Inschriach Distillery is crowned Shed of the Year 2015

The winner beat a mini railway wagon and floating beach hut to the top spot

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An old hen house in the Scottish Highlands that has been converted into a gin distillery has been crowned the Shed of the Year 2015, beating 2,250 others to claim the top spot.

Inschriach Distillery, a once-dilapidated outhouse, was given new life by Walter Micklethwait after he decided to turn the small space into a party venue.

The well-appointed shed features a general store and farm shop, selling vintage clothing and craft goods, a ladies' waiting room (complete with a piano and armchairs), a saloon, and a bar with a functioning gin distillery.

Others in the running included a miniature railway wagon, a floating beach hut, and a corrugated metal cottage that dates to the Second World War.

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The interior of the winning shed, which beat thousands of others to claim the top spot

The winner was announced last night, in the final episode of the Channel 4 programme, Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year.

The final part of the competition was put to a public vote, as judges found it impossible to choose between the Inschriach Distillery and the Owl House, an eco-shed in Hightown, Merseyside.

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The fully-functioning distillery inside of the winning shed

Delighted with his win, Mr Micklethwait said: "We were up against some proper craftsmen, brilliant eccentrics and most of all a really nice bunch of people, so it is an absolute honour to have won Shed of the Year 2015."

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Inshriach Distillery, the official Shed of the Year 2015

"A huge thanks to everyone who voted for us. We're now looking forward to celebrating with a gin from the distillery in our shed."

As well as the sheer honour of winning the title, Mr Micklethwait will receive £1,000 from the competition's sponsor Cuprinol, as well as £100 worth of Cuprinol products, a winner's plaque and a giant crown to stick on top of the shed.

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