Edinburgh and the Lothians aren’t short on boutique properties, whether it’s a beachfront hideaway in North Berwick or a New Town apartment with postcard-perfect rooftop views.
But some houses stand out more than others and it’s what’s on the inside that counts, just as much as the first appearances, to the Scottish House of the Year judges.
The show, now in its third series, is back on our screens and will feature very special homes across Edinburgh and the Lothians next week as judges Anna Campbell-Jones, Michael Angus and Kate Spiers look to find the next candidate for Scotland Home of the Year.
Architect Michael, interior designer Anna and lifestyle blogger Kate each give homes a rating out of ten, but can only pick one winner from the Lothian area to qualify for the grand final .
Michael Angus once said Edinburgh live: âFor me, I’m always looking for something special and memorable that takes you away from the norm. We all think of the house as a normal place, but we walk into some of these houses and there is nothing normal about them.
With that in mind, here is an overview of the houses in the spotlight.
Jonah Cottage is a dreamy renovated Cockenzie home owned by Hannah, John and their son, Samson. The couple bought the fishermen’s cabins in 2016 and transformed the three original and separate cabins into one family home.
Built in 1960, Jonah Cottage is packed with history and overlooks a hidden cove, called The Boat Shore. A natural harbor once called Kenneth Cove, it’s hard to think of a more idyllic setting.
Describing what it was like for the team to showcase their house, Hannah said, âIt was taking over my house, the lights and the camera, they were moving furniture around, it was really cool. They stayed. here for four or five hours. “
She adds that the chalets were “uninhabitable” when they first bought them, which allowed them to bring everything back to the stone walls, with the middle cottage being the center of the house.
If you fall in love with them, you can even stay in their vacation home here.
Overview of the castle
Judges will visit Castle Glimpse, a corner apartment in Leith overlooking Edinburgh Castle.
Built in 1815, the property has been home to Matt since 2019 who has totally transformed his home since moving in.
What was once a run down and outdated apartment has been lovingly restored to its former glory with Matt highlighting the many period features of this magnificent property.
Next, the judges will travel to Edinburgh city center to enter the Doric House.
Created by famous Scottish architect William Henry Playfair, the house was built in 1824 and is now home to Craig and her husband Nick.
The couple embarked on a thorough search to find their Edinburgh bolt hole after visiting more than 50 properties before finding ‘that one’. Doric House is packed with traditional features as well as beautiful interior design touches.
You can watch the episode on BBC Scotland on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.