I Own Britain's Best Home

2009 - Episode 9

Episode 9

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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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