The Little House is entirely separate from the main house, being like a small gate lodge at the entrance, looking out onto open countryside. It has its own secluded Patio area. There is also a lean-to for the Little House that is currently used for storage of garden tools, barbeque and garden games (Croquet and Boules).
|Downstairs has been left as one large light, bright open space (a little
over 6 metres x 6 metres).
We have mixed old with new French styles.
A thoroughly modern, sharp, well-equipped kitchen sets the scene, merging
with a traditional French fireplace and a terracotta tiled floor.
|Upstairs, once upon a time was a hay loft. When we
bought the house it was full of sweet-smelling hay and the only access
was an outside ladder. Being involved as we are with antiques means that
we appreciate what has gone before and where possible do our best to save
things for posterity.
We have kept the old hand-made terracotta tiles on the floor and took
great care not to hide any of the original oak beams when we insulated
the roof. We put in a staircase and made a separate little room for
a wc and wash-hand basin in the corner.
Ground floor plan
We created the “Little House” into a place for our friends to stay and it has also been greatly sought after for renting during the past 3 years.
We let the house from April through October on flexible terms at a standard rate of £450 per week for 2 people, doing the changeovers ourselves.