I Own Britain’s Best Home Series Finale

Thursday 21st May 8.00pm

The series that searches for Britain’s best home reaches its climax. For the past eight weeks, Melissa Porter, Russell Harris and Michael Holmes have explored some of the country’s most desirable properties before viewers voted for their favourite. Which property will win the coveted title of Britain’s Best Home in the final?

‘I Own Britain’s Best Home’ has seen a team of three presenters travel the length and breadth of Britain in search of the nation’s best residence. Property consultant Melissa Porter, property developer Russell Harris and property journalist Michael Holmes have hunted down some truly exceptional homes.

After making their selections, the presenters spent 24 hours in their favourite properties, getting acquainted with the features that make them unique. The series has emphasised the home as opposed to the building, encompassing the story of the owners’ relationship with their properties. The presenters have got to know the owners and their families, finding out what drove them to design and build their homes.

In the series finale, the winners from each heat will go head-to-head to win the prestigious title of Britain’s Best Home 2009. The triumphant owners will also be awarded £20,000 to donate to the charity of their choice. With a diverse selection of properties ranging from innovative new builds to stunning period conversions, the winner is anyone’s guess.

One of the most striking buildings to be featured in the final is Pete and Di’s Georgian-style new build in Norfolk. The property is a contemporary take on classical Georgian design, with a symmetrical red brick façade, elegant proportions and huge windows. But it was the incredible riverside setting and charming gazebo that really captured Russell’s heart during his stay.

The series has also explored period homes such as a lovingly renovated Regency house in the Cotswolds, winner of the second heat. Owner Alistair transformed a dilapidated wreck into the ultimate country house, with heritage colours and antiques as well as a healthy dose of 21st-century luxury. Not only is the house a sensational success, the breathtaking location and immaculate, landscaped grounds made Melissa’s visit very special.

One of Michael’s favourite properties was a mock Tudor house in Surrey. Owners Alex and Tanya had never been fans of ‘beamy’ properties until they fell for a 20th-century take on Tudor living. The clever design blends the very best of old and new – with traditional features such as leaded windows, but with a greater sense of space and light than a 16th-century original. The cosy feel and spacious grounds make it the perfect place to raise a family.

The presenters may have their favourites, but with eight awesome properties vying for the prize, the competition between the finalists is fierce. Throughout the series, Michael, Melissa and Russell have assessed the merits of some very different homes. Original design, sensitive restoration, quirky architecture and 21st-century luxuries have all been taken into account, but it is a home with real heart the devoted threesome have been searching for. Have they found it?

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