Take a tour of this pretty Cotswold barn

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  • The owner works for a cleaning company, while her husband is a skilled carpenter and joiner. They bought the barn, which was built in 1700, in 2005 with a view to the husband renovating it. They had done up their previous cottage themselves and the husband was itching for a more ambitious challenge. They fell in love with the derelict barn because it had views across fields and was the epitome of the rural idyll. However, it was virtually a shell, with a tree growing through the middle!

    The husband juggled working part-time with renovating the barn. An architect was enlisted to help with the design and layout. The owners had been granted planning permission for four bedrooms, but instead they chose to have two en-suite bedrooms. Downstairs, they opted for an open-plan layout to emphasise the vaulted ceiling by creating a dramatic dining and living space.

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