Be inspired by this charming Christmassy cottage in Hampshire

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  • The owners of this home, who work in interior design and IT, bought this three-bedroom 17th century thatched cottage in Hampshire in 2004. It had been a weekend bolthole for the previous owners and had suffered a series of botched repair jobs over the years.

    The couple began the restoration process by employing a specialist builder to render the property inside and out with horsehair and lime. New hand-blown single-glazing was made to comply with the cottage’s Grade-II listed status, while other major work included laying oak flooring throughout the ground floor and installing a new bathroom. The couple also replaced the dated kitchen.

    Putting right the old decorating mistakes ate into the couple’s budget but it enabled them to use their interior design skills to the full. By decorating rooms in soft neutral shades and layering texture to add warmth, they have given the home a comfortable, contemporary look, while never straying too far away from its period roots.

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