Fabulously full of character
A house where old and new blend to create a fab interior
It was a chance glimpse at a local newspaper that led Sally Crabb and her partner, Tanya Burns, to the door of a derelict stone cottage in rural Northamptonshire. ‘We’d been staying with my parents for the weekend in Rutland and had just made the decision to move out of London,’ says Sally. ‘We saw the advert for the house – two cottages being sold as one lot – and decided to take a look through the windows on our drive back home.’
There was mould on the windowsills and the place was in a terrible state of disrepair, but Sally and Tanya could see that it had plenty of charm. ‘We didn’t realise quite how much character it had until we’d bought the place and started stripping it out. Hidden behind plasterboard at opposite ends of the downstairs rooms we found two amazing identical stone fireplaces,’ says Sally.
One aspect that appealed most to Sally and Tanya about the property, which was built in 1840, was the fact that the two cottages were mirror images of each other. They soon realised they could exploit this in their renovation plans. ‘Both cottages were a warren of small rooms, so it was clear to us that
RUSTIC FEELING Once hidden behind plasterboard, the stone fireplace is now the focal point of the room. Seagrass flooring complements rustic stonework, while an antique chair upholstered in Sanderson’s vibrant Festival fabric adds a contemporary touch.
PERIOD PROPERTY The house dates back to 1840 and was originally two separate workers’ cottages.