Gold Coast’s ‘Scottish Manor’ named QLD’s House of the Year

A replica Scottish manor built in the Gold Coast Hinterland has taken out the prize for 2016 Queensland House of the Year at the Master Builder’s Housing and Construction Awards.

The home, on a working cattle property in Beechmont, took nearly two years to build by Oxenford-based Austen Ritchie Builder.

Company director Austen Ritchie said it was nice to be recognised for their hard work.


“The client approached us with a couple of photographs of what he likes, and we were able to help him with the full design,” said Mr Ritchie.

“The biggest challenge was trying to get a house design from 200 years ago and adapt it to modern building practices – from the slate on the roof to the downpipes and sandstone.

“We’ve taken modern building practices such as brick veneer and double brick home and made it look hand carved.”

Mr Ritchie said the client was very happy with the result.

“It exceeded their expectations, which is nice.”

Master Builders Queensland described the property as “magnificent”, and one that “left our judges in awe.”