Be inspired by this cosy country property in Surrey

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  • Carpenter’s cottage built in 1853 and extended in the 1980s. It features a hall, living room, kitchen-diner, utility room, cloakroom, art studio, bedroom/study, three bedrooms (two en suite) and a bathroom. Tucked away in a corner of leafy Surrey, the property is a little gem. Set in woodland, its red-brick exterior and rather chaotic roofline have a Hansel and Gretel-like charm. The owners certainly had their work cut out as the cottage was in need of a big rethink. The back door was about six paces from the front  door; the old kitchen was small and at the wrong end of the house and the windows were tiny, which made the room dark. Meanwhile, upstairs a large bathroom and airing cupboard took up an inordinate amount of space and on the ground floor next to the garage there was a third bedroom with a dilapidated en suite. Together with dated pine woodwork and peeling plaster on every wall, the overall picture was far from cheerful.

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