Step inside this idyllic Victorian former forge

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  • The owner runs a business offering catered ski chalets, while her husband is the founder of a clothing company. They bought this picturesque four bedroom Grade II-listed converted Victorian forge in Devon in 2011 and set about transforming it into a family home to bring up their two young children.

    The house hadn’t been touched since the 1970s. ‘It was a huge project, which is why no-one else had snapped it up. We took the house apart and gutted it,’ say the owners.

    ‘We had to change everything.’

    As well as rewiring, replumbing and replastering, they insulated everything and installed underfloor heating and fitted radiators. New ceilings and floors were put in, plus period-style windows, and beams downstairs to bring back original character. The layout was reconfigured and an open-plan kitchen/living/dining area was created looking out onto the garden, replacing rundown garages and workshops.

    Because the house is situated in a hamlet that is just a stone’s throw from the coast, the owners wanted to create a coastal-meets-country interior. All the walls were painted white and most of the room schemes are blue and white. ‘It’s one of my favourite colour schemes,’ says the owner. It means the house flows beautifully and has a light and airy feel throughout.

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