Grand Designs viewers horrified after 'ugly monstrosity' wins House of the Year

Grand Designs viewers horrified after 'ugly monstrosity' wins House of the Year

A GEORGIAN farmhouse was named House of the Year on Grand Designs – but viewers have since ridiculed it as an “ugly monstrosity”. 

House on the Hill, a Gloucestershire farmhouse extension, was revealed as the winner in the final episode of Grand Designs: House of the Year on Wednesday evening.


Owners David and Jenny converted their three-storey farmhouse into a gallery space to house their art collection, while also adding a new two-storey wing embedded into the hillside.

The four-part series of the Channel 4 property series showcased seven shortlisted properties – but fans were furious with the eventual winner.

Twitter soon became a switchboard for complaints about the winner, with many labelling the property as "disgusting" and "pig ugly".

One fan fumed: “House on the Hill – the others were robbed.

"It’s an ugly monstrosity pinned to a gorgeous Georgian house.”

Someone else said: “I’m shocked at the winner of Grand Designs’ House of the Year. The least interesting as far as I’m concerned.”

While a third sarcastically penned: “Yay! They picked the most pig ugly, inappropriate offering.

"And they wonder why architects are so disgusted. Jesus.”

The restored 18th farmhouse overlooks the Wye Valley in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The owners of House on the Hill said: "Ours was a very protracted project, so the client and architect relationship had to be one of mutual confidence.

"The interplay of the house and its gardens with the wider surrounds provides an ever-changing source of pleasure.

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"The house is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the house and the landscape complement each other.

"To return to the house after a spell away is to renew our admiration of the scheme."

Grand Designs: House of the Year is available to stream on All4.


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