A STUNNING Scots home picked as one of the greatest ever to feature on Channel 4 series Grand Designs has gone on the market for almost £1 million.

The custom-built, ultra modern home was built by Richard and Pru Irvine and completed 10 years ago after a mammoth construction project.

The couple’s progress was charted by a crew from the Channel 4 programme and presenter Kevin McCloud later described it as his dream home.

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The glass fronted five bedroom property in Pathhead, Midlothian, is set against 18th century lime kilns and its floor to ceiling windows offer panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

It also boasts two kitchens, an indoor garden, a TV room, a large drawing room, cloakroom and a boot room.

The garden consists of a large barn, a swimming pond, a patio with pizza oven in the kilns, a wild flower meadow, an orchard and a large fruit and vegetable garden.

Hope House has received awards from the Saltire Society and Edinburgh Architectural Association. It has now gone on the market for offers over £925,000.

Earlier this year, when asked to pick his personal highlights from Grand Designs, McCloud singled out the project.

He said: “Richard and Pru wanted a modern building, but it had to fit in with its surroundings.

“So the house had a hat made out of wooden shingles, rather like a lid, but still achieved the purist white crystalline thing. I liked that, and the way it nodded to the vernacular. It was a resounding happy medium.”

After viewing the completed building, the presenter said: “It’s a great building and to be honest, this is what I’d want. I don’t say I want many things in life, but this I want.”

Mrs Irvine told how they are now selling up as they are planning to move to the Isle of Colonsay.

She said: “We will be very sad to leave. The house is beautiful, it has an incredibly calm and lovely feel to it, and we have loved living here. The building project was wonderful and it was a fantastic experience."