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Escaping to the country Posted by Sarah Camm, 11/10/2019

Escaping to the country

Harwood Homes Interiors were recently faced with a challenging property to redesign.

Comprising of seven bedrooms, this Georgian, Grade Two listed stone farmhouse in the Cotswolds, complete with staddle stones, has seven acres of fields and unspoilt views. 

Our clients took on the arduous task of renovating the farmhouse, that had belonged to multiple generations of the same farming family, into their dream family home.

The most pressing issue faced was the lack of light in the kitchen. It was disconnected from the rest of the house and garden; creating a sense of isolation. The previous occupants had partitioned off the kitchen to, perhaps, avoid being reminded of their place of work.  

Enlisting the help of Mark Harwood and the team at Harwood Homes Interiors, we were able to design and create a homely, country kitchen and make the most of the beautiful views of the countryside. 

Firstly, a metre wide chimney breast was removed to create a breakfast room with large doors, opening into the gardens, introducing glorious sun light through out the kitchen. 

Additional space was created, which meant the family had enough room to include a larder and laundry room, (these features were imperative to our clients). 

Mark suggested that the Aga could be replaced to allow access to the original bread oven to create a typical country kitchen focal point. 

Despite coming up against conservation rules, having to rebuild chimneys and replace a boiler; the team have now created a traditional country farmhouse with soft colours, weathered finishes and natural wood. 

Once the Farmhouse was completed, our clients decided to reopen their home as a Bed and Breakfast, as well as letting the entire property out during school holidays. 



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