folkestone.

I Own Britain’s Best Home sees a team of three enthusiastic presenters travelling the length and breadth of Britain in search of the nation’s best residence. Property consultant Melissa Porter (presenter of ‘Put Your Money Where Your House Is’ and ‘Get a New Life’), architectural designer Charlie Luxton and property developer Russell Harris have the expertise and the eye to hunt down truly exceptional homes.
After making their selections, the presenters spend 24 hours in their favourite properties, getting acquainted with the buildings and their characters, and sniffing out the special features that make them unique.

However, I Own Britain’s Best Home is not just interested in beautiful design and architectural flourishes – the series emphasises ‘the home’ as opposed to ‘the building’, and it aims to encompass the story of the owners’ relationship with their properties. To this end, the presenters get to know the owners and their families to find out what drove them to design and build their homes. They are keen to explore the individual charms of the properties, irrespective of value or location. Each programme features three properties of different types, from thatched country cottages to urban bachelor pads. At the end of the show, the public have the opportunity to vote for their favourite. The winner from each heat goes through to the final, where one property will eventually be awarded the title of Best Home – and its owners presented with a cool £25,000.

Homes featured across the series include a sleek family flat in London’s Barbican Centre, a Georgian manor house in Essex, an award-winning new build in North London, a surprising bungalow in Eastbourne and a footballers’ wives-style house in Hertfordshire. Such a wealth of amazing properties promises an extremely tough competition – but only one home can win the ultimate accolade.

In the opening episode of the series, Melissa, Charlie and Russell visit Ambleside House in Hertfordshire. They find out what it is like to live in this stately mock-Georgian pile with a spot of cooking and a big dinner.

Elsewhere, the team heads to Holmfirth in Yorkshire to visit a converted 18th-century chapel. Owner Martine was determined to stop the building falling into the hands of a property developer, so she set about transforming it from a derelict church into a contemporary, light-filled family home. The born-again chapel is inspired by –and designed around –its beautiful stained-glass window.

Also this week, the presenters inspect a four-bedroom 18th-century house in Folkestone that has been converted into a modern two-bed bachelor pad. This striking property backs onto the pebbled beach and its glass exterior offers stunning panoramic views of the English Channel. The home also boasts an array of cheeky boys’ toys including a futuristic thumbprint detector instead of a front door key. The property has already won a RIBA Downland Prize in the Best Conversion category and has been shortlisted for a Kent Design Award. But has it got what it takes to be voted Britain’s Best Home?

Thursday March 20 at 8pm on five

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