This 200 year old barn in the English countryside has a modern farmhouse interior with bags of character

Who owns this Devon country barn puts her appreciation of well-loved products and instinctive homemaking skills lower to both her grandmothers.

‘My British granny’s home would be a riot of color, full of hand crafted products for example rag rugs and patterned cushions. Then my Belgian grandmother were built with a home that dedicated to your kitchen, and try to felt so warm and welcoming,’ she recalls.

Both strands have woven through every property she and her family have resided in through the years. ‘For me, fundamental essentials stuff that always create a home,’

Such influences were central towards the transformation from the converted Dorset barn the dog owner and her husband bought 4 years ago.

Although we’d resided in old qualities before, our last home would be a practical 1980s house, which suited us at that time. But we hankered to reside in a classic property again, and when my hubby upon the market and our boys had traveled the nest, we made the decision it had been the best time,’ she states.

It required a lengthy time for you to find something that ticked all of their boxes, however, and also the couple initially viewed this converted barn around the borders of Sherborne only from curiosity.

‘Nevertheless, the moment we drove lower the lane lined using its pretty thatched cottages, I understood it was the area you should be,’ states the dog owner.

‘When the barn was a part of a functional farm, the cows will come along in the valley and in to the farmyard, that is now our courtyard. We loved a feeling in history,’ she explains.

It did try taking some vision to determine the way the lengthy, low barn could look, however. The 1990s conversion had stripped the 200-year-old building of their character.

’It was as being a nondescript bungalow inside, and incredibly gloomy with dark-presented home windows, bland decor, along with a strange stippled-glass panel dividing your kitchen from all of those other living area,’ states the dog owner.

The pair felt the primary living space ought to be one open space to guarantee the interior was as vibrant and airy as you possibly can, using the bedrooms and bathrooms leading directly off it. Fortunately, the prior proprietors had already acquired planning permission for big skylight home windows to become installed, that was a great beginning point.

As soon as the pair moved in, the renovation started. The job required around 18 several weeks altogether and also the couple resided on-site throughout. ‘It was tricky at occasions,’ the dog owner admits.

‘I’d had major wrist surgery when work began, and there wasn’t any flowing water for 3 days. Which was after i did question just a little what we’d done!’

Progressively, the recently-configured interior started to emerge.

When the essential repairs have been made, and also the basics including plumbing and wiring have been updated, a hearth was set up in the family room area allow it a focus.

Family Room

Initially, there wasn’t any hearth within the 1990s barn conversion, therefore the couple produced that one specifically for that cosy woodburner. The striking mustard colored bureau, from your antiques shop, now houses the tv.

The sofas are arranged to produce another zone on view space. The owner’s passion for pattern and color is apparent in the plethora of different textiles that sit easily together.


New oak floors were laid throughout to supply a feeling of flow using the kitchen central towards the overall plan.

‘I love cooking and wanted this area of the house to seem like a genuine hub,’ the dog owner states.

To create extra space, they sacrificed the present utility room near the original kitchen (there’s now a discreet laundry cupboard at one finish from the kitchen), that also meant there is room for that large island the pair wanted.

The far finish of the large island is placed to ensure there’s enough room to gain access to the utility cupboard that faces it.

‘I didn’t want the units to feel too fitted or perfect I’ve never been a lot of one for symmetry!’ states the dog owner.

‘We found a business specialising in hand crafted free standing furniture that may butt together, which we thought would be a great approach – neat, practical and classy, although not too uniform.’

The Shaker-style units are pared back so they won’t diminish the ornamental touches the dog owner loves to incorporate.


A varied mixture of furnishings define the diner.