Step inside this charming country cottage in Devon

The owners of this country cottage in Devon had fantasised about living in a home like it for many years. ‘Before we moved here we would often rent a cottage during the Christmas holidays, as we enjoyed the character and cosy atmosphere so much.’

The couple, a legal PA and a maintenance manager, saved to buy their own place for three years, during which time they also began to plan as much as they could for their own home.

‘When we started house hunting, there wasn’t a great deal of choice in our price range, but we were really hoping to find an old property to renovate,’ say the owners. It was pouring with rain the first time they viewed this house but they both loved the wooden sash windows and chocolate-box look of the outside. Inside they found plenty of light and the perfect layout.

They found that the interior was dated, however, and decided among other jobs to rewire the house themselves, as well as fitting a new kitchen with French windows.

However, problems appeared with the back wall, which had to be stabilised, and rotten timbers in the kitchen ceiling, which had to be replaced. At the same time they were starting a family, with the arrival of their son.

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