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Guest bedroom Tucked up in the eaves, vintage quilts give this space a traditional look. Similar bedspreads, Sanderson at Amara

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COuNTRy HOMES & INTERIORS

LIVING THE DREAM After moving to the country, Frances and Andrew decided to let out their home during the school holidays

Why do you rent out your house? The house was always a project – much bigger than we needed – with the longer term intention of generating an income that would support the cost of running the house. We both love property and interiors and wanted to live in a beautiful home, so the potential to make it pay its way justified the initial outlay we made.

What is your USP? The Georgian faÇade of the house and the wonderful first impression it creates, plus access to our gardens, complete with hens and sheep!

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lovely views of the surrounding countryside,’ says Andrew. Knocking out a one-metre deep chimney breast created an opening into the breakfast room. It was an arduous and filthy job but it paid off. ‘It dramatically lightened up the kitchen,’ says Frances. ‘The breakfast room opens out into the garden, so we now feel part of the great outdoors.’ To bring the house up to date, they made all the necessary repairs, installed a new kitchen, converted an old garage into a media room, put in a wood chip boiler and replaced the Aga to access the old bread oven. ‘I always wanted a larder,’ says Frances, ‘and we were lucky in having some storeroom space to play with. We built the larder next to the media room and added a laundry room near the cloakroom under the stairs. Our style is old-school traditional country, which worked well with our inherited artwork that we’ve collected gradually over the years,’ says Andrew. ‘Frances and I are quite partial to cows – hence all the cow paintings that are dotted around.’ The couple initially reopened the house as a bed and breakfast, but they now also let out the entire property during the school holidays. ‘It’s rather satisfying knowing others can discover it in the same we did,’ says Andrew. To hire Huxham Farmhouse, visit uniquehomestays. com; or for B&B, call 07734 448122

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