Wicklow Farm wins house of the year award


Kate and Shane Byrne have won the coveted House of the Year 2022 trophy for their 150-year-old farmhouse with a modern extension in Co Wicklow.

The property has been in Shane’s family for decades, but when they moved in, in 2018, they went through all the small rooms and added an extension to create an open-plan living space with lots of natural light. The family love the sense of history in their home and that their son is the fourth generation of the Byrne family to grow up there and in time it will be a place for his own family.

The eighth series of Home of the Year saw the three judges Hugh Wallace, Amanda Bone and Sara Cosgrove visit 21 homes across the country, but chose Kate and Shane’s home as the ultimate winner.

Judge Hugh Wallace said: “When you walked in you knew there was something special and walking through the door I just loved the lobby. The scale and size of the kitchen was awesome and that big dining table was smashing! It was amazing because once you walked in through that door, you could just feel the heartbeat of this spectacular house. There’s the intangible that’s so important – that feeling when you walk through the house: of family, of fun, of history, of memories that are in that house – that’s what makes me a home.”

Judge Amanda Bone said: ‘I have really enjoyed traveling the length and breadth of Ireland and seeing the different topography the island has to offer, which has been a great inspiration for the design of many of the houses. The views in particular from some of the houses were stunning, a constant reminder of what a beautiful country we live in. Seven houses qualified for the final, but there were many more houses that really deserved to be there. The winning house is a traditional 19th century farmhouse which has been renovated and extended, this house is full of light, spacious, comfortable, uplifting and has an excellent connection to the surrounding landscape. Sometimes houses are all about how they make you feel and our winner just made you feel good!”

Judge Sara Cosgrove said: “Congratulations to the Byrne family and their farm in Wicklow. An extremely worthy winner of this year’s House of the Year. For me the house had wonderful flow and had a great combination of “old and new. I loved the living areas in particular, the unique U-shaped layout and the seamless connection to the outdoor patio and farmhouse beyond. The bedrooms also had a very serene feel, with the baby’s room in particular strikes a joyful and uplifting note.

Winners Kate and Shane said: “We are so thrilled and blown away by the reaction from our house. For our farm to win the final, regardless, is incredibly flattering. It’s not something we could have ever imagined. Our home is part of our family history and is truly a home, not just a home. For the judges to see and recognize is amazing. For us, a home is not the size of your floor plan or your budget, instead, what is important to our family is the feeling the home gives to you and those who visit it.The other homes in the competition were beautiful and it’s such an honor to have featured alongside them. Just being part of the competition is a great experience and one that I highly recommend.”


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