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The Clarty Cottage... 

 Having transformed my 19th century former farm worker's cottage from a little 2 up-2 down into a cosy family home almost double in size, I hope to share some of my experiences, ideas and inspiration aswell as offering for sale a collection of lovely country style furniture, vintage finds, soft furnishings, shabby chic & gifts.


...The cottage now, after completing most of the work and being able to enjoy 'just living' in it!


Kitchen - Ground floor of the extension in new part of the cottage















Dining room - was the old kitchen in the original part of the cottage, the original fireplace has been opened up and restored with a woodburning stove added. The walls in the cottage are 2ft thick providing deep window sills throughout and cosy window seats in the dining room, living room and one of the bedrooms in the original part of the house.














Bedrooms - two bedrooms at first floor in new part of cottage, another bedroom in original part of cottage, and a further bedroom in the original cottage is now a new upstairs bathroom




















Bathrooms / Utility - The upstairs bathroom was previously a bedroom in the original part of the cottage. Now with traditional freestanding roll top bath, separate quadrant shower with oyster slate tiles, my self-renovated Victorian washstand with round natural stone basin and oyster slate tile surround, walnut flooring and painted french shutters dressing the little window with deep sill.  I also added tongue & groove panelling with dado rail to lower part of the walls and painted in earthy pastel shades to complement the slate tiles and natural stone.

The downstairs bathroom was once a little shower room with toilet and sink, now a second house bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and shower over, also incorporating utility area with washer & dryer.


Den / Playroom / Music Room and Office - great space in the converted attic with velux windows in both rooms









Living Room - this room was the original single storey scullery and vestibule with lean-to roof at the back of the house, the previous owners made this into a living room with tiled pitched roof and UPVC windows with amazing views over the valley (shown below from living room window). This is the only room which I've not yet renovated - other than decorating and putting in a fireplace (hope to eventually replace the plastic windows with the same timber cottage style windows I've put in the rest of the property, and open up the ceiling into the pitched roof to add a timber A-frame beam (another project for another day/year!)








The lovely inner hall and stairway, with little window, 2ft deep sill, and limestone flooring connect the front and rear of the cottage.






Below is a gallery charting the progress of the build and renovation - from the bulldozer arriving on a chilly spring morning, through the various stages over the 3 years to the present day...