BBC One's Best House in Town features Welwyn property

PUBLISHED: 15:43 21 February 2019 | UPDATED: 15:56 21 February 2019

Heather outside her detached property in Welwyn, which featured in BBC One programme Best House in Town. Picture: BBC/Sidney Street Productions.

Heather outside her detached property in Welwyn, which featured in BBC One programme Best House in Town. Picture: BBC/Sidney Street Productions.

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A detached 18th century Welwyn house wowed the judges on a BBC TV show yesterday afternoon.

The house on Codicote Road was one of three homes to be judged on BBC’s Best House in Town which has been airing all week at 3.45pm.

The programme sees five local judges touring a range of properties before voting on their favourite.

Heather Simms, 52, and her husband Chris, 54, who is a carpenter, live with their son James in the 300-year-old house.

Heather said on the show: “It would be great for someone to come in and say ‘It’s really good!’

“I am really proud - I don’t want it to sound smug. I love the house. It’s our hobby.”

The judges commented on how ‘traditional’ the home is, describing its entrance as ‘lovely and spacious’.

Judges also remarked on the wonderful views.

They praised the couple for maintaining some of its historic features, such as the super-sized fireplace which was a roaring success with TV judges.

Two St Albans properties were also featured on the programme.

Both judges agree that their seven days spent filming the show made for an excellent experience.

Mr Simms said: “We were a little nervous as to what they might say.

“Ours was the first house to be viewed, apparently. The film crew were brilliant.”

Sadly, Heather and Chris did not win.

Choosing a winner was a challenge for the judges and Emma admits she struggled to make her choice.

She said: “Each house had qualities in itself that were really strong,” she says.

“It did make the final judgement really hard. I did struggle. But I think we chose well.”

The final St Albans show is tomorrow afternoon where an overall winner will be picked.

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