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10 Dundee, Fife and Perthshire properties showcased on TV

We have profiled 10 local homes that featured on the small screen.

Iron Mill Bay in Fife. Image: BBC.
Iron Mill Bay in Fife. Image: BBC.

Property shows remain hugely popular and homes from Courier Country are no stranger to taking centre stage on the TV favourites.

Here are 10 properties in Dundee, Fife and Perthshire that have all featured on the small screen in the past few years.

1 – Auchterarder finalist

Mansefield reached the final of Scotland’s Home of the Year. Image: Savills.

A former manse in Auchterarder reached the final of this year’s Scotland’s Home of the Year on the BBC.

The C-listed property dates back to the mid-1800s and sits on the town’s High Street.

Built in an Italianate style, it has a spectacular south facing garden with views to the Ochil Hills.

Mansefield has a newly created open plan kitchen/dining room. Image: Savills.
The sitting room is used as a cinema room. Image: Savills.

Mansefield featured in the third episode of Scotland’s Home of the Year.

The episode focused on the Central Belt and also featured properties in Bridge of Allan and Dunblane.

However it was Mansefield which wowed judges Michael Angus, Anna Campbell Jones and Banjo Beale, with all three giving it 10 out of 10.

The open plan kitchen/diner is at the heart of the home. Image: BBC Scotland.
The open plan kitchen/diner is at the heart of the home. Image: BBC Scotland.

That perfect score ensured the house went through to the grand final with the other regional winners.

Shortly after it appeared on the show its owners put Mansefield up for sale, with an asking price of o/o £800,000.

2 – ‘Exquisite’ Kinross house

The house near Kinross featured on the Channel 4 show Grand Designs. Image: Grand Designs.

A 150-year-old property near Kinross was given a bold ‘black box’ extension by a couple from Edinburgh on Channel 4’s Grand Designs in 2021.

Iain Shillady and his wife Jenny bought the property at Briglands for £225,000, building an extension to a bothy in the property’s walled garden.

Inside 150-year-old Kinross property.
Presenter Kevin liked the final design despite his reservations.
The historic home was given a modern extension. Image: Grand Designs.
The finished family home.

The property sits on the site of a former Georgian farmhouse, originally designed by architect Sir Robert Lorimer in 1898.

Presenter Kevin McCloud described the finished house as “exquisite.”

3 – Highland Perthshire pad

Phil and Andrea Vivian with Escape to the Country host Sonali Shah at Loch Tay
Phil and Andrea Vivian with Escape to the Country host Sonali Shah at Loch Tay. Image: BBC iPlayer

A couple from the South East of England searched Highland Perthshire for their perfect home earlier this month on the BBC show Escape to the Country.

Phil and Andrea Vivian discovered the area after visiting on their honeymoon in 2016.

The pair told Escape to The Country how it was Pitlochry that inspired their love of Perthshire and the surrounding area.

Phil said: “We went to Pitlochry Festival Theatre for the first time and loved the town and surrounding area.”

Phil and Andrea Vivian outside their home in Pitlochry.
Phil and Andrea Vivian have settled in Pitlochry. Image: Steve MacDougall/DC Thomson
The view from Phil and Andrea Vivian's Pitlochry home.
The view from Phil and Andrea’s home. Image: Possible Estate Agents.
The bright kitchen inside the couple’s house. Image: Possible Estate Agents.
Phil’s home library has more than 2,600 books. Image: Andrea Vivian
Phil’s home library has more than 2,600 books. Image: Andrea Vivian

The couple had a budget of £425,000 and set out to find a spacious “character” home, complete with a library for book-lover Phil, in a peaceful location.

Presenter Sonali Shah first showed the couple a property in Kenmore, meeting them on the banks of Loch Tay.

They then checked out a property in Stanley with a kitchen view over the River Tay and a house in Abernethy before finally buying a home in Pitlochry.

Andrea said: “We fell in love with the home due to the fact it’s in Pitlochry and has plenty of storage space.

“It has a fantastic view out over the hills. All of our neighbours have been so welcoming and friendly.

4 – Markinch ‘dream home’

Emma and Scott Gillespie with their children outside their house in Markinch. Image: BBC.

One of two Fife properties to appear in the fifth season of Scotland’s Home of the Year, Mount Frost is a detached house dating from the early 1990s.

It was extensively overhauled by Emma and Scott Gillespie who have turned it into their dream home.

Located in quiet cul-de-sac on the edge of Balbirnie Park it’s in a fantastic location.

The interior is modern and bright. Image: BBC.
Mount Frost in Markinch. Image: BBC.

The house is spread over four levels, with the ground floor featuring a shower room and an office.

On the first floor is a fantastic open plan kitchen, dining area and snug.

Up another level is the formal living room, while the bedrooms are on the top floor.

The couple’s work drew praise from the judges, with Banjo Beale calling it a “vibrant home filled with colour and pattern and love.”

5 – Kirkcaldy flat

Fifer Gary Gourlay outside his flat in Kirkcaldy. Image: BBC.

The other home to feature in the same episode was a beautiful double upper flat in Kirkcaldy.

