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This detached, four-bedroom, Georgian cottage has been extended both outwards and upwards to create an extra bedroom upstairs and a dining room and garage downstairs.

1/10 Idyllic country house

exterior with trees and window

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

2/10 Living room

living room with oak flooring and fireplace

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

The owners have created a welcoming feel in the living room by adding English oak floorboards, wooden beams and an inglenook fireplace.

Sofas in neutral tones add to the relaxed look. The owner upycled an old footstool by having it re-covered in a gingham fabric.

English Oak Flooring
Vastern Timber
Walls painted in Elephant's Breath Modern Emulsion
Farrow & Ball
Lace throw
Made By Hand Online

3/10 Snug

room with sofa and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

The owners created a snug between the living room and the kitchen. The red sofa adds a pop of colour to the otherwise muted tones.

Letter B
Posh Graffiti

4/10 Home office

home office with wooden beam and olivia mirror

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

The wooden beam above the doorway between the snug and kitchen was added when the extension was built. A small area in the corner of the kitchen has been turned into a work space.

Dresser painted in London Stone eggshell
Farrow & Ball
Olivia mirror
Laura Ashley

5/10 Cosy corner

room with limestone tiles and wall paint

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

feature wall in purple adds depth to the otherwise neutral scheme. The light flooding in from the new extension means the rich shade of purple doesn't look too heavy.

Wall painted in Brassica emulsion
Farrow & Ball
Limestone tiles
Mandarin Stone

6/10 Kitchen-diner

kitchen with cabinet and range cooker

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

The owners painted the existing cabinets and added new worktops and wall tiles. The open shelves are made from painted pews and the wrought-iron brackets were found at a reclamation yard.

Kitchen cabinets painted in Stony Ground eggshell
Farrow & Ball
For similar tiles
Fired Earth
Range cooker

7/10 Utility room

laundry with sheila maid airer and cabinet

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

Although the cottage is small, it has a utility room complete with a butler's sink. The cabinets were made by a local carpenter.

Sheila maid airer

8/10 Main bedroom

bedroom with drawers and carpet

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

The high ceiling and oak beams give the main bedroom country-style character. The owner used a soft grey shade on the walls to help create a peaceful sanctuary.

Chest of drawers painted in Shaded White eggshell
Farrow & Ball
Sisal Herringbone carpet
Crucial Trading

9/10 Girl’s bedroom

girls bedroom with single bed and peg rail shelf

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

The owner's daughter chose the classic blue shade for the walls. A Shaker-style shelf with pegs provides a pretty display space. The white iron bed adds a traditional touch to the room.

For a similar single bed
Feather & Black
Cushions made in floral and gingham fabrics by Kirsty Patrick
Made by Hand Online
For a similar peg rail shelf

10/10 Bathroom

bathroom with chapell green eggshell and bathtub

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

The homeowner installed a traditional white suite in the bathroom and added tongue-and-groove panelling painted in a classic green.

For a similar bathroom suite
Panelling painted in Chapell Green eggshell
Farrow & Ball

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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.