Take a tour around this 17th-century Monmouthshire Cottage

The owner of this four-bedroom 17th century cottage shares her home with her husband, three daughters, two border collies, five cats and three ponies. Being the founder of a luxury holiday lettings company, this property too was bought as as a holiday home and they never imagined that they would ever live there permanently. ‘When we first bought it, we weren’t ready for such a rural setting,’ says the owner. ‘Then, after we had children, we decided on a complete lifestyle change.’ The cottage needed a lot of work, and the family wanted to modernise it whilst evoking its history too. Exterior The property is a 17th century shepherd’s cottage situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park. It actually straddles two counties – the cottage itself is in Monmouthshire while the land is in Powys. ‘We love the connectivity that we have found with nature, the mountains and the constantly changing seasons.’  But the building itself seemed to have lost touch with its roots. ‘Nothing original was left so our plan was to bring authenticity back by buying as much as we could from reclamation yards.’ Hallway Original flagstones are a wonderful period feature in the country hallway while the mirror enhances the light. Large lettering in a bold colour adds character and personality to the otherwise neutral space. Kitchen The owners have set the tone with a traditional Shaker-style kitchen in a soothing neutral colour, which they’ve teamed with retro furniture and antique-style lighting to create an on-trend look. ‘I choose vintage and retro items because I love old things that have a story behind them or are upcycled.’ Kitchen-diner Galvanised metal chairs make for relaxed seating while giving a nod to retro style.  Pretty striped cloth over the table and teamed with grain sack cushions creates a a chic yet rustic French café look. The owner has chosen a trio of iconic prints to add interest to the walls. Get the look Buy now: Inox chair, £249, Made in Design Buy now: Slim oak peg rail, £16, Willow and Stone Living room The eye-catching geometric rug has visual impact that lifts the scheme, then leads the eye to the rustic texture of the exposed stone walls and inglenook.  The owner has followed through with fabrics in harmonising knocked-back stripes for a classic, understated feel.   Get the look Buy now: Joules red striped ticking cushion, £20, Bedeck Buy now:  Similar Catania rug, £560, Woven Dining room In the dining room vintage chairs have been mixed and matched with a time-worn feel. Wooden chapel chairs sourced from reclamation yards and antiques fairs introduce mellow tones while distressed wooden chairs creates a relaxed rustic ambience. The owner has also sourced decorative cast iron radiators to add character.   Get the look Buy now: Vintage wooden church chair, £125, Soho Home Home office Tuck a desk under the stairs for an instant home office that doesn’t intrude on the rest of the room. For period elegance, choose a classic distressed design, but be sure this is not just a … Continue reading Take a tour around this 17th-century Monmouthshire Cottage