THE search for Scotland's Home of the Year begins in the Borders where the judges visit three properties.

Here, we take a sneak peek at the contenders.

The Wave near Peebles

HeraldScotland: The Wave near Peebles features on the third series of Scotland's Home of the Year. Picture: Rory Dunning/IWC Media/BBC ScotlandThe Wave near Peebles features on the third series of Scotland's Home of the Year. Picture: Rory Dunning/IWC Media/BBC Scotland

This distinctive new-build with views of the River Tweed and Manor Valley boasts an eye-catching aesthetic and has been sustainably designed to create an energy-efficient and environmentally low-impact home.

The Blue House near Biggar

HeraldScotland: The Blue House near Biggar features on the third series of Scotland's Home of the Year. Picture: Andrew Jackson/IWC Media/BBC ScotlandThe Blue House near Biggar features on the third series of Scotland's Home of the Year. Picture: Andrew Jackson/IWC Media/BBC Scotland

A converted village hall dating from 1903, this idyllic-looking building lay derelict for years before the previous owners renovated it. Then, two years ago, it was sold again with its new owners adding their own touches with a completely upgraded interior.

Spottes Mill near Castle Douglas

HeraldScotland: Spottes Mill near Castle Douglas features on the third series of Scotland's Home of the Year. Picture: Andrew Jackson/IWC Media/BBC ScotlandSpottes Mill near Castle Douglas features on the third series of Scotland's Home of the Year. Picture: Andrew Jackson/IWC Media/BBC Scotland

Built on the grounds of a former grain store, this new-build home is deceptive – traditional from the outside yet contemporary inside, with graffiti murals and a predominately black palette. The open-plan interior embraces a mix of timber, glass and natural stone.

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Scotland's Home of the Year returns to BBC Scotland, Wednesday, 8pm. The weekly episodes will be repeated on BBC One Scotland, Mondays, at 7.30pm