EXAMINER columnist Terry George owns Britain’s best home – and that’s official!
Terry and his civil partner Michael Rothwell were revealed as the winners of Channel Five show I Own Britain’s Best Home.
The programme, aired last night, showed finalists awaiting the verdict before Terry and Michael’s Stainland home was announced as the winner.
Carr Hall Castle – an ornamental 19th century building – has been transformed by club owner Terry, 43, and Michael Rothwell into a luxurious yet practical home.
Terry said he and Michael are elated to have won.
“I can’t believe it. It’s fabulous. I’m absolutely amazed. It was hard on the day, I can imagine it being like waiting for a jury to come back in court. I have never been so nervous in my life.”
Carr Hall Castle was one of 27 properties initially chosen for the show. Each week, three presenters chose a house each and spent 24 hours there.
Property consultant Melissa Porter visited Carr Hall Castle and it won the vote for its episode, putting it through to the final.
Melissa and fellow presenters – architectural designer Charlie Luxton and developer Russell Harris – gave their views. Then it was up to viewers to give their vote for the property they felt was Britain’s best home.
They were encouraged to look at everything from the home’s design to its size and functionality. The winning homeowners received a prize of £25,000.
Properties visited during the series included an art-deco 1950s home in Middlesex, a plush property on Millionaire’s Row in Leeds, a 1930s pad and an ultra-modern London flat.
Terry said: “I didn’t think we would win. Then during the final, we were starting to think we might, then we weren’t sure!”
Camera crews spent two days at Carr Hall Castle this week to film scenes for the final show in the series, taking all three presenters and viewers on a tour of Britain’s best home.
Terry said: “There were cameras everywhere, there was a massive amount of filming.”
He and Michael celebrated the win with a BBQ and big-screen viewing of the show in the garden of Carr Hall Castle last night.
They are also throwing a party on Sunday for 1,800 people who joined a group set up by Terry on social networking site Facebook.
He set up the group to encourage people to vote for the show and promised to throw a party for group members if Carr Hall Castle won.
He said: “We didn’t think we’d really win, but I promised the party. Then so many people joined that I thought there wouldn’t be room at the castle. So we are holding it at our club Mission in Leeds instead.”