Owner Gary Gourlay bought it in 2019 and spent years turning it into his ideal home.

The flat has a lovely semi open-plan layout, with the living room flowing into the kitchen and windows to both front and rear.

The kitchen is a tranquil space. Image: BBC.

Upstairs, the master bedroom has a bay window and rooftop views to the sea.

Scotland’s Home of the Year judge Michael Angus called the flat a “beautiful exercise in composition” and a “pure and easy home.”

6 – Fife Coast contender

Iron Mill Bay has a private setting close to the River Forth. Image: BBC.

Back in 2021, Scotland’s Home of the Year featured this striking property on the Forth Coast in Fife.

Iron Mill Bay was built on a 2.3 acre site that was formerly part of the Elgin Estate.

The home’s name is taken from the nearby bay.

The five-bedroom, two-storey home has a T-shaped floor plan with a large open plan living, kitchen dining area that has a double height ceiling and gallery above.

An open plan living area forms the centrepiece of Iron Mill Bay. Image: BBC.

The reception room and most of the bedrooms are located to take advantage of the sweeping views across the river.

Eco features were a priority and the house has an air source heat pump, solar panels and a rainwater harvesting system.

7 – Crail conversion

This spectacular house near Crail was on Scotland’s Home of the Year. Image: BBC.

A converted water storage tank in Fife made it to last year’s final of Scotland’s Home of the Year.

The Old Waterworks is a remarkable property near Crail that’s been made from an abandoned concrete water storage tank.

It’s owned by Sam and Ewan Robertson, who bought the Old Waterworks when they were just 18 years old.

The abandoned building sat in a quiet corner of the farm owned by Ewan’s family.

Sam and Ewan Robertson outside the Old Waterworks in Fife. Image: BBC.

The Old Waterworks is an extraordinary three-bedroom home. The vaulted concrete structure has a living roof covered in grass.

Inside, the main living area is open plan and the beautiful barrel concrete ceiling forms a remarkable feature.

There is a double-height living area and a beautiful sunroom that is accessed from the decking outside.

The interior features a striking barrel ceiling. Image: BBC.

Judges Michael Angus, Anna Campbell-Jones and Kate Spiers loved the repurposing of the concrete tank and the amount of natural light that floods into the home.

All three judges gave it the maximum score of 10 out of 10.

8 – Perthshire property

Converted riverside barn in Carpow. Image: BBC.

Earlier in the year this property in Carpow – which had two bedrooms, a large garden and a private jetty for the river – piqued the interest of a couple from Brighton in the Beeb’s Escape to the Country.

Partners Emma and Anja were looking for a quieter lifestyle and thought Tayside and Fife could be the answer.

The Carpow home was next to a river. Image: BBC.

After a visit to Kirkcaldy, they went to see the converted riverside barn on the edge of Carpow, near Abernethy in Perthshire.

But despite organising a second viewing, the pair decided against buying it and revealed they had opted for an Ayrshire holding instead.

9 – Dundee semi-detached

This home in Dundee was adapted for a disabled child. Image: BBC.

A semi-detached house in Dundee, modified for a disabled child, featured on Scotland’s Home of the Year in 2022.

Katie and Daniel Radtke own Our Adapted Home, a semi-detached new build house in Ballumbie.

The house has been extensively modified for the couple’s disabled daughter Jessica.

It has runners and hoists in the ceiling, an accessible wet-room, a profiling bed, and other equipment designed to make life easier for her.

One of the factors behind Katie and Daniel’s decision to take part in the show was a desire to help other families with disabled children.

Inside ‘Our Adapted Home’.
The Dundee house featured on BBC show.

Katie sad: “We want people to watch the show and see that you can have a home that is adapted but is still a family home.

“When we were doing the work we had an Instagram page – our_adapted_home – so that people could see what we were doing.

“It turned out there was a really good community on Instagram for this sort of thing.

“We had a lot of questions and messages of support from other families in similar positions to ours.”

10 – Glen Quaich beauty

Perthshire cottage Easter Shian was crowned Scotland’s Christmas Home of the Year 2022. Image: BBC.

A beautiful home in Highland Perthshire was crowned Scotland’s Christmas Home of the Year 2022.

Easter Shian sits in Glen Quaich, midway between Crieff, Dunkeld and Aberfeldy.

Debbie Halls-Evans and her husband Dave bought the house in August 2020 and set about turning it into their dream home.

Easter Shian dates from 1705. Image: BBC.

Debbie and Dave were overjoyed when their home won last year’s festive edition of the popular property TV show.

“We were just delighted,” she said. “Our style is quite different so we weren’t sure how it would go down with the judges.

“They were all so lovely. Banjo was really complimentary. Anna is just beautiful.

“And Michael had a wee cry in our living room, which was so lovely.

Easter Shian managed to be festive without being gaudy. Image: BBC Scotland.

“They gave nothing but good feedback about the house. It’s such a positive show and we just love watching it.

“We had friends, family and the local community round for a watch party when the show was broadcast. It went on until around 1.30am.”