Meet the winners of the Period Living Readers' Homes Awards 2018

It has been a long wait for everyone who entered our annual awards, but here at last are the results…

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Every year we invite readers to enter their completed home improvement projects for our awards, and it's always fascinating to see the diverse and inspiring schemes in all kinds of period properties, large and small, and to hear their unique stories.

The winners have now been selected, and we are delighted to present a preview of the beautiful homes and garden that captured our judges' attention – and their hearts too.

You can read the full stories behind the four winning homes and the winning garden in Period Living's November 2018 issue, on sale now.

Winners of the Best Listed Home category and our overall prizewinners

awardwinners Julie and Mike La Rooy outside their 14th-century manor house

Julie and Mike La Rooy, whose renovation of their 14th-century manor house won the Best Listed Home category, and the overall prize in the 2018 Period Living Readers Homes Awards. The November issue of Period Living features the full inside story of this beautiful home and reveals its surprising link with Winston Churchill

(Image: © Brent Darby)

Winners of our Best Interior Style category 

award-winning readers home view of kitchen through to boot room in a period home

The cosy kitchen in Susan and Phil Spurling's 18th-century thatched cottage was just one of the many elements that won the couple the 'Best Interior Style' category in this year's awards. To see more, pick up a copy of Period Living's November issue

(Image: © Jody Stewart)

Best Project winners

winners of Period Living Awards best project outside their 18th-century Lake District long house

Vanessa and Andrew Griffin built a contemporary-style glass sunroom onto the back of their 18th-century long house as part of a huge renovation project. The judges were so impressed with the transformation that it topped the 'Best Project' category. To see what they did – and to see that dramatic extension, get a copy of Period Living's November issue

(Image: © Jeremy Philips)

The winner of our Best Kitchen category

awards kitchen in Yorkshire Victorian home with Neptune units

Alison and John Stansfield created a spacious kitchen-diner and won Period Living's Best Kitchen category for their troubles. Read the full story in the November issue

(Image: © Katie Lee)

Winners of our brand-new Best Garden category

award winning garden cottage planting and gothic porch

It was a double first for Jude and Mat Jansen, as their pretty cottage garden won first prize in our Best Garden category, in the first year we've included readers' gardens in the awards. Pick up a copy of Period Living's November issue to find out more about their planting schemes, and the particular challenges of their unique plot next to a railway line

(Image: © Joe Wainwright Photography)

The November issue of Period Living is on sale now, full of inspiration from these award-winning homes and gardens, plus decorating with vintage botanical prints, fireplace restoration, and how to create a stunning autumn garden

Thanks to the sponsors of the 2018 Period Living Readers' Homes Awards…

Sponsors for Period Living Readers' Homes Awards

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Listed homes come with a whole set of restrictions and challenges. We’re looking for properties where those challenges have been met with sensitivity, in a large or small scale listed building.

Enhance your home with a stunning hardwood glazed living space. Richmond Oak specialises in the design, planning application and build of bespoke seasoned oak orangeries, conservatories and garden rooms.


If you’ve completed a kitchen update – whether that’s adding an extension or refreshing the cabinetry – we’d like to see the results of your hard work.

Folding Doors 2 U is a leading supplier of aluminium rooflights, bi-fold doors, sliding doors and windows. The company offers an affordable range of high-quality aluminium glazing products to enhance any home extension, new build property or renovation.


This is the category for renovations, extensions, remodels and conversions, including lofts and basements. If you’ve significantly altered your living space, show us what you’ve achieved.

Icynene spray-foam insulation is suitable for all building types from new-build to heritage. It expands 100-fold when applied, sealing all gaps and helping to reduce fuel bills.


For this category, we’re on the lookout for inspiring interior design, showcasing a stylish use of colour, pattern and furnishings either in a contemporary update, or an authentic look in keeping with the age of your home.

Whether you live in an old farmhouse, Victorian semi, humble cottage or a gracious manor house, there is sure to be the perfect fabric or wallpaper among Vanessa Arbuthnott’s exquisite ranges, encompassing contemporary shades and designs, and more traditional rural motifs.


New for this year, the best garden category where you can show off not only your garden designs but your green fingers. Send in your photos of your outdoor spaces in full bloom.

Maze Living is a leading garden furniture specialist, offering a range of luxury outdoor rattan and fabric furniture sets. From dining to sofa sets, each piece has been expertly designed with a blend  of comfort and style, perfect for any garden.

Our guest judge

Period Living was delighted that textile designer Vanessa Arbuthnott could join our awards judging panel again this year. 

Vanessa started her business from her own home 18 years ago, and since then has created 17 fabric collections inspired by her passion for natural forms, organic shapes and stunning colourways. 

Her ranges include wallcoverings, rugs and runners, as well as made-to-measure curtains and blinds, furniture and accessories. 

Fabrics from Vanessa Arbuthnott

In Full Flight and Branching Out fabrics from Vanessa's latest Artists’ Collection

(Image: © Vanessa Arbuthnott)