Step inside this gorgeous Yorkshire barn

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  • The owner lives here with her husband, a businessman, their two daughters and their pet Labrador. They bought the converted cowshed, tractor shed and stables – some of which date back to 1850 – with five bedrooms in 2013 and set about transforming it into their forever home.

    Ironically, the owner had looked across the field from her previous home, a cottage, towards the barn conversion for years, but it was only when she and her husband realised they needed a bigger house that they considered it as a home. It had already been on the market for 18 months and needed work doing to it. ‘It really appealed to us as we wanted something with character,’ she says.

    ‘When we went to view it we realised that every room needed something doing to it, but that appealed to us because the cottage we were living in was the finished article.

    We couldn’t stop thinking about it. Because there was so much glass, it was a very light house. It had a lovely feel to it and I knew we could make it into something special.’

    When they moved in, they reconfigured the bedrooms. One bedroom was very large so it was converted into two smaller rooms with a Jack-and-Jill bathroom for the girls. Another bedroom and family bathroom were knocked together to create a dressing room for the main bedroom. Downstairs, a wall was removed between the dining room and hall to make it lighter and open up the space.

    A derelict barn was converted into guest accommodation with two guest bedrooms and a bathroom and joined to the rest of the house with a glass corridor.

    Finally, a stunning oak-frame kitchen was then built onto the back of the main house, which doubled the size of the existing kitchen and allowed much better views of the garden.

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