Lynda painted the chimneybreast
wall in a relaxing shade of grey and hung brick-look wallpaper on either side for a rustic, country look.
The cottage has an entrance lobby, a lounge, with original tiled fire surround to chimneybreast
and dining room.
This spectacular space holds on to old character in the vast chimneybreast
with its double dose of Agas, oil and electric, for good measure, and bringing the total length to a huge 41ft plus is that light-filled breakfast room with its views down to the river.
He spent five weekends building the cupboards, one either side of the chimneybreast
, mainly from MDF, adding fretwork panels in the doors, and fleur-de-lys handles and hinges.
Having gone through the chimneybreast
when we first moved in while making renovations, we were unaware that we had damaged the flue.
There is a big Aga in the chimneybreast
, ample storage by Smallbone, a large central work island, flooring in slate and work tops in granite.
There is a generous dining room with inglenook fireplace, also a sitting room, study, morning room, garden room and proper breakfast room off the fitted kitchen with Rayburn cooker in the old chimneybreast
There is original tiled flooring in the hall, inner hall and cloakroom, open fireplaces in three reception rooms and a fitted kitchen with range-style cooker in the old chimneybreast
plus specially-made units in maple.
On the ground floor is a porch, reception hall, sitting room, some 21ft by 13ft with a brick chimneybreast
Beyond a fitted kitchen is a breakfast room with chimneybreast
, laundry and real domestic offices: hall, cloakroom, butler's pantry, storage and access to the cellar.
Here is a hall with storage space, garden room or utility with a shower room off, a 23ft by 11ft dining room with fireplace and masses of light and the modern fitted kitchen with an inglenook recess in its original chimneybreast
position, ideal for a big range cooker.
Included in this is the showpiece kitchen, a clever mix of old and new with a traditional, cream Aga in the chimneybreast
and a latest Smeg cooker, around the same size with stainless steel splashback and extractor hood and adjacent marble worksurfaces.