Be inspired by this classic former rectory in Wiltshire

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The owners, now both retired, bought this 200-year-old former rectory with three bedrooms in 2014. They wanted to downsize from their family home because their children had flown the nest, but they were keen to stay in the same village.

Fortunately, a former rectory on the high street came up for sale – they were so keen they were the first people to view it. ‘It’s such a pretty little place from the outside,’ says the owner. ‘We loved its exterior. The estate agent didn’t even have to put the key in the door – we knew we wanted it.’

The house was in need of a complete renovation and the owners spent three months transforming it. ‘The house was gutted. We changed everything,’ says the owner. As well as being re-roofed, the house was rewired, new heating installed and fireplaces were opened up in the study and living room.

The most ambitious project involved a reconfiguration of the downstairs space, including the galley kitchen, utility, dining room and sun room – all of which were very small. ‘I wanted to knock it all out and create one large open-plan kitchen with a dining and sitting area. I knew it would be lovely and light with a triple aspect.’

Image credit: Brent Darby
Image credit: Brent Darby
Image credit: Brent Darby
Image credit: Brent Darby
Image credit: Brent Darby
Image credit: Brent Darby
Image credit: Brent Darby
Image credit: Brent Darby
Image credit: Brent Darby

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