A desire for beautiful views across open countryside and a longing to live in a period property were what sealed the deal for Kate and Paul Gerrish when they found their ideal rural retreat: this converted barn in the middle of a tranquil farming hamlet, within the scenic Oxfordshire countryside.
‘The children had left home so we took the opportunity to downsize, selling our three-storey, six-bedroom modern house in a nearby town,’ says Kate.
The Grade II-listed building dates from the 1850s, and was converted in the late 1990s into a characterful home. The kitchen and bathrooms were fitted with good quality cabinets and sanitaryware, but the style was rather dated.
The couple have transformed the barn’s interiors, adding a new traditional kitchen with space for a dining table. Throughout the property is decorated with a soft palette to create the perfect backdrop for furniture and treasured possessions. ‘I chose Old White by Annie Sloan for the walls and added colour with furniture and textiles,’ says Kate.
Owners: Kate and Paul Gerrish live here with Jack Russells Charlie and Coco. With her daughter Isobel, Kate runs Bliss, a home and vintage shop. Paul is now retired and the couple’s four children no longer live at home
Property: Built in 1850 and originally used as cowsheds, the barn in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside was converted into a dwelling in the late 1990s
What they did: Kate and Paul decorated throughout and installed
a new hand-built kitchen, alongwith a cloakroom, bathroom and shower rooms
Words and styling: Ann Broad