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I know a lot of you cottage owners out there are incredibly house proud and have done incredible jobs restoring and maintaining your cottages – now is your chance to show it off!

RTE are currently looking for applications for season 3 of Home of the year and I would really love to see a traditional Irish Cottage win it – how amazing would that be!  The home does not need to be a state of the art, multi-millionaire type of property – here is the detail of what they are looking for straight from the production company:

Championing individuality, flair and commitment to design, Home of the Year features homeowners around Ireland who have done something extraordinary to the place they call home.

Over 8 weeks, 21 homes compete for the Home of the Year title, with three very different and unique properties featured each week.

From unusual conversions to architectural gems and countryside retreats, Home of the Year features people who have built their dream home, just the way they want it. Series one and two showcased homes from all across Ireland including a converted workshop, a barn turned dream home, a radically transformed Dublin terrace and a self-built cob house to name but a few.

Making the tough decisions on which homes go through to the final are our three expert judges; design legend Hugh Wallace, acclaimed architect Declan O’Donnell and award winning interior designer Deirdre Whelan.

Looking for individuality, functionality and clever design, the judges individually score each of the homes out of 10, the home with the highest combined score in each programme goes through to the final, where the ultimate winner is crowned.”

Email homes@shinawil.com or call 01 2080855 for more information

Closing date for applications Sunday 21st August and you can apply here:  http://www.rte.ie/tv/homeoftheyear/

Best of luck to anyone who gets involved – will have my fingers crossed for you :-)!

Orla