Check out a rambling family farmhouse revamped on a tight budget

Even with a limited budget this family farmhouse has been given a whole new look

living room with wallpaper and blue sofa
(Image credit: Georgia Burns)

When this young family were starting to outgrow their cottage and were in need more space they were surprised to find that the solution was close at hand.

By swapping their small cottage for a larger farmhouse on the same farm where they lived, they gained much more space with all the familiar surroundings they loved.

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The number one priority was to turn this old farmhouse into a modern family home without changing its character. The house needed new central heating and rewiring throughout. Also it was a warren of tiny rooms, which made it very dark, partly due to the fact that it’s set into a hillside.

To help give it a more open feel the owners knocked down a wall between the living room and kitchen, creating a large sociable family space.

Living room

living room with blue sofa and wall pictures

(Image credit: Georgia Burns)

Everything has been done on a budget in this houses including much much of the furniture and accessories in the sitting room sourced from charity and antiques shops, car boot sales, and online auctions.

A lot of the items hace been repainted adn upcycled by the owner. ‘I love transforming what might have started out as a piece of junk into something quite pleasing. It’s about giving things a new lease of life – which, I guess, is what we’ve done with this house.’


kitchen area with white drawers and worktop

(Image credit: Georgia Burns)

The most considered alteration was that of the kitchen, which was given an overhaul five years ago. The enormous stone fireplace is not just a beautiful feature, it has been the heart of this house since it was built, so it made senses to construct the new kitchen around that.

‘I often think of my grandmother with her range in the middle, bread oven in one alcove and a big copper washing pot in the other,’ says the owner.

Dining room and snug

dining room with dining table and bench

(Image credit: Georgia Burns)

The favourite space for this owner is the snug just off the dining area. This is known as the “vinyl corner” – the perfect corner for playing old records in peace,’ she says. The dining table is a potting bench that was cleaned up and repainted for this space.

Family room

living room with fire place and armchair

(Image credit: Georgia Burns)

 Among the many improvements that have been made,were the removal of features such as the 1970s fireplaces. In the family room, an inglenook was built with woodburner, which turned it into a lovely cocooned space.

Being naturally dark, the deeper tones make it feel more cosy and help to achieve the masculine feel with soft touches, that the owner wanted to create.

Master bedroom

bedroom with bed and wallpaper

(Image credit: Georgia Burns)

Upstairs, two box rooms and a toilet were reconfigured to become a master bedroom with en suite. A lustrous wall covering brings a subtle touch of glamour which is highlighted by the inlaid mother-of-pearl bedside table and toning soft furnishings.

Guest bedroom

bedroom with floral wallpaper and chandelier

(Image credit: Georgia Burns)

Having a fashion design background, the owner enjoyed setting herself the challenge of theming the guest bedrooms with the larger one having what she describes as a ‘French country house feel’.

The other room is in stark contrast with dark and moody floral mural and brightly coloured chandelier adding huge impact.

Barbecue area

barbeque area with armchair and potted plant

(Image credit: Georgie Burns)

The latest addition is the family’s own take on a loggia, complete with rattan furniture and woodburning pizza oven. ‘I love being outdoors and this room has the best sunset views as it’s west facing,’ she says.


summerhouse shed with sofa and plant

(Image credit: Georgie Burns)

Ready for another? Enjoy an ambitious New England-style transformation of a home in the Surrey Hills 

Layers of cushions and throws, including hides, make this outdoor room the ideal spot to cosy up in when it gets chilly at night. Like the main house, it is relaxed yet stylish.

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.