Step inside this converted schoolhouse

Take a tour of this charming listed schoolhouse which was lovingly turned into an eclectic family home with open plan living areas full of items found on the owner's travels. For more decorating ideas, see

This Grade-ll listed property was converted from a schoolhouse to a residential property in the Seventies and still has many original features, including double height ceilings and large bright windows.

1/9 Remodelled schoolhouse 

school house

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Maxwell)

2/9 Kitchen

kitchen with cabinet

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Maxwell)

With her eye on the budget, the owner of this kitchen sourced an unpainted kitchen and painted it herself. She also found a marble worktop at a bargain price.

Hand-made kitchen units
Unpainted kitchens
Units painted in Pigeon no25 Estate emulsion
Farrow and Ball
Farmhouse Belfast sink Enza tap

3/9 Living area

living room with fireplace

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Maxwell)

The solid wood floors and country-style furniture in this living room work in harmony with the large original open fireplace that used to heat the school hall.

Similar sofa
Sofas and stuff
Poivre cushion
Similar flooring

4/9 Dining area

dining table with wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Maxwell)

The old school hall with its double height ceilings was the perfect place to position the dining area. The reclaimed dining table and the comfy rattan armchairs make it ideal for entertaining family and friends.

Rattan armchairs

5/9 Master bedroom

bedroom with lamp and frame

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Maxwell)

The main bedroom has a Provencal feel and was designed around the owner’s desire to have a Louis bed. The addition of some vintage bedside tables and key finds from their travels gives the room an eclectic feel.

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Similar bed
Sweetpea and Willow
Similar Mirror

6/9 En suite

bathroom with showering area

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Maxwell)

The owners chose to install a walk-in shower with an oversized shower head to add a touch of luxury.

Walk-in shower screen
Similar shower head

7/9 Children’s room

childrens room with bed and chair

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Maxwell)

We love the bright accents in this otherwise neutral child's bedroom. An old chest of drawers has been given a facelift with a simple lick of paint and some new knobs.

Fabric wall letters
Mamas & Papas
Day bed

8/9 Guest room

bedroom bedside lamp

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Maxwell)

The guest rooms in this house have been used to display sumptous silk cushions, vibrant bedspreads and intricate etchings collected from travels abroad.

Similar bedside table
Sweetpea & Willow

9/9 Guest room

bedroom with bedside lamp

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Maxwell)

Bright cushions and a matching bedspread give this neutral bedroom a pop of colour, which can be easily swapped for a future change of scheme.

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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.