The nineteenth century stone farmhouse is positioned a brief distance from the Jurassic Coast, in a delegated Space of Excellent Pure Magnificence and with gorgeous views of the rolling Dorset countryside in South West England.
The property had been in the identical household for over 60 years and was in determined want of affection and a spotlight. However with its connected barn and collection of dilapidated outbuildings, plus 16 acres of untamed gardens and meadows, it was a challenge that wanted coronary heart and soul.
“We each have a ardour for inside design and wished to modernize the property in a approach that bridges the hole between modern and conventional residing,” says proprietor Alice Cobon. Convert the barn was on the prime of their record.
“We rapidly designated the big adjoining barn as the brand new kitchen/front room, and made plans to maximise the upstairs area by reconfiguring the maze of small rooms linked by a slender, winding hallway.
“Restoring the interval character within the property was additionally excessive on the record. With London as our most important base and a crew of trusted builders on website, we have been capable of embark on a whole refurbishment with out worrying in regards to the impression on our day by day lives.
Over the following six months, the farm was reworked. A mezzanine has been eliminated within the barn, revealing the gorgeous vaulted ceiling (seen above within the kitchen), whereas full-height doorways and new home windows flood the area with mild.
“Alice and I like to prepare dinner, so it solely appeared becoming that the largest and brightest room can be the kitchen,” Matt says.
A glazed facet addition has been constructed, connecting the barn to the principle home and outside area, with a hidden pocket door main into the cramped space (beneath).
“The remainder of the bottom ground format has remained the identical, however we’ve labored onerous to revive the unique options, together with the cantous and flagstone flooring which had been painted or coated.
“The three reception rooms are all snug areas with out an infinite quantity of pure mild, so we embraced the darkness by adorning and furnishing them in wealthy, opulent colours and textures.”
The lounge (above) takes on its full which means over the nights. “We wished the room to have a speakeasy really feel, so we opted for black painted partitions with maximalist decor and furnishings,” says Alice.
Upstairs, 4 rooms have been joined collectively to create a master suite with gorgeous views and a toilet, the place there’s now a big copper tub. There are additionally three different bedrooms and two bogs.
Now a household of 4, the Cobons have continued to develop the home through the years, however with a extra family-oriented strategy. The outdated kitchen is now a video games room and within the gardens you’ll find a playground, a big Mediterranean seating space and an outside kitchen with a pizza oven.
‘Our house is snug and classy in equal measure. Bringing her partitions again to life was such a enjoyable and inventive course of,” says Alice.
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